I am of the opinion that something good can be found in everything. With that in mind, I would like to guardedly say that The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister is a fairly decent book.
Like many others before me, I was very excited about reading on the liturgy. I wanted to understand and become more familiar with what the liturgical year was all about in the purest sense. I elected to read Ms. Chittister’s book, hoping to gain clarity and insight on this topic.
I found Ms. Chittister’s writing to be both scholarly and common. She had several notable quotes and interesting comments. She seemingly tried to provide a functional link between the past and the present, and she worked to invite readers into understanding the union between Christ’s life and their own.
The Liturgical Year, however, was a laborious read for me. I struggled to find the motivation to get through this book. It was redundant and dry at times, and it never seemed to make its point. The saving grace of the book was the fact that it had many one-liners, hidden treasures sprinkled throughout the book, which contributed to renewing my interest in reading to the end.
I would be extremely hesitant in recommending this book to anyone searching for a deeper understanding of the liturgy.
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