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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours - Book Review

I had the privilege to hear and briefly speak to the author The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours at a recent Catholic Writers’ Guild Conference Live! She offered me a review copy. Am I glad I accepted the offer!
I have been praying portions of the Liturgy of the Hours for more then a dozen years, painfully aware that at times I have offered this magnificent pray too rapidly, mechanically and distractedly and without a sufficient appreciation of its enormous value. With God’s grace and the suggestions Sockey offers in this book that will not happen too often in the future.

I certainly would have benefited from this fantastic and comprehensive guide when I first began this devotion. But God’s timing is ever perfect. I have been blessed immensely since I read this book. I have a greater understanding not only of the mechanics of this prayer but a deeper appreciation for the spiritual treasures it contains.
To have so much valuable practical and spiritual guidance under one cover is a great gift! I particularly appreciated the author taking the time to identify and encourage her readers to avail themselves of the many excellent online resources that can enhance their prayer experience. I knew nothing about many of them. You will love the last two chapters in this book – frank, practical, and unique commentary.

Whether you are just thinking about praying the Liturgy of the Hours, or are someone who tried to pray them in the past and simply gave up out of sheer frustration, or whether you are an old “experienced” hand, you will find this book a great resource and teacher.

The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours is a keeper, one to which the reader will often revisit. I highly recommend you get a copy. You can buy it here.

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