This month, I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of the calendar that will grace my office walls in 2009 - The Beauty of Grace 2009 Calendar of Indulgences from Bridegroom Press.

I'm thrilled to help spread the word about this particular product, since it is so much more than simply a way to keep track of appointments.  First, a physical description of the calendar: it's a heavy duty 12 x 12 calendar with lovely artwork from Murals by Jericho.  The photos that grace each month's page are absolutely lovely images that will look great in any room.

More importantly though, the content of this calendar far exceeds any I've ever seen - you could almost call this calendar a reference book.  In fact, I know that the calendar will be hung very close to my desk, since I will be taking it down regularly to refer to the various features it offers.  These include:

Lists all the indulgenced works of the Church on a month-at-a-glance basis,
Highlights the twenty-two special days when a partial indulgence becomes plenary to honor a day,
Color-codes the indulgences for easy identification
Has scholarly notes on the history of indulgences,
Contains the conditions for earning both partial and plenary indulgences,
Gives the complete text of over a dozen different indulgenced prayers,
Carries weekly reminders for Friday fasts and Saturday confession
Provides the Scriptural supports for one dozen different apologetics topics:

o The Eucharist
o Marian dogma and doctrines
o Redemptive suffering
o The divinity of Christ
o Apostolic succession
o The problems with contraception
o Reconciliation
o Purgatory
o Indulgences
o Divinization
o Church authority
o Catholic baptismal teaching

I've learned so much from this calendar already on the topic of indulgences, and I'm certain that my spiritual life will be enhanced throughout all of 2009 through the regular performing of indulgences in my own life.

I'll be looking for opportunities to share these with you throughout the year.  But if I were you, I'd head over to The Catholic Company today and purchase two - one for you and one as a gift for a special friend.  The Beauty of Grace Calendar of Indulgences is the type of gift that keeps on giving!

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Beauty of Grace Calendar of Indulgences 2009 Wall Calendar.