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New books!

15 May

The books I ordered from Amazon came in four days early! Now I have five new unread books lying around (not including Jesus of Nazareth) but I guess that is a good problem to have! I am very excited about all three. The first is The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis which came highly recommended to me as a spiritual guide sort of book. I bought the translation from Ignatius Press which I heard was good. The second book comes recommended from pretty much every source I trust. It is a compilation of journal entries from Cardinal Antonelli, a big mind in the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council. I can’t wait to read this! Lastly is The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine compiled by Dr. Ludwig Ott. It provides sources to doctrine in Church documents including papal writing.

Best of all… it was all free!! I bought all three book from Amazon gift cards given to me by family for my birthday!

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What I’m reading

12 May

Although I bought it from Amazon a long time ago I finally found the time to start reading Benedict’s work, Jesus of Nazareth. I’m only past the introduction and the first chapter but what I’ve read so far is great. Its well thought out and methodically presented. He always makes it seem easy to explain complex theology. If you haven’t read this book you should definitely pick it up. Benedict aims to study Jesus as a historical figure (hence the title) but the Supreme Pontiff thus far makes an incredible theological explanation of Christ.

This first volume only covers His Baptism  to the Transfiguration but EWTN News reports that Benedict’s second book has been sent to the publisher:

VATICAN CITY, 10 MAY 2010 (VIS) – “The definitive text of the second volume of the book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ by His Holiness Benedict XVI was recently consigned to the publishers entrusted with its publication”, says a note released today by the Holy See Press Office.

“This second volume is dedicated to the Passion and the Resurrection, and starts where the first volume finished”, says the note.

EWTN goes on to say,

“The hope is that the publication of the book in the major languages will come about contemporaneously. Yet this, however rapid, will still require various months, given the times necessary for an accurate translation of such an important and long-awaited text”.