The purpose of this site is to help Catholic parents find "good books" for their children. Our dream is to build a Catholic user-generated book hub similar to Goodreads. We offer our own book lists and reviews and we are asking for your contributions. This site is also "subtly" promoting the book St. Rosaline, the Carthusian: The Saint With the Shining Eyes.
A good book for Catholic children is well-written, preferably beautifully written. The way to teach children to recognize good literature is to immerse them in excellent writing while keeping them away from the bad and the mediocre. It works!
The book need not be openly Catholic but it should be compatible with Catholic spirituality and thought.
We are looking for stories, stories that nourish the soul and the imagination. Catholic culture has all but disappeared from our world and our children need stories to teach them the values and the beauty of Christian civilization.
With the disappearance of Catholic culture comes the loss of Catholic language. As Byzantine Catholics, we are familiar with the rich, poetic language of our liturgy that sometimes carries over into our daily lives. This language can now only be found in old books. The vocabulary of the Faith has all but vanished from life and literature.
You will find a taste of this language in Mark Vincent's picture book St. Rosaline, the Carthusian: The Saint With the Shining Eyes.
Our blog, The Story of a Book, journals the self publishing and the marketing of Mark's picture book St. Rosaline, the Carthusian: The Saint With the Shining Eyes. We hope you will either benefit from what we have learned or be amused by our clumsy endeavors. Most of all, we hope and pray that some of you may feel encouraged to write and self-publish your own book. There will be plenty of book reviews, too.
THE STORY OF A BOOK
WHAT IS A "GOOD BOOK"?
Mark is the author St. Rosaline, the Carthusian: The Saint with the Shining Eyes, the book featured on this site. He is a Byzantine Catholic and the father of eight voracious, homeschooled readers.
Nadia is the illustrator of our book. She and her family attend the same small Byzantine Catholic church as the Vincents.
Nadia is the second oldest of eight homeschooled siblings. She loves to draw and paint and wants to be become a professional artist.
Mark's wife Christine works part-time at a public library. Her favorite part of homeschooling has always been reading to her kids. She is a freelance writer and translator as well as the administrator and principal blogger of this site.