Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Book Review: To Be Like Jesus
I recently had the opportunity to read Sr. Ann Shields’ To Be Like Jesus Inspiration From the Gospel of Luke. The book is broken down into thirty-one reflections from the Gospel of Luke. These reflections are meant to be reflected on for a week. It is not the author’s intent that you zip through this book at lightening speed. Instead, she’s hoping you’ll take the time to stop and ponder the wisdom that is to be found in the scripture. For the purpose of writing this review I read the entire book in the span of about ten days, but I was careful to avoid another case of “spiritual indigestion.” If you think you’re going to sit down and read seven or eight of these short chapters in succession, you’re probably going to walk away feeling a little overwhelmed. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to take the author seriously when he or she warns you not to power through their book.
I really enjoyed this book and I fully intend to sit down and read the book again, the way it was to be read. One week at a time in preparation for Gospel reading at Mass so you can reflect on the message and have it sink in. The Gospel of Luke is read during liturgical year C, so this book is perfect for this year given that we're in year C. I found Sr. Shield's insight and wisdom on the scripture to be very enlightening. Her take on these scripture references makes you stop and think. For the weeks that have already passed for this liturgical year, her take on the Gospel has helped me to see it in an entirely new light.