“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
Review and Comments
If you are
looking for a book full of action, Prince
Martin Wins His Sword by Brandon Hale is a good choice. It is a story of
courage, friendship, and the strength and faithfulness of a father.
Prince Martin lives in a castle surrounded by knights, their
code of behavior, and their amazing weapons.
Martin aspires to have his very own sword one day. He also has an undisclosed dream to own a
faithful and brave dog, but the sword is his great desire. His father, the King, wisely makes the judgment
that Martin is much too young for a sword and that his staff and sling is
enough for him at this point in his life. He explains that when Martin demonstrates
that he is brave, loyal, and true, he will be deemed worthy to own a
sword. This is a goal Martin hopes to
reach, but he has no idea how he will achieve those very lofty traits.
Continue reading Demonstrating Character: A Review of ‘Prince Martin Wins his Sword’
” We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.” –Saint Pope John Paul II
Review and Contents
I was so excited when this book first came out. First of all, I am a HUGE fan of the short story genre. It was my favorite thing to read in school and my favorite to teach to my freshmen in high school. Truly great writers can tell such a good story with only a few pages.
It’s also no secret that I’m a fan of Catholic fiction for young readers. Most YA literature is full of vices of the modern world. Sex, drugs, violence….the list goes on and on. It feels so safe to have Catholic writers compile good stories for teens to read.
Continue reading THe Strength of Young People: A Review of ‘Secrets: Visible and Invisible’