Very short, but also helpful in guiding those who feel a calling to the Order of Preachers, whether in the Lay State or Higher. The last chapter sumsVery short, but also helpful in guiding those who feel a calling to the Order of Preachers, whether in the Lay State or Higher. The last chapter sums it up well, "Love God and Neighbor, by being Humble and Poor," Humility is the internal warfare and Poverty is the external warfare....more
This book is pretty helpful for those of us who consider themselves Introverts. I think a book like this is required reading in a hyper-extraverted soThis book is pretty helpful for those of us who consider themselves Introverts. I think a book like this is required reading in a hyper-extraverted society, so as to maximize the contribution of introverts. Now with that said, the author does not want introverts necessarily to just stay in their place per se, but at the same time does not want introverts to feel uncomfortable in their own skin, so she does a good job walking that tight rope. Her book is helpful for introverts insofar as they utilize the self-knowledge given in this book and play off those strengths and it is helpful for the extroverted insofar as they utilize this book for understanding better the introverts in their lives.
The author does a good job examining introversion, and seeing how the introvert relates to himself, to his peers, and to his environment. The author is herself an introvert, who adapted to the extroverted world for a good part of her professional life, so as she writes one can also know that she also was there too, so this book is not purely an ivory tower abstraction but a good balance between theory and practice....more
Relatively short read, yet also very helpful, gives a succinct run down for those who want to become Saints in the path of least as possible, in all aRelatively short read, yet also very helpful, gives a succinct run down for those who want to become Saints in the path of least as possible, in all aspects of their life. Its always the simple books that have the most to say and offer the most insight and help. ...more
Has a book like this one come and reach this caliber since? I think not, its a classic, its witty and paradoxical but also informed and has that abiliHas a book like this one come and reach this caliber since? I think not, its a classic, its witty and paradoxical but also informed and has that ability to see the whole vision of the Catholic Faith. Everything is ordered around the Incarnation: Before, During, and After right into the present day. Chesterton offers a wonderful overview of comparative religion as it relates to the Catholic Faith, both East and West; Ancient to Modern, and shows us the True Resilience of that One Church which the Second Person of the Holy Trinity establish on earth as the herald of good news. The conclusion of the book sums up perfectly the preceding chapters, you'll want to sit down though and get comfortable with this book, as always the style of GK Chesterton it is highly quotable....more
This book is very helpful, its an intermediate read for those new to Faith, there's simplicity but also depth which makes this book vital for people tThis book is very helpful, its an intermediate read for those new to Faith, there's simplicity but also depth which makes this book vital for people to read. The book starts out with the reasons and benefits of living a virtuous grace-filled life, then goes into the various vices that may obstruct the development of Virtue, some more egregious but some that most are not too mindful of. Then he goes into the Virtues themselves, differentiating the external and interior virtues: the latter give reason for the former, but the former also help to give context to the later. He then goes into two vital virtues needed in all ages to live out all these virtues (Courage and Vigilance) and how to adopt these to ones station in life. Overall, this book is not a book you read once and put away, its one that you will refer to again and again, I recommend meditating on these a chapter a time....more
This book is indeed an interesting read, and an intellectually dense book as well. I think from the authors perspective, we see the differentiation beThis book is indeed an interesting read, and an intellectually dense book as well. I think from the authors perspective, we see the differentiation between Trance-States and Ecstasy, the former one falls into the subconscious, into self whereas with the latter one keeps conscious but changes their awareness from a coming-out-from.
The authors thesis is one I can get behind, namely that, man prior to the Fall had certain Preternatural Gifts which while not entirely lost, were certainly weakened tremendously, the paranormal and occult experiences people have today are not necessarily reducible to figments of the imagination nor demonic extremes. The author, also says, that these experiences are not the summit or source but rather effects of a genuine search for the source, and that only when joined in Charity and Grace can one not only recover something of those Preternatural Gifts but enter into something entirely new.
The reason why Ecstasy is emphasized as the good thing, largely has to do with the fact that man is coming-outside of himself to God by God's ultimate actions whereas Trance is a force attempt that produces at best pseudo-experiences but at worst delusions that lead to madness or even possession. Overall, if you can handle the intellectual height of this book with its ranges from Philosophy and History to Theology and Psychology, then you should consider this book as part of that crucial library for interfacing with the Catholic Faith from the Scholastic Position to the Occult Philosophies, that have produce their New Age equivalents today....more
This book was alright, I wish it was organized differently than what it was, plus its style is not Roman, but more French. I was hoping that the bookThis book was alright, I wish it was organized differently than what it was, plus its style is not Roman, but more French. I was hoping that the book would have discussed the specific parts differently, I am trying to learn how to Altar Serve now, but this book left me confused than it did help, I think you would be better off watching YouTube Videos on Altar Serving, I think the books will make things more confusing, I mean its a good reference to give context in the general and semi-specific sense but to count on it for specifics, I do not think so....more
This book is phenomenal, this reviewer has stated in other reviews that sometimes the best books are the shorter ones, the ones that can deliver the iThis book is phenomenal, this reviewer has stated in other reviews that sometimes the best books are the shorter ones, the ones that can deliver the information in a most concise manner, without sacrificing quality, and this is one of them. The layout of the book is such that it describes things typically in a "What-Why-How" format and for people today that is most important to deliver to them so that they might grow in the interior life of Grace.
This book has high re-readability and its counseled to do so, it also has the ability to be a book both for intellectual investigation while also being a spiritual devotional for a Retreat, albeit one that is long, if one wants to get the whole book accomplished. This book is written by one of the greater spiritual heavyweights in the Catholic Church during the 20th Century, he even taught Pope St. John Paul II as well....more