Book Review: Agnes’ Gift

Agnes' GiftJenna, 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.

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her seventeenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at