Monday 16 February 2009

A Pocket Guide to Confession by Michael Dubruiel

A Pocket Guide to Confession
Michael Dubruiel

Our Sunday Visitor

ISBN 978152763313

Michael Dubruiel passed away a few weeks ago. I have reviewed a few of his books, and read parts of others. His passing is a great loss to the Catholic faith community. His writing brings alive the faith in fresh and insightful ways. I had the pleasure of corresponding with him and can only state that he was a gentleman and a scholar.

This little book is meant as a guidebook to confession, but it accomplishes so much more than that. He had a way of making the faith more vital, more real, more experiential. In this little book, he walks the reader through the purpose, practice and experience of the sacrament of reconciliation. He draws extensively from biblical sources to support the church's teachings and his own arguments. He also references the catechism of the Catholic Church to show why he is stating what he explains in the book. He shares from his own experience. He states "Our sins rupture our relationship with God. They hurt Him." This book will help you understand the practice of confession better and get the most out of it. It will help you restore your relationship with God, your relationships with others and help you develop a plan and tools to grow your own spiritual life through examination of conscience and through praying after confession and meditations on the experience of forgiveness. This is a great little book from which all Catholics could benefit.

His publisher, Our Sunday Visitor, is doubling his royalties to start a college fund for his children. You can help by ordering his books here. His books have always been towards the top of my 'To read List' his sudden passing has prompted a greater priority in my reading schedule. For we never know how much time we have.

Michael's Books are:

John Paul II's Biblical Way of the Cross - with Amy Welborn
A Pocket Guide to Confession
A Pocket Guide to the Mass
The How-to Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You
The Church's Most Powerful Novenas
How To Get The Most Out Of The Eucharist
Praying the Rosary: With the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries - with Amy Welborn
The Power of the Cross: Applying the Passion of Christ to Your Life
Praying the Rosary: With the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, & Glorious Mysteries - with Amy Welborn
Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen


EbethW said...

Hi Steven! Just checking in and I noticed that you have been with me in my blogging life since the beginning. You were one of the very first to comment. I thank you for that.

Also, Amy Welborn's loss has been a shock for all of us. I read her posts of late and they are so moving, stirring, and humbling. We just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and taking each an every day with a prayer and a grateful eye to God seems to be the rule of the day.

God bless you and yours!

TheFiveDays said...

Just ordered this book to help with our Lenten activities. We haven't been to confession in a LONG time and would like to do it more regularly. Looks like we made a good choice ordering Michael's guide! Thanks for the review.