Two books were released January 1, 2015: First, The Joyful Mysteries: The Illuminated Rosary
Have you ever tried to do the rosary as a family and the "contemplation" part was a bit, um, missing, because of your squirrely 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 year old? That is how this idea came about: give them a book that has the recited prayer on the left page, and a piece of sacred art on the right page. At the end of the page, turn, continue. I'm telling you, it helps! But beyond that, adults are liking this as well: there is a lot of beautiful art in here, and it may help you pray the rosary as you haven't before. It is available at the website (while supplies last) at a discount, $11.99 (paperback). P.s. if you are into Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, this is way up your alley. But even if you are not, you will like it!
The second book is 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids:
Do you need fresh ideas on how to incorporate prayer into your family's prayer life? Or you know this would be a good thing, but you don't even know where to start? This is your book, including the standards but also thinking outside the box opportunities to pray. The ideas are tagged by age appropriateness icons. Available in paperback ($9.99), and the e-book version ($4.99) will be out the second week of January. Both the above books have nihil obstats.
The third and fourth books, coming soon (February and April):
The Sorrowful Mysteries is a similar set up to the Joyful Mysteries book, just different mysteries, different art. Available Feb 2015.
The Little Flower: a Parable of St. Therese is a lovely children's book that introduces the child to Therese's "little way" through one of Therese's own parables, written in her autobiography, and lightly rewritten for presentation to a child. The book is written by Becky Arganbright and illustrated by Tracey Arvidson. It may be preordered at a discount here. Available April 2015.
But wait! You said I could win a book!
I did! Here is what you do:
1. Go to the PBGrace.com website and sign up for the weekly e-newsletter, chock full of family formation ideas. One chance to win, lasts all month.
2. If you do facebook, like the facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/peanutbutterandgrace. Now you have another chance to win, lasts all month!
That's it! If you win, you can request the book of your choice above. Afraid this is open to US and Canadian citizens only because of the shipping costs.
And please, consider buying a book or a bunch of them, because if you win, you will want to give that one to a friend as a gift. ;)
Spread the good word, everyone! And thanks!