Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Review: Many are Called

I just devoured Scott Hahn's Many Are Called: Rediscovering the Glory of the Priesthood.  The book was simply one of those books that is not easily put down.  I managed to part with it for a couple of hours so I could head off to Mass last night, but after that brief separation I stayed glued to the book until the final page.  When I initially picked up this book I wasn't intending to zip through it in a single day.  In fact, prior to cracking it open I was concerned that the book may be tedious (This book is anything but tedious.) or worse boring.  Really, I wondered, what could be said about the priesthood in 149 pages that I haven't read somewhere else?  Turns out there was plenty to be said, and when the pages had run out, I was left with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the priesthood.

As you can probably tell from my mention of having consumed this book in a day, the book is compellingly written in a way that grips you to the very end.  Dr. Hahn's explanation of the biblical and historical roots of the priesthood is beautifully written and simply illuminating.  This book paints a picture of the priesthood that is nothing short of captivating.

Who might be interested in reading this book?  While I thought that I was possibly far off the mark of the target audience, I think it's safe to say that anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding and appreciation of the priesthood could certainly benefit from reading this book.  Young men who are discerning  a vocation to the priesthood should take the time to read this book that will surely inspire them.  And for those who don't understand why someone would choose to answer God's call to the priesthood, they can read this book and understand the beauty of this amazing calling.

This review was written as part of the Catholic books reviewer program from The Catholic Company.  For more information on Many Are Called, visit The Catholic Company.  As a reviewer for The Catholic Company, I was provided with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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