The Human Cannonball’s Last Thought: and other funny circus poems
by J. Thomas Sparough, illustrations by Rachel Griffin
This 62-page collection of more than two dozen, funny, circus poems is hilariously illustrated. There is a laugh on these pages for everyone. And yet the collection is more than funny. It is easy to fall in love with the characters and animals on these pages. This is a circus world which crowds of people will go back to time and time again.
The Embodied Rosary: Entering the Mysteries through Gestures
by J. Thomas and Geralyn Sparough
This 42-page guide shares an accessible way to physically enter into the contemplation of the rosary scripture stories. Photos demonstrate each easy-to-follow gesture. This book is appropriate for all ages. Schools, families, and individuals now have a new tool to enliven this beloved prayer.
The Spiritual Exercises of the Coffee Filter
by J. Thomas Sparough
This 28-page activity book is based on manipulating a common coffee filter in trick ways. Ten simple tricks are offered that are paired with spiritually meaningful questions, and scripture quotes. The activity is a wonderful icebreaker and energizer for youth and adults alike. It is fully illustrated with black and white photos.
The Secret Diary of Mother Mary
by Geralyn and J. Thomas Sparough, illustrations by Kelly M. Broxterman
This 195-page diary is written from the perspective of Mother Mary. It serves as a prayer guide reflecting on the Holy Family and showing how all families are similar to the Holy Family. Not a complete diary of the life of Mary, it starts at Jesus’ birth and takes us through 40 sacred months. Every passage is a meditation in and of itself. Original charcoal drawings accentuate the pages.
Math Is My Bag
by J. Thomas Sparough
This 88-page, math book is for parents and teachers with children in 1st to 5th grade. The 17 hands-on lessons present step-by-step instructions. All chapters utilize an everyday plastic shopping bag, which is thrown, spun, kicked, and caught illustrating math concepts such as addition, subtraction, division, and especially multiplication. This book incorporates multiple intelligence theory through engaging, fun physical math practice.
The Peace Prayer of St. Francis
by the Sparough Family Mission Team
This 72-page mini book easily fits in a back pocket. “Make me an instrument of your peace…” begins this prayer which is one of the most loved prayers of the world. The book takes the Prayer of St. Francis and breaks it into 30 daily readings. Each section includes thought provoking prayers and inspiring meditations, punctuated with scripture verses and reflection questions. The entire text is illustrated with gestures in full color.