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About the Author

Mary DeTurris Poust is an author, columnist, and blogger who has focused on Catholic issues for more than 25 years. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Catholic Catechism, as well as Parenting a Grieving Child, and the upcoming Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship. She blogs regularly at OSV Daily Take and at her own blog, Not Strictly Spiritual. Her monthly column, "Life Lines," has been published in Catholic New York since 2001, and her articles have appeared in dozens of national and regional publications.
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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Guide to
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615640754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640751
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2011
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Are you Catholic? Have you ever wondered about the intricacies of prayer in the Catholic Church or about the Mass in general? If so, then this book is for you. This book is the ultimate resource for the Catholic or soon-to-be Catholic. I went through RCIA when my wife and I were getting ready for our wedding and this book would have been a great addition to the training as it was so easy to understand and spelled out the answers to many questions that I have had for many years concisely and in a way that anyone could understand.

Overall, this was a great book and one that I would highly recommend!
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This is a very interesting book. I enjoyed the information on the new changes that will be implemented in December, 2011. The book is easy to read and the author puts some light items for your enjoyment throughout the chapters. I plan on giving the book as a gift.
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This book has it all for Catholics. It has the prayers - Saints, rosary, all the holidays, centering prayer, devotions,Liturgy of the hours, etc. It also is updated with the new responses set in motion in Nov 2011. It offers ways to pray for those who need guidance. It explains how devotions were started and what they mean. To me, it is a terrific book to have along side your missal and the Bible. A must have for all Catholics - whether you are a cradle Catholic or new to the church.
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Although the book looks like a basic academic primer, Mary DeTurris Poust's survey marvelously rises above the limitations of the Essential Guide's format. Poust maintains a conversational tone throughout the book, which covers both the basics of prayer* and of prayer life possible to a Catholic as well as introducing possible spiritual pathways for those interested in deepening their relation to God, The Blessed Virgin, the angels and archangels, and the saints.

Each chapter starts with an outline and ends with a review. Along the way are sidebar comments (sort of side bar, anyway): "prayer practice" or "wisdom for the journey," et al. When I first flipped through the book, I cringed. It looked like a 7th grade social studies book (I'm assuming, as I haven't seen a 7th grade social studies book in a long, long time). I fretted that the treatment of prayer might be simplistic or somehow cheapened. My biggest fear was that reading it would not be a pleasure but a chore as the ideas would be put together too choppily.

My fears and my fretting were for nought. I took deep pleasure in reading the book. I ignored the chapter outlines/reviews, glancing, when I so desired, at the side bar information. DeTurris Poust's exhaustive knowledge and her writerly charm drew me forward through the book.

I can even see a good to the Essential Guides format. CATHOLIC PRAYER AND THE MASS would be a fine resource for RCIA, for youth groups, maybe even for middle school religion classes.

*The Mass is our greatest prayer.
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This text is a must for current Catholics and those, like me, who are seekers after spiritual enrichment through prayer and, possibly, the Mass. It is sensitive, intelligent, and readable. Highly recommended....
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The best of many Catholic prayer books. Get it and read it and recommend it to your friends and family.
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This book is my go-to guide for unanswered questions and just good general reference. Easy to understand...would be great for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. I intend to purchase another copy to donate to my parish lending library
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