Monday, March 4, 2013

Aw, shucks!Supercalifragilistic book review!


I'm tried really hard for months not to become a bore about the book I was writing. And I'd intended to try to do the same about the book once it was published.

But amazing blog follower Doug Lyons, aka Brother Joseph,oblate of St. Benedict, is making that very hard for me to do. First he tells me that he had to read it cover to cover in one night, even neglecting his studies to do so, then he writes an incredible review on Amazon, a review that is sure to make cautious consumers say "I want it!". Just listen to this:

What a wonderful, easy to read book that Daria Sockey has written. The best guidebook, with historical background, and inspirational treatise I have read on Liturgy of the Hours. Certainly a “must read” for any lay beginner or even someone considering beginning to pray the Daily Office, Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, as it is now called. If you have been praying the hours, you will love this book, too.

In just 117 pages, which are written in such an easy, down to earth style, as though you were sitting at Daria’s kitchen table over a cup of coffee, this book walks you through the history, the purpose, and the benefits of adopting this most efficacious spiritual/religious habit.

Daria has one of the most comprehensive lists of resources for praying the Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH) that I have come across; printed options, on-line options, smartphone/tablet options, replete with all the sources, estimated prices and web addresses. No excuse for you to not be able to obtain just the right LOTH method for your prayer style or pocketbook.

I especially like Part Three of the book. This section brings you from the forest, among the trees, even under the bark, to examine how the Psalms can be understood and applied to your daily life, no matter who you are, and not come across as ancient, pre-Christian, Old Testament prose.

Isn't that nice? You can read the rest of it right here.