Faith In The Family: A Handbook For Parents – Book Review

Faith In The Family; A Handbook For Parents Book Cover Faith In The Family; A Handbook For Parents
Anne Burke-Gaffney & Fr Marcus Holden
Catholic Truth Society
May 2013
Central Catholic Bookshop - Melbourne

This compact book by Anna Burke-Gaffney and Fr Marcus Holden summarises key aspects of faith in a question and answer format.

Divided into three themes: ‘Creation and Created’, ‘Knowing God’ and ‘Catholic life and times’, the answers provide a few opening words with which you might reply to a child’s question and then further information that explores the topic in more detail.  Under each main theme specific topics are covered.  The questions in the section on ‘Creation and Created’ are group into God and Creation, Angels, Saints, Holy Souls, and Mary.  The ‘Knowing God’ section covers Prayer, The Mass, Confession, The Bible, and Catholic Devotions.  The third group ‘Catholic Life and Times’ covers Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, Children’s Literature, Cultivating Virtue, and Evangelisation and Vocation.

The authors provide ‘Points to Ponder’ for each topic as well as useful suggestions for activities and practical application in family life.  

The questions were asked by children aged between seven and eleven but resemble those asked by children of all ages.  The authors drew on their experience in the parish-based Faith in the Family course at the Holy Ghost Church and School in Balham, London.  

This book will help parents to live and pass on the Catholic Faith within their families in a lively and practical way and give them confidence to answer the numerous and often challenging faith-related questions that children ask.  The authors make the point that “it’s not about always, instantly supplying the correct answers, but about having the courage to try, as a part of normal, everyday conversation.”


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