Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time, a new book for children written by Laura Alary and illustrated by Cathrin Peterslund is due out in April of this year.
Breathe retells the biblical account of the Ascension of Jesus and the Day of Pentecost in a lyrical and practical way for children.
‘The season after Pentecost lasts for a long time…
In church we call it Ordinary Time…
There are no big holidays during Ordinary Time,
But life in the Spirit is not ordinary.
Amazing things are happening.’
Breathe looks at the natural growing time of the Northern Hemisphere’s spring and summer that coincides with Ordinary Time in the church calendar and connects it with the movement of the Holy Spirit. Seeds that had been buried in the earth have come to life and flowers are blooming. Everything is growing and changing in the natural world which makes it a good time to reflect on what the Spirit is doing in our lives.
‘Am I growing the fruit of kindness?’
‘I wonder what kind of fruit I will bring to the world?’
I like the practical aspects of this book. The author puts them alongside the retelling of the biblical account to show us how we may apply them to our lives.
Breathe is a lovely book to be shared with a child and I think an adult who does this will be refreshed too. It’s always good to examine ourselves to see if we are growing the fruit of kindness and children help to give us a fresh perspective as they see things we often don’t.
If you are, like me, in the Southern Hemisphere, the book is still applicable but like the Christmas books we read that depict snow, we have to use our imaginations a little more.
Laura Alary also wrote two other children’s books I’ve previously highlighted – Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter and Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas. They have a similar format to Breathe but a different illustrator. I think Breathe is pitched a little more to a wider age range with more textual depth but they are all well done.
All three books are published by Paraclete Press.