Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Catholic Prayer and the Mass

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Book Review - Catholic Prayer and the Mass

About the Book
Today, there are an increasing number of Catholics looking for  new ways to explore spirituality. Some may be familiar with tried and true devotions, and now want to try meditation. Others may seek to adapt simple traditions to modern life, or are hungry for a deeper connection through the Eucharist. Whatever prayer styles are sought, The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and The Mass will help those who are longing for a connection to God reach their pathway to worship.
Mary DeTurris Poust, columnist, blogger and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to the Catholic Catechism, has focused on Catholic issues for over 25 years. Her Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and The Mass offers devoted Catholics a way to explore prayer styles never before considered, and non-Catholics or Catholics on the edge a look into a world that can seem mysterious and intimidating. Archbishop of New York, Timothy M. Dolan endorses the book saying, “As Saint Paul confessed, ‘none of us know how to pray as we ought.’ This book is sure a help.” This The Essential Guide to Catholic Prayer and The Mass offers:
  • Lessons on Scripture, ancient rituals and the examples set by the saints
  • A description of the Church’s new translation of the Mass – which requires Catholics to relearn familiar prayers
  • A pathway to prayer for every person of every background and mindset
  • An exploration of new prayer method
About the Author
Mary DeTurris Poust (Delmar, N.Y.) is an author, columnist and blogger who has focused on Catholic issues for more than 25 years. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to the Catholic Catechism, as well as Parenting a Grieving Child (2002) and the recent Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship (November 2010). She blogs regularly at OSV Daily Take and at her own blog, Not Strictly Spiritual. Her monthly column "Life Lines" has been published in Catholic New York since 2001, and her articles have appeared in dozens of national and regional publications. For more information, visit her website at

About The Essential Guide Series
Essential Guides condense the most important and current information and thinking on mainstream issues that matter, making them understandable for those approaching a topic for the first time. They provide a broad overview and necessary detail, but are not encyclopedic. Essential Guides anticipate readers’ needs and questions, and provide solutions and answers with empathy, clarity, and respect for the reader. Authors write from a position of expertise, understanding, and personal experience which allows them to connect with readers.

My Take on the Book
Are you Catholic? Have you ever wondered about the intricacies of prayer in the Catholic Church or about the Mass in general? If so, then this book is for you. This book is the ultimate resource for the Catholic or soon-to-be Catholic. I went through RCIA when my wife and I were getting ready for our wedding and this book would have been a great addition to the training as it was so easy to understand and spelled out the answers to many questions that I have had for many years concisely and in a way that anyone could understand.

Overall, this was a great book and one that I would highly recommend!

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