Monday 27 March 2017

How to Read Your Way to Heaven - Vicki Burbach

How to Read Your Way to Heaven
Vicki Burbach
Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 9781622823604

I am a confirmed bibliophile, Last year I read 287 books and in less than 90 days this year I have read 97 books. But I was attracted to this book. I was eagerly awaiting its release. The description of this book is:

"Many of us commit to some form of spiritual reading, but we find that our book choices are sporadic and often based on a whim rather than following a purposeful plan. Designed for individual or group settings, How to Read Your Way to Heaven will guide your quest to delve deeper into a relationship with Christ by meditating on the written word while organizing your reading around the four pillars of the Catholic Faith the Creed, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.

How to Read Your Way to Heaven is not merely another book to read. It is designed to be an invaluable tool for guiding and organizing your reading to help you on your journey to become a saint. And best of all, this fully integrated do-it-yourself spiritual reading program that can be easily followed by the busiest of Catholics with the tightest of schedules."

The book is split into 5 sections, three sections to the main text and then the other sections. The three sections are: A Proper Approach to Spiritual Reading, How the Program Works, and Pillars of Joy: A Complete Spiritual Reading Program. There are also the 5 years of the reading plan. And also two other reading lists. I have already read about half of Fr. John McCloskey 'A Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan' but I have only read about a tenth of the recommended reading list from the contributors. The main body of the text is only about 30% of the book. This book has so much great content. I already have over 50 books on my Catholic Reading List this year but plan on tackling year one of this program next year.

Vicki writes from her own experience, and draws from her passion for books and spiritual development. This book is a wonderful tool. I really believe that any Catholic would benefit from reading this book, and working through the One, Three or Five year reading programs. I also think that anyone open to the Catholic faith would benefit greatly from reading this book and working through one of the reading plans.

This was an incredible read that I will be recommending to friends and family for years to come.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

1 comment:

KalleyC | bloggingwhilenursing said...

You know, when you mention that we usually have plan, but it's sporadic, I have to raise my hand at that. I need to check out this book, I wouldn't mind having an organized plan for my spiritual reading.