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Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Catholic Company Book Review - God's on the Phone: Stories of Grace in Action

I just finished my latest review book for The Catholic Company...God's on the Phone: Stories of Grace in Action by Regis J. Flaherty. When I received this book & read the Introduction, I was a bit disappointed. My expectations were that these stories would be a compliation gathered from many different people, not just Mr. Flaherty's. Instead, this is a collection mostly of his own experiences and a few from people he knows.

That being said, I quickly realized what a treasure this book was. He includes thirty chapters of grace-filled experiences...times he was in the right place at the right time when he didn't think so at first, people who've helped him along his faith journey, people whose lives he influenced & those who influenced his life, etc. In each chapter, he describes his experience, quotes Bible passages & sacred texts, gives a prayer related to the experience, & even has questions for further reflection or group discussion.

This is a book that doesn't require a long time to read. Each chapter is no more than seven or eight pages long. You can read this book straight through or jump around to chapters of interest. Each chapter has a subtitle, making it easy to find a particular need. For example, chapter 12 Where is Your Heart?, is "on putting God first,." or chapter 25 A Hero and an Angel. is "on the works of mercy." I've marked numerous pages that stood out to me, pages I plan on returning to again & again.

God has graced us abundantly & this book can help us to open our hearts & minds to those graces.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on God's on the Phone. They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.