Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review: Catholic Update Guide To The Mass

The Catholic Update series of books published by St. Anthony Messenger Press is a new series that seeks to offer solid catechesis on a variety of subjects.  The books in this series are suitable for use in individual or group settings, and could be quite useful with RCIA.

The Catholic Update Guide To The Mass covers the questions of "What is the Mass?", "Why do we go to Mass?" and "How do we go to Mass?".  The book offers good solid answers to these questions and as such, is a good jumping off point for those who are new to the Catholic faith or simply want a short book to read that will sufficiently cover the bases.

Each of the three chapters in this book offer questions for reflection at the end of the chapter.  This feature makes it ideal for a group setting since it has built in discussion questions.

I think as a basic introduction to the Mass this book is pretty good.  It's relatively short at forty-three pages long and can easily be read in a short period of time.

As with the Catholic Update Guide To Confession, I found parts of this book to seem a bit liberal, particularly the explanations of the Mass itself.  This is likely not the book for you if you are looking for a book that is going to take a deep look at the Mass.

I was provided with a review copy of this book by the publisher, St. Anthony Messenger Press, in exchange for my honest review.

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