Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Rosary A Journey to the Beloved: My review

The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved (Faithwords) The Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved by Gary Jansen

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a lovely little book, though nothing extraordinary or different. The dust jacket mentions the rosary as being a prayer not only for Catholics but for all Christians so I was interested in how the author was going to address the two issues I see raised most often among non-Catholics when referring to the rosary; namely the repitition and the Marian devotion. He does a good job with the repitition basically explaining that the repeated prayers are a background to meditation on the mysteries. Regarding Marian devotion, he basically suggests saying Our Fathers rather than Hail Marys if that is a problem, and meditating on the Second Coming and the Kingdom of God rather than on the Assumption and the Coronation.

After an introductory chapter, each of the mysteries is presented in a two-page spread. The page on the left has a scripture reading related to the mystery and the page on the right has a famous work of art illustrating it.

This is a beautiful book and if you are a collector of rosary books or are new to the rosary, it could be the one for you.

Click here to read the first chapter.

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