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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Catholic Company Book Review - "A Heart Like His"

The images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus & the Immaculate Heart of Mary have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. In my parents' home, they have two oval shaped portraits at the top of their stairs & they've been there since I was a child. Every time I walked up to my room, those portraits were there to greet me. I also had a 5x7 prayer card with the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that I kept on my dresser mirror. I have since framed the card in an antique metal frame and it sits among our family photos on our living room shelf. Last year, when I submitted a request for a "Patron Saint of the Year" for our family, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (from whom the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus started) chose us.

So, when I saw A Heart Like His by Fr. Thomas D. Williams in the list of items available from The Catholic Company, I had no hesitation in making it my next review book.

A Heart Like His is a daily devotional laid out to be used during the month of June (the month of The Sacred Heart of Jesus)...although you can use the book at any time during the year if you'd like. There are 32 devotionals, one for each day of the month and one each for the Feasts of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary. These short devotionals (about six pages) cover the many parts of Jesus' heart - His Merciful Heart, His Patient Heart, His Radical Heart, etc. Throughout each devotion are 2-3 reflection questions that help you compare your heart and life to Jesus. Each day ends with a prayer, asking Jesus to help you make your heart more like His.

There are three appendices at the back that include a brief history of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, & a brief description of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I am so pleased with my selection of this book. The devotions are written in an easily understandable manner, yet are complex enough to give me much to ponder in my own heart. In reading about the many facets of Jesus' heart, I've come to know Him better. By knowing Him better and following His example, I can become a person with A Heart Like His, setting my sights on the peace and joy He wants to share with me in Heaven. This is definitely a book I intend to return to each year.

(This review was done as part of The Catholic Company's reviewer program.)


Colleen said...

Great review. Sounds like a good book. Thanks!