Tuesday 22 June 2021

Lucia of Fatima - Kathryn Griffin Swegart - Brave Hearts Book 3

Lucia of Fatima
Brave Hearts Book 3
Kathryn Griffin Swegart
John Henry Folley (Illustrator)
ISBN 9798740744858

This was the fifth book by Kathryn that I have read. And it was a long wait between book 2 and book 3 in this series. Of the three stories in this series this was the one I am most familiar with. I have read several books about Fatima, but this novelization of the life of Lucia is a wonderful read. Once I started reading this story I could hardly out the book down. There are very few even outside of the church who have not at least heard about Fatima. 

This book is wonderfully written. Written for tweens and teens it is so well written that even adults will love this volume. I cannot wait to reread it with my preteen and youngest teen. The way Swegart has written this story brings it to life in a whole new way. It was incredible to read this for the perspective of Lucia. To see the original events her experiences over the years since through her eyes. It is a powerful read. 

Readers cannot help but get caught up in the events. You will find yourself transported back to the original events and will experience. the feelings of the miracle. It is deeply moving. An excellent read. The description of the book is:

“Lucia of Fatima tells the riveting story of Our Lady's visits to three children in the year 1917, told like never before. Walk with Lucia as she experiences doubts, persecution, and joy. Read of Lucia's courage in the face of nightmares, threats, and armed soldiers. Based on Lucia's memoirs and those of her Carmelite sisters, little known facts are brought to light, including her friendship with Saint Pope John Paul II who believed that Our Lady of Fatima saved him from death in an assassination attempt. Lucia of Fatima is sure to inspire young and old alike. Historical fiction for ages 10 and up” 

I was aware of much that was presented in this book. But I was unaware of her nightmares and her fears and doubts at the beginning. Her bravery is amazing, and a wonderful witness. There are a half dozen illustrations from the artist John Henry Folley. These add to the story and bring some of the images to life the events. 

It should be noted each of the stories in this series is a stand alone story. They are united in portraying the lives of saints or blessed. But each can be read alone. That being said the three available currently are all excellent reads. This book is an wonderful read in a fantastic series. And I cannot wait to find out which saint will be portrayed in the next instalment.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Reviews of other books about Fatima:

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

1 comment:

kathrynswegart.com said...

Thanks Steven for your enthusiasm. May the message of Fatima spread far and wide.