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Book Review – Playing By Heart

Book Review of Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino Emilia Salvini dreams of marrying a man who loves music as she does. But in 18th-century Milan, being the “second sister” means she’ll likely be sent to a convent instead. Emilia’s only hope is to prove her musical talents crucial to her father’s quest for nobility. …

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Book Review – Mission Libertad

Book Review of Mission Libertad by Lizette M. Lantigua Crack the Biblical code in this story of suspense, adventure, discovery, and faith! Fact and fiction converge in this thrilling tale of 14-year old Luisito Ramirez a courageous boy who daringly escapes from 1970s communist Cuba as he becomes immersed in American culture, and carries out …

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Enveloped in Heavenly Grace: A Review of ‘Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World’

“My Immaculate Heart will triumph.” – The Blessed Mother

Interest Level

Ages 8+

Review and Comments

There are many books available about Fatima, especially during the 100th year anniversary.  Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World is written in such an excellent way that it is my choice for teaching children about Mary’s appearance in Portugal during WWI, whether in a classroom situation or in a family setting. The author’s voice is relax

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Book Review – Angelhood

Book Review of Young Adult novel Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan GOLD MEDAL WINNER–MOONBEAM CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION–2015 READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS CATHOLIC WRITERS GUILD SEAL OF APPROVAL Seventeen-year-old theater geek Nanette believes her life is headed toward stardom on Broadway. But when her dream theater college rejects her and her best friend dies in …

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Know That You Are Not Alone: A Review Of ‘The Secret of the Shamrock’ (Chime Travelers #1)

“I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s work to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s host to save me.” – St. Patrick

Reading Level

Grades 2-5

Review and Comments

The Secret of the Shamrock is about a boy named Patrick and his amazing experience with time travel to the year 395.   The story begins with a

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So Wonderfully You Made Me: A Review of ‘Miraculous Me’

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13-16

Interest Level

2-7 years

Review and Comments

Miraculous Me is a story told from the perspective of an unborn child who knows it is cherished even in its mother’s womb.  The child describes itself as “a hidden miracle, a gift from above, and a treasure.”  The child listens

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Fight Courageously: A Review of ‘The Shadow of His Wings: A Graphic Biography of Fr. Gereon Goldmann’

And of what should we be afraid? Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus. We have discovered what we have to do. Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them. So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross.”–Saint Catherine of Sienna

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The Gift of Parenthood

Wow, the gift of parenthood is so remarkable isn’t it? I think we can all relate as parents a time when we were too hard on ourselves for not taking our child to the Dr. quick enough, or wishing we would have had more patience during our child’s temper tantrum. There are always going to be those unexpected moments that arise in our parenting. BUT, one great gift we’ve all been given are tools to feed our children’s faith! One of these tools are Biblical, Christian books! These fill our children’s souls in such a remarkable way that each story has a magical way of flying off the page and landing directly into our children’s hearts and souls!
We as parents are called to be our children’s vessels to God. Christian books give all parents that bridge that connects their children closer to Christ and fills their faith in such a deep, spiritual way! It is up to us to fill our homes and book shelves with these blessed stories that teach more than any other fiction, or non fiction book can. I

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