Jenna, a non-practicing Catholic, is a high school junior in Boston whose life is going through some major changes. He older brother Justin disappeared shortly before his 18th birthday, her parents got divorced, and her elderly friend Agnes died two weeks before Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve and she feels lost.
Her guardian angel appears and hands her a white rosary. Agnes used to tell her that “this prayer is my gateway to heaven.” The angel then proceeds to take Jenna on a guided tour of the scenes depicting the twenty rosary mysteries.
Agnes’ Gift by Kristelle Angelli is less novel and more a lovely walk-through of the rosary. This may serve as a catechetical tool to help introduce teens to the rosary or to help encourage teens to pray the rosary more. Angelli, the Catholic Campus Minister at Emerson College in Boston and Framingham State College, also includes an appendix with the prayers of the rosary.