Ronda Miller, life coach and president of Kansas Authors Club

“I have worked with children for over 40 years. I’ve found few children’s books that deal with topics such as death, disease or divorce. I had never found one that dealt with the topic of suicide. This is a beautiful story of a bear’s unmanageable pain and journey. It works for children of all ages and their understanding of the story. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Congratulations, Lisa Scheller. This one touched me to the core.”


Dr Julienne Kaslaitis, retired psychotherapist, Marriage and Family therapist and Christian Chaplain

The Story of The Bear is a MUST HAVE for another dimension of our own healing from the tragedy of suicide and to share with others. The genius of this beautiful story is it fits all ages and all spiritual awarenesses. The writing and illustrations will come to reside in you.”


Loralee Stevens, Ed.D.

“This book is going to be an important work of literature for those in the helping/healing professions and as a story of strength in its own right. It is beautifully illustrated, written, and important. Have a copy or two at the ready for when a young person near you needs to understand the complications of adult choices.”


James E. Hasselle III, MD, LFAPA (Retired, Psychiatrist)

“The Story of The Bear is written with thoughtfulness by Lisa Scheller and beautifully illustrated by Linda Shaw. A beloved grandfather bear is overwhelmed with sadness and discouragement, and has lost the will to live. This is not an unusual story in many families. The story will be most valuable in providing understanding and comfort in that context.

“With compassion, the story conveys hope and that we need not fear our sadness in losing those we love. The telling of The Story of The Bear conveys a strength we can carry in our minds and a love in our hearts that can last a lifetime.”


Patricia Cameron

“The Story of The Bear is one of the most beautifully illustrated books that I have ever seen. I think the point that we can limit our choices by not looking around was well made and could apply to many situations young people face. It could be an excellent teaching tool for anyone who is a parent or who influences children’s lives.”





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