I wish there was a Latin-English pocket Bible, THAT would be perfect! But for the time being, this one would suffice. Yes, this is a Protestant translI wish there was a Latin-English pocket Bible, THAT would be perfect! But for the time being, this one would suffice. Yes, this is a Protestant translation, but it doesn't matter for this version because it's "only" NT, Psalms, and Proverbs, no need to worry about the seven lost books....more
This book is one of the compulsory textbooks for our psychiatry residency program. It is a very good explanation of transactional analysis, and an eyeThis book is one of the compulsory textbooks for our psychiatry residency program. It is a very good explanation of transactional analysis, and an eye-opening introduction for anyone new to TA, including myself. I am really grateful to have read it! TA turns out to be very useful in understanding not only people with psychiatric problems but also people and relationships in general, even the culture of the family and the society at large. Highly recommended read!...more
Do not be fooled by the book's unassuming appearance. It's small and thin, and yet it's profound! Well what else can you expect from the writer of TheDo not be fooled by the book's unassuming appearance. It's small and thin, and yet it's profound! Well what else can you expect from the writer of The Imitation of Christ? It took me more than a month to finish it! Not that it's difficult, but it is so deep that I needed to take a breath every so often to contemplate what I had just read. Each word is a gem, some sentences are diamonds. It certainly helps me tremendously with my [severely lacking] devotion to the Blessed Mother....more
This book is utterly different from any other works on spiritual life. The topic of Gospel poverty is one that very few touch upon. If at all discusseThis book is utterly different from any other works on spiritual life. The topic of Gospel poverty is one that very few touch upon. If at all discussed, it is usually in an abstract, somewhat hesitating and light manner. But this book, well, it's radical. Read with the proper disposition of heart, it will open your eyes and transform you. It's like a painful yet loving and much deserved slap. I'm truly grateful that a friend of mine bought me this. For me personally, Fr. Dubay confirms so many inconvenient thoughts and questions I've been having in my mind. A godsent book indeed....more
This "Life of St. Agnes of Montepulciano" by Blessed Raymond of Capua is not as engaging as his later "Life of St. Catherine of Siena." I don't know iThis "Life of St. Agnes of Montepulciano" by Blessed Raymond of Capua is not as engaging as his later "Life of St. Catherine of Siena." I don't know if it's a matter of translation, but this book gets boring rather quickly. And believe me, I hate saying this about a biography of a saint, especially a saint from my own Order!
This book is a medieval "legend", which has a different meaning from the modern term "legend". A medieval legend is basically a biography, but one that highlights the virtues and miracles of the individual, usually a holy man or woman to be canonized. In fact, a legend is written as a document to support canonization. Thus it doesn't read like a modern biography that tends to show both sides of a person, the good and the bad, the success and the failure, the strengths and the weaknesses.
St. Agnes's legend is almost too good to be true. Here we see a holy virgin raised up by the Lord to be an administrator of a Dominican convent at a very young age. She is the prototype of medieval women's penitential mysticism. Her most characteristic miracle is the heavenly mannas that fall like snow and cover her entire mantle after praying. I think no other saint experienced this.
