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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.
Chapters that I found particularly interesting: Liturgy of the Hours (which can be used as a devotion, but actually is a liturgy); Joan Chittister on Marian devotions (she wastes little time on Mariolatry); Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament ((its rise and fall and rise again?); and Holy Water (in case you've never run into the word "stoup").
Lots of room for subjective judgment here. People will likely find some chapters and their associated devotions more attractive than others.
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This is another great book by James Martin. Have passed it along to another Anglo catholic....Published 4 months ago by Gardenbear
This is the average Fr. Martin fare... and it's a good book. Both Catholics and Nons will get something out of it.Published 18 months ago by Max Bville
I'm a cradle Catholic, and throughout my life I've seen many devotions of older Catholics as just that... Read morePublished on January 7, 2012 by Amy in Ohio