My book review on Patheos!

The brilliant and apparently indefatigable Elizabeth Scalia, known to many as The Anchoress, is hard at work again, expanding the Book Club on Patheos.  Patheos is a newish site, sort of an online clearinghouse for religious ideas and information — a fascinating place!

Scalia is the managing editor of Patheos’ Catholic Portal, and she recently asked me to review Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper.

I will admit, I hardly ever read non-fiction books, whether religious or otherwise — but I enjoyed the heck out of this one.  It was easy to read, with a pleasant, conversational style; but the ideas in it were . . . astonishing.  That’s the only word for it.

I heartily recommend this book as Lenten reading — not because it would be a penance, ho ho, but because it does a great job of taking what you know, half-know, forgot, or never would have guessed about the Eucharist and making it into a cohesive story that illuminates  — well, the history of salvation.  I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s quite a book.

Read my review here! And here you will find Scalia’s interview with the author, an excerpt from the book, and a review by Julie Davis, the Happy Catholic.

Buy the book here!

6 comments

  1. I need to read this. I’m taking my First Communion class right now into a series of lessons on the Mass and the Eucharist via a walk through the Old Testament and a look at the tabernacle in the desert, the temple, the use of the altar, the practice of sacrifice . . . and I’m kind of out of my depth, but I keep thinking that if I stress often enough the features of the temple and make them look enough at the Mass, something big and salvific will click someday.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been searching for a good Lenten read…looks like this will be the one. I’m off to shop!

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