Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Communion

Catholic Update Guide to Communion

From the back cover description:

“What is Communion? Why did Jesus give us this extraordinary gift? How do we receive Communion? The Second Vatican Council described the eucharistic sacrifice as the ‘source and summit of all Christian life.’ Using the most current translation of the Roman Missal, our bestselling authors explain this great mystery.”

My comments:

For those of us who are well-versed in Church Teaching, many of the points in “Catholic Update Guide to Communion” are going to be a review of what we all ready know – and that’s a good thing. 🙂 It is good to go back and remind ourselves of the richness of our faith and the Sacraments, especially the gift of the Eucharist.

For those of us who are not well-versed in Church Teaching, the “Catholic Update to Communion” is the perfect “handbook” for being introduced to the profound gift of the Sacrament or the perfect supplement to a course of study on the Eucharist. As a matter of fact, I am planning on using this book as a supplement for helping my son prepare for his First Communion coming in April (2013).

Sprinkled throughout the book are reflection questions that help the reader dig deeper into their understanding and love of the Eucharistic. And I love the practical aspect of the book in the way the authors lay out how to receive Communion. They even explain, in a clear and direct way, why Catholics can not share communion with other non-Catholic Christians.

I give this book three (3) stars and will easily recommend this book to others.

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Book Review: The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman


Book Summary:

This is a charming story is about Katie Ann Stolzfus, a single mother raising her son in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado and Eli Detweiler is an Amish man looking forward to enjoying the rest of his life after raising six children on his own. Thanks to a wedding, they meet and a friendship is formed. As their feeling become more, they both struggle against what they think they want and what is deep within their hearts.

My Comments:

I enjoy reading love-inspired fiction (such as Amish Novels) so I was excited to get an advance copy of The Wonder of Your Love for  review. I have read several of Beth Wiseman’s books that I liked so I expected to like this one as well. I was not disappointed. 🙂

The characters in this book are endearing and I was immediately drawn into their lives. I was surprised to see that Katie’s best friend, Martha, is not Amish at all. And can I just say that Martha is a hoot?! (I was surprised to see this because I thought that the Amish – although friendly toward “Englishers” – didn’t make friends with Englishers.)

The story was somewhat predictable but it was believable and sounded very realistic (although my knowledge of the Amish is limited). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was a little sad when the story was over. I hope to read more of the Land of Canaan book series soon.

And, guess what? Like a lot of Amish novels, this book has a few recipes at the end! Three recipes in fact. I particularly can’t wait to try the Peanut Blossoms recipe.

My rating:

I give this book 4 stars.

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