Best-selling Catholic author Patti Maguire Armstrong offers a great new fiction book to help kids (and parents) learn about prayer.
Along with the Sacraments, prayer is the mainstay of a
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
there are many
ways to engage in prayer. The Catechism
identifies the basic forms of prayer as blessing,
petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.
Prayer allows us to communicate with
God and let our heart’s desires be known while also allowing us to know God’s desires
for our lives.
While prayers are always answered, we certainly know they aren’t
always answered as we hope or expect.
What we can count on is that God always take our
prayers and answers them in ways that we grow in our faith and have the potential to become better
for him. He refines us and it is always in our best interest to understand and embrace those
opportunities in which he puts us through the fire because in the end it is his love that
This is the dilemma faced by the siblings in Patti Maguire
Armstrong’s wonderful fiction book for kids of all ages called Dear God, I don’t get it!
Father has lost his job and one
sibling prays for father to get a new job that will allow the family to stay in the same house, city
and state; meanwhile, another sibling is praying that God will use the job loss as a chance to move
on to new and exciting things for the family—a new home, city and state.
of antics ensue as the family is uprooted and the oldest sibling finds the new surroundings to be
less than ideal. What both kids and parents witness in this delightful book is how God’s
answers—regardless of how different they are than what we may have had in mind—are
always the best answers.
If, and only if, we see how they are meant for our good. In
that way we are “in charge” of our own destiny—how we respond to things is totally
and completely up to us.
Patti wrote Dear God, I don’t get it!
with a few things in mind. Patti sees the great
need for Catholic kids to enjoy fiction that teaches the faith in fun and engaging ways because it
is a fun and engaging faith! Patti also has a keen sense of what works in regards to books for kids
as Patti herself is the mother of ten.
For Catholic families or classrooms looking for
an excellent book that explores prayer in a fun and enlightening way, Dear God, I don’t get it!
is a real treasure sure to please all!