Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

I hate it when you pick up a book expecting something interesting, insightful, and intriguing; thinking I learning about either something I never knew before (whether it falls in line with my beliefs or not) or expound my knowledge about a particular subject. Today I finished the book “The Liturgical Year” a book about why we should follow the liturgical year festivals that the Catholic church follows, but unfortunately this was a book exact opposite of what I described above. I don’t know much about the “liturgical” year so I was interested to pick this book up to read. I love learning about other religions (not to convert, but to not be ignorant), however, I don’t know what category to place this book under. It does not explain much history but simply the surface information about a particular holiday or feast in the Roman Catholic Church, but does not go deep into any holidays and almost assumes the reader knows about the holiday/ feast already. However if I even was a Roman Catholic, this book would still be useless because I would assume I would already know much if not all the information covered in this book. I am not Roman Catholic yet I already knew most of the things (if not all) that this author talks about simply because it lacks so much depth, at least if it was interesting with maybe a few funny or insightful stories… but it did not have any of those either. I am so disappointed when I read such books. I want things that improve my spiritual life, and my knowledge and understanding of the world around me, books like this one seem to be a waste of time to read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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