The legend is silent about her failings or her struggles. This, I think, might not resonate so well with modern readers, because we often look for someone more down-to-earth to relate to. Reading about so many miracles—and only miracles!—gets tedious after a while. I gave up reading every page of the book: after half of the Second Part, I just scan-read everything....more
Ajaib juga bisa selesai baca satu buku ini dalam kira-kira 9 jam saja. Jadi ceritanya buku ini diberikan oleh salah satu konsulen di Dept Psikiatri FKAjaib juga bisa selesai baca satu buku ini dalam kira-kira 9 jam saja. Jadi ceritanya buku ini diberikan oleh salah satu konsulen di Dept Psikiatri FKUI-RSCM. Jujur, tadinya saya kira buku ini kumpulan kisah para penyandang gangguan jiwa. Saya lumayan suka true stories seperti itu. Eh tapi ternyata ini kumpulan esai. Sebenarnya tak mengapa, toh saya suka juga dengan esai, dan topik-topik esai dalam buku ini cukup luas, menyentuh banyak aspek dalam bidang kesehatan jiwa. Tapiiii... Cara menulisnya kurang enak ya menurut saya. Hanya karena saya residen jiwa (technically, juniornya si pengarang buku) makanya saya bisa membaca buku ini untuk cukup lama. Kalau Anda bukan residen jiwa atau psikiater, mungkin yaaa baca "Atas Nama Jiwa" merupakan pilihan absurd :D...more
I agree with some other reviewers here. This book is useful. Everything it says is accurate. But the way it is written is B-O-R-I-N-G. A reviewer saidI agree with some other reviewers here. This book is useful. Everything it says is accurate. But the way it is written is B-O-R-I-N-G. A reviewer said that the book was too didactic for her. Perhaps, but I've read plenty of academic journals and many of them are more fun to read than this book. I don't know what part is wrong. And apparently this lacklustre writing style doesn't improve with translation either....more
"The work of poet and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its childlike facade."
I couldn't agree"The work of poet and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its childlike facade."
I couldn't agree more. Some reviewers pointed out that Leav's poems could've been easily written by any random fifth-graders, and even *they* (these reviewers) have written similar poems in elementary school. Okay, well, congratulations. Really. But this remains true: it is precisely the childlike quality of Leav's poems that is her genius.
Yes, the words, the verses are quite simple and straightforward. They remind me of children innocently proclaiming the pure simple truths of everyday. Sometimes we adults must learn to shed all our adult intricacies and complexities to appreciate these truths that may sound like cliches to us. But even cliches are called cliches for a reason. More often than not they speak universal truths, buried deep down in our subconscious, but they manage to appear here and there where we're least guarded. Like when we're in love.
I could go on and on, but I have work to do, so enough philosophizing. The verdict: Lullabies is a book that I will read again and again and I'm certain to find fresh new meanings with every reading....more
I actually like the story of St. Rose herself, but this book takes a bit too long to get into it, so regretfully I have to give it 3 stars. If you'reI actually like the story of St. Rose herself, but this book takes a bit too long to get into it, so regretfully I have to give it 3 stars. If you're not really interested in the history of Spanish colonization of South America, you can skip to chapter three and you won't miss a beat.
For sure, the history gives the biography a proper context. But it doesn't play too much of a role IMHO, unlike the story of St. Catherine of Siena, where you have to understand what was happening in Europe during the late medieval era in order to comprehend the greatness of the saint.
In St. Rose's life, the Peruvian history helps readers to grasp Rose's social position and why her helping the poor regardless of their races was something extraordinary. Some of Rose's prayers are also made contextual, since she prayed a lot for her country. But again unlike St. Catherine, St. Rose didn't do much politics, so the historical and political background could've been featured less.
Other than that, the biography itself is excellent. It is well-researched and well-written, with enough mixture of facts and prose. I could almost feel the scorching tropical heat and the hardness of adobe walls. I could almost sniff the smell of the spices and the equally spicy, colorful attitude of the people. St. Rose was much like St. Catherine, first in her disposition and later in her mystical way. But St. Rose was, I think, more sociable, typical of her Latina culture. Whereas St. Catherine had followers, St. Rose had friends.
For me personally, St. Rose also fills a space where the life of St. Catherine could not. St. Rose was a daughter of a colonized land, much like Indonesia. In this aspect, her situation is therefore more relatable for Indonesians. For example, she prayed about the politics of the colonists and for Spain as well as for her homeland of Peru. St. Catherine, an Italian, did not have this in her life. This shows that there's a perfect saint or two for everyone and for every circumstance. Sainthood does not depend on which country one hails from, because the children of God all hail from one and the same fatherland, and that is Heaven....more