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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press; Lea edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935302353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935302353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


You've probably seen some advertisements for this book around the internet and in print. St. Benedict Press and Mike Aquilina have done a great job with this daily devotional.

I was just telling someone yesterday that I don't have much "need" for modern yet-to-be-approved private revelations because I haven't learned all I can from approved sources. The Church Fathers are one of those and this book is a great introduction to them.
Let's first of all judge it by the cover, which we are told never to do. We have here a very beautiful rendition of the highly flexible, soft, leather-feel, DuoTone/Ultrasoft material. It is comfortable to hold and the two-tone cover is a nice touch. If this were a Bible I would prefer a solid color. I don't know if this was intentional or not but the book has a near-semi-yapp cover on it. There is certainly a generous over hang. Intentional or not, it will help keep the guilt edges from getting marked up. The embossing on the cover is great as usual with S.B. Press.
You can see above there is a topic for the day, a short explanation, an excerpt from a Church Father, a short meditation, and a closing prayer. This may be a good way to begin the practice of mental prayer for ordinary Catholics. Not having read the whole thing yet, I can't vouch for all of the text but Mr. Aquilina is a well known and trusted apologist. I have his book "The Mass of the Early Christians" and enjoyed it. --Absolutely No Spin Blogspot

From the Back Cover

Immerse yourself in the wisest, most practical teachings and exhortations from the Fathers of the Church, presented in a format perfect for daily meditation and inspiration!

Learn from St. Clement of Rome how to accept correction. Let Tertullian teach you about prayer. Read St. Gregory the Great and deepen your love for the Eucharist. Follow St. John Cassian on the way to true moderation and self-control. St. John Crysostom's counsels will refresh you from pain and illness, and St. Augustine will keep your mind from straying during prayer. 

A Year with the Church Fathers leads you through a daily retreat of contemplation, prayer, resolution and spirtual growth that makes the wisdom of the Fathers accessible like  never before. 

Profoundly moving and inspiring! Guaranteed to bring you close to God and His truth. 

More About the Author

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.

In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.

His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.

Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."

Customer Reviews

Do yourself a favor and read this book!
Mike Aquilina has written several books on the Fathers of the Church.
Fr. Robert Wheelock
Every day I sit quietly with this book and read the day's small page.
J Chantal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Terry Fenwick on September 16, 2010
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It came! A YEAR with the CHURCH FATHERS came today! I have been on the wait list and anxious for this treasure to arrive. It is a first edition! The cover is beautifully designed and has the feel of very soft leather, with gold edged pages and a satin ribbon; just like it should feel and look, as I will be using it daily to say, "God's Morning!" to St. Augustine, St. Basil or one of my other new friends.

Mike Aquilina has complete instructions for how best to use this book of daily retreats with the Fathers. Mike naturally suggests a brief Prayer for guidance as we begin our meeting. There is one short comment before the meditation that lets us know why and where we are going on this one page journey. The brief meditation is taken from the classic translations of the Church Fathers. As we experience the closeness of the Lord, we will think on what this meditation means in our lives today and what we might do with this new Patristic wisdom. Sounds great, doesn't it?

Personally, I want to know these men who gave so much to preserve the faith for all of us. So far, I am expecting that I will be learning from St Clement about accepting correction, Tertullian will teach me on prayer, St. Gregory the Great will help me love the Eucharist even more than I do today, St John Cassian will help me with self-control, St. John Chrysostom will counsel me on pain and illness and St. Augustine will help keep my mind focused during prayer. These are just a few of the retreat helps in A YEAR with the CHURCH FATHERS.

I am thinking that one day, as I walk into the heavens and see these great Church Fathers, they will all say, "You are one of those people who knew Mike Aquilina and he told you all about us, didn't he?"

A Year With The Church Fathers - Patristic Wisdom For Daily Living will be on our Christmas list for our sons and friends.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Margaret K. Gajkowski on November 11, 2010
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This is an amazing and beautiful book. On Day 40, the opening paragraph speaks to us of "St. Cyril of Alexandria" speaking on the tears we shed for Christ. However,the reading is attributed to St. John Chrysostom. Certainly a proofreading error, but I just hate when I find mistakes like this!!! Not to worry--I find every single spelling error in writings and books as well!!!! *sigh* I'm only on Day 46 now and I have found this book to be very thought provoking and a great meditative tool as well. Highly recommend!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. VINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
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I always know that anything Mike Aquilina writes is going to have solid worth behind it. When it is a book that has anything to do with the Church Fathers then I know it will be solid gold. Aquilina's passion for the wisdom of the Fathers always is passed on to readers in such a way that they appreciate the Fathers for themselves, which is no easy feat when one considers how long ago they wrote.

In A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living, Aquilina has surpassed himself. This is not simply a collection of interesting or informative excerpts from the Church Fathers' archives. It is a well-planned, daily retreat that is designed to progress through a year with the ancient Fathers as spiritual guides. The 365 meditations are intended to move the reader, with prayer and contemplation, to a deeper life with Jesus Christ.

Each day's title and brief summary from Aquilina put the reader in the subject. The selected Father's brief commentary then expounds on a topic. Lest one should worry that the language will be difficult, Aquilina made sure it is contemporary and accessible while retaining the full meaning intended by each author. This is followed by a question or two which help readers relate fully to what was just read. A brief but specific prayer end the session.

Tan Books has done this book proud. This book is a beautiful thing that reflects the value of the words within it to our souls. The cover may not be actual leather but it certainly feels like it. Pages are gilt-edged. A sturdy ribbon marker matches the cover. Moreover, the book design is elegant and decorative in an understated but classic way. A Year with the Fathers is not only useful but a book that could become an heirloom in your family.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Marshall on December 5, 2010
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Mike Aquilina's new book A Year With The Church Fathers - Patristic Wisdom For Daily Living would be a fantastic Christmas gift. It's bound in imitation leather and would make a nice companion volume to your Bible, Prayerbook, and Missal that rests on your nightstand or family altar.

There are many daily devotionals out there. Why not go with one filled with the wisdom of the Fathers? You can't go wrong with them. Mike Aquilina makes it easy to access these ancient sources.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. SMITH on January 29, 2011
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I love this book. I've been wanting to read the Church Fathers for a long time, but never knew where to start and their volumes in length have kept me away. Mike Aquilina has done a brilliant job of taking their massive works into manageable daily devotional readings. It's a very easy read. He doesn't distort the text with his opinion but rather adds just a couple sentences of commentary to reflect on the daily section. I started to read this book a the beginning of the year and have continued to read this book everyday. I take it with me to adoration and will read it usually after daily mass. I don't typically like paying a lot of money for books, but go ahead and buy this one. It's well constructed and beautifully written. I promise you will enjoy it. God Bless!
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