The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life
I liked this book
This book function exactly as one would expect it to. It is a great addition to the Ancient Practices series. The book begins on the first Sunday of Advent and concludes the following November, the purpose is to help one become more attuned to a life in and through Jesus Christ. This book along with daily Scripture study does exactly that.
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January 21, 2013
The Liturgical Year
The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister is a book that is exactly as the title describes. This book is set up to help the reader digest and learn about the liturgical year inside and out. Through reading this book I learned a lot of information that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt know before. Most of it I probably should have known. This book was interesting at first but then my interest slowly dissipated. However, I think this is because originally I didnÃ¢ÂÂt pick the book up to learn. I recommend you want to learn and take the time to read in depth before picking up this book. It was a very good read for me, in the end, and I do recommend it to anyone looking to know more about the Christian calendar, no matter what faith.
May 14, 2011
A great book about the Church Calendar
The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister
The liturgical year is an adventure in bringing the Christian life to fullness, the heart to alert, and the soul to focus.
This quote is one of many wonderful lines that The Liturgical Year contains. This wonderful and simple little book explains many details of the church calendar and its impression on the Christian church.
The church year, unlike the civic year, does not begin on January 1st, but on the first Sunday of Advent, late in November. From Advent the book takes you on a journey through Lent, Holy Week, Good Friday, and Easter. Along the way you not only study the holidays themselves, but also the impact they have on our lives through Suffering, Joy, Celebration, and Fidelity.
This book contains so many wonderful messages. It unravels mysteries of why we do different things through the church year, and it causes the simple beauty of the church to be revealed in a whole new light. As Ms. Chittister says, Ã¢ÂÂ This book, then, does not concentrate simply on what it means to grow older. This book is about growing wiser, growing holier, and growing more embedded in the essentials of life.Ã¢ÂÂ
I highly recommend this book as a wonderful and educational read.
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February 1, 2011
This is a fairly decent read.
I am of the opinion that something good can be found in everything. With that in mind, I would like to guardedly say that The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister is a fairly decent book.
Like many others before me, I was very excited about reading on the liturgy. I wanted to understand and become more familiar with what the liturgical year was all about in the purest sense. I elected to read Ms. ChittisterÃ¢ÂÂs book, hoping to gain clarity and insight on this topic.
I found Ms. ChittisterÃ¢ÂÂs writing to be both scholarly and common. She had several notable quotes and interesting comments. She seemingly tried to provide a functional link between the past and the present, and she worked to invite readers into understanding the union between ChristÃ¢ÂÂs life and their own.
The Liturgical Year, however, was a laborious read for me. I struggled to find the motivation to get through this book. It was redundant and dry at times, and it never seemed to make its point. The saving grace of the book was the fact that it had many one-liners, hidden treasures sprinkled throughout the book, which contributed to renewing my interest in reading to the end.
I would be extremely hesitant in recommending this book to anyone searching for a deeper understanding of the liturgy.
January 23, 2011