A Walk through Our Church by Gertrud Mueller Nelson
Using the bold woodcut-like illustrations for which she's internationally known, best selling author Gertrud Mueller Nelson takes two children-and all of us-on a holy tour of a familiar sacred space, the neighborhood church. The format of the book is deceptively simple: a girl and her older brother walk through an empty church. The children name the parts of the building and such furnishings as the pews, hymnals, presider's chair, altar, crucifix, tabernacle, articles in the sacristy, and so on. At the same time, the children discuss the religious significance of each item. Not a story book, this is a true educational experience for anyone, ages 5 and up, who want to become more aware of liturgical history. Each portion of the text includes a fragment of a psalm so that the "walk" becomes a living prayer. Totally unique, this book -helps restore a sense of the sacred to one's local church -comes as a handsome hardcover, making it a wonderful gift -will be welcomed by parents, pastors, liturgists and catechists everywhere.