It is my pleasure to review this brand new ebook by Connie Rossini, who blogs about faith-based education and Carmelite spirituality at Contemplative Homeschool. Connie is also the administrator of Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network.
Five Lessons From the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life is divided into sections that address five different lessons necessary in the spiritual life:
- You were made for union with God.
- Holiness begins and ends with love.
- Prayer is necessary for salvation.
- Little things matter (a lot).
- The greater your trust, the greater your spiritual growth.
Each section gives main points that expand on the lesson and gives the reader pertinent reflections to consider. This is followed by relevant quotes from Carmelite saints as well as from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and from the Bible. At the end of each lesson, there is a call to action, a “What To Do” segment that helps the reader incorporate the lesson into their life.
The ebook is short and to-the-point, which will be much appreciated by time-challenged readers. It is a solid introductory resource for anyone wanting to embark on the valuable journey of deepening their spiritual life. Quotes from the most famous Carmelite saints, St. John of the Cross, St.Therese and St.Teresa of Avila, not only help to illustrate the lessons but also motivate the reader to further discover the writings of these Doctors of the Church.
After reading this, you will want to deepen your spiritual life even more. I encourage anyone desiring to grow in their faith to read Connie Rossini’s ebook. It will set you on your way and whet your appetite for further exploration of your life of faith.
Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life will be available for free download starting June 11, 2013. Connie will post it on Contemplative Homeschool and set up a permanent link on her blog.