How To Be A Hero
How To Be A Hero

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Harrell, Julia 

Pauline Books & Media 



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Become a Catholic hero by training with the saints!

About this Book:

What if you could be a superhero with superpowers? How to Be a Hero: Train with the Saints explores the saints' superpowers (better known as virtues!). With stories illustrating cardinal, theological, and "little" virtues, this comprehensive Catholic virtue training will help children ages 9 to 11 build a strong faith that will last a lifetime.

Using a snapshot from the saint's life exemplifying the virtue, each short vignette includes a Bible verse, virtue definition, story, questions for reflection, and an original prayer to help children develop the specific virtue.

Saints and other holy Catholics in this book include Saint Joan of Arc, Venerable Matt Talbot, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Pope John Paul II, Saint Monica, Saint Josephine Bakhita, the shepherds at Fatima, Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Blessed Dina Belanger, Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, Saint Peter Yu Tae-chol and Saint Agatha Yi.

Features & Benefits:

  • Introduces and defines cardinal, theological and "little" virtues
  • Discussion questions for each virtue
  • Original prayer for each virtue
  • Begins each virtue story with a Bible verse
  • Features biographical information for each saint

About the Author:

Julia Harrell is a lifelong lover of books and of storytelling. She is a former elementary school teacher turned wife and stay-at-home mother. She holds a masters degree in education from the University of Maryland and a masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She combines her two passions by writing children's literature about the Catholic faith. Julia is an avid runner, reader, and traveler who lives outside Washington DC with her husband and two children.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

I'm grateful to be able to add this to my classroom library for continued lessons in virtue and devotion to the Saints, and I think it would make a great addition to your home or classroom, especially as a read-aloud and a resource for great virtue related discussion starters.
-Katie Bogner, Look to Him and Be Radiant Blog

The language is plain and frank, and the ideas are much more challenging than you normally see in a religion book for kids.
-Simcha Fisher, Catholic blogger and writer

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 ¼ x 8 in
Pages: 176

Keywords: Catholic saints, cardinal virtues, little virtues theological virtues, becoming a saint, emulating the saints

Karen Farrell says...
I honestly loved this book! Julia outdid herself in her clear explanations of the virtues and her ability to make the saints come alive. I absolutely LOVE how she incorporated newer and lesser known saints, blesseds and venerables to reveal how the God is constantly in pursuit of people - even now!

Katie Bogner says...
Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of How to Be a Hero: Train with the Saints in exchange for an honest review. When Julia asked for reviews of her new book, I knew it was going to be right up my alley. As a Catholic school teacher, I’ve got a shelf of my favorite Saint books for 9-12 year olds, and this one needs to be added to the list. Julia created a handbook of how to grow in virtue (an important topic for home & classroom) for intermediate age kids. Pairing each of the Cardinal, Theological, and "Little" Virtues with the example of an awesome Saint, she is giving the kids the inspiration to find holy heroes and become like them. She chose some of my favorites, such as St. John Paul II, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, and St. Josephine Bakhita. The Saints also range in era from very early Christianity (St. Monica) to modern day (Bl. Chiara Badano.) There is someone for every kid with Saints representing varying interests, backgrounds, struggles, and triumphs. The book has several content areas for each Saint, including info about a virtue and how they exemplified it, a short "novelized" biography, discussion/reflection questions, photos, drawings, and a prayer. There is also a section in the back with brief, page long biographies of each Saint. I would most recommend this book for 4th-6th graders. I especially think that the "Who Is...?" chapters work perfectly for read-alouds, which is how I have been using the book in my classroom. I also have had several students pick up and read selected chunks (note- I love that they can pick and choose the chapters to read- this works so well for this age group) and they have really enjoyed it. Some of their feedback included that they were really interested by some of the stories of Saints that were new to them, they liked the details packed into the short chapters, and liked the "look" of the book with all of the illustrations. "You can be holy. There are as many ways to be holy as there are people. The saints come from every country, every time period, every age, every walk of life, and every type of family. Though there is enormous diversity in their circumstances, every saint lives a virtuous life: a life powered by God himself." Im grateful to be able to add this to my classroom library for continued lessons in virtue and devotion to the Saints, and I think it would make a great addition to your home or classroom, especially as a read-aloud and a resource for great virtue related discussion starters.
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