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Kind of rude...
on June 14, 2014
I'm sure this book has plenty of merit. However, it claims it was written for lay people as well as religious, but then the author goes on to say that most lay people will basically never make a good confession. It was, frankly, condescending. I was also more than a little disturbed by the way a priest described lay confessions. Who does he think is reading this, anyway? People who don't take it seriously?
I would recommend reading Pardon and Peace by Fr. Francis Randolph (Ignatius Press) instead. It gives tons of history, Biblical examples, and practical advice. I got tons of deeper insight into the sacrament itself, as well as its application to every day life in all different vocations. It's a step deeper than your typical "here's why Confession's important/apologetic" book. Best of all, it's written by a priest who clearly wants all penitents to get more out of the sacrament. And he's down to earth about it, without holding back knowledge.