Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Review: My Path To Heaven

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.  It's a lovely book for imparting/reinforcing the basics of the Catholic faith.

Sophia Institute Press provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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