Let me preface this by saying that I can no longer keep up with the reading my kids do. When the older ones were little, I used to read everything they read and then some. Now, I'm fortunate to find some reading time of my own. Most of the books we have in the house have already been through my hands years ago, which makes monitoring easy! New stuff usually trickles in at the older levels and I find myself doing more skimming and trusting. There have been a handful of times when kids have approached me after reading a book and said: The younger ones should not read this. Gotcha.
The following books are a small sampling of some healthy books that have been recently spotted on various beds and coffee tables...
Professor is an athlete and loves to be fit. He also loves God and faith... and reading. So this book (given by his sister for his Confirmation) has been a delight for him to explore! He has actually already finished reading it and has passed it on to me with a high recommendation. But I am still working my way through the last 12 books that he has passed on with high recommendations, so I'll take his word for it for now. Fit for Eternal Life: A Christian Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul.
He received another book by the same author and is having a great time learning to quickly memorize all kinds of faith facts. I can't tell you too much more about it since it hasn't left the Professor's hands long enough for me to explore for myself... but there's a lovely description here
Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else) Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters
Professor took the Confirmation name of Thomas (Aquinas) and has been asking for a copy G. K. Chesterton's study on his patron for many months. He is currently reading it and is very animated in his recommendation. Saint Thomas Aquinas "The Dumb Ox"
33 Days to Morning Glory
is a beautiful approach to Marian Consecration. I have never personally made a formal consecration even though I have been praying a consecration prayer for years. When I discovered lovely book, I knew it was time. It seemed the perfect way to pursue a Marian Entrustment for our entire family. We will be making our Consecration this Saturday, on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The original reason that I picked up the above book on Marian Consecration at all is because it was authored by the same priest who wrote Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat
. This book goes in my life-changer pile with all those volumes the Lord has used to bring me closer to His Sacred Heart. It is one of those books that I could read continually and never find it dull. Perfect for Lent or any time at all. In fact, perfect for this particular Summer... the Holy Spirit is always ready to work. :)
Cookie (12) is reading Dombey and Son
at the insistence of her brother. I did nag her a little because I wanted to challenge her a bit and start raising her comprehension level. Dickens seemed to be just the thing. She asked Professor, "Is it sad?" He replied, "Yes, all of it. From beginning to end. But it is excellent and well worth reading." I probably would have advised him to use a different choice of words but he did speak the truth.
This one I found on Crash's bed. Being 10, he keeps most of his treasures and current reads there. I'm pretty sure that this is his second or third time through this one. Thank you, Bethlehem Books
, for publishing lots of books about guns, knives, wars, castles, history, and all those things young boys are stubbornly attached to. The Red Keep
It's tiiiime! I'm so excited to teach another one to unlock the secrets of reading. Jellybean (almost 5) has been ready for a while in most ways but she's a bit of a fidget. I am going to have to keep it short and simple... and possibly bribe with candy. Hey, it works. Crash was the least interested but most productive when it came to reading lessons... all because of the treat at the end. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
. Check out my tips for using this program here