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Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions Paperback – February 1, 2004
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"These authors show that it is indeed possible to reclaim old Catholic rituals without needing to be an 'old Catholic.'" -- Tom Beaudoin, author, Virtual Faith
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That is not what this book is.
This book is a series of very short essays written by people who enjoy whatever particular devotion or sacramental they are writing about. Most of the essays are beyond vague and seem to only focus on the "warm and fuzzy" feelings each person gets when engaged in their preferred form of personal piety. Now I'm glad that these various devotions and sacramentals give peace and joy to these people, but how does that really help anyone else? I love to pray the rosary, but does my stating this fact really help anyone better understand the rosary?
In the end I gave this book a 3 star rating because it's not the various essayists' fault that I misunderstood what this book is supposed to be about. However, I couldn't rate it higher than a 3 since even for what it is supposed to be ("chicken soup for the Catholic devotions") it is a rather mediocre series of stories.
I hope this review helps to keep someone else from making the same error that I did.
This book asks Catholics in various ages and stages of life to talk about particular devotions and what they mean to them personally. Some of the stories really touched me, as I could see how a particular tradition really enhanced a person's connection to God.
I found several practices discussed which I'd never even heard of, and others that I'd heard of, but did not understand. Among those discussed are: devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Holy Water, The Angelus, the Rosary, and many more.
I had placed this book on my wishlist and was blessed with a copy for Christmas. I'd recommend it to anyone, Catholic or not, looking to learn more about Catholic traditions.
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This is the average Fr. Martin fare... and it's a good book. Both Catholics and Nons will get something out of it.Published 12 months ago by Max Bville
A hopeful message that cultural experiences of the Catholic faith are alive in the hearts of many today. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nancy
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