To Bee or Not to Bee
To Bee or Not to Bee: A Book for Beeings Who Feel There's More to Life Than Just Making Honey
To Bee or Not to Bee
Laurie Barrows, John Penberthy
Imagine the stifling existence of a worker bee caught in the mindless tedium of life: every day, he helps build the hive, forages, feeds the larvae, stores honey and pollen, and falls into an exhausted sleep. Then the next day…he does it all again. But what happens if that bee has a little curiosity and a lot of spiritual yearning? You get the basis for this clever, inspirational allegory about living life to its fullest. Illustrated by award-winning artist Laurie Barrows, To Bee or Not to Bee is the story of Buzz Bee’s search for God. On his journey to enlightenment, Buzz is forced to negotiate a slew of unexpected twists and turns—always before he feels ready to handle them. But these hardships are exactly what teach him life’s most valuable lessons. As his wisdom grows, Buzz becomes increasingly aware that the only way out is in, and that life is a journey from “I” to “we.” What he ends up finding, in the end, is himself. Peppered with aphorisms and laced with wit and humor, this charming tale reminds us that life is too important to be taken so seriously.

Book Details


  • Faith-based
  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Buzz Bee is just like any other bee; he pollinates flowers and helps build the hive where he lives. But unlike the other bees, Buzz questions his life and existence. Buzz gets fed up with aimlessly working all the time and decides to go out to clear his head. While he is out pondering he meets an older bee named Bert. Through the help of Bert, Buzz sorts through his confusions about God and religion and learns about his place in the larger world. While Buzz is learning from Bert he also becomes interested in a mountain pass close to his hive.

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