Sunday, December 4, 2011

Doctors of the Church.

Bl. Pope John Paul II made the Wednesday audiences famous with his series of catecheses on the Theology of the Body. These weekly addresses continue and offer endless food for thought.

Doctors of the Church collects Benedit XVI's catecheses on 32 men and women from throughout Church history, who have "been recognized for both holiness of life and profundity in learning." The result is an outstanding--and highly inviting--history of Christian thought, spirituality, poetry, song, and high adventure (for adventure, check out Catherine of Siena!).

I really can't say enough about Benedict's writing. It is clear, simple, and... best of all for the busy among us... concise. Each address gives a biography of the saint, the historical context of his or her work, and then a brief lesson on the major contributions he or she brought to the search for God. You will become fast friends with them all: Even the headier saints, it turns out, have something to say to a little housewife in the 21st century.

This book is great for anyone exploring the Faith for the first time, for RCIA classes, high school classes, and just any Catholic who wants to know her pope and her forbears more intimately. A great buy.

Sadly, it seems to be out of stock over at The Catholic Company (it's that good!). But you should still receive it by Christmas if you order now!

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company, and the reviewer received a free copy of the text in exchange for her opinion. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Doctors of the Church. They also have some beautiful Christmas gifts!


Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

I haven't read this one, but I do enjoy his writings as well. His book on The Fathers of the Church was amazing! He is truly a born teacher.

noreen said...

Hi Erika, I found your book review listed over at The Catholic Company and came over to say hello. I reviewed this book as well and like it. I did find it a challenging read that sort of took the shape of a puzzle. The further I read the more pieces fell into place. Many of the doctors of our church, I was unfamiliar with or knew little about. This book is a great way to learn about the holy men and women show shaped our faith into what it is today (or supposed to be!).