• DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God
    • DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God
    • DoubleClose: The Young Child’s Knowledge of God

    • $15.00
    • DoubleClose is an immersion into the rich mystery of the child's relationship with God--a relationship one small child describes as "double close". Part One explores characteristics of young children, their potential for a rich relationship with God, and how young children know God and communicate that knowledge to observant adults. Part Two features responses of young children to the Bible…
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    DoubleClose is an immersion into the rich mystery of the child’s relationship with God–a relationship one small child describes as “double close”. Part One explores characteristics of young children, their potential for a rich relationship with God, and how young children know God and communicate that knowledge to observant adults. Part Two features responses of young children to the Bible or the liturgy, followed by a reflection that nurtures the reader’s own relationship with God.

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  • The History of the Kingdom of God, Part 1: From Creation to Parousia
    $19.00

    The History of the Kingdom of God, Part I: Creation to Parousia is a revision by Sofia Cavalletti of her earlier work, History’s Golden Thread, a core text in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Another core text,Living Liturgy, has also been revised and is available in the second volume, The History of the Kingdom of God, Part II: Liturgy and the Building of the Kingdom. Together, these two volumes offer the reader insight into Scripture and Liturgy as the means to understand God’s plan of salvation history, from the creation of the world, through redemption by the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, to its culmination in the Parousia, when God will be all in all. While this first volume is essential reading for all catechists of the Good Shepherd, all who study the Bible and who seek to understand God’s revelation through sacred history will be enlightened and inspired by Cavalletti’s insights and scholarship.

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  • Silence in the Shadow of Speech
    • Silence in the Shadow of Speech
    • Silence in the Shadow of Speech

    • $8.00
    • Written by Helene Lubienska de Lenval, a French colleague of Maria Montessori’s, and translated from French by Elizabeth MacArthur, this meditation on silence and contemplation for children and adults is a treasure. A thoughtful gift for catechists, parents, and teachers.
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    Written by Helene Lubienska de Lenval, a French colleague of Maria Montessori’s, and translated from French by Elizabeth MacArthur, this meditation on silence and contemplation for children and adults is a treasure.

    A thoughtful gift for catechists, parents, and teachers.

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  • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti
    • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti
    • Way of Holy Joy: Selected Writings of Sofia Cavalletti

    • $15.00
    • Way of Holy Joy, a compilation of writings by the co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the spiritual life of the child. With the exception of one, these have not previously been published in English. As the title suggests, these essays shine a light on an often overlooked spiritual reality: the joy that is found in…
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    Way of Holy Joy, a compilation of writings by the co-founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, focuses on the spiritual life of the child. With the exception of one, these have not previously been published in English. As the title suggests, these essays shine a light on an often overlooked spiritual reality: the joy that is found in the relationship between God and the Child.

    The essays included in this volume, published shortly after her death in August 2011, also reflect her involvement with the wider church community, including her work on the relationship between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. Those interested in children’s spirituality will find these essays a source of inspiration and insight. Perhaps more importantly, all who seek to live out their baptismal calling as Christians will benefit from meditating on these reflections. One of the most important, though perhaps unintended, effects of Cavalletti’s work has been its impact on adults. By focusing on what is most essential, what is at the heart of faith—a relationship with a Person—many have discovered for themselves this “way of holy joy.”

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  • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old
    • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old
    • The Religious Potential of the Child, 6 to 12 Years Old

    • $22.00
    • This is the continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The author, Sofia Cavalletti, the founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, describes an approach to the religious education of children according to the methods of Maria Montessori. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children age 6 to 12 builds on…
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    This is the continuation of The Religious Potential of the Child (from 3 to 6 years old). The author, Sofia Cavalletti, the founder of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, describes an approach to the religious education of children according to the methods of Maria Montessori.

    The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children age 6 to 12 builds on the foundation in scripture and liturgy offered to the 3- to 6-year-old child. The theme of the covenant between God and humankind, first revealed to the people of Israel, is expanded to include all of history, from Creation to the Parousia, the second coming of Christ. For the older child, awareness of participation in this covenant relationship leads spontaneously to a sense of moral responsibility and of engagement with the cosmos in all its manifestations.

    This book will be a great help to educators and catechists seeking to understand the characteristics of the older child, particularly the child’s relationship with the mystery of God. Even those not familiar with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will find in these pages wisdom and insight into the religious life and needs of older children.

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  • The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
    $17.00

    An excerpt from the introduction: “As a scientist, I know childhood spirituality to be a powerful truth that is incontrovertible yet strangely absent from our mainstream culture. That ‘children are so spiritual’ is not merely anecdote or opinion, be it mine or anyone else’s. It is an established scientific fact.”

