Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: The Catholic Prayer Book

A few months back I reviewed the paper back version of  The Catholic Prayer Book and while I liked it, my chief complaint that it wasn't exactly made for the long haul.  I recently had the opportunity to review the leatherette bound version of this prayer book and I find this version to be more to my liking.  In terms of content the book is exactly the same, just in a better format.  

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 pre-Vatican II prayer 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.  As such, I think this prayer book would be an excellent confirmation gift.  It's also great for someone who is going through RCIA.  You even have the option of personalizing this prayer book at The Catholic Company.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. I was provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Catholic Prayer Book. The Catholic Company is the best resource for all your seasonal needs such as First Communion gifts as well as ideas and gifts for the special papal Year of Faith.

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