Storm of Joy


Children - Fable
50 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2016
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Author Biography

Sherri Sengsouvanna is an Award Winning Author, Grief Mentor, Intuitive, Feng Shui Practitioner, Angelic Reiki Master, Spiritual Mentor and Founder of Dance With Todd, a Non-Profit Organization established in honor of her son Todd.

Sherri is also a small business owner and provides project management consulting services to the public affordable housing industry around the country.

Sherri resides in Houston, Texas and offers HOPE to others to overcome adversity in life, especially parents going through the grief process.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is a powerful, symbolic, and spiritual story that will inspire both young and old, a well-crafted story with colorful and adorable illustrations. It’s a story of love, loss, and redemption. The Queen of Danshan has magical powers. She heals people, plants, and animals, and she inspires joy wherever she goes. She has a son, the handsome but mischievous Prince, the object of her affections, but when the Prince dies in an unprecedented accident, a deadly pallor descends on her and she loses touch with her power to heal. Ironically, she pines with the desire to hear her son, the Prince, or at least to know that he is well wherever he is. Little does she know that her precious Prince has never left her, even for a moment. He only needs her permission to bring back the light in her life and she gives this permission in a very unusual way.

Laced with powerful lessons like “Love never dies,” a statement that is brilliantly inserted in the dedication of this work, the book reminds me of the immortal words of the poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The dead are not dead but alive.” Sherri Sengsouvanna writes beautifully on a very intimate and existential theme: loss! Her writing will resonate with many readers. I loved the endearing message that we can open our hearts to love, that love heals. This book will encourage people traversing a painful experience of loss to discover the light and joy that come from love. The dead are not dead, they are part of us, they are part of our journey, and are the source of our healing only when we accept the reality and open our hearts to love. Such seems to be the message of Storm of Joy. Brilliant, warm, and beautiful.

Jack Magnus

Storm of Joy is a children's fable written by Sherri Sengsouvanna. The Kingdom of Dashan was a magical, mystical land where people, plants and animals all thrived, and Dashan's Queen spread joy, healing and kindness throughout her realm. Her son, the Prince, was equally loved by the people of Dashan. He was dashing, adventurous, funny and kind, and he loved to make people laugh. One day he and his friends decided to go to the river, thinking it would be a grand adventure. They all knew they shouldn't go there. It was a dangerous place on the border of Dashan, and far beyond the supervision of the Queen and the other adults in the realm, but they all, especially the Prince, loved to get into a bit of mischief. The Prince saw a steep cliff lining the river and decided to climb it. He challenged his friends to see who could get the highest up the rocks, but then tragedy struck. The Prince slipped on the rocks and fell. Would Dashan ever be graced with the smiling countenance of their beloved Queen again?

Sherri Sengsouvanna's children's fairy tale, Storm of Joy, is dedicated to her own son, Todd, who died in an accident, and whose loss devastated his mother. This moving and inspirational tale will speak to anyone who's ever experienced a loss and the profound grief arising from it. Storm of Joy is a lovely tale, and the illustrations that accompany it are marvelous. Each panel is a work of art, filled with life, glowing colors and energy, and is in perfect harmony with the tale. Sengsouvanna's story introduces a difficult and, especially for a child, incomprehensible subject and shows that while being sad is a logical progression after loss, there is magic and happiness still waiting to be found. While categorized as a children's fable, Storm of Joy is most highly recommended for anyone who has experienced loss.

Gisela Dixon

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is about a Queen who rules the kingdom of Dashan. The Queen is a kind and just ruler and, through her love and healing touch, is able to cure sickness and disease. Thus, the kingdom is prosperous and happy under her rule. The Queen has a young son, the Prince, and like most children, he is mischievous and full of life. One day, when out playing with other children, he is a victim of an unfortunate accident and dies. The Queen is devastated when she is unable to heal and cure him and, after his death, falls into depression and sadness. The entire kingdom suffers as a result. One day, however, a miracle occurs. From that time on, her life becomes meaningful and she is able to hope and live again. This is a story of living happily ever after.

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna was inspired by Sherri’s own personal experience, and is a touching story about dealing with grief and bereavement and moving on in life with hope. It deals with sadness and hopelessness and the unfortunate life situations so many people go through. There is an underlying element of faith and the belief in miracles in this short story. Although this is a tale for children, adults can certainly get a lot out of it too. The message is simple and heartfelt and the writing style is engaging. A good book that may provide some solace and hope to people in similar situations!

Romuald Dzemo

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is a warm story filled with love and lessons, a story that reminds readers of what is essential to life and relationships. The kingdom of Danshan is ruled by a Queen who is loved by everyone and the creatures because of her healing powers and friendly nature. She is the hope of all the people. But something awful happens that puts the Queen into terrible darkness and she loses her gift of healing and the ability to inspire her people. Her only son, the Prince, a well-loved young man who can entertain anyone, dies tragically. Now life seems to have no meaning for the Queen, and everyone and everything in her kingdom suffers because of her dark despair. Is there a way to heal? Can a heart suffering from loss find redemption? In this magical tale, Sengsouvanna surprises readers with the redemptive power of love.

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is a story that will touch any heart. The writing is not just accessible, it is beautiful and filled with powerful imagery. The illustrations are colorful and masterfully accomplished, each accompanying a segment of the story. I loved the themes in the story – love, friendship, healing, peace, connectedness, death, and rebirth – and the beautiful setting. The author writes with conviction and leads readers through a journey from grief to redemption, pointing out that there is always light shining through our darkness. We only need to open the eyes of our soul to understand that the dead still love and care about us. This is a book to read if you have lost someone dear to you – and who hasn’t lost a loved one? Storm of Joy will appeal to a wide audience because of its moving message and its interesting yet simple plot.

Arya Fomonyuy

Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is one of those stories that has the great potential to entertain readers of all ages because it deals with universal themes. Told in a very engaging and compassionate tone, the story features two compelling characters. The heroine is the Queen of Danshan, who is much loved by the people because of her selflessness and her rare gift of healing and leadership. Although loved and adored by everyone in her kingdom, things take an unexpected turn for the Queen and her happy subjects when she loses her only child, the beloved, jovial, and funny Prince. With the death of the Prince, something begins to die in the Queen, and so do her healing powers. Inevitably, the quality of life in her kingdom starts to decline too. Can she regain her lost glory? Can she regain inner peace?

I enjoyed the way Sherri Sengsouvanna writes about “happily ever after,” for unlike the popular fairy-tale model that builds the idea of “happily ever after” into a romantic relationship, this book explores the connectivity of a community and how an individual’s loss can affect the fabric with which community life is built. But all is not lost. There is always hope, even in the darkest hours of our life. Storm of Joy invites readers to go beyond their physical pain of loss and to reach that spot where they have been touched and loved unconditionally. It is in such a place that the lost reconnect with them and fill their hearts with life. The ending of this story is satisfying and readers will easily share the confusing and sad feelings of the Queen as well as her triumph. A well-accomplished book for young readers with attractive images. You’ll finish reading this book in less than an hour, but you’ll remember the unnamed characters forever. Very inspiring.