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King of the Shattered Glass

June 26, 2017


Never in my thirty-plus years of teaching religion to grades 1-10, have I ever come across such a compelling story as Susan Bellavance's King of the Shattered Glass. Would that I could have had it as a resource in my sacramental preparations to the Sacrament of Reconciliation! ANYONE, particularly parents, faith-formation teachers, and helpers would necessarily be inspired and find a precious tool in understanding and imparting not only knowledge of Penance, but most importantly the "heart" of the matter: the Father's tenderness and forgiveness. A jewel hidden in this story is its rootedness to today's devotion to Divine Mercy.


Kudos, Susan, for your priceless contribution to our modern-day catechesis of Penance.


Sr. Jeanne Roberge, p.m.

Marie Joseph Retreat Center

Biddeford Pool, ME


June 12, 2017


I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, King of the Shattered Glass by Susan Joy Bellavance. I endorse this book for use in Catholic schools and sacramental prep programs. It beautifully teaches how God, through his abundant mercy and loving tenderness, creates something beautiful from our brokenness. This book would be a wonderful resource for parents and teachers in preparing children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


David A. Thibault


Catholic Schools Office

Diocese of Manchester

Manchester, NH 03105

I am a Catholic homeschooling mom, a long-time Seton customer, and a DRE for my parish, and I'm writing to tell you of a beautiful new book written by one of my parishioners.  It's called King of the Shattered Glass by Susan Joy Bellavance, illustrated by Sara Tang, and published by Marian Press in Stockbridge, MA.  

King of the Shattered Glass is possibly the finest children's book I've ever read on Confession / Penance / Reconciliation.  My children love it, and I plan to share it with our parish students before they celebrate the Sacrament each year.  Simple yet profound, this book captures the heart and depth of Our Lord's Mercy perfectly in a way that all children can understand and relate to.  I sincerely hope that you will consider putting this beautiful book in your online catalog so that many generations of Catholic children (and their parents!) will enjoy what I believe will be a timeless classic.  It should be in every Catholic family's library.

Charlotte Antal
Director of Religious Education.
St. Patrick Parish, Newport, New Hampshire


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