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Breathe: A Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time
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|Title: Breathe: A Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time|
By: Laura Alary
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 11 X 9 (inches)|
Weight: 5 ounces
Stock No: WW605601
At the heart of Breathe lies a puzzle: How can Jesus go away, yet promise to be with us always? Can we trust someone who comes and goes so mysteriously?
In the style of Make Room: A Childs Guide to Lent and Easter and Look! A Childs Guide to Advent and Christmas, Breathe: A Childs Guide to Ascension, Pentecost and the Growing Time explores the comings and goings of Jesus and the Spirit through retellings of the biblical stories of Ascension and Pentecost, interwoven with contemporary reflections from the point of view of a child.
Moving beyond long ago and far away events, Breathe guides children to wonder about and watch for the presence and work of the Spirit here and now, in practices of prayer and mindfulness, and through acts of justice, generosity, and the sweet taste of kindness.
In the end, the young narrator arrives as a satisfactory solution to the puzzle: the Spirit that was in Jesus is in us too. We are his body now, his way of being in the world. Whenever we choose the way of love, Jesus is there. Always.
Cathrin Peterslund is an illustrator, visual artist, and cartoonist. She studied at The Animation Workshop (Denmark), and graduated with a BA in Graphic Storytelling in 2017. She now works as a freelance illustrator in Copenhagen.
"Breathe imparts new life into our consciousness of Gods presence in the world. It clarifies as much as it intoxicates, intuitively guiding readers of all ages through Pentecost to reveal God in our lives."
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion
"In gentle words that seem to float, Breathe reassures, encourages, and inspires even the youngest followers of Jesus, helping them understand how the Spirit is at work in and through us all." Wendy Claire Barrie, author of Faith at Home
"Breathe is an invitation to wonder, delight, and celebration and incorporates breathtaking illustrations along with masterful reflection and prose. True to Alarys style and other work, Breathe is a must-have for every parent and Christian Educator I know." Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families
"Laura Alarys Bible stories are some of the only ones that I entirely trust my children with. This Pentecost story is like none other Ive encountered, brilliant, paced like an autumn wind with moments of stillness to sit with breath and moments that sweep us up in that holy wind that still animates everything that is good and of God. This is a beautiful book that I look forward to having on my childrens bedside table." Daneen Akers, author of Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints
"Breathe takes all who read it on a journey with the Spirit. The biblical stories of this time in the liturgical year flow like the air currents into childrens experience in the church and world. This book is for all who need reassurance that God is with them in their daily livesgood times and difficult times." Dr. Kathy Dawson Benton, Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary
"It can be hard to talk about the things we dont fully understand; things like why Jesus returned to heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Holy Spirit works. Breathe: A Childs Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time provides those who tell them with language to tell them well; using words which invite wonder and examples which help listeners connect Gods story with their own. As someone who regularly engages in ministry with children and their families, I love that I can draw from it, reading small sections as a way to savor the story of Pentecost and dwell in it together." Karen Deboer, Author of Homegrown Handbook for Christian Parenting
"Anyone who is interested in nurturing a child's spirituality will inevitably be drawn to this lovely new title from the pen of Laura Alary. One only needs to read the opening words to know that Breathe: A Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time will cause the reader or listener to wonder about the mystery and meaning of this liturgical season.
The day of Pentecost is coming.
The church is changing color.
The white and gold of Easter
will soon burst into flaming red,
then cool to green.
In this poetic, thoughtful text, Laura deftly interweaves biblical stories with subtle invitations for readers to consider how the gentle wind of the Holy Spirit might be at work in their lives today. Although much of this book revolves around Ordinary Time, there is nothing ordinary about the text. It is imaginative, insightful and thoroughly inspirational- a must for every parent, pastor and children's minister." Glenys Nellist, author of the Love Letters from God, Snuggle Time and Little Mole series
"Breathe by Laura Alary is a winsome, nuanced, and beautiful book. Though it is intended for children, we adults, long in the tooth, should read it, too. It is fresh, even frolickingqualities of life that prove elusive, but not inevitably so. Laura Alary rekindles grace and makes us want to dance with the people who populate her latest book. A great gift, a good read, for both old and young." Jack Levison, author of 40 Days with the Holy Spirit, Fresh Air and Holy Spirit, I Pray
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