Good Advent Reading
For Advent (2013) I read When Faith Feels Fragile by R. Scott Hurd. His book, "Forgiveness: The Catholic Approach" has been an instrumental part of the women's retreats I offer on forgiveness. I honestly can not imagine what my life would be like if I had NOT discovered that book when I did!!
When Faith Feels Fragile is Scott Hurd's second book (fast forward ... Around the Table his most recent publication (Ave Maria Press) will be featured onA Seeking Heart the 2nd week of December!) and when I heard of the release I was more than eager to dive in!! I love Scott's easy to read, right to the core of the matter, touches the heart style of teaching of the faith. This book is organized into 40 short chapters, making it a perfect companion for Advent/Christmas as well as (of course) for Lent.
Chapter One, was so thought provoking, my hand-written journal entry was almost as long as the chapter. Here are the abridged version of my thoughts:
Impediments to developing or maintaining a stronger faith
Speaking of grace:
** GRACE: The undeserved, yet freely given gift of God's Holy Spirit within us. In that Spirit we are better able to accept God's call in our lives - a call to be holy because He is holy and to positively respond to His Will in our lives. All we need to do is be open to receive it and cooperate with it. (Allison abridged definition)**
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