Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Archbishop's Book

I am a big fan of Archbishop Timothy Dolan; when I can, I listen to his weekly program on the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM radio. So I enjoyed his book, Doers of the Word: Putting Your Faith into Practice.

This is not a complicated, heavy book.  At only 125 pages, it's great to slip into your handbag or briefcase to read when you have a few free moments.  While the book has seven chapters, each of these is divided into segments about a page in length.  These contain a short discussion on a topic as well as either a prayer or a section with more information (historical or cultural) on that topic.

Archbishop Dolan's writing style is clear, direct and easy to understand.  The book is written almost in a conversational style; you can picture the Archbishop sitting with you at a table and saying those words.  The topics vary from the everyday (ordinary time, seasons in nature, April Fool's Day) to the timely (respect for life, prison ministry) to reflections on the saints and the Blessed Mother.

This book is inspiring and accessible, and does challenge the reader to really live out what we believe.
This review was written as part of The Catholic Company product reviewer program. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Doers of the Word. I received a review copy of this book, but no other compensation, for the purposes of this review.


3 comments:

Brother Charles said...

I have met him personally twice so far, once on his official visit to our vicariate, and once randomly when I was at the seminary using the library. When he preached at his installation Mass, there were priests around me in tears.

Ellen said...

I'll have to check it out. Since the merger, I am in need of a faith lift!

Lee Strong said...

I enjoy his writing. I'll have to check out this book.