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Sr Joanna Coleiro, fsp, is a Daughter of St Paul with a long-time interest in the spiritual growth, faith development and religious experience of both adults and children.  Each month Sr Joanna gives book recommendations for parishioners, both big and small.

Hello, Sister Bee: Themes from Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ Retold for Children
by Luigi Ferraresso & Fabrizio Zubani 

Water is very precious.  The sky and the earth are beautiful and bountiful.  So are all creatures living on the earth – including bees!  We need to take great care of everything because it is all so lovely and valuable.

This small, wonderfully illustrated book helps parents and teachers introduce young children to the message Pope Francis’ communicates to the Church in his encyclical on caring for the Earth, Laudato Si’.  The young children, Clara and Thomas, help to break open key themes from Laudato Si’ and invite young children to consider how they use the precious resources of the Earth.  Available to purchase from Pauline Books & Media.

Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer leaves us with timeless reflections on the Psalms and their significance in the Christian life.  He reminds us that Jesus died with a psalm on his lips and that for millennia people have been shaped by the Psalms.

This Bonhoeffer classic was first published in 1940.  In it Bonhoeffer invites us into the richness and power of psalms of thanksgiving, suffering, guilt, praise, and lament – psalms that Jesus prayed following David’s footsteps, and that we pray following Jesus.  Available to purchase online from Pauline Books & Media.

All Will be Well: 30 Days with Julian of Norwich
By Julian of Norwich, edited by John Kirvan 


Drawing deeply from the wisdom writings of medieval English mystic Julian of Norwich, this book welcomes even spiritual newcomers to the spirituality of this fourteenth century visionary who was well ahead of her time.

This ‘Thirty Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher’ series provides a month of daily readings from one of Christianity’s most beloved spiritual guides.  For each day there is a brief and accessible morning meditation drawn from the mystic’s writings, a simple mantra for use throughout the day, and a night prayer to focus one’s thoughts as the day ends.

This is an easy-to-use series of books which are the perfect prayer companion for busy people who want to root their spiritual practice in the solid ground of great spiritual teachers.  Available to purchase online from Pauline Books & Media.

By Sr Joanna Coleiro fsp


Pauline Books & Media is run by The Daughters of St Paul, which is an international congregation of religious women founded to spread the Gospel through the channels of the modern media.  Why not visit the book shop at 7 Denmark Hill Road, East Hawthorn.  Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am to 12 noon.

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