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The Meaning of the Sacraments (Faith Going Deeper Series)
by Peter Waddell
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
This, the second book in the Faith Going Deeper series, continues to demonstrate the high level of sound and well explored insightful theology that is possible. In a clear and articulated fashion Joy, just as Grace did, removes theology from the domain of academics only into the reality of the life of the church and the ordinary person. A wonderful and important achievement - this book deserves to be used by individuals and by church groups.
Joy deals with the sacraments of the Church, first pointing out that the sacraments are at root about joy - the demonstration of the joy of God in his people and his desire for joy for his people. This proposition is put forward both in the introduction and in the first chapter, 'Jesus, The Joy Of God' and from out of this spins a well written, deeply considered and well formulated discussion of the sacraments. No argument is ignored and though written in a style which is easy to grasp and read, there is no dumbing down in the history, theology and consideration of any of the sacraments. The chapter on the Eucharist has one of the best descriptions and considerations of transubstantiation that I have come across in a great many years and for me would have made the book entirely worth it alone. At the end of each chapter there are discussion questions and a great 'For Reflection' section which consists of quotes from a range of sources and authors through history.
A lovely book and well worth getting, regardless of your academic standing, to be enjoyed as an individual or to be used in a group. This would form a wonderful basis for church catechesis and introduction.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (09/02/13)