Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Truth for Your Mind, Love for Your Heart ~ Satisfying Your Hunger for God

Truth for Your Mind, Love For Your Heart

Over the past week, I have been reading the book Truth for Your Mind, Love for Your Heart ~ Satisfying Your Hunger for God. This book is written by a retired priest, Father Alfred McBride - O.Praem, who is well known for his work in the area of Catholic religious education. His purpose for writing this book was to help Catholics combine the doctrines of their faith into their devotional life.

This book is divided into three sections. Just as the title describes, the first is devoted to truth for your mind, the second focuses on love for your heart, and finally, the third section is about satisfying your hunger for God.

Truth for your mind. What does it mean? In the first sixteen chapters, Father McBride discusses why we as people want God, and how he wants us, too. Matters of faith, grace, sin, love, tradition, The Trinity, redemption, The Church, the Holy Spirit, and the teachings of Jesus are all explored. He uses a combination of stories, scripture, exercises and real life examples using the saints and other church figures. The tone is conversational and inviting. It is a pleasant but thought provoking read.

Each chapter ends with reflection questions and prayer. I liked this, and thought it would be good to read along with somebody else, or with a group of people as a study and discussion book.

The Love for your Heart section is eight chapters discussing the sacraments. This engaging conversation and reflection on the sanctifying powers and the mysteries of our faith are a great reminder and a wonderful read for anyone who might feel like they are in a rut, or going through the motions of faith.

Satisfying Your Hunger for God uses ten chapters to discuss the Ten Commandments, and there is also a chapter devoted to the mother of our Church, Mary. As I read these chapters, I was called to examine myself, and my actions. Here Father writes about grace, morals, virtues, witness, carriage, family, the sanctity of life, honesty, faithful love, charity, social justice, love of our neighbor and more. The reflection questions are not always easy, but a wonderful exercise, and for me, a good preparation for the upcoming Lenten Season.

This 238 paperback book is published by Our Sunday visitor, and is available at The Catholic Company website for $14.95.

From the website:
"I believe that popular piety is a powerful way to open our minds and hearts to the revealed Word of God in Scripture and above all in the New Testament revelation of Jesus Christ." --Alfred McBride, O.Praem.In this groundbreaking work, Father Alfred McBride, for the first time in his long and distinguished career, links doctrine with the devotional life of the ordinary Catholic. Father McBride is perfectly suited to this task, bringing an immense amount of background knowledge and experience. He has written about the Catechism of the Catholic Church since its publication in 1994, and he has successfully adapted its content to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of audiences.

Each chapter of the book intertwines a Catholic teaching with the witness of a saint or other exemplary person to show that faith lived daily is a most powerful way to get at the heart of God's Word. Those you will meet include Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, Pope John Paul II, C.S. Lewis, and Pope Benedict XVI.

Reflections, prayers, questions, and sidebar meditations reinforce the connections made between the Church's teachings and the reader's spiritual and moral life. You will come away from this book with an informed mind and an uplifted heart for maintaining a strong devotional life.

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