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A delight for a child.

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With the help of the pictures,answering the questions is a fascinating game, with sound supernatural values.

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About the Author

Bliss was an English Jesuit. He was editor of the Messenger of the Sacred Heart and the Children's Messenger.

Caryll Houselander (1901 1954) was an English artist who became one of the most popular Catholic spiritual writers of modern times. Although in poor health for most of her short life, her literary and artistic output was remarkable. Beginning in 1927 until her death in 1954, she wrote and published constantly. With the publication of This War Is the Passion in 1941, she became one of the most popular and highly respected religious writers of the period.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918477484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918477484
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is rich in meticulous, thought-provoking illustrations coupled with in-depth reflexions to help children grow in understanding and living their Catholic faith. I hope all the children in my parish read it with their parents and godparents!
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This Ignatian-retreat-in-a-book is so beautiful. I gave it to my daughter to use as an in-home "silent" retreat. For the three days prior to her First Holy Communion, she did 4 half-hour segments a day with a chapter each time, with other prayers throughout the day, like the Rosary, stations, etc. It made her feel very grown up to do her own retreat, and the silence and gentle introduction to prayer was such a wonderful experience, and preparation for receiving the One she loves a few days later.
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Over the past few weeks I've been having my 8 1/2 year old daughter read My Path To Heaven. The book is an Ignatian retreat for children. The back cover of the book suggests that this book is best suited for children between the ages of 9 to 12, but I see no reason why a child as young as seven would have any difficulty grasping and understanding this book provided he or she is a good reader.

While it is not an ARKive book from Sophia Institute Press, this book was originally published in 1936 under a different title. I think knowing that can be useful information for parents who are looking for books with good sound catechesis. Most Catholic children are getting a watered down version of their faith in religious education classes and a book like this is a real find in the sea of Catholic books available for children today. As I read through the book I stopped many times to marvel at how well the book meshes with the Baltimore Catechism. I've recently begun to teach my daughter from the Baltimore Catechism and I loved how well this book supports it and in some ways makes it easier for her to understand.

My daughter hasn't finished reading this book yet but she has enjoyed the chapters that she has read. She says it's a very easy book to read. She likes looking at the black and white picture that is at the beginning of each chapter and she really enjoys looking for the additional pictures hidden within the drawing that are listed in the appendix.

I think this book would be a lovely addition to a homeschooler's religious education materials. It works as a nice supplemental source of catechesis for children in religious education classes, too. In fact, I think this would be a wonderful book to give to a child who is preparing for his or her first communion.
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Reason for Reading: We always start our homeschool time together with God. First using something for study, then reading a story or passage from the Bible. I just happened to stumble upon this book online and after looking at the sample pages was extremely excited about using it with my son as a catechises/devotional.

This book is utterly amazing and I highly recommend it. I do not have the theological background to do justice to it by trying to explain it to you and anything I do say about it will only be a small portion of just how beautiful and spiritually captivating and instructional it really is. This is a twelve lesson course and we did one lesson a school week, thus with the occasional week off it took us just over 3 months to complete. During that period of time, my son's knowledge of God & Jesus has blossomed and intensified. He has formed from a childish knowledge of his faith to a more mature and personal devotion to the Lord which gradually became evident throughout the study of these lessons. He understands concepts he never quite got before. He knows what Love and Hope are, he knows who to pray for, he appreciates the glory of the sacraments and the importance of the Holy Eucharist with a true heart of someone who cannot live without the food the Lord provides for our souls. He speaks of the Lord with knowledge and truth. He has reached a new stage in his religious life and I am so thankful to this book which engaged him on all levels.

Briefly how the book works. Each lesson is the same. We start off with an illustrated picture and these are incredibly intricate and detailed pictures which one is asked to study the first day. The picture also has a caption to go along with it to help your thought process.
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I agree with other reviewers: this is a beautifully rendered text. The illustrations are amazingly detailed and tell the story of the faith in and of themselves.

However, it does get a bit intense with all the sin dragging yourself and the world down to the pits of hell business. It's something I can discuss with my 4th grader, but my 6 year old son finds it frightening...yet can't look away. I'd recommend it for 9+, especially if you're not going to sit with them and simultaneously explain the finer points of grace to them.
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We are slowly working through the book with our 11 year old and 9 year old. They appreciate it very much, as do we. It is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and it provides them with an excellent way to view life and approach its joys, sorrows, and challenges. The visuals are very helpful.
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