Seeking Life is destined to be another classic from the noted author Esther de Waal. Here she offers a refreshing, yet theologically solid, reflection on the Sacrament of Baptism and the rites and rituals leading up to this event during Easter Vigil.
Catholic Library World
Seeking Life is a marvelous book. Whether it be used as spiritual reading or explicitly in preparation for the renewal of the Baptismal Covenant at the Easter Vigil, Seeking Life offers a rich resource on the meaning of Christian identity.
Anglican Theological Review
Seeking Life is a wonderful tool for meditation on Easter, baptism, and Benedictine monasticism. De Waal reflects on various phrases of the Prologue in conjunction with baptismthe first words of the Prologue are Listen my son,’ calling us to listen to God who speaks through the Bible, the Word of God, and through the superiors and others.
Don’t even recall when you last renewed your baptismal promises? Esther de Waal suspects many believers become ho-hum about the life-changing mission we accepted at Baptism. She offers a deep look at the deep past’ to reignite our commitment to the risen Christ, taking us into the dramatic Baptism ritual embraced by the early Christians. Baptism for them was above all urgent,’ a turning toward this promise of life and freedom.’ Seeking Life also delves deep into the Rule of St. Benedict, a monastic pioneer who, says de Waal, sought people who are fully alive, who live life to the full.’
Catherine O’Connell-Cahill, Senior Editor, U.S. Catholic
This collection of reflections on the Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict and baptism is a beautifully crafted work, meant to be savored over time. . . . This book will appeal to a wide readership. It could serve as a rich sourcebook for catechetical work, particularly those engaged in ministries related to baptismal preparation. Homilists will appreciate its breadth of thematic content. The general reader seeking nourishment for the spiritual journey will recognize in de Waal a loving companion and guide.
Seeking Life is particularly appropriate for preparation for Easter and the renewal of baptismal vows.
I warmly recommend it.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
Stating to be a road map to the road that leads to life, author Esther de Waal hopes to inspire a return to faith in her readers. Seeking Life as such, is a fine choice for Christian readers.
Midwest Book Review
First-time readers will find a meditative essay that takes them into the mystery of baptism and discipleship, as it is celebrated in the Triduum liturgy. To accomplish these goals, de Waal ably reaches back into the classic Christian catechesis for catechumens, revealing a depth and breadth of reading and synthesis of theological ideas. Along the way, she presents a sacramental vision of Christian life that embraces the whole person through all the senses."