A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

77. The Joy of Being a Catholic Child by Rev. Jude Winkler

The Joy of Being a Catholic Child by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. (Canada & US)
St. Joseph Picture Books

Pages: 32
Ages: 6+
Finished: Mar. 23, 2011
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Catholic Book Publishing Corp.
Genre: religion, catholic, children
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

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.

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