I told you I was behind on my reviews!
The Thrill of the Chaste (Dawn Eden)
This is a good book for those single women who have bought into the sexually permissive lifestyle of our culture with all its promises of excitement and fulfillment, and found it sadly wanting. Dawn Eden shares both in this book, and on her blog The Dawn Patrol, how that lifestyle never brought her the happiness, intimacy, and commitment that she was so desperately searching for. It is only as she has sought to follow the Lord and to live life His way that she has found a peace and contentment in being single... in being who she is right now... which will make her ready for her future spouse, should the Lord have that in mind for her. She does not downplay the temptations that arise, or the loneliness that sometimes besets her, but shows how, even in these situations, her "old way" of doing things was far more detrimental to her than any "hardships" she may be experiencing now.
In light of this review, I have GOT to mention a book that I have read many, many times over (just not this year...)
A Return to Modesty (by Wendy Shalit)
I cannot recommend this book enough (and judging from the 167 reviews it got on Amazon, I see I am not alone in my judgment!). I was blown away by it the first time I read it, and have been impressed with it every time I have come back to read it again. Far from being a typical "God wants women to dress modestly and here's why" sort of book, the author presents a secular, thought-provoking, almost shocking look at modesty and how it can be far more liberating, mysterious, and (for singles) captivating than dressing in a sloppy or revealing manner. For me to try to do this book justice in just a paragraph or two would be rather difficult... so check out the reviews, read her blogsite (and this one), and buy the book!
On we go!
A Catholic Mystique (Jennifer Ferrara)
What can I say? I LOVE to read conversion stories, and these are wonderful! Fourteen stories of faithful, devout Christian women who were serving the Lord in other denominations (many as pastors) who found themselves being called by Him to follow Him into the Catholic Church. Of particular interest to me (being a homeschooler, of course) is the conversion story of Cathy Duffy, who is well-known in homeschooling circles for her curriculum reviews.
A great read, and one that I will pick up and read again!
Padre Pio: A Man of Hope (Renzo Allegri)
I did not know much of St. Pio, until a dear friend of mine, who has a particular devotion to him, mentioned him to me. After reading about him on-line, I was eager to learn more about him.
Wow... Can I say that again?... Wow. He is truly a great saint.
The author attempts to cover his entire life, so there is a lot of focus on the particular persecutions he experienced, and the work done against him, as well as on his behalf, by those around him. What truly interested me, however, was his amazing sanctity, his faithfulness, and the amazing miracles that the Lord worked through him.
My pastor once encouraged the RCIA class to "get to know the saints... get to know the company that you keep." I am so thankful to have been introduced to such a wonderful man as St. Pio.