Praise for new children’s picture book – The Legend of the Cross


I am thrilled to announce the release of my third children’s picture book, The Legend of the Cross illustrated by Niko Chocheli on February 2, 2014! From a seed of an idea back in 2007,  it is now here……

The Legend of the Cross follows the journey of the tree that would become the Cross of Christ. From the Garden of Eden to Golgotha, this story retells The Golden Legend for young audiences. Grown from seeds gifted from the heavens, a magnificent and mystical tree participates in ancient history before becoming the crowning symbol of Christianity.

Here are several lovely endorsements so far:

Once again the team of Dr. Chrissi Hart and Niko Chocheli create a children’s book of deep significance and beauty. The legend of The Cross pages open as a royal treat of beauty for the eye, the storytelling inspires deeper meaning at various ages. Herein lies a rare opportunity for parent and child to ponder spiritual ideas together and speak of the miraculous, capturing a rare moment to bond spiritually with your child.

-Maria Del Rey, Publisher, ChildGood Magazine, The Journal for Creative Families.


Chrissi Hart and Niko Chocheli have taken a medieval legend about the Holy Cross and produced a lovely picture book that captures awe, miracles, amazement, and the scope of God’s eternal plan in a wonderful format for children and adults.

–Bev Cooke, author of Keeper of the Light and Royal Monastic.


Author Chrissi Hart and fine artist Niko Chocheli have produced a mesmerizing tale of the journey of the cross of Christ. From the Gates of Paradise and Adam’s grave the cross travels through the centuries and eventually finds a place here and now as a symbol of hope. Simply but lyrically told, children will be fascinated by this unique story. Older children will be especially entranced by the visual storytelling that comes to life through the artist’s masterful use of shape, line and color. As in his other illustrated books, Chocheli’s vivid and detailed art provides layers of meaning and discovery for readers of all ages.

–Jane G Meyer, editor, and author of several children’s books including The Man and the Vine, and The Hidden Garden.


The Legend of the Cross offers a glimpse into the secret life of the cross–a story of heartbreak, hope, and heaven. Three of Eden’s seeds sprout from Adam’s grave and grow into the tree that becomes the wood that tumbles through time into Solomon’s Temple, into the Pool at Bethesda and finally to Golgotha–to carry the hope of this world and to point to life in the next. If you wish to plant the seeds of hope in the  heart of your child, read this book to them! The Legend of the Cross is cosmic and simple, gracefully written, enchantingly illustrated and sure to delight readers of all ages.

–Jenny Schroedel, author of The Blackbird’s Nest: St. Kevin of Ireland and Naming the Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death.


For those of us immersed in a culture of transient values and beliefs, it is such a blessing to have access to ancient Christian teachings and traditions. In her most recent children’s book, “The Legend of the Cross,” author Chrissi Hart awakens her readers, both young and old alike, to unearthly mystery and holiness through this 12th century story about the origin of the wood of the cross. Stunningly illustrated by Niko Chocheli, “The Legend of the Cross” provides a powerful opportunity for spiritual discussion and evokes wonder at God’s mystical sovereignty and omnipotence.

– Molly Sabourin, author of Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother’s Quest for Patience, Peace and Perseverance.

The Legend of the Cross is available from amazon, in hardback, paperback, kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook with audio!


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