HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Shhh…God Is in the Silence: A Story for All Ages
Author: Fiona Basile
Illustrator: Alice Mount
Publisher: Loyola Press, 2018
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 2 – 6
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Basile, Fiona. Shhh…God Is in the Silence: A Story for All Ages (copyrighted in 2016; published in 2018 by Loyola Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657). “Shhh…God is in the silence. Can you hear him? He is speaking to your heart. Are you listening? I love you, he says.” This book is designed to show children that we are all loved by God and were created with the spark of God’s love in our hearts. The gentle, meditative text with its repetition of simple yet profound truths encourages children (and adults!) to focus on being silent and listening to God. It will help both young and old to realize that silence itself can be a form of prayer when we quiet our minds and listen to God in our hearts. “So rest, little one…and know that God is always in your heart.
Author Fiona Basile is a writer and photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Shhh…God Is in the Silence, which is the fruit of a 30-day silent retreat in which Fiona participated in 2015, reminds us that everyone is loved by God. Alice Mount’s appealing pictures of boys, girls, and babies, along with various animals, are a great complement to the story. Parents, teachers, and anyone else entrusted with the spiritual formation of young children will find that the book can help to create the space to listen to the voice of God as it gently guides us and speaks to us. It would make a great bedtime read.