"Dear Pope Francis" Book Will Delight You!

OK, friends, WATCH THIS:

Can you HANDLE that?! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "book trailer," but here we have 68 seconds of Dear Pope Francis goodness. What a tremendous book project!

I'm an excitable person, I realize that--I did a victory dance this morning when I managed to peel my orange in one satisfying strip. Even so, THIS IS BIG: Children drew pictures and sent letters to Pope Francis! And he answered them!

The children ask such beautifully genuine questions, and Pope Francis responds thoughtfully, tenderly. Some people worry that our Pope is a controversial figure, I know, but this book simply confirms that Pope Francis is someone we all would like to spend time with personally. Dear Pope Francis invites us to feel like we've spent an afternoon in the Pope's sitting room. Truly a pastor--a shepherd--Pope Francis gathers us around his chair, listening to us and speaking with us sincerely about God, love, life's troubles, death. That's the feeling I get from Dear Pope Francis, with its homemade drawings and heartfelt exchanges.

Here is how Loyola Press describes Dear Pope Francis:

Small children have BIG questions. Some are fun. Some are serious. And some will quietly break your heart. In Dear Pope Francis, the Pope’s first book for children, he personally responds to 30 questions from children all over the world. With his optimistic heart, Pope Francis writes with an honesty that will impact every reader long after the final page is turned. Illuminating and inspiring, Dear Pope Francis is a lasting book with a universal message for children and adults.

And here are some sample pages from the book:

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We can preorder starting March 1st here. I plan to order one for myself, then several more for my godchildren, and probably a few extras for families I know. . . . Each letter featured in the book, along with its papal response, is sure to promote thoughtful conversations in our homes.

One of the lessons I have learned since becoming a mother is that children ask powerful questions. Satisfying children's curiosity requires a clear presentation of absolute essentials; adults provide memorable answers only when they really know what they're talking about. Dear Pope Francis fascinates me because it strips theology down to its most fundamental precepts. Pope Francis' attentiveness to the children's questions (and their pictures!), his fatherly tone, and his simple explanations make this book a treasure.

And now I have to wonder--what's the ONE question I would ask Pope Francis if I were certain he had the chance to respond?? If you like, share your own questions in the comments below.

The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope's official worldwide prayer network. We are so grateful that Dear Pope Francis gives us all a totally unique way to PRAY WITH THE POPE!