Shhh...God Is in the Silence

A Story for All Ages

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-4657-9

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Shhh...God Is in the Silence reminds us that we are all loved by God and were created with the spark of God's love in our hearts. Through the gentle repetition of simple yet profound truths, this book will help children realize that silence is itself a form of prayer—the part of the prayer conversation when we quiet our minds to listen to God in our hearts.

For families looking for affirming resources to show children that we are all loved by God, for teachers and catechists entrusted with the spiritual formation of young children, and for anyone looking for a meditative reminder of silence as prayer, Shhh...God Is in the Silence will help create the space to listen to the voice of God gently guiding us and speaking to us.​

Illustrated by Alice Mount.

Bilingual edition available.


Parents, teachers, and anyone else entrusted with the spiritual formation of young children will find that the book can help to create the space to listen to the voice of God as it gently guides us and speaks to us. It would make a great bedtime read. (​Home School Book Review)​

Shhh...God Is in the Silence ​is a calmly repetitive, meditative book that encourages children (and adults!) to focus on being silent and listening to God. I think it's a perfect bedtime book, and really adds another element of prayer, especially to families that are more comfortable with rote prayers and want to expand their horizons. ​​(A Blog for My Mom)

I read this book with a class of kindergartners for their first time in Eucharistic Adoration as a class. The simple "Shhh…" at the beginning of each page helped draw their silent attention into the pictures and inspired a quiet conversation about how they can talk with God in the silent times of their days. They all loved it and I'd highly recommend this book for anyone with young children or even just for themselves! (Catholic Mom Blog)

This lovely picture book brings home the message of God's great love for each of us found deep within the silence of our hearts. ​(A Catholic Mom in Hawaii)

Author Bio

Fiona Basile

Fiona Basile has been a writer and photographer in one guise or another for the past 18 years. She works full time as a freelancer, based in Melbourne, Australia. Shhh...God Is in the Silence is the fruit of a 30-day silent retreat in which Fiona participated in 2015.

2019 Independent Press Awards, Distinguished Favorite: Children’s Religious Non-Fiction 

2019 International Book Awards, Finalist: Children’s Religious 

2019 Catholic Press Association Book Awards, Third Place: Children’s Books and Books for Teens: Children’s Books 

2019 Best Book Awards, Finalist: Children’s Religious  

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06/27/2020 6:19 am

Hurray for silent prayer!

by a grateful First Eucharist catechist

What a wonderful book! I use it every week with my first eucharist class.
We sit in front of the tabernacle and I quietly read parts of it. After I read a phrase, they whisper the next word. Then we are quiet for 1 minute. I have tried two minutes but that's too long for them. lt is a great way to quiet their minds. What a blessing!