St. Joseph Picture Books
Finished: Mar. 23, 2011
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp.
Genre: religion, catholic, children
There are many religions throughout the world.
Acquired: Purchased from my local Catholic book & gift shop.
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my ds during our Religious Studies.
This is a wonderful little book that explains why it is so special to be Catholic. Why being a Catholic Christian is different than other types of Christians and explains the gifts of Catholicism that we have retained from Jesus himself, scripture and tradition that are an essential part of being Catholic. Each topic is only one page in length but although the book is written for children the information is very on topic, explaining thoroughly and not dumbed down to any specific age level. The book only speaks from a Catholic perspective; it does not compare itself to other religions and it is theologically 100% Catholic.
Topics covered are the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Holy Spirit, The Pope & Bishops, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, the other Sacraments, Scripture, Martyrs, Saints, History & Tradition, Sacramentals and finally ways of living our faith through family, parish and spreading the word. We read a page a day and from that brought discussion to the table. Either ds would have questions which would start our discussions or I would start taking the topic further to generate questions from him. We had a wonderful time with this book and I can say I honestly learnt things myself. One can always learn something when reading and discussing the Faith with someone else. Though this is a children's book, this and any others from the entire series are wonderful little introductions for adults who are in RCIA or coming home to the Church after a long absence as they deal with many theological topics in a simple, straightforward yet informational way. The books have received both a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. A good book that shows the awe and beauty of our Catholic faith.