Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Liturgical Year - a book review

The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister

It’s Ash Wednesday as I’m reading and pondering this book, and as I prepare for one of the main events of the liturgical year, according to my own theological standpoint as well as that of Sister Joan, I appreciated some of her insights into the Lenten season. She also explains a little about the Christmas season, and that ambiguous piece of the Christian Year called “Ordinary Time”, and shows that it’s anything but ordinary in the common sense of the word.

Since we’re in the season leading up to Easter, I was a little more attentive to the parts pertaining to Ash Wednesday, and Lent. I thought that some of the comments about the fasting, meditation etc that are associated with Lent were especially insightful, especially for those whose tradition or background doesn’t emphasize this part of the church calendar.

And then there were the times when the Mysteries of the faith weren’t clarified at all, and in my non-Catholic mind, were even muddied even further.

I read, went back, and read over, even did some underlining, but had to force myself to finish the book. It’s not that it’s a bad book; just that it never really grabbed my attention. I’ve read other books in the Ancient Practices Series, and was looking for, hoping for something more.

I f this is the first of the Ancient Practices book that you’ve read, please try another one before giving up on the series.

- In accordance with FTC regulations I note that I received this book free from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of review. However, no stipulations were made on the content of said review

3/5 stars

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