All Creation Waits Storytime with Gayle Boss

Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 11:00am

Schuler Books
2660 28th Street SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

We’re so honored to welcome Bestselling West Michigan author Gayle Boss for storytime in Grand Rapids to present her new Children’s Edition of All Creation Waits just in time for Advent.

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About the Book
From bestselling author Gayle Boss, a stunningly illustrated picture book edition of her beloved Advent book, All Creation Waits. Now young readers too will be caught up in the wonder of 24 woodland animals adapting to the season of dark and cold.

Each day of Advent a different animal shows children its own amazing way to meet the dark and cold. Wood Frog freezes into a frog-shaped cube of ice! For six months Painted Turtle doesn’t breathe! Woodchuck can’t be wakened, even if shaken! With each creature, children hear the refrain: The dark is not an end. It’s a door. It’s the way a new beginning comes.

Here is the ancient truth of Advent enacted in the lives of 24 common woodland animals and culminating in the birth of the Human One who perfectly lived that truth.

Children open the book’s double-page spreads as they would the doors on an Advent calendar—one, and only one, each day. “Animal wonderment” reflection questions at the back of the book help children stay with just one animal, one page spread, each day. In an often chaotic “holiday season,” children learn to slow down and wait with all creation.

Written in lilting poetic lines, children ages 5 to 10 will delight in the sounds of the words as well as the vivid descriptions of animals’ winter lives. They’ll learn the elegant intricacies of creatures as small as honeybees, as large as black bears.

Original watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Sharon Spitz convey the radiance of each creature.

With this beautiful picture book, adults and families who have loved the original edition of All Creation Waits can now welcome younger children into the practice of reflective waiting-with-creation through Advent. Perfect for grounding young ones in the wonder of wild things.

Learn more about All Creation Waits—Children's Edition and find free resources at

Be sure to check out the downloadable Explorers Guide that compliments the book here:

About the Author:
Gayle Boss writes from West Michigan, where she was born and raised. Her lifelong love of animals and her immersion in spiritual texts and practices have melded in poems and essays that explore how relationships with animals specifically, and an attentive presence in the natural world generally, restore us to our deepest selves. Also the author of Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, Gayle lives with her husband and Welsh corgi rescue.

About the Illustrator:
Sharon Spitz is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer currently based between Berlin and Haifa.

All Creation Waits — Children's Edition: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings for Children By Gayle Boss, Sharon Spitz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gayle Boss, Sharon Spitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781640608283
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Paraclete Press - October 3rd, 2023