For Immediate Release
Date: September 25, 2019
Contact: Sarah Lemieux
Phone: 603-641-9344 extension 334

Pro-Life Leader Anthony DeStefano’s “The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted” Set for Oct. 7 Release
New book by bestselling author features artwork from award-winning animator of Shrek movie franchise
Boston, MA —  EWTN show host Anthony DeStefano’s latest book, The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted, will hit stores on Monday, October 7. It is the nineteenth book from DeStefano, who authors non-fiction books for adults and bestselling children's books including: This Little Prayer of Mine, Little Star (winner of the 2011 Mom's Choice Award), The Donkey that No One Could Ride, A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids, and The Sheep that No One Could Find. Creator and host of the television series A Travel Guide to Life on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), DeStefano is also a longtime board member of Priests for Life and Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest post-abortion healing ministries in the world. 

Published by Sophia Institute Press, The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted is a children’s rhyming book that tells the story of a seed who lives in fear of being removed from the drawer where he lives, and what happens to him when he is taken out and planted in a garden. Illustrated by Erwin Madrid, an award-winning animator of the beloved Shrek movies, The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted contains a profound biblical message about the transformative power of God’s grace.

“Christ told several famous parables involving seeds and grains that have to ‘fall to the ground and die’ in order to ‘bear fruit,’ DeStefano explains. “My book is essentially a retelling of Jesus’s parables—from the perspective of the seed. It helps prepare children to understand several deep truths, including the love God has for us, the beauty of creation, the temporary nature of bodily death, the meaning of resurrection, and the joy of Heaven.” 

This inspiring story is relatable to most children since it deals with being afraid of new experiences and change, a common theme in childhood. Children facing the first day of school, the birth of a baby brother or sister, the death of a grandparent, the death of a pet, moving to a new neighborhood, going to the doctor or dentist—these and other changes represent a “loss” for the child, but also a new beginning. 

“This book helps children to muster the courage to face all their fears, and to understand that growth and positive things can come of any frightening situation—as long as they have faith,” DeStefano said.

The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted is a 32-page book made up of playful, memorable rhymes reminiscent of Dr. Seuss classics, and sumptuous full-color illustrations reminiscent of Walt Disney’s early cartoon classics. 
DeStefano has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including Fox’s America’s Newsroom, Fox and Friends, CNN, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family Radio, and Janet Parshall’s “In the Market.” His books have been endorsed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Renato Martino, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, William Bennett, Regis Philbin, Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, Quincy Jones, Delilah, Pat Boone, Mark Taylor, Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul Cedar, Dr. Dick Eastman, Bernice King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and many others.
Watch the Trailer:
Trailer for The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted

Praise for The Seed Who Was Afraid to Be Planted:

"Brilliant and simple!"
Delilah Rene

Nationally Syndicated radio host
"This book shows that God has the power to turn even the worst suffering into something beautiful."
Dr. Ben Carson

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

"A wonderful book with an important Gospel message."
Alveda King

Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., media personality

"An inspiring story about the transformative power of God’s grace."
Mike Huckabee

Former Governor of Arkansas

"A tender story of fruitfulness triumphing over fear."
Kathy Branzell

President, National Day of Prayer Task Force

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Members of the media may send an email to Marketing Coordinator at to receive a complimentary review copy of The Seed Who Was Afraid to be Planted, or to schedule an interview with Anthony DeStefano. 
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