Thursday, March 2, 2017

How to Read Your Way to Heaven (Sophia Institute Press)

Reading is something I love to do, even if it feels like I have enough time for it anymore. I would go so far as to say that reading is the reason I am Catholic. A lot of people convert for different reasons, which I won't bother to dissect here. But I credit my conversion with reading and discovering the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church. Therefore, when I received the book How to Read Your Way to Heaven, I thought that this book was directed at people like me.

The book begins with an introduction by the author, Vicki Burbach, on the importance that books played in her spiritual life/journey. There are then five short chapters that provide the benefits of spiritual reading, such as arming us for battle, keeping us in check, and making us saints. The second part of the book gives us details on how a reading program works with chapters dedicated to Scripture, the Catechism, and writings of the saints throughout the ages. The final part of the book is the heart of the book and gives plans for spiritual reading with lengths of 1 year, 3 years, and 5 years, depending on how advanced you are in past reading and what you think is manageable for your schedule. After summarizing and explaining each plan, there is a checklist which has the readings listed for every day.

How to Read Your Way to Heaven is a very important book for all Christians, but especially Catholics. In it, you not only will learn why it is important to have spiritual reading in your life, but how to have spiritual reading in your life as well. With Lent just underway, I recommend picking up a copy and reading through this book during the season. Afterwards, you should have a clearer understanding and can perhaps follow her yearly plans starting in Easter.

This book was provided to me for free by Sophia Institute Press in exchange for an honest review.