Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Book Review: Good Words
The book is centered upon Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to kill, and a time to heal, a time to break down, and a time to week, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
This book breaks down the scripture referenced above and each part of this is focused upon with several reflections. Each section begins with another scripture reference and a reflection. Following that you will find excerpts from various books relating to a particular portion of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Each excerpt and it's related reflection have their own subheading.
This book could be read from cover to cover with the reader spending a few minutes a day to read a reflection a day. Using the book this way, one could easily spend a few months reflecting on the passages in this book. And there's certainly enough food for thought in this book to provide depth to your prayer life. Alternatively, one could page through this book and find inspiration for where she happens to be in her life. This would also be a great book for a women's prayer group to read and discuss.
Overall, I was surprised at the inspirational punch this little book was able to provide. The book certainly leaves you with plenty to think about.
I was provided with a review copy of this book by the publisher, St. Anthony Messenger Press, in exchange for my honest review.