Friday, February 24, 2017
Although Newman does a splendid job quoting Hildegard's work, a familiarity with the full context of the works these quotes came from would aid the reader. There is a similar issue with the cultural climate. A base knowledge of medicine, Vatican law, and political occurrences of her time will help put Hildegard's ideas into context. The content is detailed and well-explained. For those interested in this specific part of Hildegard's theology I would definitely recommend this text.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Beyond the personal consequences there are larger societal and environmental consequences. New fanatical cults arise, as both religions and gangs. Overpopulation leads to food and water shortages. And new government euthanasia programs become an essential part of life.
The novel is written in a scrapbook format where John Farrell's personal journal entries, filled with complex experiences, emotions, and relationships, are interspersed are news reports and articles of current events giving his personal experiences more context with the world he is living in. At times it was difficult to get through this due to the realistic events. I look forward to reading future works by this author.
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Friday, February 10, 2017
Both mothers and daughter will enjoy the gorgeous illustrations. The sentiments in the poem are nothing unusual, but the meter is pleasant to read. While I'm not sure children in the 4-8 age range, as the book is written for, will understand the full meaning of the sentiments in the book, they will learn to absorb the lessons as they get older.
Friday, February 3, 2017
I enjoyed giggling with familiar stories and laughing aloud at the experiences Martin shared in this piece. Those looking to add a little levity to their own practice will find this book a useful tool to finding their own balance in life.
More by the author:
My Life with the Saints
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
The Desert Fathers
Little Flowers of Saint Francis