Book Reviews – Vol. 48 No. 04

Book Reviews – Vol. 48 No. 04

Book Reviews – Vol. 48 No. 04

33 Days to Morning Glory
Fr. Michael Gaitley

A BOOK that change your life—this is how readers conservatively talk about this ‘do-it-yourself retreat’ by Fr. Michael Gaitley. It explains in simple yet clear language why consecration to Mary is really the ‘easiest, surest and fastest’ way to Jesus. Primarily inspired by the Marian saint, St.Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort and his writings on the “True Devotion to Mary”, the bookfeatures the Marian devotions of St. Louis de Monfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and St. John Paul II. It is, truly, a journey into the heart of Our Lady.


A Spiritual Son Is Born: Our Story with Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the Holy See, Fernando Felipe Sánchez Campos

RECOMMENDED by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, this book details a family’s personal experience of a miracle through Padre Pio’s intercession.In the book,the author narrates the miraculous intercession of Padre Pio for his son, who was diagnosed with an atrial flutter, just hours after being born; and for his wife who began to have renal hemorrhage and respiratory problems after giving birth. “This book is nothing more than the story of how I discovered God’s work in my own life and in the life of my family,” Campos said at the book’s launch last March 24.  “A Spiritual Son Is Born: Our Story with Padre Pio of Pietrelcina” also includes a short biography of Padre Pio and a chapter with different sets of verses, quotations and passages from the Holy Bible, which the author felt had helped him develop spiritually.


Revised Edition

Fr. Jose Francisco C. Syquia

A REAL page-turner, this book is a true to life account of an official exorcist’s experience of the unseen world of evil spirits, the occult and demonic possessions. Interestingly, the book also includes concrete pointers and practical encouragement for the lay person who may have had an encounter with evil.  Far from being an ode to the powers of darkness, Fr. Jocis shows how goodness and light will always win over evil. Its ultimate effect on the reader is to make him love God and His Church more and to hate sin and its deceptions.


A Gift of Love
Gina Marie Alano

IN a society that thrives on change and trends, what needs to be constant in life? How does a person learn from the past and look to the future? There have been tons of books written about change—inevitable and ultimately good—but people still overlook the need to find healthy ways of coping and adapting. Without these, the usual route for many is to be overwhelmed by stress and transitions. “Change is the premise, adaptation is the bridge, and stability is the milestone.” This book is a good introduction to a lifetime of spirituality—the heart of personal stability and wholeness.