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My First Holy Communion
Written and compiled by Sophie Piper, illustrated by Angelo Ruta
Now children from many denominations are being considered for their first communion at a young age, a first communion book is not just for Roman Catholics. This is a gift book that is sure to be used. It has a presentation page and a marker ribbon and is a book of prayers compiled from many sources and some written especially for this book. These are not babyish prayers but they are child friendly, in fact they say exactly what we need to say, all of us, particularly the prayers asking for forgiveness, I thought these were some of the best I have read. Highly recommended.
Review by Mary Bartholomew(22/07/10)
Hardback Price: £8.99
Publisher: Lion Published: April 2010
by Sarah Toulmin, illustrated by Kristina Stephenson
Baby Bible and Baby Prayers were originally published separately in 2006 and 2007. Ideal to welcome new baby or as a Christening gift. Publisher.
Lion are very good at producing quality gift books and although they have done the children’s bible and prayer book sets before this is a nice addition to the range.
It is compact in size but the print is still nice and clear. The illustrations are bright and fun without being too cartoon like as some young children’s books tend to be.
Some of the bible stories are a little bit on the short side but overall they are good and my two year old son enjoyed listening to them.
I particularly like the prayer book as it is separated into prayers for different occasions and times of the day.
At £7.99 it is good value for money and would make an excellent gift.
Review by David Rose(30/10/09)
Boxed set Price: £7.99
Publisher: Lion Published: 23 October 2009
by Angela M.Burrin illustrated by Maria Christina Lo Cascio
A book to present to a young person receiving their first Holy Communion, with presentation page at the front and pages at the back to list those who attended, special memories and photos of the occasion.
Told as if by Jesus himself, the stories of the Bible are set out from the Creation, Abraham, and the Exodus to the birth of Jesus, His life on earth, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and His Resurrection, all are illustrated tastefully and graphically by watercolours sketched in with ink, always an attractive format.
The final pages set out useful prayers and the Apostles Creed.
A welcome addition to the Redemptorist list.
At first glance, this sweet book appears to be aimed at the Catholic market. It is a beautifully illustrated children's book which is meant as a presentation gift. It includes blank pages for photos and memories of this very special day. Having said it is primarily of Catholic ethos, the book has some helpful text and bible passages explaining the background to communion and would clearly help any child preparing for confirmation and a first communion. As more and more children are being encouraged to participate, this book would be a helpful way of making a young person feel welcome and comfortable with this significant act of worship.
Originally published in 1996
In a magazine format familiar to youngsters, this slim book is for giving to those contemplating Confirmation; answers to many of the questions going round their heads, and answers to some questions they had not thought of yet! It is in no sense a Confirmation course, but a preparation, so that those who come to a course have had the chance to think through for themselves what they are undertaking and why. Some will reject the answers given, others will approach the learning involved in the course with a much more determined effort, as they understand more fully the big step into maturity and adulthood Confirmation involves.
Not just a handbook to use for adult confirmation classes, but also a very useful book to give to adults who may be considering taking confirmation and not knowing enough about it, and perhaps are afraid to ask. Detailed chapters deal with what we understand by the call to baptism and confirmation and goes into detail about belief, the creedal statements we know are part of that belief, and what commitment as a Christian means for the future life. Needless to say every chapter that introduces a topic is backed up by biblical resource and discussion notes, so this book can be used very successfully as the basis for a confirmation course as well as the use of an individual. The language is easily understood and the arguments are sound, with plenty of chance to dig deeper if wanted to. The author has herself been in many church situations and realise the need for a book that can be understood by all.