Sunday, May 9, 2010
Beloved and Blessed
Blessed and Beloved: Biblical Wisdom for Family Life was promoted as the third in a series of Bible studies based on Proverbs 31 but it's not a traditional Bible study. The chapters do not start out with specific reading assignments from Proverbs 31 and there are no questions to answer within nor at the ends of the chapters. The questions for study are tucked in at the end of the book in Appendix B - there are six sets of questions (58 in all) for a 200+ page study.
That being said, while it's not what I expected, I enjoyed the book. Kimberly Hahn is a very accessible writer that teaches Catholic truths in a non-threatening manner. The book is broken down into six sections each related to a verse from Proverbs 31 (vs 11, 28, 24, 23 and two sections on vs 26). For instance the first part is based on Proverbs 31:11 "the heart of her husband trusts in her." Kimberly spends two chapters focusing on the topics of intimacy with both spouse and God as well as challenges to intimacy. In this latter chapter, Kimberly discusses spiritual, physical, interpersonal, psychological challenges related to intimacy in marriage but one doesn't need an advanced degree in order to understand her explanations; she talks to the regular mom in the church pew.
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