As the Rosary Doctor I receive many offers to review books that are related to the Rosary and to the devout life. I am always looking for a book that will help me to grow in holiness and get closer to Jesus. Some books are great for beginners and some for the advanced but rarely is a book good for both. Today I will be reviewing a book that will help anyone on their path to Jesus. If you are far away and just starting your journey towards God this book will be perfect to motivate you to continue the journey. If you have not even started your journey and are just curious this book will motivate you. Finally even though you have been on the journey a long time this book will help you rise up and climb more and more towards Jesus and never stop your climb. So I recommend you "Lift up your Heart" today and get this amazing book available at: www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-720-6/Lift-Up-Your-Heart/
This book is a modern take on the Spiritual Giant's St. Francis De Sales classic, "Introduction to the Devout Life" It comprises Ten Daily meditations so it takes about two weeks to properly read the book but only a chapter a day. I took about a month because of various challenges the devil threw in my path to have me not finish this book. It was worth the wait and effort as each day I felt my heart getting lifted up higher and higher. This is serious, our choices matter and eternity is the reward or the punishment. This book will help make sure you choose the right answer!
Now I would like to leave you a bit of each chapter so you can get a good taste and get inspired to get this book for yourself and everyone you want to join you in heaven.
1. Rather than bargaining, competing, or fighting with God, embracing a deep awareness of God's power can open us to the most effective form of collaboration in the world: cooperation with the will of God.
2. God would prefer to do many things with and through us than without us. This realization is the entry point to cooperation with the plan of God.
3. In the gentle act of giving thanks, we find the soul virtuously humbled and pride uprooted.
4. Had a spirit of gratitude run deeper, perhaps you would have seen the gift God held out in seeking to intervene and thus save you from the sadness, the weight, the guilt of sin.
5. Once per month the Salesians has a day of recollection. They treat this day as though it were their last. They say their prayers as though it is the last time they will say them on this earth. They go to confession as if it were their last Confession before dying. They celebrate the Mass as though it were the last celebration of that sacrifice before they come face to face with God. The point, of course, is to jostle themselves out of the drowsiness that comes from worldly attachments and to pray and live like every minute counts.
6. Ultimately, freedom means we are free to choose our eternal residence- either with God or without God.
7. The delights we derived from our sinful pursuits would now appear so miniscule, and we would see that we traded the passing pleasures of earthly indulgence for the endless agony of eternal damnation.
8. How much more beautiful would it be if we knew this beauty could never fade or decay? Such in a glimpse, would be the bliss of seeing heaven.
9. You realize the whole truth and its powerful weight: you stand between heaven and hell. Each is open to you, wide open, and willing to receive you. You have the ability to choose, and you make the choice here, in this life.
10. The final fruit of the meditations is to commit to a way of life, what de Sales calls, "the devout life." It is a choice that must be renewed, refreshed, and reinvigorated daily, for it is the decision to bring that ultimate goal off the horizon and into all your daily movements and activities. Understanding heaven and considering it constantly throughout daily life is the fundamental and greatest fruit of these meditations.
Thanks for the joy of reading and meditating on this wonderful book, Father John Burns and I urge you as you read this to get this book read it, reread it till heaven which starts here starts in your life everyday. God Bless you, Dr. Brian (The Rosary Doctor)