Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New

I am on vacation this week, so only pre-written reviews will be posted. Everything will be back to normal next week.

Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and NewSummary: Short introductions to a variety of spiritual practicies.

This book is good for what it is, very short introductions to spiritual practices. But the problem is that I am not sure who really should read it. By the time most people are interested in doing many of these spiritual practices they want more than a cursory introduction.

And prior to the desire to practice many of these spiritual practices people are not all that interested in a very wide selection of spiritual practices. So I am not sure who should read this.

I purchased this both because I try to read about other Christian spritual practices and theology pretty regularly, but even more because NT Wright is listed as one of the authors. (And because it was on sale.) Wright is one of the authors, but he only wrote a very short section on the Lord’s prayer.

There are 28 chapters in 180 pages.  So on average each spiritual discipline is only given about 5 to 6 pages.  There are a number of books I would recommend before this one.

I am a Protestant and so more familiar with Protestant writing on spiritual practices, but if you are looking for a good indepth look at spritual practices either Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth or Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Foster’s is more wide ranging and dense and my first recommendation.  The other is a bit easier to read and covers less topics, but is more particularly reformed in outlook.  Well worth reading, but I think Foster’s is the better of the two.  If you are looking for a lighter introduction to the idea of spiritual practices I would recommend John Ortberg’s The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.

Catholic Spiritual Practices Purchase Links: Paperback, Kindle Edition

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