LIVERPOOL, N.Y.- Children have the gift of seeing the world through clear eyes untainted by prejudice and fear. As they mature, it is up to adults to ensure they maintain that vision of unity for a peaceful world. In their new book, Peace Is a Bright Delight (published by AuthorHouse), Gay Montague and Erin Wise introduce children to the unique gifts that come from different cultures and perspectives and the importance of acceptance, cooperation, love, and peace.
"This book comes to our world at a crucial moment," the authors explain in the end notes of the book. "Our youth need to know how to act peacefully and all adults are called to model that peace for our children. This book serves as a catalyst for creating peace and can be read on many levels. One central idea is that we were created by one being. All of our children and grandchildren will meet others of different religious and ethnic backgrounds; naturally, respect and tolerance, as well as connecting with others are central to the theme of Peace Is a Bright Delight.
The book combines a creative tale with illustrations that engage children and adults alike. Seven angelic children anticipate the special day when the Creator is to grant them each with their very own halo. Each child represents a different cultural background and has their own vision of the Creator. They discover that, acting alone, there is not much they can do with their special gift, but when they work together, the possibilities are endless.
Beautifully illustrated by Irene Joslin, this imaginative tale offers adults a loving message to pass on to young readers to guide their way as future inhabitants of a peaceful global village.
About the Authors: Gay Montague is a former high school teacher who works with a grassroots group called Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB.org) in Syracuse, New York. She is active in interfaith communities, works with refugees from many areas and is a disaster volunteer with the Red Cross. She discovered her refuge on Stony Island, located in eastern Lake Ontario, which provides her sacred space and the inspiration for poetry and other writing. She says her five grandchildren are lights in her life. Montague lives with her husband, Len, Luke the Golden Lab with one eye, the Upstairs Cat with no claws and the Downstairs Cat with no teeth.
Erin Wise, a special education teacher, resides in a log house in Virginia, where she and her husband run a children's camp. She is a "collector of people" and has "unbounded enthusiasm for any project that comes her way." Traveling is just one of her passions. Wise coaches cross country at a local high school, where she also teaches. During July she can be found on Martha's Vineyard drawing, teaching yoga and playing. Erin is a massage therapist, runner and artist who gets her energy and inspiration from nature.
Montague and Wise work for the Peace Alliance Campaign to Establish a U.S. Department of Peace. Peace Is a Bright Delight is their first book.