When I became a Catholic I realised the gift of faith, hope and love. I was amazed at how my perception of joy, love, and peace was transformed in the light of Christ to something greater than I had ever experienced in my life. It also became my passion to raise my children up in the way of the Lord so that they may also know God’s love and be guided in good moral character. God’s Word is true to my soul,
“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.”
So began my family’s journey toward greater freedom. Beyond bedtime prayer, we started with weekly Mass and religious education on Sundays. That’s roughly a ratio of 6 days of worldly exposure to 1 day of Holiness. Is that what God means by training children in the right way?
I enrolled my children in the Mother’s day out program at St Jude Catholic Church two days a week. When the school announced their annual book fair was coming up, I got excited. It occurred to me that I did not even know where to find Christian books for children.
What a great opportunity to build up our family library at home for my children that embraces Christian morals, virtues, God’s word to help build my children up in fine Christian Character. Reading Christian inspired books is something that we can grow and share in our faith together as a family on a daily basis.
“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
I remember eagerly awaiting the book catalogue filled with books to inspire my child’s heart, mind and Spirit and nurture in them seeds of faith, hope and love. I was not hesitant to pass on children’s books with too cool cats, girly brats & commercialism.
However, to my dismay, the Catholic school used the same Scholastics that everyone I knew used. My Spirit grieved: where’s the Christian inspiration and model of God’s love in these? I wondered.
My heart longed for a Christian Book Fair, if only I could do something but I knew I could not. God would find the right person, I put my trust in Him,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.”
A few years later, I found books in the Scholastic book fair that go against Catholic teaching of God’s truth and contrary to natural law. God set my Spirit on fire and I found myself, my children and a small group of friends starting a non-profit organisation called the Christian Book Fair to provide book fairs online, via paper catalogue and also live book fairs as a school fundraiser.
I have been so amazed at the wonderful selection of Christian inspired books for children. What a blessing it has been to be a part of God’s plan in providing Christian books for nurturing faith, hope, and love in our children. Meanwhile, news of the growing issue of moral concern with Scholastic books weighed heavy on my heart.
My children, religious education class and children who attend our book fairs have enjoyed the CTS saint books such as St Clare of Assisi, Padre Pio and a variety of other books. Please learn more about these books, enjoy Beth Ruggiero’s review of Padre Pio online and share the joy of the good news. Experiencing God’s presence in reading Christian inspired books with my children are treasured family memories.
“…What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him”
1 Corinthians 2:9