A Handshake From Heaven is a wonderful children's book written by Carol S. Bannon a teacher, writer, mom, and grandma. The book shows children how the Eucharist allows them to hold God s hand and opens the door to heaven. She uses the analogy of holding God's hand to emphasize that the more frequently we receive Communion, the more our relationship with Jesus deepens. She points out that kids do not try to rationalize the scientific aspects of transubstantiation they just believe the Eucharist is the Body of Christ. Because, as Carol says, many adults need to rediscover this truth, the book has even been used in adult ministries. Check out the website for some views of the book. It s definitely a great resource for explaining this precious gift to our kids. --Catholic Mommy Brain 2009 Book Review
A Handshake From Heaven is a children's book that explains with gorgeous pictures and easy-to-read text our connection to Jesus Christ during the acceptance of the Eucharist at our Church ceremony. Most children have simple questions about God, Jesus Christ and the Eucharist. This book helps explain how we touch God every time we accept the Eucharist from our priest, pastor, or Eucharist minister. Michaelin Otis' beautifully drawn illustrations show how we can touch God every day by holding hands with someone we love or interacting with everything around us; including flowers, butterflies and puppies. However, the primary message of the book is the Eucharist and how God opens the door to Heaven every time we experience the Eucharist. A well-written book that has a fantastic fit with first and second graders who are usually approaching their First Communion and need as many materials as they can get that explain the process of the Eucharist and what it really means to attend Mass and accept the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Minimal text on each page makes this a great book for young readers to read on their own. Bannon also makes it clear that it is everyone's own choice to accept Jesus Christ and the Eucharist and the gift we are given when we experience this sacred moment. Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommended for a young audience and even adults that are going through a Christian religious conversion. --Armchair Interviews
I just wanted to let you know how beautiful your book - A Handshake for Heaven is. This book has touched many lives here at St. Mary's. I read the book and automatically feel in love with it. Being the DFF there are a number of ministries that I direct from Rel Ed (k-8) all of the Sacramental Preparation, Adult Faith Formation and one of my favorites the RCIA. Thank you for writing this book and being an instrument to bringing many people to and closer to our Lord in the Eucharist. --Faith Formation Director, A. Garcia, Michigan
About the Author
Carol S. Bannon is a full time writer with a degree in elementary education and a member with the Catholic Writer's Guild. She is also a substitute teacher, has tutored children with learning difficulties, writes for the Catholic Mom website, and has been a catechist for over 30 years. She enjoys sharing her love of Catholicism and the Eucharist with schoolchildren during school visits. She is happily married with four grown children and one grandson. She and her husband currently reside in Concord Township, Ohio. In addition to Handshake From Heaven, she has written Our Family's Christmas Elf.