Friday, April 16, 2010

SBP Bibles on Amazon - "Look inside!"

St. Benedict Press' sacramental Bibles are now "searchable" over at Amazon, which means you can take a closer look at the inside via their "Look Inside!" function.

Also, kind readers, do take a moment and leave your own review there if you have bought one. The reason I ask this is because there is *rather unfortunate* review written about these Douay-Rheims Bibles under the item listing. If nothing else, go respond to this "review".

Here it is:

This Bible translation is not appropriate for a young child as it is the translation from the Latin in the late 1500s, even though the copyright is 2009 (this refers to the notes). It is not an approved translation; hasn't been for decades. Later translations take advantage of biblical studies and other research over the past 500 years as well. Currently the New American Bible is the only translation authorized for use in the USA by the Vatican for liturgy. If you're going to give the child a Bible get the New American translation. Though a book of Bible stories might be more age appropriate as the Bible is not written on a second grader's level.

The (Challoner) Douay-Rheims Bible isn't an approved translation? ROFL. When was it condemned may I ask?


Jakian Thomist said...

Hi Matt,

First may I complement you on your wonderful blog, your reviews are incredibly rewarding and enriching.

I was wondering if you had come across the st. ambrose prayer book for western orthodox - modelled on the st. augustine prayer book used by anglo-catholics? Further details are on the Lancelot Andrews Press webpage here:

According to the attached pdf it seems to cover many catholic devotions also. Any thoughts - or potential reviews even - would be appreciated!

Many Thanks,

Matt said...

Hi JT,

I actually have one of those. I picked it because of the great success I had with the Monastic Matins and had great hope for it. It is the perfect size and the Vivella cover is wonderful. But ultimately I found that while the devotions are taken from Catholic sources, ultimately it was changed too much for Roman Catholics to use regularly.

All prayers where we would normally pray for the Pope are changed to the Archbishop or Patriarch, and there are even prayers for heretics to join Orthodoxy. It was just too messy to promote on the blog.

However I have found some of the unchanged and general prayers to be very beautiful, particularly the holy hour.

For a small Catholic prayerbook of a slightly lesser quality, I think the Fr. Hardon Catholic Prayerbook is a safe bet.

Thanks for the compliment btw! Keep coming back!

God bless,


Jakian Thomist said...

Thank you for your recommendation Matt. Better to stick to the original ;)

I am also on the lookout for a traditional book of hours akin to medieval copies, but for devotional rather than artistic appreciation purposes. Is there a gap in the market here?!

My two favorite prayer-books which I don't think you have reviewed yet are the North American College's Manual of Prayers on amazon here:

and also Fr. Sean Finnegan's A Book of Hours and other Catholic Devotions in paperback on amazon here:

With Every Blessing,

Anonymous said...

Matt, I love your blog. Especially the pictures of your book reviews. Hopefully getting some SBP ultrasoft bibles for my birthday in a fortnight. Huzzah!

The Golden Monstrance said...

You have a wonderful blog! Catholics need this blog, as I am finding a lot of inspiration and I am able to have a practical decision which books to buy. I have to buy a Douay Rheims bible as of the moment (and my money is patiently waiting for a local store to have their stock), and a Baronius Missal if I could still can.

the pictures cause me to be excited for every product you review!

In my opinion, the confirmation bible is very beautiful. it's the bible the youth needs. A First Communicant would surely love to receive the First Communion version, and would surely lead him to the appreciation of the Church. If the children in the 40's or 60's are taught using the Douay Rheims, why prevent the current generation use this beautiful translation?

God bless you!

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