    This fascinating book by Lisa Miller, Ph.D. presents the science behind childhood spirituality, and seeks to create a dialog among children, parents, and those who work to support them.

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  • The Life of Christ Coloring Book
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    Coloring book with images from the Life of Christ as pictured in the stained glass windows of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

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  • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture
    • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture
    • Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture

    • $13.00
    • How do we help children understand the challenging stories of violence in Scripture in light of our belief in a God of love? Based on her experience as a Montessori educator and catechist of the Good Shepherd, Catherine Maresca has thought deeply about this question. In Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Chldren Understand Challenging Stories, she bridges years of…
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    How do we help children understand the challenging stories of violence in Scripture in light of our belief in a God of love? Based on her experience as a Montessori educator and catechist of the Good Shepherd, Catherine Maresca has thought deeply about this question. In Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Chldren Understand Challenging Stories, she bridges years of reading the Bible with children with her commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking. Catechists and religious educators will find this a welcome and helpful resource in their own work with children.

    “Honoring children’s natural capacity for spiritual insight, Maresca does not seek to explain the violence in the Bible to children– rather, she provides tools for adults to reflect theologically on it with children in age-appropriate ways. Resisting simple answers that are too shallow after early childhood, Maresca’s approach lays a foundation for the dynamic interaction with Scripture that God’s Spirit uses to form deep faith.” -Sarah Ann Bixler, Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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    • At Home in the Montessori Children’s House Vol. 2

    • $40.00
    • Classroom Lessons, Routines and Celebrations Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors. In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered…
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    Classroom Lessons, Routines and Celebrations

    Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors.

    In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.

    She covers all the essentials for the optimal beginning of a school year, following with effective strategies for classroom management throughout the year. Her many years of experience give new inspiration to Montessori’s procedures for nurturing each child in self-discipline, courtesy, responsibility, and learning.

    For catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Flewelling-Pinchen’s wisdom can serve as a valuable tool in staying grounded in the Montessori method.

    This volume has an excellent guide to practical life – choosing and assembling materials, selecting a task, and presenting the material.

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    • At Home in the Montessori Children’s House Vol. 1

    • $40.00
    • Establishing a Child-Centered Community Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors. In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.…
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    Establishing a Child-Centered Community

    Putting Montessori theory into practice in the classroom, even after excellent training and preparation, can be a daunting task, particularly for those of us without good Montessori mentors.

    In her book, AMI trained Montessori teacher Mary Flewelling-Pinchen draws on her 32 years of experience in the classroom, offering practical advice in establishing a vibrant child-centered classroom.

    She covers all the essentials for the optimal beginning of a school year, following with effective strategies for classroom management throughout the year. Her many years of experience give new inspiration to Montessori’s procedures for nurturing each child in self-discipline, courtesy, responsibility, and learning.

    For catechists in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Flewelling-Pinchen’s wisdom can serve as a valuable tool in staying grounded in the Montessori method.

    Topics explored include Preparing the Environment, Orientation, Normalization, Classroom Management, and Discipline.

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  • Drinking from the Sources: How Scripture and Liturgy Shape Our Christian Life
    $15.00

    One of the many gifts of Sofia Cavalletti to the church is her clear eyed theological grasp of the sources of our faith. She once said that she was led to this essentiality by the children, and that she herself was a very complicated person. This gift of essentiality is offered in Drinking from the Sources’ careful translation and selection of Sofia Cavalletti’s meditations on Scripture and liturgy. The foundation of our faith (and of CGS), Sofia frequently said, is Scripture and liturgy. This book explores how they are related to each other, how we are formed by them, and the wealth of the Eucharistic Prayers. In times such as these, when our attachment to the church may be shaken, to be rerooted in the sources of our faith is a gift indeed.

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  • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley
    • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley
    • Moving Day: Poetry by Rob Soley

    • $15.00
    • This book of poetry by the late Rob Soley, catechist and Montessori teacher, will be a treasure for anyone who appreciates poetry. During 2018, Catherine Maresca worked with Rob on this book of his exceptional poetry. Before Rob passed away, he and his wife Karen decided to donate the proceeds of the book to CCTheo.
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    This book of poetry by the late Rob Soley, catechist and Montessori teacher, will be a treasure for anyone who appreciates poetry. During 2018, Catherine Maresca worked with Rob on this book of his exceptional poetry. Before Rob passed away, he and his wife Karen decided to donate the proceeds of the book to CCTheo.

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