Friday, April 23, 2010

Review: St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer

St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer is not an apologetics book. It is also not merely a book for those seeking answers to questions such as “what is prayer?” or “how are we supposed to pray always?” These questions are indeed answered by St. Augustine, but this paperback should be used for meditation. The editor, Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, ED., has put the work together in such a way that as you work your way through the book, it draws deeper into a life of prayer. You should not read this book straight through. The read would be better served by selecting one question or even a chapter to use for a Holy Hour or home meditation.

A quick scan of the table of contents also shows the immensity of the subject matter. Father Ermatinger has done us a great service by compiling such a complete compendium on St. Augustine’s thoughts on prayer so that we can all share in the mind one of the Church’s greatest doctors.

This book is set up in the standard and classic question and answer format often seen in various catechisms. Father connects St. Augustine’s words with his own which puts them into context for the reader. Since St. Augustine wrote no explicit treatise on prayer itself, this is necessary to see his full view of the subject.

I believe St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer would find a great place in any home or adoration chapel. It could also make a fantastic gift for the religious “seeker” that could potentially lead them to the Catholic Church.

So many readers, including myself, have derived a great benefit from reading St. Augustine’s Confessions. The Confessions are perhaps St. Augustine’s greatest “prayer”. This additional book from Sophia Institute Press provides us with insight into the Confessions in a new way by showing us how St. Augustine viewed his own prayer and how it brought him closer to God.

You can purchase this book from Aquinas and More here:
St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer.

I've reviewed this book as part of the Tiber River Reviewers program. I do not receive monetary reimbursement, but I do receive free review copies of their books.

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

Just wanted to add another voice thanking you for the great book reviews, with special mention of the pictures. For me, as for many, books are a passion but also a major investment; I like to know as much as possible before buying.

I am especially grateful for your attention to the Eastern Catholic books; your review of the Melkite Horologion sealed the deal for my purchase.

Thanks again.

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