Be an Amazing Catechist
The Bible Tells Me So: A Southern Gent Wows Catholic Kids with the Bible
"You can let the Bible teach them. A lot of times the Bible is not didactic. It just tells the story and it's only from reflecting, pondering, re-reading, and thinking about it and your own life that you come to understand it. For instance, I know the Ten Commandments are written to be simple, and even children can read and absorb and profit from them. The drama and pleasure of a story or solving a puzzle is gratifying for everyone, but especially for kids. I only give them enough information so they can figure it out for themselves."
Christian's new book, The Bible Tells Me So: A Year of Catechizing Directly from Scripture, is a wonder, and must not be missed by any catechist or any Catholic adult whose faith could use a stronger foundation. Readable, entertaining, and thorough, you'll experience it as though you were a part of his classroom, learning and laughing along with the children.
With its in-the-moment style and interactive approach, it's almost like reading a great film script. But so much richer. As the modest preface tells you, the book recounts a full year of Bible-based teaching, "...featuring both Bible-sourced Catechesis and the give-and-take between teacher and students."
As a guide for how and what to teach, it's invaluable. The 37 chapters have delightful names such as, "Adam's Nose," "Smarter than God," "Miraculous Mothers," and "Sing along with Kind David," and include photos of some of Christian's many whiteboard drawings. Some classic art reproductions are also included.
In a savvy and fascinating afterword, the author gives nuts-and-bolts teaching tips, like "The catechist drives the class..." and "Kids love to go sideways..." that help you make the most of your own classroom experiences.
An image appendix includes diagrams of Moses' Meeting Tent, Solomon's Temple, Christ's Church, and then compares them, calling them "the middle ground between earth and heaven."
To say that this program is beautiful doesn't do it justice. To say that Christian LeBlanc is someone sorely needed in the Church is a major understatement.
At 242 pages and a paltry $11.99, this is a treasure of a resource. You can get it here.
God bless you!
Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of www.AmazingCatechists.com.