Saint Bernadette and the Miracles of Lourdes is a children’s book written and illustrated by Demi. The book begins by speaking of a miller and his wife, named Francois and Louise Soubirous. Their first child was a girl named Bernadette. Louise had an accident shortly thereafter and another woman had to care for Bernadette. Soon she had a sister named Toinette. When Bernadette was ten, her family lost their mill and Bernadette had to go live and work with the woman who cared for her. Bernadette was a shepherdess for this woman. It was this profession that would eventually change her life, as it was during this time that her devotion to the Rosary grew.
One day Our Lady appeared to her in an apparition. No one believed her for the longest time despite the miracles. Bernadette was even threatened with jail time if she kept going back to the grotto where she saw Mary, but Bernadette’s faith was strong. Today, Bernadette is a saint and that grotto, Lourdes, is a Catholic shrine that greets six million visitors annually. The book tells the story beautifully, making sure not to miss a single detail, and this story is vividly captured in a unique illustration style that keeps drawing your eye from page-to-page.
This is an excellent book to introduce your children to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.
Angel Stories from the Bible is a children’s illustrated hardcover book that contains five Biblical stories with a focus on angels. The stories included involve Jacob, Raphael, Zechariah and Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdalene. In each of these stories, at least one angel (sometimes more in Jacob’s case) appears to God’s people. The people are stunned and afraid and the angel has to reassure them to not be afraid. (Understandably so, because I’m sure if I ever saw an angel, I’d be scared too!)
With each story, God’s messengers provide messages of hope, protection, and a path to God. The book has one of those squishy padded covers that feels good in yours or your child’s hands while holding it. This pairs well with a rich and warm illustration style that will give your children a peaceful feeling while reading the words, and hopefully encourage them to rely on God and give thanks for the angels that watch over them every day.
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Copyright 2017 Stuart Dunn
These books were provided to me for free by Ignatius Press in exchange for an honest review.