"This is a book about you," writes Sister Mary Lea Hill on page 1 of Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic (Pauline Books and Media, 201...more"This is a book about you," writes Sister Mary Lea Hill on page 1 of Prayer and You: Wit and Wisdom from a Crabby Mystic (Pauline Books and Media, 2014).
cover-prayerandyouhill "I'm willing to bet that many people pick [this book] up because it says right on the cover that it's for you. You, however, may have picked it up because it's about prayer--there is no argument here. Truthfully, prayer is about you."
Well enough, and maybe not enough to convince you that this book will make you look at prayer differently and, more remarkably, make you pray differently.
I was hooked in from Chapter 1, titled "Can a Swear Be a Prayer?" Language is something that has long fascinated me, and my ability to use words in ways that are, ahem, inappropriate is well-known, much documented, and potentially embarrassing for anyone with Catholic in their bio.
We all have our struggles, right?
I suspect Sister Mary Lea and I would get along, because her level of crabby has salt on top.
Each chapter can be read in five minutes or less and begins with the subheading "Prayer" and concludes with a paragraph or two "And you." There's the theory and discussion ("Prayer") and the call to action ("And you"), but they're neither stuffy nor stilted.
This book is a gem. It’s maybe the most accessible book on prayer I have ever read, and not only did I learn a lot, but I think my prayer life improved.
Step away from whatever preconceived notions you may have and prepare yourself to be delighted and challenged in equal measure. Sister Lea Hill raises the bar on prayer books for normal people.
You're going to need two copies: one that you dog-ear, highlight, and put into practice, and one that you share with everyone in your life.
When the Church Was Young is gripping, compelling, and fast-moving. It's hard to believe it's about a bunch of old dead guys, honestly, and D'Ambrosio...moreWhen the Church Was Young is gripping, compelling, and fast-moving. It's hard to believe it's about a bunch of old dead guys, honestly, and D'Ambrosio inspires a love of history, crafts a great story, and plants an appreciation for where we are 2000 years later. I've wanted to learn more in the 300-page adventure with this book than I have since college. D'Ambrosio doesn't just bring the past alive: he makes it relevant and he makes the Church Fathers into the superheroes they deserve to be.
This book would be the perfect companion for new Catholics. It will fill your reference shelf with information that's fun to revisit. And, best of all, it will make you understand what happened back when the Church was brand-new.
Homeschooling moms, converts, people who like to read: take note. This is a book you'll want to buy two copies of (because no, I'm not letting you borrow mine).(less)
This is a book that really grabbed me, right from the start. I'm not giving anything away that's not already in the description: nine-year-old CJ Walk...moreThis is a book that really grabbed me, right from the start. I'm not giving anything away that's not already in the description: nine-year-old CJ Walker raises people (at first accidentally) from the dead.
Now, stop for a minute and think about that. This isn't a thriller. It's not a horror novel. It's a serious consideration of what that would mean for a normal kid and his family.
I couldn't stop thinking about this book the whole time I was reading it (which was admittedly longer than I wanted to be reading it, because I didn't have a full day just to spend with it). It's fast-paced and yet it has a way of getting into your brain and making you think.
What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be dead? And what are the implications of a boy having this ability? This book is really a consideration of human nature and maybe even divine nature. It's a look at relationship and an examination of trust.
This might be one of the best novels I've read in a couple of years. It gets my highest recommendation. You won't be sorry you read it!(less)
Do you like historical fiction? Do you like books that are Catholic without, you know, shoving it down your throat? Do you have a few days to spend wi...moreDo you like historical fiction? Do you like books that are Catholic without, you know, shoving it down your throat? Do you have a few days to spend with Ellen Gable’s latest book?
Because, yes, it is the kind of book that will suck you in, hold you captive, and leave you better for having read it. It’s a good story, well told, and I can heartily recommend it.
(I may or may not have skipped right past my bedtime while I was reading it, and I may or may not have had “Good Novel Hangover” afterward. Additionally, I may or may not have sent Ellen demands for another book PRONTO.)(less)
Over the years since I’ve been reading and reviewing books, I’ve been blessed to interact with a number of awesome Catholic authors. Randy Hain is one...moreOver the years since I’ve been reading and reviewing books, I’ve been blessed to interact with a number of awesome Catholic authors. Randy Hain is one such person. He’s written a pile of books and he’s one of the dynamic duo behind Integrated Catholic Life. Randy’s latest book, Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men, is, in a word, GREAT. I don’t say that just because I like Randy, either. I’ve read his other books, and they’re good. This, though, is something remarkable. I can’t help but think there’s a dose of Holy Spirit in it.
Though this is, without a doubt, a book for every Catholic man you know, it’s also a book that I think benefits women. Dare I suggest that you buy it for the man in your life and then read it too? Yes, I do.
In this book, Randy Hain has channeled some of the brightest and best conversation on what it means to be a man. This book isn’t just for men, though. It should be part of every wife, sister, and mother’s required reading, and a topic of discussion for all of us. I owe a thank you to Randy, for baring himself and sharing the points I want the men in my life to live. Keep your eye out for it and go ahead and pre-order it when it’s available.(less)
I'm a week out from the 30 hours of teaching also known as Confirmation Boot Camp, and this book was the perfect thing for me to read. For that matter...moreI'm a week out from the 30 hours of teaching also known as Confirmation Boot Camp, and this book was the perfect thing for me to read. For that matter, it's probably the perfect thing for ANYONE to read at ANY time.
This book is a great introduction to the Catholic faith, but it's also a wonderful refresher. Using the image of building, but without overdoing it, Paprocki walks the reader through some concepts that are less-than-easy. The temptation is to whip through it (guilty). Good thing I marked passages, dog-eared it to death, and put it on my "Key References" shelf, huh?
Highly, HIGHLY recommended. This would be an especially great gift for the catechists in your life, but don't limit yourself to that. New Catholics, teens, and many others will benefit from Paprocki's straightforward style, his humor, and his expert teaching.(less)