Monday, April 22, 2013

Book Review: The Catholic Prayer Book

A lot of my non-book review reading as of late has been centered on various prayer books.  I have a few books that are reprints of pre-Vatican II prayer books that I like a lot.  So when I received a copy ofThe Catholic Prayer Book from Servant Books I couldn't wait to see what it contained.

The book is set up in an easy to use format.  The prayers are categorized according to type or specific situations.  Many of the prayers have a modern feel to them, but there are several that are more traditional or old-fashioned feeling.  Several of the prayers contained in this book are the same or are a variation of the ones found in my pre-Vatican II prayer books.  There are plenty of new prayers in this book as well.  Something that stands out to me about this book is the source of the prayer is noted for many of the prayers.

I was surprised at just how much is packed into this prayer book.  While some of my old-fashioned prayers books have a lot to offer, in some ways they're limited.  I'd say this book is close to being a modern version of Blessed Be God.

When it comes to prayer books I actually prefer them to be leather bound or hardback.  My copy of The Catholic Prayer Book is paperback, but this title is available in a leatherette version.  Personally, I think it's best to have a more durable type of binding for a book that is presumably going to see a lot of use.  So I was happy to see that the leatherette binding is an option.  One of my first thoughts as I paged through this book was that it would be a great gift idea for confirmations in the leatherette version.

I was provided with a review copy of The Catholic Prayer Book by the publisher, Servant Books, in exchange for my honest review.  Visit Servant Books for more information on this title.

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