My book review on Patheos!

The brilliant and apparently indefatigable Elizabeth Scalia, known to many as The Anchoress, is hard at work again, expanding the Book Club on Patheos.  Patheos is a newish site, sort of an online clearinghouse for religious ideas and information — a fascinating place!

Scalia is the managing editor of Patheos’ Catholic Portal, and she recently asked me to review Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper.

I will admit, I hardly ever read non-fiction books, whether religious or otherwise — but I enjoyed the heck out of this one.  It was easy to read, with a pleasant, conversational style; but the ideas in it were . . . astonishing.  That’s the only word for it.

I heartily recommend this book as Lenten reading — not because it would be a penance, ho ho, but because it does a great job of taking what you know, half-know, forgot, or never would have guessed about the Eucharist and making it into a cohesive story that illuminates  – well, the history of salvation.  I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s quite a book.

Read my review here! And here you will find Scalia’s interview with the author, an excerpt from the book, and a review by Julie Davis, the Happy Catholic.

Buy the book here!

  • http://www.cooperfamilyfarm.com/fbp Jennie C.

    Thanks! I saw that book and was intrigued by the title, but the lack of amazon reviews (prepublication) held me back. :-)

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  • http://tonylayne.blogspot.com/ Tony Layne

    This book is following me around, and will continue to nag me until I purchase it!

  • http://fineoldfamly.blogspot.com Sally Thomas

    I need to read this. I’m taking my First Communion class right now into a series of lessons on the Mass and the Eucharist via a walk through the Old Testament and a look at the tabernacle in the desert, the temple, the use of the altar, the practice of sacrifice . . . and I’m kind of out of my depth, but I keep thinking that if I stress often enough the features of the temple and make them look enough at the Mass, something big and salvific will click someday.

  • Catherine

    Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been searching for a good Lenten read…looks like this will be the one. I’m off to shop!