WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Referencing the words of St. Jerome, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” writer Christine Anghie said the purpose of her books was “to teach to younger people”.
In her stories of fictional characters interacting with real biblical characters and events, she hopes to help children develop a connection to the gospel.
His latest book is titled “Asterix the Star and Trebonius the Tribune”.
Anghie describes the first story, “Asterix the Star”, as the story of an outsider. God asks for a star to lead the Three Wise Men to the Christ Child, but the regular stars cannot leave their designated places. So a little star boy named Asterix confidently steps up to take on the task.
To prepare, he goes to star school to learn how to shine. When he starts his job, however, the little star gets distracted and is convinced by his friends to take a break for a while. When he returns to his post, the Sages are nowhere to be found. What follows is a sweet story from which children can learn many lessons, especially in faith.
Although written for children, Anghie notes in the book that the story is also an allegory for adults. “We get lost sometimes because other things are so important,” she told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “We have to find our way back like the little one did.”
The second story, “Trebonius the Tribune”, begins at the crucifixion of Jesus and takes the children on a journey with Trebonius to the crucifixion of St. Peter. It is here that the conversion of Trebonius takes place.
“He sees St. Peter…like he’s going to the greatest thing of all time and he can’t recognize this man going to his death, but he looks so happy like other Christians,” said Anghie about Trebonius.
‘Asterix the Star and Trebonius the Tribune’ was published by Christian Faith Publishing in September 2021. Anghie’s latest book follows her previous works, ‘Dismas – The Thief of Paradise’, which was published in the UK , and “Ben – the Hapless Donkey and Amal – The Fisher of Men”, published in 2003.
His books have been recommended by the bishops of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston for incorporation into the religious programs of the 24 diocesan schools, both primary and secondary.
All proceeds from Anghie’s books go to the Adopt A Student program at St. Vincent de Paul Parish School in Wheeling, where she has been a beloved teacher for 43 years. She was a vice-principal and teacher for religion and language arts in grades seven and eight.
In February, she announced that she would be retiring at the end of that school year.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish School is currently seeking a sponsor to fund the purchase of 100 books at a reduced price. The books will be used at different school levels.
For St. Vincent students, Anghie announced that the school’s social media specialist, Jay Yelenic, would help her with an audio version of “Asterix the Star” with music and characters voiced by students. eighth grade and high school students.
Consumers can purchase “Asterix the Star and Trebonius the Tribune” in bookstores or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes Store or Barnes and Noble.
Editor’s Note: For more information or questions about “Asterix the Star and Trebonius the Tribune,” contact Christian Faith Publishing’s Media Department at (866) 554-0919.
Rowan is editor of The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.