Of Bells and Cells: The World of Monks, Friars, Sisters and Nuns


Gorgeously illustrated book opens a window into the lives of religious men and women. By Cristina Borges
SKU: BK-OBAC Category: Tags: , , , , , ,


With clear prose and classic imagery, Of Bells and Cells immerses young readers into the worlds of religious men and women. The 40-page book clearly explains vocation, discernment, vows, and the process of becoming a sister or brother. One of the best children’s books ever published about men and women who have professed vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the sake of Christ. Written by Cristina Borges. Illustrated by Michaela Harrison.



“This is a charming book, beautifully illustrated, a real pleasure to read and handle. It will not only answer children’s questions, “What is a monk?” “What do nuns do all day?”, but will open up a rich treasury of good material about the life of faith and the joy to be found in serving God and neighbor.”

– Joanna Bogle, author and journalist, hostess of Feasts and Seasons on EWTN


“A beautiful book in several ways: the illustrations, done in splendid color, are beautiful–almost more than one could hope for; the layout is extraordinarily well done—both young people and adults will be greatly attracted by it; and the text is gloriously informative—accurate, thorough, and readable.”

– Thomas Howard, Professor of English Emeritus of St. John’s Seminary (Boston), author and critic


“One of the most effective areas of the book is the section on vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, explained in a very appealing way.”

– Institute of Religious Life, March/April 2015


“Of Bells and Cells presents vocational discernment, religious life, and priesthood to small children in a way that they will understand, but without cutting corners, dumbing down the truth, or lessening the radical nature of the calling.”

– Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement, June 29, 2015

Additional information

Weight 0.375 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .1875 in
Availability Now available in-store

Powered With Oliver Pos