Saturday, May 4, 2013

Children's Corner: Seeds of Faith for Children

Seeds of Faith for Children is a tiny booklet that has different parts of the Catholic Faith and how your child can use them to grow closer to God. Topics touched on include Prayer, the Creed, The Ten Commandments, the Sacraments, and Sacramentals. However, there is no mention of the Bible or attending weekly Mass! Yes, there are some Scripture passages at the top of every other page and Mass is briefly mentioned when talking about the Third Commandment and the Sacrament of the Eucharist, but weekly attendance at Mass and the reading of God's Word will definitely help your children's "Seeds of Faith" to grow.

The illustrations in the book are cute and do a nice job of showing both the physical world and spiritual world when we participate in the Sacraments or prayer. I especially liked the ongoing illustration showing a pot grow from a seed into a thriving plant as your child participates in different aspects of their Faith. However, I feel that the topics are out of order. Sacraments are the second to last topic mentioned in this book. Your Faith begins with Baptism, so Sacraments should have been first. Then, you can talk about the Creed and Prayer, etc.

Overall, I found this book to be lacking. The information within it was all accurate. However, it was poorly organized and missing crucial tools that help faith grow, like attending weekly Mass and reading the Bible. This was a fair book that left me wishing it had been better. To top it off, it is a flimsy paperback book that will not hold up well with one child, let alone subsequent ones. Unfortunately, I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Seeds of Faith for Children. The Catholic Company is the best resource for all your seasonal needs such as First Communion gifts as well as ideas and gifts for the special papal Year of Faith.