Wednesday 5 August 2020

Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids - Kathryn Griffin Swegart - Catholic Stories for Kids Book 2

Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids
Catholic Stories for Kids Book 2
Kathryn Griffin Swegart
John Henry Folley (Illustrator)
ISBN 9798653120084

This is the fourth book by Kathryn that I read and the second in the Catholic Stories for Kids Series. The first of her books I read was a historical fiction, Perilous Days, Brave Hearts Book 1, after reading that volume I picked up all her books that were currently available. And I loved each of those I have read. I picked up this volume the day it released. And it did not disappoint. The first volume in this series, Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids, was an excellent read. And this one is just as good. The description of this volume is:

“Delight in this treasury of stories taken from Catholic history. Learn about John Bosco's angelic guardian dog, the mysterious movement of Mary's Holy House of Nazareth, the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima and more. Miraculous is a companion book to the best-seller Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids. It makes the perfect First Communion book. Written for ages eight and up.”

The chapters in this volume are:

The House of the Blessed Virgin - 1294
Guadalupe, Mexico - 1531
The Angelic Dog - 1852
The Mysterious Staircase - 1878
The Holy Face of Jesus - 1898
Miracle of the Sun - 1917
The Incredible Escape - 1940
Miracle of the Flying Priest - 1943
Rescue of the Divine Mercy Image - 1948
The Boy Who Loved the Eucharist - 1991
What Science and History Tell Us

The introduction of this volume states:

“In the western part of Maine, a river flows through evergreen forests, over boulders and down to the Atlantic Ocean. On a sunny day, it sparkles like diamonds. The Swift River looks like any other stream, but don’t be fooled.  Prospectors, both young and old, have discovered large nuggets of gold in the bedrock. 

A different type of treasure can be found between the covers of this book. You are about to read ten stories that are gold nuggets in Church history, stories of miraculous escapes, of heavenly visits, of a flying priest and much more. Many have been studied by experts who can only conclude that no scientific explanation is possible. 

All these miracles are gifts from God, freely given to strengthen our faith and to encourage us on this journey to our true home, to the heavenly kingdom.”

And it does an excellent job of that. The book is an excellent read. Great to read to young children, and to read with older children. And for tweens ad teens to read themselves. This book was loved by the three of us who read it, 9, 12 and 50 years old. The final chapter starts with:

“Of all the stories you have just read, the miraculous journey of Mary’s House from Nazareth to Italy might be the most difficult to believe. That is a good attitude. In fact, that is the attitude of the Church with regard to miracles.”

The chapters on Science and History looks at:

The Holy House of Mary
The Shroud of Turin
Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
Miracle of the Sun
John Bosco
The Divine Mercy 

This is an excellent little volume for readers of all ages. It is marketed as being for children, but anyone can be blessed by reading this book with an open heart. This is another wonderful book from Kathryn Swegart. Great for readers of all ages!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Kathryn Griffin Swegart:
Brave Hearts Series:
Perilous Days
Lucia of Fatima

Catholic Stories for Kids Series:
Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids
Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids
Rescued! True Stories for Catholic Kids
Other Books:
The Wreck of the Essex: The Story of Thomas Nickerson

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