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Faith Today Supplement, The Message, Catholic Diocese of Evansville, March 4, 1988 , . : :i T: penetrated only through ii Up /i books. It is a life to be liv- ed. Often what this means i: I is best discovered through contact with others in the .: parish community... seek out materials that help prepare them for their tasks as parish coundil members, cate- chists, youth ministers, marriage-preparation ministers or discussion-group leaders. The value church members place on-the development of spirituality is anotlier reason for this .explosion. Many people want to discover what prayer can be, along with ways to make connections between Sunday worship in an era of ongoing adult education in so many Other fields, find it only natural to con: tinue their investigation of faith as well, For people who at a certain point in adulthood find that they want to really discover faith -- perhaps for the first time -- or to renew it, it is welcome news that there are so many helpful resources like this at hand, But another type of resource also is available, and it is equally important: the resource of and weekday activities. They view Christianity The contempo emphasis on the home as both as a retionship with Jesus Christ and people.. .... domestic churdl is ()he reason why so i .with his followers, d they:want resources . : ::The Christian life is not penetrated only out resources t0 that fast,:me growth ofhese relationshipsi : i I through books I It isa :life tO be:lived: Often |. ' Thccnt popularit',,iOf.the Biblels this means is best ! Reading: you and your ch By Janaan Manternach NC News Service l t was during a recent holi- day with our godchildren's family in Guatemala that Angela, tired of playing "Sorry" and having run-ins with her younger brother Miguel, became bored and restless. I remembered that I had brought a storybook along. So I asked her if she'd like to read a story together, one by her favorite author. We crawled up on her bed, got com- fortably close and started to read to each other from The Fourth Grade Celebrity by Patricia Reilly Gift (Delacorte Press, I Dag Ham- marskjold Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017. 1979. Hardback, $6.46). For four days Casey Valentine, the story's heroine, became another presence in our lives. We talked about her problems -- Casey feels that she's pretty much a nobody, is sick of being compared to her popular older sister and wants to become a celebrity as a way to solve her problems. Much of what Casey feels, Angela feels too at times. Like Casey, Angela procrastinates. During this time together Angela talked about herself, something she Ordinarily shies away from. We often chuckled and laughed. I learned from the experience that reading a whole book together over a period of days is a fine way to be with a child. By getting into the inner life of a story child, the child you live with and love allows you to enter into his or her inner life. What Casey did and felt throughout the story gave me op- portunities to ask Angela why she thought Casey felt and did the things she did. Were they wise? What kind of trouble was she getting into? What did she think would happen to Casey? How would she handle the situation? Two splendid books that give ad- Favorites This activity is fun to do with others -- a parent or some friends. First, each person should take a few minutes and fill in the list individually. Then, go- ing through the categories one by one, take turns sharing your responses. Tell why It Is your "favorite." This not only helps you to get to know one another better, it also might give you some good ideas for a book or song or Bible story you'd enjoy. Favorite book Favorite poem Favorite Bible story Favorite song Favorite game Favorite movie ditional insights into the impor- tance of adults and children spend- ing time together with a story are Trailing Clouds of Glory, by Madeleine L'Engle (The Westminster Press, 925 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. 1985. Hardback, $12.95); and The Read Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease (Viking Penguin Inc., 40 W. 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010. 1985. $7.95). A book that most people never read in its entirety is the Bible. While your children are young this might become a family goal, using a children's Bible. Several good ones could make this a most en- joyable experience. For example, The Taize Picture Bible (Fortress Press, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19129. 1968. Hardback, $9.95); A Child's Bible, by Anne Edwards and Shirley Steen (Paulist Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd.', Mahway, N.J. 07430. 1986. Paper- back, $9.95); and Holy Bible  In- ternational Children's Bible (Sweet Publishing Co., 3934 Sandshell, Fort. Worth, Texas 76137. 1986. Hardback, $16.95). Reading poetry together is :mother special kind of shared ex- perience. Some poetry books that 1 like are: A New Treasury of Children's Poetry, selected by Joan- na Cole '(Doubleday, 245 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10167. 1984. Hardback, $12.95) and two Paulist Press paperback books by Christy Kenneally, Strings and Things, (1984, $3.50) and Miracles and Me, (1986, $3.95). Or you may want to introduce your children to saints and Chris- tian heroes, who might become models for your children. A favorite is The Saint Book, by Mary Reed Newland (Seabury Press, divi- sion of Winston Press Inc., 815 Se- cond Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. 1979. Hardback, $9.95). For ideas on how adults and children might pray together, you might try Prayer and Our Children, by Mary Terese Donze, (Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. 1987. Paperback, $3.95), or Sacred Times for Christian Families, by Monica E. Breidenback and Margot K. Hover (Silver Burdett, 250 James St., Morristown, N.J. 07960. 1980.) (Ms. Manternach is the author of catechetical works, Scripture stories and original stories fi;r children.) ; ": .. .I: t  . ;,,,