The darkness of God is only an aspect of his eternal light. His light is impenetrable and remains an eternal mystery. Its blinding light strikes us as darkness because we cannot endure it, and his greatest brilliance often seems to us to be darkness itself.When we think of adjectives that describe God, dark is not one of them, but her explanation makes perfect sense. This quote is the book in a nutshell, passages of brilliance that make you pause, reflect, and read it again to make sure you understood it the first time. I love that Ignatius Press made this book available to purchase, and I am hoping that it does well so we might get more of her four-volume set on the Gospel of John published. The last book I will look at today focuses on prayer, specifically the Liturgy of the Hours. When I was in the process of converting, I bought a lot of Catholic books to try and completely immerse myself in what it is to be Catholic. I purchased dictionaries, atlases, concordances, prayer books, and many other books both by saints and about the saints. However, one of my most prized purchases was the four-volume Liturgy of the Hours set. It has always been my goal to make it through an entire year praying the entire Liturgy of the Hours. Unfortunately, at the time I purchased these books, there were very few resources that helped a novice like me attempt this, so frustration and fatigue quickly set in, and this was abandoned. In 2013, Daria Sockey released a book to help a layman like me, but in 2013 my first child was also born, so that goal of mine was quickly derailed. Now, in 2019 Fr. Timothy Gallagher, too, has released a book called A Layman’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, and I am taking it as a sign to take up my quest again. In a nutshell, this book is broken down into four parts. Part One focuses on why this prayer is for more than priests, but also for laity too. Part Two provides a chapter for each prayer (Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, and the Office of Readings), giving a breakdown of what is involved with each prayer and when to pray it. Part Three puts the Liturgy of the Hours in its place in the life of a Catholic. Lastly, Part Four provides us with resources (print and digital) to get started praying this prayer. Overall, this is a solid book on par with Daria Sockey’s and I would recommend either one if you have an interest in beginning to pray the Divine Office.
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Stuart Dunn was born and raised in Mobile, AL and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. Stuart reviews all things Catholic including adult books, children’s books, Bible Study series, Catholic Courses, CDs, and DVDs in addition to board games at his blog Stuart’s Study at StuartsStudy.blogspot.com.