A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything by Scott Hahn

Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything by Scott Hahn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scott Hahn is always a good read. I'm in the habit of reading his new book from Image every year and while this was published a few months ago it just begged to be read at Christmas. This is the Christmas Story explained: all the symbolism, the people, events and the accepted theories. As usual I find Mr. Hahn's books are best read slowly because they contain such profound enlightenment. This is an easy read (much easier than his last few books) and could honestly be read in one sitting if one had the day but I chose to take my time. What I found most amazing was reading this book the two weeks prior to Christmas and while doing so, attending some daily Masses, and coming across events in the Scriptures that I had read about here. Talk about light bulb moments! The day we hear Joseph's reply when he is told Mary is expecting we think back upon the three accepted possible reasons a righteous Joseph may have answered the way he did. The day we hear the Scripture for the Star of Bethlehem we think back to what Mr. Hahn told us of the theory presented by Saint John Chrysostom and accepted by Pope Saint Gregory the Great that the star was actually an angel. Not only that but the author explains why the Christmas story is written the way it is (or isn't) in each Gospel, why the New Testament starts with that 'boring' long list of heredity and oh so much more. I'm giving this book 4 stars because comparing it against Hahn's previous books it's somewhat simplistic and not quite as absorbing as he does repeat some information he has spoken of before. However, this book is most certainly exceptional in its field!

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