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This review is from: Child's Guide to Reconciliation (Hardcover)
After reading the first three glowing reviews, I ordered "Child's Guide to Reconciliation" for my seven-year-old son. I found the book to be consistent with other materials currently available and that's why I'm disappointed. I love the Sacraments of my church and I want my children to have a full understanding of them. This book, and so many others of its type, are written on a pre-school level and fail to provide the instruction necessary for preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is one of the few times in a child's life when they will actually study and learn the Ten Commandments. Instead of rewriting them on a pre-school level, why not present them in their proper form and provide age appropriate explanations? Why teach a juvenile form of the Act of Contrition? When will these children ever learn the adult version? The book teaches us how to make the Sign of the Cross, but fails explain the difference between perfect and imperfect contrition. The book doesn't even explain the elements necessary for a valid confession. Without this framework of understanding, our children will never receive the full benefit of this important sacrament. We don't give our children enough credit for intellectual capacity. Children aren't stupid, they just need guidance. To paraphrase; What they learn first, they learn best. "Child's Guide to Reconciliation" is not without merit, it just falls far short of my expectations.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2008 6:49:54 PM PST
Sharon Voigt says:
I don't know how old Mark is, but it seems that he is a little out of touch with current instruction on First Reconciliation. Is the "juvenile form of the Act of Contrition" the current one that is taught to all second graders? The one we learned as children is no longer taught. The new form is easier for a child or anyone to understand. Isn't it more important to understand what we are saying than to memorize something that has no meaning? Also, perfect and imperfect contrition is not taught at this level. All that is necessary to know is that God forgives us if we are truly sorry. I think that Mark would benefit from an Adult Faith Formation Class at his parish church. Many things have changed since he was a child and I feel that they have definitely changed for the better
Posted on Oct 20, 2010 7:35:18 PM PDT
Thank you, your review was exactly what I needed to know. I'm similarly disgusted with the watered down books I've found, and you've saved me from wasting money on another.
Posted on Apr 9, 2011 10:15:55 PM PDT
I'm glad I read your comment before I ordered this book. I have a 7 year old who just received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will soon be receiving Communion. I prefer the traditional Catholic prayers and teachings. My children haven't had any problem memorizing the Act of Contrition AND understand what they were saying. I'll stick with the St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism.
I don't mean to offend anyone who prefers the new "more modern" way of teaching kids about the Catholic Faith.
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