Marian Consecration for Children
We went to great effort to make this book both approachable and beautiful.
By Carrie Gress
My latest book offering, Marian Consecration for Children: Bringing Mary to Life in Young Hearts and Minds, is now available for pre-order and is set for release on March 21, 2018.
This book was truly a labor of love for my own children, my godchildren (to whom I dedicated it), and for all children. As the world seems to grow darker by the day, Marian Consecration is a ray of hope. Marian Consecration might just be the best way to both protect our children and rebuild culture, one soul at a time.
I just published an article, Want Greater Protection for Your Child? Consider Marian Consecration, where I explain what led to writing this book, but also what makes this consecration appropriate for children (roughly ages 5-12).
As parents, we are always trying to find ways to protect our children. One of the best ways we can do that is to entrust them to the care of the Virgin Mary by consecrating them to her. I know of many great parents who have done this for their children. But however fantastic this act of devotion is, it has one glitch: It still leaves parents as the mediators between the child and Mary. But what would happen if parents helped their children to go directly to Mary and forge their own relationship with her? Probably something pretty remarkable.
What I did not mention in this article, however, is pains we took to make this a beautiful book and to emphasize that seeing beauty can aid us in our journey to God because it is a reflection of him. For example, in one section, I explain the pattern attested to by every visionary of a Marian Apparition -- that Mary is the Most beautiful woman they have ever seen:
In every apparition of the Virgin Mary, the people who saw her said, “I saw the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” Mary’s beauty was always something that moved them to love her and to become better Christians. Even St. Therese had an experience of Our Lady’s beauty when she was a suffering greatly as a child. Little Therese turned to a statue of Mary near her bed and begged Mary to have pity upon her through the terrible suffering. She writes, “All of a sudden, the statue became alive! The Virgin became beautiful, so beautiful that I could never find words to express it. . . . But what penetrated to the roots of my being was her ravishing smile. At that moment, all my pains vanished.” Mary’s beauty isn’t beauty for its own sake, but it points to the goodness of God.
Additionally, the designers at TAN Books made the book visually beautiful, both the cover, but also in the illustrations throughout the book.
One of my friends with whom I shared the book, a wise and trusted grandmother, wrote to me: "The book cover is gorgeous, the blue is stunning; the inside drawings are very lovely and the font with the embellished first letter of the chapter is child worthy; from what I can see its all child worthy! I love it! I am so happy to see a Catholic children's book that doesn't offend their sensibilities but helps their souls 'to stand on the heights' (Psalms 18:34)."
Another friend, a school teacher, took the book to adoration and became so absorbed in it that she lost all track of time.
I continue to pray that this little book will bear much fruit in little souls, and like The Marian Option, will help people draw closer to her as a real person, intent upon being involved in our everyday lives.
TAN Books also is offering special pricing for bulk orders for schools, parishes, etc...