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The new Seventh Story I’m singing of is the story of peace . . .  and the hero is love!
Cory and the Seventh Story by Brian D. Mclaren, Gareth Higgins

Cory and the Seventh Story

By Brian D. McLaren and Gareth Higgins

The stories we tell ourselves are important. A beautifully illustrated children’s book that shows us all how to find a new way forward in a world that can be scary for kids and adults alike, from the acclaimed author of Faith After Doubt and the beloved storyteller behind How Not to be Afraid.

Cory the raccoon and Cory’s best friend Owl love their happy, peaceful village and want to keep it that way. But things begin to change for the worse when some of their neighbors, including Badger, Fox, and Weasel, become fierce and angry critters who fight and bully others in the village, driving away those who they deem "dirty and bad." 

It breaks Cory and Owl's hearts to see their village filled with anger, fear, and fighting -- but what can they do? A wise visitor named Switfhorse arrives and helps Cory and Owl understand six old stories that explain what is happening:

The story of power to dominate,
the story of striking back with fury and hate,
the story of running to find a safe place,
or pointing at others to shame and disgrace,
or being stuck in self-pity for the pain we’ve been through,
or of me having more Shiny Objects than you.

Finally, Cory and Owl find a way to reunite all of the villagers through a new story—the seventh story—where the story is peace and the hero is love! Children and parents alike will delight in this hope-filled tale that teaches us how we can all extend peace, love, and laughter to everyone we meet.

Reader Reviews

“A kids’ book that everyone should be required to read! Since buying and reading this, I have bought multiple copies for friends and have read this aloud in a few meetings where I felt this conversation would help to bring some enlightenment and insight. Simple and profound and so needed in today’s age and culture!”—Goodreads Reviewer

“A beautiful book with a great story useful for kids growing up in this aggressive world.”—Goodreads Reviewer

“A gentle story about the stories we live. How we respond to change and conflict.”—Goodreads Reviewer

Look Inside the Book

An excerpt from the book: "Cory the raccoon lived in the Old Village, along the clear stream, near the deep forest, within the broad meadow."
An interior from the book Cory and the Seventh Story by Brian D. Mclaren and Gareth Higgins
An interior from the book Cory and the Seventh Story by Brian D. Mclaren and Gareth Higgins
An interior from the book Cory and the Seventh Story by Brian D. Mclaren and Gareth Higgins
An interior from the book Cory and the Seventh Story by Brian D. Mclaren and Gareth Higgins
Cory and the Seventh Story: Digital Bonuses - Peacemaking Tools for Families

Peacemaking Tools for Families

Download The Seventh Story Roll and Tell game printable inspired by Cory and the Seventh Story!

And did you know? The Seventh Story is for grown-ups too.

Click the link below to learn more about the full-length essay compilation of stories and fables for adults that inspired this children’s book:

The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence

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Meet the Authors

Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is a Christian thinker, author, and activist. A former pastor with a background in literature, Brian is the author of over a dozen books, an Auburn Senior Fellow, and board chair of Convergence.

Gareth Higgins

Gareth Higgins

Gareth Higgins, PhD, grew up near Belfast, Northern Ireland, living through many years of violent civil conflict before becoming involved in peacebuilding and violence reduction as a young adult. For over twenty years he has written and spoken about the power of storytelling to shape our lives, making a more peaceful and compassionate world. He co-taught the world’s first graduate course in reconciliation studies at Trinity College Dublin, and helped found The Porch Community, along with the Wild Goose, New Story, and Movies & Meaning festivals. Gareth leads transformative story retreats in the U.S. and Ireland.

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