Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Book Review: Truth for Your Mind Love for Your Heart

I just finished reading Fr. Alfred McBride's Truth for Your Mind, Love for Your Heart Satisfying Your Hunger for God and I have to say from start to finish the book was an absolute pleasure to read.  The book is an enriching read that is sure to please those who are interested in deepening their spiritual life
The book is separated into three sections.  As you might guess from the title, the sections are entitled Truth for Your Mind, Love for Your Heart and Satisfying Your Hunger for God.  Given that life has been a bit frantic around here for the past several weeks, I didn't pick up on the fact that the section titles were directly related to the book title until I reached the final portion of the book.  Anyway, those titles perfectly reflect what you will find in those sections.

Each chapter of this book follows the same format.  It begins with a scripture reference, and then there is commentary that explains it and shows how it relates to us today.  Each and every chapter is filled with insightful wisdom.  Throughout each chapter you will find asides that are related to the subject at hand.  I found the placement of some of the asides to be a bit distracting.  I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to have to interrupt a line of thought in a book, and I also don't like to have to flip back a page or two to read what I had to skip momentarily.  I'm sure some people aren't bothered by such things, but I certainly can be.  Each chapter ends with reflection questions and a prayer.  I liked that the reflection questions prompt you to not only ponder the material you just read, but also to stop and take a look at yourself. Because of the discussion questions,  I think it would be a great book for a group setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, but my favorite section was the one entitled Love for Your Heart where the sacraments were discussed.  Fr. McBride's explanations and insight on the sacraments just clicked with me in a way that I can't easily explain.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company.  Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Truth for Your Mind, Love for Your Heart.  They are also a great source for serenity prayer and baptism gifts.

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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