The Liturgical Year, by Joan Chittister

I would suggest this book for those who already have a working grasp of liturgical practices.  To be honest, this isn’t my church tradition and this book really, on the whole, didn’t help.

The author’s passion for liturgy was palpable, but it seemed to outweigh her ability to really make it sensible to the uninitiated.  Again, it was easy to ‘feel’ the author’s passion for the topic, but her pronouncements, repetitiveness, and regretfully absent initial overview left me, the reader, often stranded chapter after chapter. 

That being said, there were several chapters that left me spell-bound and challenged – particularly chapter 24 on Holy Saturday – the Loss That Is Gain.  I could only have wished this clarity had been represented in each chapter. 

In sum, I would recommend this book to fans of the author – those already familiar with her style of writing, and to those already familiar with the liturgical year.

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