Book Review: City of Saints by George Weigel

From Book Description

In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Krakow, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.”

City of Saints by George WeigelMy comments

Oh my, I am going to cut to the chase and just declare that this is a lovely book! For some reason, I was expecting one of those small coffee table books that just have pictures with some captions throughout. Instead, I got a 317 page history book with beautiful illustrations and gorgeous pictures sprinkled throughout the text.

In fact, there are so many good things about this book, I don’t know where the start. For one thing, the book is very well written. In addition, I absolutely love how the authors are able to weave the life of St. John Paul II into the history of his Poland. I was so captivated with the narrative that I just couldn’t stop turning the pages! I learned a lot while being entertained at the same time, and for me, that is the sign of an excellent book. 🙂

Another thing I loved about the book is the added information in the appendices. There is a guide to polish pronunciation which I particularly appreciated because, let’s face it, some of those Polish words are just hard! There is also a list of Polish names in English and several maps.

If you want to see St. John Paul II in a new light, and gain some fascinating insights about the history of Poland, I highly recommend City of Saints. I give the book five (5) stars.

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Prayer Journal for Advent

Advent Prayer Journal for Women

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As a person of faith (I’m Catholic), I don’t usually put my faith front and center of my work; however, because I am so excited, I am making an exception today. 🙂

You see, I just finished creating an Advent Prayer Journal for Women! I am self-publishing a hard copy of the book through Ingram Spark and I am currently waiting for it to finish the set up process before get published. Also, although journals are not good for the Kindle, I have created a PDF version.

Here is the book description:

Make The Advent Season A True Spiritual Journey

The Advent season is a time of joyful anticipation and waiting; however, in the rush and stress of preparation, the real meaning of Advent can be lost.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way! By spending some time each day in prayer, you can refocus and center your heart and mind on the one whom we await: Jesus Christ. And, this Advent Prayer Journal For Women can help.

This 162 page journal includes:

  • Scripture quotations from the Mass Readings
  • Lots of lined pages for writing and journaling
  • Blank pages for doodling, drawing, or pasting pictures
  • A section and explanation of the “O” Antiphons
  • A section for prayer intentions

May this journal be a tool to make this your best Advent Season yet!

The paperback copy will be sold for $14.95 and the PDF will be sold for $10. However, for this week only, until Friday, December 4, you can get the PDF for $5. Go here to purchase your copy before the price goes up!

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Book Review: Semi Serious

Book Review: Semi SeriousFrom Book Description

Follow along with Charlotte Stone as she takes you on a whimsical religious adventure from middle school teacher to big rig driver. Join her for the laughs and tears as she takes you from the initial decision to the training she under went and even through her challenging rookie year.

My Comments

My husband has been a commercial truck driver for a long time and there aren’t many women in this profession; therefore, when I saw the book, Semi Serious, about a woman’s journey into the field, I had to read it. Personally, unlike my husband, I do not like to drive and can’t even begin to fathom why any woman would want to be a truck driver. Thus, I was immensely curious to read Stone’s journey. I mean, really, why would anyone want to end her career as a teacher to drive a truck?

Well, her story is very interesting! In addition, I learned more about the trucking industry in reading her story than in the 14 years I have known/been married to my husband! She gives an insider view of what it is like to go through the trucking school and some of the joys and challenges of living on the road. In fact, I felt almost as if I was in the truck or on the road with her because she writes with an inclusive and conversationalist way that I like.

Another thing I liked, was the candid-ness of her faith. Living a faith-filled life isn’t easy for anyone, but it can be particularly difficult for truck drivers. I really appreciated how she is able to incorporate her faith into her life and how she incorporated her faith into the book without sounding “preachy.”

However, I am not a big fan of how the book is organized. For example, in the beginning she starts telling her story, and then seemingly out of the blue, she sticks in a prayer or poem that is supposed to be related to what she was conveying in her narrative. It was confusing and broke up the rhythm of text for me. I found myself wanting to skip over the prayers and poems so that I could finish the story and then go back to them.

Additionally, many of the stories seemed to be put together in a disjointed fashion and without any real cohesiveness; although, the topics were loosely related. It was almost as if a string of stories were thrown in together just so they could be included in the book. Having written that, most of the stories, in and of themselves, held my attention.

Still, all in all, the book is very good and I can recommend it to anyone curious about the life of truck drivers. I give Semi Serious three (3) stars.

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