Andrea Bear reviews a children’s book that describes grandmothers’ special role in their grandchildren’s lives -- especially their prayer lives.
In today’s world, teaching our children about faith and embracing the rich culture of our Catholic traditions takes more than just mom or dad. In my own household our children have learned their faith through grandparent’s relatives and God-parents. That’s why the picture book Grandma Taught me to Love Mary by Jennifer Marte Molina and Vanessa Garrido Mansilla demonstrates the beauty of sharing our Catholic beliefs and the immense impact they can make.
Written in both English and Spanish, this is a fantastic book displaying how a grandmother’s diligence in her love of Mary (specifically, Marte Molina’s grandmother) can transfer to younger generations. The author points out how learning about the Blessed Mother through her grandmother’s guidance can be a time for not only bonding but also a stepping stone on our faith walk.
Marte Molina and Garrido Mansilla do an excellent job capturing the various devotions, celebrations, and feast days connected with the Blessed Mother. Their story showcases not only the relationship that Mary is the model of Mothers but how we can emulate that relationship within our own families. Grandma Taught Me to Love Mary is a fantastic gift for grandmothers (new and/or continuing) about the important role they play in fostering Mary’s role in their grandchildren’s lives.
Copyright 2021 Andrea Bear
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About the Author
Andrea Bear is a wife, mom, and teacher in Stockton, California. In addition to CatholicMom.com, she also writes for HerLife Magazine and Catholic Stand. She recently completed her debut novel, Grieving Daughters Club. When she's not writing or taking her kids to volleyball practice you can find her sipping coffee from the neighborhood coffee establishments or tasting wine from the local vineyards. Visit AndreaBearAuthor.com.