Friday 2 November 2018

The ROSARY of Saint John Paul II Meditations, Prayers, and Practical Aids - Tom Hoopes

The ROSARY of Saint John Paul II:
Meditations, Prayers, and Practical Aids
Tom Hoopes
Holy Heroes Books
ISBN 9781936330775

This book is a wonderful volume. It would be a great addition to any personal or family library. It was so good that after finishing reading a physical copy I picked up the eBook, so I could always have a copy on me. The book begins with a mix of personal story and the teachings of Saint John Paul II. Tom shares with us his family’s journey to praying the Rosary together and how important it has become for them. He also draws from the writings of Saint John Paul Ii, to highlight what started their family Rosary and what inspired them to go deeper with this devotion. The sections in this first chapter are:

Daily Rosaries transform the world.
Daily Rosaries transform families.
Daily Rosaries strengthens us against sin.
Daily Rosaries can transform your life.
The Daily Rosary can transform your death.

The complete list of chapters in the book is:
Rediscover the Rosary!
The Method of Saint John Paul II
The Joyful Mysteries
The Luminous Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries
Closing Prayers

The second chapter of the book is a 4-page overview of how to pray the rosary according to the method of Saint John Paul II.  And once we get into the chapters on each set of mysteries. Each Mystery has a full-page picture a piece of artwork to help with the reflection. Each Mystery then has a biblical passage with breaks marked so that a part can be read with each Hail Mary making this a biblical Rosary devotion.

There are many wonderful books on why, or how to pray the Rosary. And in the last few years there have been numerous books on a renewed interest in this devotion. This is not a volume about the theology, history or reasons to pray this way. It is a clear concise guide on praying the Rosary. It is a wonderful little book. It would be an excellent edition to your spiritual toolbox. So pick it up and grab your beads and get praying.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2018 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Tom Hoopes:
The ROSARY of Saint John Paul II
What Pope Francis Really Said: Words of Comfort and Challenge

Books from Holy Heroes:
Fatima Family Handbook
The ROSARY of Saint John Paul II
Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

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