Yes, I read it and yes, I intend to keep it as a reference. It is often a drudgery to read from cover to cover a book that’s really meant to be more of a reference book for Catholic living. This was not such a burden. It is very well-written and reads like a conversation over coffee at your table.
The Catholic Catalogue does a lot of what it is intended to do, bring to light old Catholic traditions from our grandparents and great-grandparents and help us to make those traditions our own. Catholics are so engrained in secular culture, it’s hard to tell us apart anymore. We do practically everything like our neighbors. And then moralists wonder why we don’t follow church teaching in areas like the bedroom. If Catholics don’t stand out in the neighborhood, why would we bother standing out in our personal lives? This book dusts off many of those traditions of old.
Mixed in with the confirmation gift suggestions and recipes for traditional dishes and drinks is a bit of an unofficial catechism of sorts. It demonstrates how all of these little peculiarities of Catholic life are part and parcel with the teachings of the Church and the Catholic imagination.
I don’t really have any major complaints about this book. I highly recommend it for all Catholics, especially families. The authors did try to include single people in its directions and suggestions, but, unfortunately, they often seem to be tacked on as an afterthought. They are still included, however, and I do think the book still has value for those who are not married with children.
I did get this book through my membership in Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Image Books, for the opportunity. This book is available now at your favorite bookseller.