Tom McFeely is the National Catholic Register’s News Editor. He lives in British Columbia.
Noted Catholic apologist Scott Hahn is introducing the Catholic faith to a younger audience, by authoring a children’s coloring book that was released this week by the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.
The book is titled God’s Covenant with You. Below is the text of a Sept. 30 press release from Thomas More College about the book:
THOMAS MORE COLLEGE RELEASES BOOK BY SCOTT HAHN,
ARTIST DAVID CLAYTON TO DISCUSS BOOK ON EWTN
MERRIMACK – This week the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts released a children’s coloring book authored by Catholic writer Scott Hahn entitled God’s Covenant with You. Hahn is one of the most best-loved Catholic commentators on Holy Scripture and the author of several popular books on the Bible.
God’s Covenant with You is designed to draw children into biblical stories through beautiful drawings that teach the Catholic faith on many levels. The book is a simple approach to the Bible that communicates the Covenant and teaches the Catholic faith on many levels. The book is suitable for children aged 8-12, and can be ordered at www.ThomasMoreCollege.edu/Publications.
Thomas More College Artist-in-Residence David Clayton drew the icons featured on each page of the book. Clayton will discuss the book and his drawings on EWTN’s show, Bookmark, which will be aired on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m., and Friday, October 2 at 11:30 p.m.
Bookmark host Doug Keck will interview Clayton about his role as illustrator of God’s Covenant with You, which explores God’s covenantal relationship with mankind in what might be describes as a guided walk through salvation history. The text and illustrations explain the roles of Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, David and Solomon, John the Baptist, and Our Lady in leading us to Jesus Christ and our own covenant with God.
“I have done line drawings in traditional styles which, it is hoped, will do two things,” said Clayton. “First they will support the text in transmitting the joy of the message of the Church by focusing children’s imaginations on the spiritual landscape the book is describing. Second, coloring the drawings will give children an entrance into the artistic traditions of the Church, so that they may be made aware at a deep level how they communicate the truth through beauty.”
“We are excited that Scott Hahn partnered with David Clayton in producing God’s Covenant with You,” said President of Thomas More College Dr. William Fahey. “This book applies the fundamental principle of the new evangelization: the intimate association of truth and goodness with beauty. It does much to establish what Pope Benedict XVI has called the ‘culture of the word’ among children. I am sure Catholics children, parents, and teachers across the country will be touched by this new educational resource.”
God’s Covenant with You is published in Oxford, England by ResSource, an organization led by Stratford Caldecott, the editor of Thomas More College’s journal, Second Spring. The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts distributes God’s Covenant with You through its publishing imprint, Second Spring Catechesis, which also distributes The Mass Illustrated for Children and Meet the Angels.
All of these coloring books serve to engage the child in a more personal way with the symbolism and beauty of the Catholic faith. The images in these resources suggest levels of meaning, and connections between Bible and Liturgy, in a way that nourishes the child’s sense of mystery and of the sacred – essential for the healthy development of the life of faith and prayer through the difficult years of adolescence that lie ahead.
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year college that provides the rising generation with an education that forms them intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition. Additionally, the College has launched entrepreneurial new centers that seek to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church beyond the confines of its campus. These centers include the Vatican Studies Center, the Center for New England Politics and Culture, and the Center for Faith and Culture in Oxford, England.