Planting a Seed of Faith
in the hearts of our children.

What greater gift could we possibly give?

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Dan Petronelli

Dan Petronelli was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. He currently divides his time with his wife between West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Stuart, Florida.

He is a strong member of his local community and has served as a Christian worship leader where he led a large congregation in praise and worship songs, including two of his original songs: “Walking in the Light” and “Providence.”

Dan Petronelli participated in Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir contest, and his memoir was selected and later published by HarperCollins.  When not with his family and friends, he can be found on the first tee … asking for another mulligan.

Dan found a message in a bottle when he was a young boy tinkering on a rocky shoreline. It was a profound spiritual message that he has kept and still treasures today.

This inspired story was written as a cherished Christmas gift for his family, and it is his hope that the SEED OF FAITH will also bring joy and continue to grow in the hearts of readers around the world.

Winner:
2021 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, 
Gold: Religion/Spirituality  

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Storytelling on the Porch

The Story

A father retells the story to his young daughter that took place forty years ago. A story that no one in the Village of Shiloh will ever forget. So begins author Dan Petronelli’s eloquent parable of faith, chronicling the spiritual journey of a group of young boys.

Boys Planning

The Plan

The boys hatched a plan to secretly climb over the mountain in search of a beautiful, living Christmas tree to bring back home to their Village Square for a joyous Christmas morning surprise. They did not know that a fearsome blizzard was on its way. Well into their journey, the fury of the storm becoming nearly unbearable, they knew they had to make a choice.

Boys in Blizzard

The Storm

This storm may not let up. In fact, it could get much worse. Do we turn back while we still have a chance? Or do we keep pushing forward?”

The Miracle

The Gift

It was a small wooden box – green and red.

The Boys

The Seed of Faith

On Sale 10/26/2021

Emily Pritchett

Emily Pritchett has loved both drawing pictures and reading books since she was a little kid, so she has combined her two passions into illustrating books for young readers. She has now illustrated ten books, including three Christmas stories! Her favorite holiday memories are of building the artificial Christmas tree, branch by branch, and decorating it with her family. Emily studied illustration at Brigham Young University, and now lives in Boston with her husband and son. She misses the mountains of Utah but still enjoys the snowy winters!

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Receiving the box

It is Christmas Eve, and the small foothill Village of Shiloh was suffering from a severe drought. Aside from not having water for their crops, the people had no Christmas trees.

Storytelling on the PorchA father retells the story to his young daughter that took place forty years ago. A story that no one in the Village of Shiloh will ever forget.

So begins author Dan Petronelli’s eloquent parable of faith, chronicling the spiritual journey of a group of young boys.

The boys hatched a plan to secretly climb over the mountain in search of a beautiful, living Christmas tree to bring back home to their Village Square for a joyous Christmas morning surprise.Boys Planning

They did not know that a fearsome blizzard was on its way. Well into their journey, the fury of the storm becoming nearly unbearable, they knew they had to make a choice.

The oldest boy, Elijah, warned, “Boys, we are at a crossroads. We need to make an important decision. One that will affect each of our lives.

Boys in Blizzard

This storm may not let up.

In fact, it could get much worse.

Do we turn back while we still have a chance?

Or do we keep pushing forward?”

The townspeople prayed throughout the night.

They were praying for a miracle.

Bible

A small wooden box – green and red.

The Seed of Faith Box

This inspired story was written as a cherished Christmas gift for his family, and it is his hope that THE SEED OF FAITH will also bring joy and continue to grow in the hearts of readers around the world.

Book Cover

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