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Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year Paperback – May 1, 2000
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However, I feel compelled to write this review because this paperback edition is so horribly bound. The binding cracks and the pages start to fall out under even the most gentle use. This is a big problem because you will want to read this book every day for the rest of your life. Please do not buy this paperback edition. Buy the leather bound edition: http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Intimacy-Gabriel-Magdalen-O-C-D/dp/1905574436 Yes it costs a little more but it is more than worth it.
I have both the Baronius press version and this Tan Books version — both are nice and handsome volumes. The Baronius press one has gilded edges, two ribbons, and a flexible cover. The Tan Books one has a padded cover that doesn't bend. The edges are not gilded, but the spine and cover lettering are. Both are quite legible, though the type-setting is slightly different. I think I like the Baronius typesetting slightly better, but they're both good.
I purchased my copy of this book while it was still printed by TAN, and since that time it has remained one of my "top 3" spiritual guides.
When I decided to purchase this book as a gift for a friend, it was important to me that it was published by TAN - regardless the cost. And I am very happy to say that - while it was double the price that I paid a number of years ago - it arrived in "brand new" condition.
In closing: Not a day goes by that my friend does not thank me for the gift of this book. Her joy - and the blessings she is getting from the daily readings - could not be bought..........at any price!
Father Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, a Carmelite friar and the author of this series of meditations, was a student of Father Lagrange who took the finely crafted examination of the entirety of the Catholic faith of Saint Thomas, and, with the help of a whole convent of Carmelite nuns, created a large book of meditations on the most essential truths, to be used for daily contemplative prayer and growth in the spiritual life.
This resulting book is a remarkable tool of apologetics and devotion, intellectual understanding and spiritual fervor, for here is the result of a combination of the strength of the Dominicans, who are noted for their exemplary preaching, eloquence and philosophy and the strength of the Carmelites, noted prayer warriors, marked by their sanctity, fervor and total devotion to God.
Each entry begins with a brief ejaculatory prayer meant to place one in a deeper awareness of the presence of God. This is followed by 2 meditations on the given subject, which is loosely related to the older (pre-Vatican II) Catholic calendar of daily Scriptural readings. The meditations are concluded with an inspired prayer, frequently one penned by a Carmelite Saint, such as Teresa of Avila, Saint John of the Cross, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity or Saint Therese or a Dominican such as Saint Catherine of Sienna, Saint Dominic or Saint Thomas Aquinas.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Really pleased with my purchase,,,,,this book was first published,over forty years ago,,,but like most catholic books,,the older,the better,the surer the theology,,,,,,keeping the faith was a whole lot easier back then,,,,then you knew you were CATHOLIC ,,,,,,not wishy-washy dilutions......think I'm turning into a grumpy old man???