This thing called life—with the exertion and concentrated thought of a novelist writing a novel, with the sweat and perseverance of a painter plying his brush, seated before the blank paper of the instant and the future, one creates a new portrait of oneself. Life is a vigorous task to be engaged in.

Stories of Hope

Opening the Door to a World of Dreams, Hope and Magic

Brian Wildsmith

Through his illustrations of children’s books—likened to “sunlight streaming from the page”—Brian Wildsmith has long striven to awaken the creativity of young readers.

Stories of Hope

The Writer's Path

Chingiz Aitmatov

Author of what has been called “the most beautiful love story in the world,” Chingiz Aitmatov underwent severe suffering in his youth.