Happy Catholic is a hodgepodge collection of numerous quotes each followed by a thoughtful reflection of a few sentences to a few paragraphs. The quotes come from just about every source imaginable – Scripture, Saints, TV shows, movies, books, music and more.
The author, Julie Davis, was raised an atheist but upon having a school age child end up in a Catholic school was drawn into the Catholic Church. Soon Davis realized that the Truth that was God was everywhere around her and not just in Church, prayer and theology books. Her excitement turned into emails to friends which turned into her successful blog Happy Catholic and eventually into this book. The author has a passion for quotes and wrote reflections whenever one turned her mind toward God.
Happy Catholic starts with a brief introduction that gives more information about the author’s journey into the Catholic Church, followed by one hundred fifty pages of quotes with a reflection for each and then a list of the sources of all quotes used. There is even an index if the reader is looking for a quote by a specific person or from a particular work of music or literature.
I’ve had this book in my stack for more than two months because I kept trying to read it as a novel and was not successful in that approach. I have discovered that doesn’t work. This is a book best read in little bites – some quotes with their reflections provoke thought while others are just lost on me.