There’s a Catholic bookshop not far from me, owned and operated by the Daughters of St. Paul. Pauline Books and Media is a peaceful oasis in the center of a bustling city. The sisters are kind, the shop is warm and welcoming, and the shelves are stocked with Catholic media of all kinds for all ages.
Our Little Flowers Girls’ Club took a field trip there about three years ago. One of the sisters, Maria Grace Dateno, FSP, was kind enough to offer a presentation on a saint and virtue to our girls. My oldest enjoyed it immensely, but the best part was when she discovered that Sr. Maria Grace was the author of a series of books: The Gospel Time Trekkers.
The Gospel Time Trekkers series tells the story of three siblings who find themselves transported to the time of Jesus. Hannah and her brothers, Noah and Caleb, go on a series of adventures that take them from the birth of Christ to his sacrifice on the Cross. My daughter was hooked, and she read all six in as rapid succession as we could get our hands on them.
There are a couple of things I love about The Gospel Time Trekkers series. First, Sr. Maria Grace is young, and she grew up in the same diocese as my family. She is an example of the joy and peace which comes from following Christ’s vocation for your life, and I love that my girls were able to meet her and have her as role model. The books themselves are great fun: relatable characters, humorous dialogue and warm, detailed illustrations. But the best thing of all is that they make the Gospels accessible to children. It helps them see that Christ’s birth, ministry and sacrifice were not just old stories that happened long ago. He was real – he is real. And Sr. Maria Grace’s stories drive that home.
If you are interested in purchasing the Gospel Time Trekkers series, you can find it here. It’s geared toward ages 6 to 9, but I think older and younger children would enjoy the series, as well.
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