TAN Books, 2017
132 pages, hardcover, $24.95
During my 13-year tenure with the National Catholic Register, one of the most memorable stories I penned was about Brendan Kelly, a leukemia-stricken Down syndrome child, whose Make-A-Wish wish was to meet the pope. I can still picture the image of four-year-old Brendan shaking Pope John Paul II’s hand. Brendan died at 16 . His story and that photo, and the moving stories of six other children are lovingly told in Ruse’s powerful book.
These stories teach what it means to love God like a child. The children’s awe-inspiring witnesses are a beautiful testament to how even the most profound suffering can be transformed through faith.