Well. I have been quite out of the blogging habit lately, yes? I haven’t been doing a lot of things that matter to me, and I have been doing a lot of things that don’t, so I’m going to have to reevaluate and restructure things a little bit. Or a lot. But I promised somebody a review, and I figure it’s as good a way to get going again as any! So…
Peanut Butter and Grace – I’d never heard of this company! And since I’m always looking for quality Catholic books and materials, especially for children, I was surprised, but happily so once I clicked over. This is a fairly new company, which is why I didn’t know of them, and they have two offerings which I think are extremely worthwhile for Catholic families, one free and one… not. 🙂
First, the not. They sent me a free review copy of one of their wonderful illuminated rosary books and I am completely in love! See, we’ve been trying, with mixed success, to pray the rosary together each day. Older children and adults presumably have no trouble concentrating on a mystery for the duration of the decade, but younger kids? Oh, they make a good effort, but it can get a little tedious and boring for their active and inquisitive (rather than meditative) minds. Which is why I was excited to give these books a try! (I don’t normally do reviews.)
You don’t actually need beads to pray with these books. There is a rosary printed right on the page, along with the text for every single prayer, but more importantly, there is a different fine art image for each bead, which is what holds the attention of the little ones. You can see a PDF sample of the full Joyful Mysteries book here to see what I mean. There are a lot of different styles, from classical to modern, but all are lovely and intriguing. In fact, that might be the only downside: We want to look at the images for longer than it takes to say a Hail Mary, and so the rosary takes us a little longer than usual to pray! (Probably a good problem to have.)
We have the paperback version, which I think will hold up very well, but they have a hardcover now, too, for extra durability. I’ll be buying the rest of the series as soon as I can, because my active and inquisitive (rather than meditative) mind can not stand saying the joyful mysteries that often. And the sorrowful mysteries have always been my favorites anyway. 🙂
The other really great offering they have is a free weekly publication called The Bread. It has Sunday scripture readings, upcoming saints’ days and special prayers and games for the week, for which the family can earn points, so it becomes a game to quiz each other on Church teachings, or say a special prayer for the week, or perform acts of charity. But it’s not competitive in that family members are pitted against each other; it’s cooperative, and points are earned as a unit. It’s really well done. Print one out for next week (I think it’s released on Fridays), hang it on the fridge, and see if it works for your family! You can subscribe by email, too, so you don’t forget next week’s edition.
I don’t recommend the whole website without caution, though. I’ve poked through their blog a little bit and find the contributors to be a mixed bag, so be discerning there. However, the two resources reviewed here, The Illumitated Rosary series and The Bread, can be a lovely aid to fostering a Catholic atmosphere in the home and are highly recommended!
Thanks for reading and looking at my irrelevant photographs, and I’ll be back (hopefully) tomorrow with a Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real. Lots of love!