Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Summer 2011

Generally speaking, spiritual works are not what you would consider page-turners. You know, a book you just can't put down. More often they tend to be books that you take your time reading so that you can let the author's message sink in slowly. Usually. But that is not the case with the book that has been selected for our Summer of 2011.

This summer we are recommending Dr. Brant Pitre's new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper, a book that is so intriguing, so enlightening, and so well researched and documented that once you start reading it, you won't want to stop.

As its lengthy title implies, this work examines the Last Supper through the lens of first century Judaism and offers a fresh depth of meaning to the events of Christ's New Passover and ultimately to our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic Bread and Wine.

Anyone who has begun even the most basic study of Scripture has likely developed the understanding that Jesus Christ did not fit Jewish expectations of the Messiah. In the most general of terms, we can see that one part of their expectation was political, but that is only one part of the promise of the Messiah--the New Moses. Dr. Pitre does an excellent job of delving into all aspects of what the Messianic hope meant and then describing how Jesus has fulfilled each and every one of those hopes and expectations in abundance.

As disciples of Christ we are promised that we will know Christ in the breaking of the bread. A thoughtful reading of this important work is sure to develop an even deeper knowledge of what that promise entails as well as a deeper reverence for the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist. Be sure to put Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist at the top of your summer reading list.

From June 1-August 31, you can purchase Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist at St. Patrick's Book & Gift and get 20% off the retail price. We have several copies available, but if we happen to be out of stock, be sure to let us know and we will be happy to order a copy for you.

Earlier this year, Dr. Pitre was interviewed by Kris McGregor on "Inside the Pages" on the Spirit Catholic Radio Network. The interview is divided into two parts. You are welcome to listen here or download the files from the Discerning Hearts website. You might want to come back and listen to this interview after you've read the book--no spoilers!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Everything Kathy picks out is top notch! Don't miss this gem!!!