Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Catholic for a Reason IV

Catholic for a Reason IV: Scripture and the Mystery of Marriage and the Family was such a treat and is the perfect way to study Catholic teachings and traditions as rooted in the Bible. I loved this book and have been sharing it with dozens of people! The fourth book in the Catholic for a Reason book series, this particular one focuses on marriage, family, and theology of the body. Each chapter is written by a different leading Catholic author and features discussion questions making it ideal for a small group study or book club. While the chapters are independent and can be read individually, there are themes that are common throughout the book, so the chapters tend to echo sound Catholic practices throughout. Leading Catholic authorities like Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Jeff Cavins, and Edward Sri are just some of the writers featured in this excellent resource. The writing is filled with voice and very approachable (as a result, it doesn’t come across as a scholarly work, but more like a friend guiding you through a scripture study). Chapters focus on issues such as Marriage Preparation, the Covenant of Marriage, Natural Family Planning, Adoption and the Role of Love in the Catholic church. This is a rich, informative read and it is packed with information and insight. I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Catholic church, and while I haven’t read the other books in the series, if they are anything like this one, I look forward to reading them.

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