As a mother of eight, it has been hard at times to know what to prioritize for my children. The older I get, the more I see the evidence that St. Paul was right: whatever is true… whatever is honorable… whatever is pure… whatever is lovely… think on these things. Instead of focusing on the evil and injustice in the world, we look closely at the good and the fair fighting against it. Instead of simply deploring ugliness, we look deeply at beauty.
Keeping that in mind, there's little better to share with my children than stories of the saints: real-life heroes, pointing with their vastly different lives to goodness and truth and beauty. I'm so excited for the recent renaissance of excellent saint stories and picture books for children, and Light of the Saints, by Cory Heimann, illustrated by Tricia Dugat, is a perfect example. No dry and yawn-inducing text here, but lively stories with interactive illustrations that bring them even more to life.
In some ways, you really need to experience this book for yourself to truly appreciate it, but the concept itself sells it: on every other page, a "hidden" illustration appears when you shine a flashlight through the other side. I love this for the sheer creativity, but even more so because it works so appropriately for a book of saint stories, to show that God's activity in their lives is often secret and hidden until it shines gloriously through.
I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher to review (it's the first book from Word on Fire's new children's imprint, Spark!), but as it happened, I already had a copy of my own—so I'd love to pass it on to one of you to share with your children! To enter, just leave a comment telling me who your favorite saint is. I'll choose a random winner next Thursday. (I can ship only to the U.S., but you international readers are welcome to share your favorite saints with us anyway—just let me know you're not officially entering!)
5/11/2023 06:06:07 am
Very excited about this imprint! Happy to hear good things so far. Favorite saint (one of): St Isaac Jogues 💕
5/11/2023 11:15:51 pm
I remember seeing the crowdfunding campaign for this book and would be so excited to win it for our first little one, due in 7 weeks! 🥰 A favorite saint is Teresa of Ávila— writer, poet, mystic, (the first female) doctor of the Church, and patron of headache sufferers!
5/13/2023 01:41:52 pm
I'm so excited about this imprint!!! And this book sounds wonderful. Gabe is looking quite pleased with it! You often have pictures of the baby so I forget how quickly everybody else is growing up. I have many favorite saints but at the moment it's St. Joan of Arc.
5/21/2023 12:35:40 pm
Congratulations, Vijaya! You're the winner of the giveaway! I'll get the book out to you this week.
5/18/2023 06:07:10 pm
Happy to meet you Elizabeth. My favorite saint is ST.Bernadette. Like her I am shy .small and an Asthmatic. Never giving into her fears and being harassed by none believers only makes me in awe of her more.
5/18/2023 06:12:41 pm
Hi Elizabeth,My favorite Saint is St. Joseph. He was always the silent one and accepted his mission in life without any complaints. St. Joseph put family first. My late father;s name was Joseph. He like St, Joseph always put family first.
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