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"A great book on the Rosary by that great writer on Catholic mysticism, Kevin Orlin Johnson . . . " -- Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal

"The Rosary saved the West once and can do so again, if people are faithful to it. Read this book!" -- Rod Dreher, New York Post

"The best book I have yet seen on this subject." -- Michael Potemra, Literary Editor, National Review

Very informative, very interesting! A wonderful array of theology on prayer, grace, spirituality, to name only a few fields. Rosary is a book filled with knowledge ... reading it was indeed an intellectual and spiritual delight to my soul. A beautiful work, and a true work of love for Our Lady. -- Deacon Harry Prestwood, S.F.O., President, Our Lady's Rosary Makers

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By the author of the best-selling Why Do Catholics Do That?, this book presents an encyclopedic range of answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Rosary and the other devotional practices to which it is related, such as: Exactly what is prayer, and how does it work? How does Judeo-Christian meditation differ from Oriental practices? Why are the beads so important? How does the Rosary relate to the Bible? Doesn't Mt 6:7 prohibit repetition of prayers? Why pray to Mary in the first place? What part does Mary play in Christian concepts of salvation? Why do modern apparitions of Mary always urge people to pray the Rosary? And many, many more. In addition, the book offers powerful examinations of those episodes in Christ's life-the "Mysteries"-that the Rosary targets as the subjects of meditation, including the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Resurrection, and twelve others. Having read Johnson's compelling account of the Crucifixion-the most intense to appear in living memory-you'll never see a crucifix in the same way again.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Pangaeus Press; 1 edition (June 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965366014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965366014
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 1999
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This book is one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books! If you are looking for one book to help you understand the Rosary better, then this is it. It covers every aspect of the Rosary in depth, and adds much detail, making it a treasure chest of knowledge about the Catholic faith. It is written in a compelling way, never dry; and although it is an expensive book, it is worth every penny. I know that I will reread it over and over again; in addition, I hope to teach a class at my church this year on it. I have several other books on the Rosary, but this is worth all of them put together.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mick Tahaney on January 16, 2001
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This is a very detailed but clearly written work on all aspects of the Rosary. As a non-Catholic who is becoming more and more interested in the Catholic Church, I found this book very enlightening. It wiped away many of the prejudices I (as a long-time Baptist) had held toward the Church. I would recommend it to everyone, especially to those seeking a better prayer life.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By jjhamp33@together.net Jean Hampton on July 9, 1999
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Rosary is both scholarly and inspiring-a rare combination. I am a very fast reader, but it took me several weeks to complete this tome. I read only one chapter a day, as there is so much to absorb and digest. As a purely historical book, it is magnificent. As a spiritual book, it is equally magnificent. The author, Kevin Orlin Johnson, Phd. did extensive and profound research in writing this book and it certainly shows. This book I recommend to all Catholics, but I also highly recommend it to people of all faiths or no faith at all! I guarantee all readers will be inspired by Rosary.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2000
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Everyone else is right, this book is truly a blessing. It is informative and intellectual while being deeply spiritual and inspirational. Truly absorbing the contents of this book will no doubt strengthen your faith. If you are Catholic it is a must, it explains a great deal and inspires. This is coming from a 24 year woman living in the 'real' world. Give it a try!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2000
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As a recently converted Catholic, I was looking for a book about the rosary to better learn why we pray it and what the words are and the order of the prayers. I already know this author and usually his works are perfect for people learning about the Catholic faith but this book is just too intelectual for me. There are so many references to the Bible that each chapter becomes very long and tedious. However, I did enjoy the prayers being written and I did learn more about the Rosary but would have prefered a more simple and direct book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2001
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I found this book to be simply wonderful. I borrowed it from the library and wanted my own copy. It can appeal to a person of any denomination since it includes early Church history, cultural history, philosophy. It gives an excellent discussion of the reasons why the Catholic Church things the way it does and the reason behind many Catholic beliefs that may seem difficult for non-Catholics.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
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I was really looking forward to this title based on the other reviews and the index which was full of saints .... What I found was very disappointing.
Although the author seems initially quite successful at building credibility with his reader - the tone is quite authoritative - not popular piety -- and the content at first glance seems well researched. But when the author mentioned that marriage is the main reason the Roman Empire fell - I started to get nervous. Marriage at best may have been one of several factors, and thats perhaps a stretch - but to assert it is the primary reason for the fall of the Roman Empire is outrageous. And worse in that it calls into question the other facts that the author presents in this work.
The meditations are also very wanting. They seem devoid of any personal touch and they are hardly suited to meditation or even a 'science of the saints' type of consideration of related virtues. The author throughout the book is long winded and seems to enjoy relaying facts irregardless of if they have any relevance to the content. For example, I'm not sure how or why a reflection on the 'agony of the garden' somehow launches into a discussion of how all competitive sports are evil.
Finally, although the list of resources seems extensive, I was disappointed overall with the selections of saints quotations used throughout the book.
Overall, I know that rosary books of any meaningful size are hard to come by (hopefully this 'year of the rosary' will change that), I'd start with 'The Rosary, The Little Summa' or 'Mystery Stories: A Journey Through the Rosary'
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gershlaw@vnet.net on November 23, 1998
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This book is wonderful for people who have been away from the Church and would like to understand the Rosary. It is also great for those who have recited the Rosary for years without understanding the history and the whys. The information is disseminated in an easily understood manner and one that is quite engaging. I would recommend it to anyone, Catholic or not, who would like to understand more fully why Catholics pray to the Virgin Mother and use the Rosary.
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