Friday 27 March 2020

Lionheart Catholic: How to Become a Saint in These Dark Times - Devin Rose

Lionheart Catholic:
How to Become a Saint in These Dark Times
Devin Rose
ISBN 9780578539140

I requested a review copy of this book because an author I know, and respect recommended it. It took me a while to track the book down because currently it is only available directly from the author. But I can tell you it is well worth tracking down. Usually when I finish a book, I write my review within a day or 2. That was not the case this time. I have had a hard time starting. I would state that I highly recommend this book. It is an excellent read for all Catholics, and especially for men. I have a hard time quantifying that though. And so after more than  a week I am finally writing this review and hope it will encourage or challenge you enough to give the book a try.

The chapters in this volume are:

      1 A Time of Confusion
      2 Stalked By Anxiety
      3 Unity in the Truth
      4 Called to the Priesthood?
      5 Slavery to Sin
      6 Courtship to Marriage
      7 A Faith Worth Defending
      8 Infertility and Miscarriage
      9 A Princess Is Born
      10 Green Acres
      11 Sued!
      12 Small Groups, Big Blessings
      13 A Princess in Peril
      14 The Father’s Embrace
      15 Praying Like the Saints
      16 The Brotherhood
      17 Following the Recipe
      18 The Lionheart Catholic

This book is not a Catholic version of Wild at Heart by John Eldredge though parts of it feel that way. Nor is it a version of The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson repackaged for Catholics either. But the content in this book does resonate and echo those two works but with a Catholic world and spiritual world view.

One of the great strengths of this book is Devin’s openness, honesty and vulnerability. He draws heavily from examples from his own life. Based on some of the titles of his other books some of the material may have appeared before, like the attempted farm. I am sure most readers will fad a few chapters that speak to them where they are today and be immediately of benefit. I am also just as certain that other chapters will come back to mind in time of need. There may even be chapters you immediately share with a friend or two. There was one chapter I had a co-worker read and it was exactly what he needed.

This book has had a lasting impression on me. More than a week later I am still thinking about it and pondering. And have started making some small changes. It is a book that will not leave you the same. But it will be well worth the challenges the book presents and the changes you enact. A great read.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Devin Rose:
The Protestant's Dilemma
If Protestantism is True
Navigating the Tiber
Defending Your Faith Against Protestants
Love Is For The Painters
Farm Flop: A City Dweller's Guide to Failing on a Farm in Two Years Or Less
Lionheart Catholic: How to Become a Saint in These Dark Times
The Catholic Novena Book
Bumper Sticker Catholicism (with Douglas Beaumont)

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