First Holy Communion Mary Lou Winters, fsp

This book is very much centred on the faith journey of the child. It is purposefully focused on life with Jesus in the context of world, family and growing in awareness and love of Jesus, through the Eucharist and the three sacraments of Christian Initiation. 

One of the special, unique features of this book is that it actually has a little cartoon “book angel” called Friel. Our book angel can

be spotted throughout the book and gives very helpful hints about what the child can do and even little insights into meaning and content. Another special feature is the true story of the Emmaus Journey. The story is retold in child friendly language. There are pages following that help the child think about how life with Jesus can continue to grow through simple good practice.

Review by Mary Lou Winters, fsp , author

The Shack by William P. Young

This is an uplifting book which encourages us to think about who God truly is and challenges many of the stereotypes that may have taken hold in our imaginations. Throughout the book the reader will come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be in relationship with God. 

Some of my favourite quotes:

"Remember, the people who know me are the ones who are free to live and love without any agenda."

"Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colours."

"Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to hold power over another is to choose to limit oneself - to serve."

Review by Lucy

Padre Pio The Wonder Worker

The book documents Padre Pio's early life through to his death. It details the thoughts and actions of this great saint . I would recommend this book. It is a fantastic introduction to one of the greatest modern saints. 

Although this book records many authenticated wonders, its main aims consists in recounting the life and heroic virtues of this modern day Saint who shows that the way to personal holiness is very much with us in our day.

The first seven chapters are a biographical sketch, followed by over thirty chapters dealing with the many inspiring facts pertaining to his life and charisms. Also included are chapters on the Beatification ceremony in Rome and the Pope's homilies. 

Review by Lidia

Anam Cara by John O'Donohue 

Anam Cara focuses on the "inner soul", and how we should listen and nourish our own inner soul. O'Donohue, speaks of the lack of silence in our daily life. Many of us during lock down, experienced silence; our world almost stopped.  We experienced the beauty of the singing birds, the unpolluted magnificent sky and the purity of the air around us.   No traffic. We almost had forgotten what silence in your life could bring.

The peace and tranquility allowed us to think a bit deeper about ourselves and the beauty of the earth that God created.

As our lives start to unfold from our time in isolation, Anam Cara reminds us of the beauty of the world around us, and ,"the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you".

...''There is a presence who walks the road of life with you. This presence accompanies your every moment."

This book is so relevant in our world today.

Review by Veronica