It's been a few weeks since I got Kendra's book A Little Book about Confession for Children in the mail.
First, I'd like to suggest, as Jessica did, that this is not a book "for kids" that you just hand to them with a quick prayer and a smile. It's a book about children going to confession, but I really feel it is an excellent way for parent and child to discuss, understand, and appreciate the sacrament together.
Here are some of the things I like about the book itself:
- It's physically small. But not too small. It's a book, not a pamphlet, but a book that won't overwhelm either parent or child.
-The front inner flap thingy (can you tell I know all the proper publishing terminology? Be impressed.) has a handy dandy step by step list of what actually happens when you go to confession with the act of contrition written out at the bottom. It's like a cheat sheet without, like, actually cheating on anything. Because wouldn't THAT be ironic.
-The back inner flap thingy has a bullet pointed examination of conscience that's appropriate for kids, as opposed to a lot of the ones you commonly find that stuff that really only adults ought to be worrying about.
-Within the book, all the commandments are broken down and described in a way that's similarly geared toward children. Rather than saying "this commandment doesn't apply to you yet" it's "this is HOW this commandment might apply to you right now."
-There are a few saints who have a special connection with the sacrament of reconciliation and they're featured in a special way in this book. My kids and I really enjoyed reading about their lives and how their intercession or inspiration might help us reap the full benefits of going to confession.
Okay! So clearly you want and need this book, right? Well, you can win one of your very own (I'll send you the one that Mary hasn't scribbled in yet. You're welcome.) by leaving a comment right here on this post that you'd like to be entered. Super easy, right? Normally I would make a Rafflecopter form and give you a thousand chances to enter to win, but Cecilia is wasting away on the sofa behind me (read: she has a cold and is a drama queen) and this here laptop is about to run out of batteries.
I'm a good planner, as you can tell.
Et voila! Leave of a comment of any sort, but if you want to be ENTERED TO WIN you have to ask to be entered. Otherwise you won't be entered. Because what if you already have the book and you just want to leave a comment about how much you love it, know what I'm sayin'? Enter thru Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and I'll post the winner in my 7 Quick Takes at 'round 8 p.m. or so.