Brilliant Book finds of the day

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Regular readers of this humble little blog (which doesn’t necessarily equate to the blog hostess being of equal humility), will know that one of my favourite pastimes is to root around in charity shops and second hand book shops. You can imagine my delight then  (yes i really am this sad, but i don’t care, so i don’t see why anyone else should) when i discovered today the following books, while spending a few hours perusing :

  • Fatima ~ in Lucia’s own words

This Lent has unexpectedly been a time of growing closer to Our Lady, which is something i have prayed for, for a long time. When i worshipped elsewhere, in what seems like another lifetime now, i would regularly pray at the Chapel of Our Lady, it became a habit of sorts, and a good one as i benefitted from my frequent communication with Mother in the building of the church – the only time i could pray the rosary all the way through without getting tired and starting to yawn my way through it  was when my fellow parishioners prayed the rosary prior to Mass –  but somewhere around the time my spiritual life took a rapid nosedive last year, my relationship with God and with the Blessed Virgin, suffered enormously. (Breathe out Deborah).

I dare now, to hope, that these difficulties in my relationships with them both are finally straightening themselves out, please God.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know more about the Apparitions, and as i recently created some Our Lady of Fatima papers (available for free download), i am particularly looking forward to reading this book.

  • Traditional Hymns

It’s not specifically Catholic but i would have  bought it for the images alone, i will share them with you in future posts, because they are just so beautiful, featuring much traditional imagery, icons and paintings.

  • Interview with the Vampire

I’m looking forward to reading Anne Rice‘s work, i haven’t read any yet. I found the film of the same title entertaining, i’ll let you know what i think of it at some future point when i have read it.

  • Divine Mysteries of The Most Holy Rosary

I struggle with this devotion, but i think that is largely because i need to have some guidance on which to contemplate while praying the mysteries,  perhaps this book will aid me?

  • What’s So Amazing About Grace?

Not written from a Catholic perspective but i have heard some good things about this book. I wouldn’t have bought it at full price, but i was pleased to stumble across it earlier today and will dip into it some day, no doubt. The last Philip Yancey book i purchased was through Bookmooch and i didn’ enjoy it very much, in fact i only read half of it because i just couldn’t get into it. I think it was entitled ‘Disappointment with God’.  I was just disappointed with the book.

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10 Responses to Brilliant Book finds of the day

  1. Edel says:

    I love second hand book shops – these sound like great finds!

  2. Sarah says:

    Interview is a great book. History all over the place in it, and, well written from what I can remember (I read them twenty years ago – the whole series; did not like queen of the da..ed too much though). So, let me know what you think.

    Enjoy your hols

  3. Mimi says:

    Wheeee! Second hand bookstores are the best.
    I want to read Rice’s “Christ the Lord Out of Egypt”

    • ukok says:

      Mimi, that book is the one i was hoping to find, but alas i haven’t come across it. I’ve read good things about it though so i might just have to suck it up and pay full price for it…groan!

      Blessed Holy Week to you and yours!

  4. Sounds like you got a wonderful treasure there! Enjoy them! (Wish we had a used bookstore around here.)

  5. Alexa says:

    Hi Deb! I have “Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words” too! I also have “Disappointment with God” and – yeah, I agree with your assessment on that one too. Anne Rice has come back to the Catholic Faith recently (past few years) and I have read her “coming home story” though none of her vampire books….

    I like the new look of your blog and the new byline! “crafy Catholic” – that you are!

    I too struggle with my relationship with Mary – as well as Jesus – but am walking toward them with blind faith that they’ll meet me half way – or more!

    Happy Easter, in advance, kiddo!

  6. ukok says:

    Alexa, did you enjoy the book ‘in Lucia own words’? Haven’t had chance to dip into it yet.

    I read somewhere online about Anne Rice’s return to her Catholic Roots, that has been rather a blessing to her i imagine, i think i read somewhere that she has a practicing homosexual son, so i certainly hope her faith was a balm to her.

    I have missed you and thought of you often during Lent, i pray for you a much blessed Triduum and Easter!

    (((hugs)))

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