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Loyola Kids Book of Heroes: Stories of Catholic Heroes and Saints Throughout History [Hardcover]

Amy Welborn
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  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola University Press,U.S. (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082941584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829415841
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 18.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This best-selling children's author encourages faith formation through the exciting stories of Catholic heroes and saints. Author Amy Welborn explains why having heroes is important for children in Loyola Kids Book of Heroes, a companion to her popular Loyola Kids Book of Saints. Welborn tells the stories of devoted Christians, including Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and John the Baptist, who made significant contributions to people and the world around them. Welborn introduces Christian role models who exemplify the seven cardinal virtues--faith, hope, charity, temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice, and leads children on their personal journeys of faith. Colorful illustrations and a delightful storytelling style bring these inspiring stories to life for young readers. Ages 8 - 12

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2.0 out of 5 stars Proceed with caution! 24 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wanting a religious book for a friends 8 year old daughter to mark her first Holy Communion, I ordered this book which seemed an interesting alternative to a bible. It is very American in its style of writing - quite direct and familiar; I decided to read a few of the stories before I wrapped it; thank goodness I did! Beware the 'forgiveness' story of St Maria Goretti who after refusing to carry out sexual acts on a male family friend was stabbed 14 times by him. Before dying she forgives him. The book does have some good examples of how the stories and lessons of the Saints can be applied to modern life. Maybe it is appropriate for teenage children if you like the direct style - but it is not for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn the Faith from Heroes! 24 Sep 2004
By Rich Leonardi - Published on Amazon.com
Fresh from her successful "Prove It" series aimed at teens, author Amy Welborn has released two catechetical works targeting elementary school-aged children.

The "Book of Heroes" is a terrific way to teach your children the Faith. The stories are so captivating, your little ones will be catechized without even realizing it!

Structured around the three theological and four moral virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity (Love), Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice, Welborn's book shares four-page stories about famous and not-so-famous Catholics in history.

Each section features a short discussion of a relevant portion of the Gospel and then a series of biographical sketches to show a virtue in action.

The section on Faith begins with an account of the Incarnation, with its mystery described as "[t]he all-powerful, all-loving God who'd created the world was wrapped up in a blanket, being fed by his mother, and peacefully going to sleep." She then describes the Incarnation's four-fold purpose in language children can understand.

My seven-year-old son's favorite chapter is "Charlemagne and Alcuin", a story that teaches the virtue of temperance. Everyone is familiar with Charlemagne's basic story line, but fewer know that the emperor relied upon the teacher Alcuin to bring education and learning to the empire.

What does that have to do with temperence? "Both Charlemagne and Alcuin believed that when a country was filled with people using their minds in this way - for the good - that country would be peaceful and happy. ... The virtue of temperance helps you figure out how to do it: treating life with balance and always using the gifts God has given you for good, and not for evil and selfishness."

The biographical chapters are perfect for night-time reading, each taking about 10 minutes. We alternate between the "Heroes" book and Ms. Welborn's "Book of Saints". You can't go wrong with either (or both.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real Role Models for Catholic Kids 30 Oct 2007
By CrimsonGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I would actually rate this 4.5 stars if Amazon had that option. The reason I can't give the book 5 stars are as follows: (1) the author does not use proper capitalization for pronouns referring to God (i.e. she uses "his" when it should be "His") and (2) the saints' feast days are not listed under the chapter title for easy liturgical year reference.

I really like how this book is organized by the 7 cardinal virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance, Prudence, Fortitude, and Justice. I also think it includes a good mix of saints, blesseds, Biblical people, and other Catholics from throughout the ages. Some are very familiar such as Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope John XXIII, St. Paul, St. Peter, St. Patrick, St. Francis of Assisi, and so on. Others were unfamiliar to me having been raised in the post-Vatican II era and it's nice to learn their stories. The text is engaging and the author does a good job at presenting the stories in an age-appropriate manner (always a concern when dealing with the violence many of the saints had to endure).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great content and tone 8 Aug 2005
By cathmom&teacher - Published on Amazon.com
The writing style in this book is one in which the author has a conversation about the who's and why's of the saints with the reader. Solidly Catholic and different enough in style to make it appealing to even reluctant readers. We read a lot of saint stories, but this book is in my son's room being read each night-and without force I may add. He's enjoying it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes to Emulate 12 April 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very well written and geared toward relating our beautiful Catholic saints to the lives of kids today. Amy Welborn knows children and manages to draw connections between decisions the saints had to make in standing up for their faith within the culture they lived, and how this same problem would present today. So the book helps to show how the virtues of the saints are attainable for us within the 21st century context. I love the book and I also learned a lot in reading it to my son.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Be aware 14 Jan 2008
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
This looks like a great resource, and we will continue to use it. I recommend you look over the material first. Be aware that the introduction includes the phrase, "They remembered how Jesus had been created by God in a special way inside Mary...." I do not think this was intentionally heretical, but one should be careful when speaking about Jesus, who was not created in any way whatsoever.
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