Book Review: The Liturgical Year

The latest book I have read for Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program is entitled: The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life, by Joan Chittister.

The book takes us through the liturgical year, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and carrying through the following November.

The premise of the book is to help us begin to fully understand that Christmas and Easter are our anchors to the Christian faith, and the in-between time a cause for reflection and anticipation of what is to come.

Joan is a Benedictine nun, and I have come to love her writing through other books of hers such as “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.”  She has a connection with the heart of God that is evident.  She loves Jesus, and it appears she has a passion to paint the picture of liturgy as a source of hope and life to those who call themselves Christians.

Being Liturgically clueless, this book was a bit confusing.  There are many feasts and celebrations I had not heard of before.  I chose this book hoping it would somehow connect me to the Liturgical practices I don’t really know about, but the book left me wanting for more understanding and desire for clarity on practical ways I can incorporate the Liturgical practices into my Evangelical life.

With that said, I think anyone who wants to explore the Liturgical life further should pick up this book.  It certainly opened the door of curiosity a little wider for me, and I walked away understanding a bit more of what the Liturgical calendar is and why it is important.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Liturgical Year

  • February 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm
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    Thanks so much for posting about this book. I’m adding it to my reading list immediately! I’ve done a lot of studying based on the the church year. In fact this weekend I just did a little teaching on incorporating it into our devotional life. If you ever want to chat more about it, I would buy you a cup of coffee. Just let me know.

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  • March 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm
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    Great post. I joined the Catholic Church last year and as you probably know we’re all about living the liturgy! I’ve grown so much in my personal and spiritual life since then and I owe it in part to living out the liturgical year daily. It’s not just about Christmas and Easter! It’s about preparing for His birth during Advent. Preparing our hearts and lives for Easter during Lent. I could go on and on…. I just love the Church year and how it has helped me grow and I’m looking forward to teaching my son all about it when he’s older. Don’t let this be the only book you read on the subject, please continue reading!!

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  • March 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm
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    Thanks Jessica. I really appreciate your comment. The Liturgy of the church is something I think many Evangelicals do not understand or put into practice and I believe are really missing out on a lot. Rob and I are trying to make it more a part of our daily lives.

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