The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
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Number of Pages: 1024
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About the Author
Fr John Bartunek, LC received a bachelor of arts in history from Stanford University in 1990, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After working as a high school history teacher, a baseball coach, and a professional actor in Chicago, he joined the Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic religious congregation, in 1993. He has since received degrees in philosophy and theology and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of The Christ while researching Inside the Passion. He has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. Fr Bartunek is currently studying for a doctorate degree in moral theology.
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The book's title is a reference to Mary (sister of Martha) who chose the better part in listening to Christ. Fr. John Bartunek, LC, gives us a guide to listen to Christ and enter in to conversation with him. The four Gospels are the means of hearing Christ speak to us. The book includes the entire Gospel from the Jerusalem Bible, a beautifully written translation.
The starting point is a 50 page introduction to prayer and meditation, with guidance on how to best use the book. Fr. Bartunek explains that the content is not designed as a treatise on the spiritual life, nor bible exegesis, nor catechesis. The objective is to encounter Christ in prayer though the Gospel and by way of the will, the mind, and the heart in order to incorporate Christ's message into daily life.
Because the book is a resource rather than a fixed method, there are many ways to approach the book depending upon personal preferences. One index matches readings with the liturgical calendar and a second is arranged by topics. The book can also be adapted for use in small groups by using the four discussion questions at the end of each section.
There are 303 sections divided into six parts: 1. the Gospel text, 2. Christ the Lord, 3. Christ the Teacher, 4. Christ the Friend, 5. Christ in My Life, and 6. Questions for small group discussion. There are quotes from saints and popes at the beginning of each section and references to the Catechism following the discussion questions. Each section is about 4 pages long, totaling 1020 pages. The high-quality binding and paper make The Better Partan enduring devotional resource for personal use or as a gift.
Lorrie5 Stars Out Of 5October 31, 2012LorrieThis is one book that I will never get tired of reading. I have given copies to friends as anyone who spends time in this book will be refreshed. It gives me great comfort as I spend time in its pages. It communicates in an intimate fashion directly to the heart of any reader the greatness, love and relationship available to every single person with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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