Christmas Book Trailer: Author Insights

We’re delighted to release our first Christmas themed book trailer for our new book, Catechism of the Seven Sacraments. In this video we go behind the scenes and share insights about the book from the authors, taken from our upcoming documentary film about the making about the book. Enjoy.

QUICK BOOK UPDATE: Over 10,000 copies of the book sold in its first six months! We look forward to a robust Christmas season. More about the book here.

10,000 more books!

Have you ever wondered what 10,000 hard cover textbook-sized book looks like? We’re excited to receive our second printing of 10,000 copies of Catechism of the Seven Sacraments at our fulfillment center here in Omaha. Just in time too, as we only had a handful left. Now we’re all set for the Christmas shopping season!

Order your your copy today before we burn through these in the Christmas shopping season!

This is our second printing, as we’ve sold nearly 10,000 books since our launch in April. Learn more about the book.

Catechism of the Seven Sacraments eBook now available!

StoryTel Press is excited to announce that the Kindle eBook version of our new book, Catechism of the Seven Sacraments, is now available at Amazon!

Kindle books can be read on all Amazon Kindle tablets and readers and on the kindle app on all smartphones, tablets, and computers. Our ebook displays particularly well projected from a computer for classroom use.

If you’re new to eBooks, please check out our info video below.

STORYTEL SPOTLIGHT: Rosary Guide

Did you know that our latest book, Catechism of the Seven Sacraments, includes a detailed guide on how to pray the Rosary? 

The Rosary section has a clever diagram for beginners on the different parts of the rosary. This is followed by colorful illustrations and in-depth explanations on each decade of each mystery. 

Finally, in a clever twist on the classic building block toy paper instructions, detailed direction is given on each prayer, and when to say them.   

Preview the full section by clicking below:

Order the book before the end of July and get FREE SHIPPING on any quantity!

PRESS RELEASE: Rave Reviews From Readers Keep Rolling In For StoryTel’s New Catechism!

OMAHA, Neb., June 27, 2018 – StoryTel Press is thrilled to announce that people across the land are buying and applauding its new LEGO®️-illustrated “Catechism of the Seven Sacraments” by Kevin and Mary O'Neill!

"We've had little time to get out there and promote our new catechism up till now because we've been overwhelmed with fulfilling orders for the book from individuals, online resellers and nearly 100 brick and mortar store owners," said Don Carney, president of StoryTel Foundation and publisher of StoryTel Press. "Sales thus far have all come from a few emails sent through Catholic Marketing Network, reviews from mom bloggers, a Catholic priest’s blog and a few Catholic radio interviews with the authors."

"With nearly 6,000 books sold in three months, families across the country are letting us and others know what they think of our colorful, new hardback book, and so far it's all good!" said Phil Halpin, managing editor of the book and vice president of operations at StoryTel Foundation. A sampling of what people are saying on Amazon and other sites about “Catechism of the Seven Sacraments” illustrates this point:

"I wish I could give this book 10 stars! The attention to detail, the solid Catholic teaching, the sacraments are all beautifully presented using Legos. Legos. If someone had told me two weeks ago that I would be raving about a book about the sacraments that used Legos as a teaching tool, I would have thought they were crazy. But what a great idea!! And even better, it works!!" —Maureen Martin, Amazon reviewer

"This book has captured the ageless beauty of God's action in human history and paired it with amazing modern visuals. I can't wait to share it with the pre-teens I teach in my parish!"  —Shannon Hejkal, homeschool mother and catechist

"A visual feast, theologically sound, and very thorough! I love how it captures and brings to life the truths of our Faith through a child’s imagination via the use of LEGO. I shared this with my third grade students and they loved it! They were engaged and it held their attention. I am already using this book as a supplemental resource in the classroom. God bless you and your efforts!" —Aimee Gabel, 3rd grade Catholic school teacher

“Catechism of the Seven Sacraments” is indeed a visual feast; 750 bright, colorful photographs laid out in vivid, modern, comic-book style fill to overflowing the 292 pages of this well-constructed, hardbound, built-to-last book with dynamic scenes from the Old and New Testaments and current day, as well.

All scenes are populated and portrayed by a multitude of three-dimensional "LEGO" and other toy figures, surrounded and supported by a plethora of "LEGO" bricks, other plastic set pieces, traditional religious statues, handmade costumes and props. Every scene was conceived, sculpted, arranged into place and photographed for the book by Kevin and Mary O'Neill and their seven children.

