Monday, August 04, 2008

Review: Catholic Saints Prayer Book

As much as I loved Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's first book, I wondered if the second book could be as inspiring and engaging. Well, I am happy to report that this gifted mother and writer did not disappoint!

Again, the size and succinctness of the Catholic Saints Prayer Book is a big plus in this busy mom's life. In the midst of my day, if I'm looking for a quick biography of one of the many well-loved and well-known saints, I can easily find it in her book.

It's a little like having an address book for the soul. At a moment's notice, a quick glance down the table of contents is all you need to find the page number of the saint you want to *call*. (Oh, if only there really were phone numbers! ) Then, with her beautiful written prose, a prayer for calling on each saint for intercession.

And being a wee bit biased on all things Irish, I was thrilled to find both the male patron of Ireland--St. Patrick and his not-as-well-known female counterpart St. Brigid. This is a wonderful book to keep in a classroom or family prayer area, in your pocketbook for easy access or to loan out to a friend. Just a warning, though, if you decide to lend it out; buy a second one as a back-up because it may be a while before your friend is ready to give it and all its beauty back!

Thanks again, Donna-Marie! It's always a pleasure!


Alice Gunther said...

She is incredible.

I am in love with her nine-month pregnancy novena book in particular. It amazes me how someone so prolific can produce such consistently beautiful and deep work.

Thanks for the tip--I'll need to pick this one up.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Thank you, Jane! I am so glad that you are enjoying my saints' book! Thanks for your kind review. :)

Thank you, Alice for your overly kind words! You are both just TOO sweet!

God bless and much love to you both!