Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wisdom for Everyday Life from the Book of Revelation

As seems to be the case with many people, the rich symbolism in the Book of Revelation has sometimes confused me. I’ve probably heard more about how Hollywood or a popular series of loosely Christian fiction would portray what’s described in the Book of Revelation than what scholars familiar with the doctrine, teachings, and Catechism of the Catholic Church would venture to say about the apocalyptic book.
I found Wisdom for Everyday Life from the Book of Revelation easy to follow and even enjoy. Fr. Veras uses a wide variety of Scriptural support and Church teachings as well as numerous examples from modern-day literature and even popular movies in order to explicate and illustrate the unusual imagery in the final book of the Bible.
It seems that his roles as a priest and a teacher compliment each other nicely and contribute to a writing style that is both spiritually edifying as well as engaging. He goes through Revelation and describes the significance of the major incidents and key players involved in a way that makes it understandable for those of us who have studied the Bible, know a bit about the significance of some symbols and the meaning of certain numbers, but who haven’t necessarily taken that knowledge and attempted to apply it to the beasts, dragons, wars, horses, and celestial bodies flying about that at first glance seem to be straight out of some fantasy book.
Fr. Veras draws parallels and points out the foreshadowing that exists among the other books in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, and the Book of Revelation in a manner that is clear to follow, yet one which respects the mystery that still remains within the text.
Reading this book certainly made beginning to understand at least the main symbols and storyline in Revelation much easier than I thought it would be.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Wisdom for Everyday Life From the Book of Revelation. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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