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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586179306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586179304
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book to be well informed, and very accessible for children.
M. Girard
The examination of conscience broken down by commandment and also in a more general form are very helpful.
Britta J. Kreps
This book educates both the child and adult as they read and learn together.
Margaret

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cook on February 19, 2014
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I'm an adult on a journey into the Catholic Church but I have many questions about Catholic doctrines that are different from the Protestant ones I've grown up with. There's nothing as likely to raise the hackles of most Protestants as the idea that you should confess your sins to a priest. Why should we do it?
That's one of the many whys, whens, whats, and hows that Kendra Tierney answers in this book. It is written in a straightforward manner. It neither condescends nor simpers to its readers (the primary audience being children who are soon to receive the sacrament of Confession.) It is simple in the best sense; no wasted words, no flowery and off-topic thoughts, and certainly no dumbing down. I thought it read like a book from a bygone era, one that valued a child's intelligence enough to speak directly with them. Kind of C.S. Lewis-esque (and that is a high compliment in my mind!)
I thought it was an excellent book and will be giving a copy to the Director of Religious Ed. at our local parish. My kids are very young yet but I will keep this book on the shelf and will also use it to help me when it comes time for me to make MY first confession!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allison Peters on March 3, 2014
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About two years ago, I started preparing my oldest for her first confession. I had a few very old books on preparing for ones first confession, but they were frightening! And frankly, quite inappropriate in the questions the children were to ask themselves. I ended up making my own little pamphlet, a very simple one that did the job alright, but it didn't feel complete. This book by Kendra Tierney fills the void and provides a clear, intelligent, thorough look at confession for children and even adults! I loved the examination of conscience, with its review of the 10 commandments and its thoughtful questions, and really enjoyed its questions and answers section. Wonderful resource.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Ashton on March 10, 2014
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This is a thorough and well-organized guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for Catholic children. The illustrations are refreshing: no slick computer art here, but hand-done drawings which are thoughtful, charming, and with a wonderful air of innocence. The twelve short chapters of this sturdy little book are written in a way that takes into account the natural questions of children. The very first one addresses the question of "why go?" and as I read it I realized that children can actually have a very clear idea of "why" -- and can understand some deep theological issues. Mrs Tierney has included an excellent introduction for parents, a simple vocabulary list, and a set of review questions. Together with Vinny Flynn's Seven Secrets of Confession, this is a reference to use frequently, and not just for children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BonnieEngstrom on March 18, 2014
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The Q&A format and the examples and explanations given for the examination of conscience are all wonderful. I immediately shared this book with our parish's DRE and all my friends who have children preparing for their first confession. However, I found it helpful and easy to use as an adult and I think converts and older children could benefit from it.

The book is clear, easy to understand, and orthodox with illustrations that are bright and warm.

I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on April 6, 2014
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This little book is excellent for preparing children for their First Confession and also as a refresher anytime they receive the sacrament. The children can take the book into the Confessional. The front and back flip pages, which contain the order of Confession, the Act of Contrition and an Examination of Conscience, can be easily accessed if they happen to forget something. I appreciate that the entire book has an easy to clean surface that will ensure that it will last for many children's confessions. This book educates both the child and adult as they read and learn together. It has a very positive focus on the blessings of the sacrament and the gift it is to receive it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haley on March 19, 2014
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I am so glad I found this book before my kids are old enough to prepare for their first Confession. It's clear, well-organized, and thorough. And as a convert, I learned a few things myself. Very accessible for older children and includes an examination of conscience designed for kids. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia B. Jennings on June 9, 2014
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I was really hoping my son could use this as a how to guide - relying on the flaps during confession if he needed to. The font and color on the inside flaps, however, are too difficult for a young reader to make out. The contrast is bad, the font is a modified script, and the font is small.

The content of the book is very, very good. I will have to type up my own how to guide to make it legible for my 7 year old son to read.

I wish publishers would think about making books for children easier on children's eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abigail S. on April 27, 2014
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This book is a gem. It is an excellent resource for parents instructing their children in Catholic doctrine, for children preparing to go to confession, and for general catechesis. Mrs. Tierney clearly explains what the sacrament of Penance is, as well as the nuts and bolts of preparing for confession. She combines short, easy-to-read chapters with engaging stories (both biblical and from the lives of saints), plus an excellent examination of conscience for children. The book is thorough and readable without being condescending - a good reference on the sacrament, but useful again and again as children prepare to make subsequent confessions.
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