And the really great news about this unique new catechism is that the inspired and highly entertaining visual look of the book is just the beginning of the "GOOD NEWS." Once pulled inside by the pictures, readers of the work discover that the teachings are there, the truth is proclaimed and the content is solidly Catholic in every way:

"We are thoroughly loving this giant, comic-strip, LEGO-illustrated, sacrament-themed, scripture-rich, brand-new book from StoryTel Press. Almost 300 pages tell the story of the sacraments through the eyes of two kids, Fulton and Cynthia. Exploring the connecting typology of the sacraments as found in the Old Testament and the Church today, the book also weaves in saints, morality, prayer, and more. My students are fascinated by the details in the LEGO scenes that tell the story and enjoy finding bricks that they have at home to recreate the pictures. I love the richness of the faith that is shared in such a multifaceted manner throughout the book, and how they use the sacraments to weave together the story of salvation history. The graphic novel style compels you to keep picking it up, flipping to a new section, and reading more. There is also a handy glossary in the back, color-coded sections by sacrament, and frequent Scripture and Catechism references in the margins. We look forward to more books from the O'Neill Family!" —Katie Bogneron, Amazon reviewer

StoryTel, a non-profit media foundation on a mission to restore the sacred, was developing and filming a short TV documentary on the O'Neill family and their catechism project when the two entities agreed StoryTel would publish this outside-the-box catechism.

StoryTel Foundation then spent a year translating its high-end filmmaking skills into high-end book production and created StoryTel Press. They expanded their team to include layout artists, editors and printing experts. They learned the imprimatur and large-scale printing processes. The imprimatur was granted by Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, on February 3, 2018, and printing was completed on April 9.

"It’s been a whirlwind year," said Carney, "and we look forward to an even busier Christmas season."

The book can be ordered here: RESELLERS - INDIVIDUALS - CANADA - INTERNATIONAL

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Disclaimer: LEGO®, the brick configuration, and the minifigure are trademarks of The LEGO Group, which does not sponsor,  authorize, or endorse this book.

StoryTel's First Book Coming in 2018!

Our newly established StoryTel Press has discovered new authors Kevin and Mary O'Neill, and together we have created a book unlike any other about the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith illustrated completely with LEGO® bricks and toy figures!

Catechism of the Seven Sacraments guides both children and adults on a one-of-a-kind biblical journey through the sacraments using dozens of elements and true stories from the Old and New Testaments to explain and elaborate on each sacrament. Young readers will love the fun characters and story scenes, while more advanced readers will appreciate the biblical connections and precise explanations of Catholic teaching.

This unique, new catechism is jam-packed with no less than 731 colorful pictures designed to hold your attention as you read this comprehensive, 293-page, coffee-table-size, hardcover book. Every page is artistically illustrated in comic-book style with intricate LEGO® brick scenes conceived, constructed and photographed by the two authors and their children.

Sneak peek:

Backstory

Early last year, we received a call from a supporter in Chicago who gave us a story lead on a married couple – a landscaper and his teacher wife – with seven children who were working on a fascinating book project.

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Our friend thought we should cover their story for our On Assignment Magazine TV show on EWTN. We investigated, agreed with our friend and decided to film this couple’s amazing story.

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The deeper we delved into this story and the book the O'Neills were creating, the more we realized God not only wanted us to tell their story, but he was also calling us to publish their book.

So we gathered all of our resources and began molding this exceptional work into publishable form and giving it the StoryTel touch. Our entire team worked closely with the O’Neills throughout the editorial process to create a fun, engaging and spiritually stimulating book for all ages. 

Months of refining the scripture-rich text, re-framing and enhancing hundreds of photos, and crafting a spectacular comic book-style layout has resulted in an impressive pairing of faith education and entertainment. Currently, this thorough, orthodox catechism on the sacraments is under nihil obstat and imprimatur review. Once we receive the Catholic Church’s seal of approval, we’ll be ready to print and promote this new book!

Printing and promoting Catechism of the Seven Sacraments will be expensive but worth it. And, as always, we need your prayers and financial support. There are millions of Catholics across our country searching for a fresh approach to teaching, learning, and practicing the sacraments God has given us to help us get to Heaven. This fun new catechism will be an answer to their prayers!

Your Christmas gift today will put this amazing sacramental teaching tool into countless homes and classrooms tomorrow! So please help us if you can.

May God continue to bless you abundantly during this holy holiday season! 

Don Promotes Holiday Edition on Radio

Listen to Don Carney's ten-minute guest appearance earlier today on the radio, promoting the premiere of the Holiday Edition of On Assignment Magazine.

On Assignment Magazine is our new on-the-road TV series investigating stories of hope around the country. These are true stories, which both entertain and inspire the audience to take action and do work for God in their own lives. Click below for a trailer for the Holiday Edition, and more information about the new series.