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Saturday, 28 July 2018

The Whisper in the Ruins - Lisa M. Hendey and Jenn Bower - Chime Travelers Book 3

The Whisper in the Ruins
Chime Travelers Book 3
Lisa M. Hendey
Jenn Bower (Illustrator)
Servant Books a division of
Franciscan  Media
ISBN 9781632530363



The five books in the Chime Travelers series were published in 2015-16. I came across them late and actually read book 5 first. I have since gone back and now read them all. Between my personal reading and reading with my children I have now read about a half dozen books on Saint Francis of Assisi in the last 2 years. And even with the fictional elements, this book is one of the best, and an absolute blast! 


This book begins with a blessing of the pets at the local parish. But the next morning people quickly realized that someone has thrown a rock through the stained-glass window of Saint Francis. While helping to clean up, the church bells begin to ring, and Patrick feels a rushing cool wind. In this third book in the series, when Patrick is transported in space and time, he immediately recognizes what has happened. Both he and his sister have had this happen once before and he instantly wonders who he will encounter and what he is there to do or learn. Patrick meets a young Francis, and very quickly suspects that it is Saint Francis of Assisi. He is soon able to confirm that suspicion. Young Patrick is able to witness so much about Francis's call and early ministry. And along the way he figures out why he is there and how he can take that lesson home.


The illustrations by Jenn Bower are wonderful. The story by Hendey is amazing. This is an excellent read and part of aa wonderful series. But be warned about the cuteness of the church mouse. It teaches good lessons without being preachy. It helps children come to their own conclusions, and I can say that for my oldest two, this book, and this series has inspired change in their lives. My children and I recommended this book for the whole family. Our only regret is that the series seams to have come to an end at 5 books. There are so many other saints we would love to see Patrick and Katie interact with. Maybe someday.


Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Lisa M. Hendey:
The Handbook for Catholic Moms
A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living
O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

Chime Travelers Series:
The Secret of the Shamrock
The Sign of the Carved Cross
The Whisper in the Ruins
The Mystery at Midnight
The Strangers at the Manger

Contributed to:
Beautiful Mercy
Small Steps for Catholic Moms
The Catholic Baby Name Book
One Body, Many Blogs: A Guide for Christian Bloggers
The Catholic Mom S Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections
The Church and New Media









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