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Utah author's new book designed to boost self worth and confidence in children

Utah author's new book designed to boost self worth and confidence in children

(Roots of Humanity Foundation)



Estimated read time: 3-4 minutes

For nearly 30 years, Gayle Holdman has worked alongside her husband Tom in their world-renowned stained glass business in Lehi. Whether it's for a temple, a university or a business, each piece of glass in every piece of artwork is unique.

But Holdman isn't just an expert in stained glass, she also has a degree in family science and certification in positive psychology. She knows that much like the individual pieces that make up stained glass art, all people are beautiful and unique — and each piece is crucial.

"Every single person — whether they know it or not — they matter," she says. To help get that message across, Holdman drew on her experience creating glass art to write a book for children called "The Piece That Is You."

"Every window has pieces that are different sizes, different shapes, different colors, they're located in different parts of the window ... But every single piece is crucial to the whole," Holdman said.

"Different cultures and languages and places that we've come from and the different experiences that we have — our joys, our sorrows, our success, our failures — they all make us individual and unique."

And that's when the idea for a children's book was born. Holdman's ultimate goal is to inspire children to have more confidence in themselves and to feel that they have a place and purpose in this world. She hopes that through the words and artwork of the book, children will walk away inspired to make the world a better place.

One excerpt from the book perfectly encapsulates the takeaway message: "Always be kind and work hard. Do your best. Your life can brighten the lives of the rest. Something awesome can come from what you do too! The world will be blessed by the piece that is you."

Utah author's new book designed to boost self worth and confidence in children
Photo: Roots of Humanity Foundation

Hope for the future

Apart from providing a feast for your eyes, this book will improve your outlook on the future, according to reviewers.

"In a world that has so much division, this book creates a world full of diversity, full of promise, full of the very best that is in the human race," writes one reviewer. "I felt the wonder and excitement that the future holds for all of us come back into my view. As I read this book to my grandchildren, it gave me hope for their future and brought peace to my heart. This is a must-read for all ages."

Another reader added, "I love this book! Not only does [it] contain a message that everyone needs, but it presents it in such a delightful way that no one will forget it. The rhyming text and creative illustrations are captivating."

Utah author's new book designed to boost self worth and confidence in children
Photo: Roots of Humanity Foundation

Get your book today

"The Piece That Is You" makes a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list who needs a reminder of their self-worth — which includes everyone!

If you live locally, you can pick up a copy by visiting Holdman Studios at Thanksgiving Point, or you can order it online. (Note: Because of the global shipping crisis, your order may take longer than expected.) Proceeds from the book will also benefit the Roots of Humanity Foundation, whose mission is to foster inspiration and connection through education and art.

To learn more about the book and other available products, visit thepiecethatisyou.com.

Roots of Humanity Foundation

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