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Brightest by Johann de Venecia
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Dec 19, 11

Read in December, 2011

here's a copy of my column on Manila Bulletin
inspired by "Brightest"
December 19, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines — Christmas is a time of celebration, a season of enjoying sumptuous meals and special treats with family and friends. But in the midst of merriment, let us not forget the star atop the Christmas tree, and the real reason why we celebrate Christmas: Jesus Christ. With Him as our star, we can definitely move forward and twinkle brightly.

This reflection was in my thoughts after reading the book “Brightest,’’ published by Isshin Dream Publishing. A picture book for children and adults as well, “Brightest’’ imparts a deep message that tugs at the heartstrings.

In this life, as we walk through our journey, there will come times when we suddenly find ourselves far from our comfort zones: losing one’s self, losing a career, losing on another’s lost, losing in relationships, losing possessions, and even losing amid the evils of the world. We face problems, encounter troubles and even misfortunes. But then, we find someone or something that shines as bright as a star to rescue us from trouble and loss.

This is is what "Brightest’’ is about. It is about a lost firefly catcher who, while trying to find his way home, meets a broken firefly. How their friendship starts and flourishes makes a difference in their lives.

The book was beautifully written by Joanne Crisner and the illustrations were made by Johann de Venecia. Alhough Joanne graduated with a degree in Journalism, she has become more passionate with creative writing, personal essays, poems, and short stories that deal with the beautiful complexities of life.

On the other hand, Johann is Fine Arts degree holder and is actively pursuing a career as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. He is currently based in Long Beach, California.

Publisher Josephine Litonjua said she had made a survey at goodreads.com to find out about how booklovers rate the book Brightest. To her amazement, she found out that it has been accepted very well even in other countries.

In my 28 years of existence, I have been lost in many different ways. However, there has always been someone who shines brightly for me, and helps me find my way home. I have come to realize that Jesus is my brightest Star who always rescues me and consistently helps me through.

This yuletide season, let us not forget that the Star of Christmas is Jesus Christ. It is not about the decors, the gifts, and delectable foods that are served on the table, but rather, it is the birth of the ONE who saved us all. For this reason, may we all be thankful and be merry. Happy Christmas everyone!

“Brightest’’ is available at all National Bookstore outlets, and at all the leading bookstores within the National Capital Region (NCR).

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With very interesting and bright illustrations, this book would surely bring glad tidings and brightness in the atmosphere. Add the book Brightest in your reading lists and gift lists this Christmas. The book, in full-color and high-quality print, and reasonably priced at Php399.75.
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