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The Hardest Part of Love

This book is an adaptation of Stephen Schwartz’s eloquent and affecting song, “The Hardest Part of Love” from the widely popular staged musical CHILDREN OF EDEN and his RELUCTANT PILGRIM CD. It will pull at the heartstrings of all parents and elate Stephen Schwartz fans with its beautiful, sophisticated pictures and enclosed CD featuring the songwriter himself.

Ms. Angela Pletcher Stillson from Nappanee, Indiana, conceptualized the project having become familiar with Schwartz’s work when THE BAKER’S WIFE was produced at Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre and guest-directed by his son, Scott Schwartz. She describes, “I set out to entwine music, art, and literature in a unique and provoking fashion that is both contemporary and enduring.” In appreciation of the arts, she recruited 18 creative souls from Alaska to Hong Kong (including Schwartz’s daughter) to illustrate the 32 glossy pages. They achieved a one-of-a-kind medley of stylized pictures leading to a hard cover collector’s volume to treasure and reflect upon.


“The book is a wonderful idea and executed beautifully. I love the song.”
- Robert Lehman, Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan


“I think the book is beautiful, especially when read in conjunction with
the CD.”
- Jayne Hanauer, Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, Chicago, Illinois


“It truly is a beautiful book and a wonderful project.”
- Dr. Laura Harrell, University of Chicago Hospitals


“The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road after you have shown him the way.” - Confucius


Mr. Schwartz’s (www.stephenschwartz.com) musical, WICKED, opened in the fall of 2003 and is currently running on Broadway breaking its own record for the highest grossing week in history. Winner of fifteen major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, productions of WICKED have also broken records in London’s West End, Chicago, and Toronto. He is also known for his songs for the musicals GODSPELL, PIPPIN, THE MAGIC SHOW, THE BAKER’S WIFE, WORKING (which he also adapted and directed), CHILDREN OF EDEN, and for the Disney animated features POCAHONTAS and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (in collaboration with Alan Menken), and the DreamWorks animated feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT. For children, he has written a one-act musical, CAPTAIN LOUIE, a picture book, THE PERFECT PEACH, GEPPETTO & SON and most recently the Disney movie ENCHANTED. He has released two CDs entitled UNCHARTED TERRITORY and RELUCTANT PILGRIM, which includes his version of “The Hardest Part of Love.” Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards.


The included artists’ biographies highlight: Karen Beitar, Dee Birkey, Jessica Flores, Hannah Graber, Tim Hooker, Ann Lynn, Birdie Rossow McElroy, James McNeill Mesple, Nicole Moore, Shirley Natoli, Ramiro Rodriguez, Jessica Schwartz (Mr. Schwartz’s daughter), Doug Smith, Jeff Stillson, Laura Ury, Todd Volkmer, Rachelle Lee Witter, and Laura Zato-Clemons.


Support for this project comes from The Fetzer Institute (www.fetzer.org) whose mission is to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community.


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