From winning the Christopher award as the most inspiring book of 1972 Hope s caterpillar heroes, now butterflies, have flown the world, captivating hearts for 40 years. Over the years Hope has been translated into Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, German, and most recently Chinese, with Thai coming in the very near future. The English edition of Hope continues to be a perennial bestseller for Paulist Press.
Hope tends to spread itself, person-to-person, now at the 3 million mark in the English edition alone. It has been used for retreats, both religious and corporate. It has inspired three generations to become more fully themselves. It seems to cross boundaries of all sorts: religious, national, class and age. It works for lovers, children, adults, the happy, the discouraged, sick, and dying.
Hope seems to have become a classic story for all seasons and reasons the perfect gift for any occasion. It is a quiet phenomenon. When someone discovers it, they often want to share their secret treasure. It is not unusual for lovers of Hope to "gift" copies of the book to everyone they know. It has been commonly used as a gift for expectant mothers, new babies, graduations, and anniversaries, as well as wedding favors and to help those dealing with a loved one's or their own transition to eternity.
Created in precomputer days with each color layer laboriously hand separated, we celebrate Hope finally emerging in a digital form. New digital print files have been created from the original artwork just in time for the 40th Anniversary edition.
The CD-ROM includes Hope for the Flowers read by the author, accompanied by the author's commentary of the making of this inspiring book.