With the Christmas giving season upon us, the start of a new Liturgical calendar, and many of us making "pray more" New Year's resolutions, the new "Year With" series from St. Benedict Press is a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. I received four of the books and they are already a special part of my devotional reading even after only a few weeks using them. The premium ultrasoft books feature a two-tone sewn binding, ribbon marker and gold edges. I love that the books are not dated but rather feature daily readings by number, so that if you miss a day (or a week!) you can simply pick up where you left off. Each book includes brief reflection questions and a lovely prayer in addition to the day's devotional reading, so they are the perfect way to start or end your day.

The series includes:


A Year with the Saints A Year with the Saints

A Year with the Saints
Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God

By: Paul Thigpen, Ph.D.

“Those who follow the saints,” said Pope Clement I, “will themselves become saints.” Their words and deeds provide a treasury of time-tested wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration for the pursuit of holiness. Best-selling Catholic author Paul Thigpen opens up that treasury in A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations With the Holy Ones of God. These 365 reflections draw from the writings and lives of holy men and women across two thousand years. Their spiritual and practical insights for Christian living are as fresh and relevant today as they were when they were first written.

A Year with the Bible
Scriptural Wisdom for Daily Living

By: Patrick Madrid

Discover the majesty and power of scripture in this daily devotional that offers rich passages from the Bible accompanied by thoughtful meditations by Patrick Madrid, world-renowned writer and scholar. This vibrant and spiritual collection is the perfect daily companion, packed with the wisdom of the Scriptures; the Word of God. A worthy introduction to Scripture, a daily devotional, and a tool for deeper prayer, this book is as versatile as it is beautiful.

A Year with the Church Fathers
Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living

By: Mike Aquilina

This treasury gathers the wisest, most practical teachings and exhortations from the Fathers of the Church, and presents them in a format perfect for daily meditation and inspiration. Different from a study guide, and more than a collection of pious passages, this year-long retreat will lead you on a cycle of contemplation, prayer, resolution, and spiritual growth that is guaranteed to bring you closer to God.

A Year with the Angels
Daily Meditations With the Messengers of God

By: Mike Aquilina

Discover the authority and strength of the Heavenly Host. Angels embody virtues, graces, and knowledge of the Truth because they stand before the very Throne of God. Among the Angels' responsibilities are governing the universe and the movements of nature, defending creation from the attacks of the devil, and acting as messengers of God to mankind. This year, learn to appreciate our unique relationship with the Angels — especially those assigned to protect us during our sojourn on earth.

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Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey