In this complicated world, we’re often searching for small, simple messages that can give us hope and comfort us as we navigate what often seems like the impossible. If you’re looking for a collection of those messages, accompanied by beautiful images that speak to the soul, pick up a copy of All of This is For You: A Little Book of Kindness by Ruby Jones.

Jones knows a little something about how a heartfelt message can soothe during a deeply difficult time. She received worldwide recognition after she posted an illustration of two women—one of them a Muslim wearing a hijab—embracing after the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attacks. The image was accompanied by an extraordinary message of empathy and understanding: “This is your home and you should have been safe here.” After the incredible worldwide response, Jones shared that she “was humbled to see the image take on a life of its own in the most beautiful and overwhelming way.”


Excerpted from ALL OF THIS IS FOR YOU by Ruby Jones, reprinted with permission by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2021.

A year later, we began living in a COVID-19 world, and, as Jones says, we began grieving not only for those lost to the virus but for our connected way of life, taken from us by social distancing and protective masks and gloves, where we are unable to share human touch the way we used to. “Living through this time is something most of us would have never dreamt of and there is nothing easy about it,” Jones writes. “But it can be done, and must be done with love and compassion—for ourselves and for others, for the places we call home, for this beautiful earth.” Jones wants to remind us of small moments of beauty and warmth, that they still exist for us to experience and share, and she does it amply in All of This is For You.

Excerpted from ALL OF THIS IS FOR YOU by Ruby Jones, reprinted with permission by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2021.

All of This is For You is a book that you can read in one sitting, or turn to a random page once a day and find something that will speak to your heart. The accompanying illustrations are wonderfully diverse, reinforcing the idea that we, as humans, share so much in our need for connection, empathy, and gentleness, no matter what we look like or who we call family. Jones had a goal to “give a voice to those tender moments in life that we sometimes hold close and murmur about only to ourselves: our dreams, fears, hopes, loves, losses.” In her touching little book, she does just that, speaking to the universal part of us that is weary, reminding us that our world and those in it are still there for us to enjoy and find comfort in. If you, or someone you love, needs such a reminder, I highly recommend picking up a copy. Gift it to someone who needs hope and empathy, even—especially—if that person is you.

All of This is For You: A Little Book of Kindness is available through Amazon, IndieBound, and at your favorite local bookstore.

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