Slowly we are building a wonderful collection of quality picture books to encourage the children to know and love their Faith. Recently we purchased four books from the Life of a Saint Series, published by Ignatius/Magnificat. I highly recommend this series!! 5 star quality, ‘meaty’ and accurate with lovely watercolour illustrations. They are long picture books, divided into small ‘chapters’ but can be easily read in one sitting. The best saints books we have seen for younger children, happily for us most of these are our children’s patron saints.
John Marie Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars
John Vianney, from a devout family who attended underground Masses heard a calling to the priesthood as a boy during the French Revolution. He struggled with his studies but persevered, once ordained he was assigned to the poor parish of Ars where the Faith of the people was weak. He poured himself into saving souls, and it was through his prayers that many souls returned to God. In the last years of his life he was spending seventeen hours a day in the confessional, John Marie Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. Our favourite.
Bernadette: The Little Girl From Lourdes
One day in Lourdes during winter a beautiful lady appears to an ordinary girl, Bernadette, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. At the grotto where she appears Bernadette discovers a spring from which flows miraculous healing water.
Therese: The Little Flower Of Lisieux
Therese was raised in a loving and devout family, and at a young age she felt called to the religious life. Therese had a sensitive nature and tremendous confidence in the love of God. She wrote a spiritual classic, the Story of a Soul which guides us to the ‘Little Way’ to God.
Francis the Poor Man of Assisi
The story opens with Francis’ birth and youth, following his military service, imprisonment and illness he encounters God. Francis then gives up everything including the clothes on his back to follow Our Lady of Poverty and humility. We meet St Clare, see Francis love for lepers, watch him deal with the wolf of Gubbio and create the first nativity scene. Our second favourite.