Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homeschooling and the Sacred Art Series -- and a Sale and Giveaway!

Schools and homeschools alike are beginning classes soon, which means that it's time to buy books and other school materials.

The Sacred Art Series offers two unique products that can supplement your religion curriculum and aid family devotion year round: (1) The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John and (2) the Rosary Flip Book.

Cultivating Prayer in the Home

As the father of a homeschooling family, I designed the Sacred Art Series especially for families with school-aged and young children--and particularly for homeschooling families such as my own. Every day, I want my children to grow in their knowledge, love, and service of God. Two of the best ways for cultivating this in the home are the regular reading of Scripture and the daily recitation of the Rosary. Yet both activities present difficulties for children.

I designed the Sacred Art Series to minimize these difficulties, thereby making Scripture and the Rosary more accessible for children.

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John

The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John presents the complete text of the Gospels of Luke and John in large print in a story-by-story format alongside beautiful images of sacred art. With these two Gospels--the synoptic Luke and the non-synoptic John--a child will have an accessible, one-volume life of Christ that can be read and re-read throughout life. Strong readers (second or third grade and up) can easily read a new Gospel story each day on his own. Children learning to read can read with their parents. This regular reading of the Gospels not only supplements a child's religion course by developing knowledge of Jesus Christ, it also lays a strong foundation for a regular life of prayer.

And there's no need to take my word regarding the contents of the book. You can view a free .pdf of the entire interior of the book here; and hi-res images of the printed book are available here. More details and reviews are available at the SacredArtSeries.com product page and at Amazon.

The Rosary Flip Book

The daily recitation of the Rosary--or a portion thereof--is another excellent practice for families. Many homeschoolers wisely incorporate this devotion into their school day. But praying the Rosary with small children can be difficult. Asking a child to meditate on the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross, tends to be too abstract for the mind of a child--and often too abstract for us adults! The Rosary Flip Book can help.

Providing an image to stimulate the imagination and regularly call the child back to the mystery at hand is helpful. And even after your Rosary is done, leaving the Rosary Flip Book open on the mantle or elsewhere in the home can provide a helpful reminder to pray throughout the day. It's especially helpful on holy days such as the Annunciation, Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, or the Assumption, as the appropriate image can be displayed throughout the day.

More details on the Rosary Flip Book, including reviews are available on the product page at www.SacredArtSeries.com.

Back to (Home)School Sale and Giveaway

Both The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John and the Rosary Flip Book are available for purchase through Amazon with free shipping through Amazon Prime. More information on both items is available at www.SacredArtSeries.com. And for the next week (through August 27), I'm reducing the prices at Amazon on these items by 20%.

And there's more: The Sacred Art Series is hosting an Amazon Giveaway of one copy of The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John. Follow the link, tap the box, and see if you're the winner.

Lastly, a final request: if you find these books helpful for your family and your homeschool, please consider writing a favorable Amazon review and spread the word--both orally and through social media. (You can also like and share our Facebook page.) The publications of the Sacred Art Series were self-funded out of a desire to spread the Gospel and the Rosary. It's not cheap to produce a beautifully bound book, so if you'd like to see more from the Sacred Art Series, I need your help.

God bless you and your families in this new school year!