Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Listening to God with Padre Pio

Listening to God with Padre Pio is yet another book in the Listening to God series published by Our Sunday Visitor.  Just like the other two books in the series this book offers one hundred Padre Pio quotes, which cover a variety of topics, and a related piece of scripture.

The little hard back book is not exactly light reading.  Some of the Padre Pio quotes are very deep and will get you thinking.  I'm not sure if it's Padre Pio's writing style [the quotes are taking from his writings] or just how in depth the quotes are, but the book came across as daunting to me at times.  I likened it to reading St. Augustine.  I have a touch and go relationship with good old St. Augustine.  In short, he makes my head hurt and reading too much of what he has to say too quickly results in what can be best termed spiritual indigestion.  Even taking this book one quote at a time, I frequently found myself on the verge of spiritual indigestion.  Like any form of indigestion, I try to avoid it when possible.

Despite the feelings of being overwhelmed by some of the quotes, the book isn't bad.  I certainly would not recommend reading this one from cover to cover in an afternoon.  In fact, I'm not sure doing that is even possible without giving yourself a severe headache.  I approached this book from the standpoint of reading a quote here or there and reflecting on it.  I think that is really the best way to use this book.  Using the handy table of contents that give you a list of quotes that you can find to suit your current situation, you can turn to a Padre Pio quote that will likely be a source of inspiration or wisdom for you in that moment.

This book was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company.  Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Listening to God with Padre Pio.  They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.

I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by The Catholic Company in exchange for my honest review.

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