Saturday, February 2, 2013

Book Review: Lectio Bible Study

In recent years, I've been feeling a tug toward Lectio Divina, or "divine reading." I have enjoyed several good group Bible study programs, yet I yearned for something deeper - something that not only educated me, but helped me to quietly listen to what God was telling me. I was excited to have the opportunity to review a copy of Stephen J. Binz's Lectio Divina Bible Study: Learning to Pray in Scripture as part of The Catholic Company's Reviewer Program.

Softcover, 192 pages. $9.95

Mr. Binz combines Sacred Tradition with Church scholarship, approaching complex topics by first using study, then meditation, and finally internalization of the assigned Scripture. The process as it is described may at first sound intimidating, but don't let it discourage you. The process is not only for people who have a theological background or have a rich prayer life. This book will show you than anyone can approach Sacred Scripture from a fresh perspective and be able to hear the voice of God through His Word.

In my opinion, the ideal situation would be to use the book with a group. There is something amazing that happens when you get together with others who share your faith. It can be a beautiful, life-changing experience if you are able to start a group study - even if you can meet with just one other person. No expertise is necessary. The book guides you on how to set up a group and conduct the meetings. Some of us don't have the opportunity to meet with others for various reasons and the book would be excellent for self-study as well.

Perfect gift for yourself during the upcoming Lenten season!

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