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Posted June 1, 2013
Like a Hike in the Mountains and a Descent into the Grand Canyo
Like a Hike in the Mountains and a Descent into the Grand Canyon
This is a great read and it goes down smoothly! Mr. Leonard lays the groundwork in the first two chapters while allowing the reader to get used to his style--a unique combination of the sublime and the earthy, the serious and the comic!
Then he shifts into high gear along about Chapter 3 and takes you on a very wonderful ride. He grabbed me right away with St. Therese and evangelization! He has fascinating quotes and saints' stories throughout. He leads us deftly into core topics of suffering, sacrifice, and love; beauty, happiness, and heaven (better than Peter Kreeft!); the Eucharist and communion; scripture and prayer; and our final gift of divinization--all the while keeping it interesting and enjoyable.
When I was about half-way through, I realized was getting great "teaching," but it hadn't felt like it. Sort of like telling a kid he's about to get a geography lesson ("Oh, no! Is this for a test?") and then he finds himself driving up the Tyrolian valley and climbing an Austrian mountain or walking though the Painted Desert or the Grand Canyon!
You learn a lot but ¬it doesn't feel like school!
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