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Catholic Prayer Bible-NRSV-Lectio Divina [Paperback]

Paulist Press
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Sept. 12 2011
By Karen
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I find the content of the book very good, however I think I should have purchased the hardcover as the cover is very flimsy and with much use will not wear well. Too late now, but I glued the cover to the next heavier sheet in the book and it has strengthed it a bit.

The Bible does give us some insite into what the reader should get out of the reading. Well worth the purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and to the Point Jan. 3 2013
By suzanne
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Love this bible. Especially nice for those quite mornings. The simpleness of the meditation are genius, the reflection is on the Word rather then the meditation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Easy to become engaged in Sept. 13 2010
By Donna Rae Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The Catholic Prayer Bible, Lectio Divina Edition is a very valuable tool for anyone's faith journey! It causes one to really reflect upon the Bible, by putting themselves in as participants and wittnesses. I have a number of Bibles, but I must say that this is my favorite. I would love to get one with Giant Print. You will not regret purchasing this Bible. This is money well spent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Concept..Hate the Physical Pages April 30 2011
By Papa - Published on Amazon.com
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I had purchased this book after briefly seeing in it a bookstore. I loved the concept of being given a road map of how to use this prayer style. I am enthralled with the way it divides the Bible into manageable chunks, as well as the "Reflect, Pray and Act" reflections. I was always scared to try this prayer style, not certain of how much I should read, what I needed to reflect on; this solved this fear as well as added what I need to DO as a Catholic in response to the reading.

I am also excited that it offered a different translation than ones I am generally exposed to as a Catholic.

I have plenty of Study Bibles. This is an outstanding prayer Bible--exactly what I expect from the Paulists.

The thing I do not like about the book are the physical pages. They are extremely thin--so much so that the words from the page on the reverse AND the opposite page bleed through. It is nearly impossible to read as a result. I have taken to looking at the "Reflect, Pray, Act" section, and then reading the Bible texts in another one of my Bibles.

I would advise buyers to maybe look at the book in the bookstore first to see if the pages are as distracting to them as they are to me. I kept my copy rather than sending it back, though, because of reflections offered are nothing short of inspiring.

I would have paid the same amount if the Paulist Press had developed a book of the reflections as a separate text as well. Maybe they still will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prayful reading of Bible Aug. 30 2010
By Elva. C. Villareal - Published on Amazon.com
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As a person who is beginning the Lectio Divina method of reading the Bible, this particular bible is very helpful in laying out the steps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a general purpose Bible May 4 2012
By Art Petrzelka - Published on Amazon.com
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I had lost my NRSV translation. I wanted to start lectio divina. So I bought this and Michael Casey's Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. The Sacred Reading book was a great buy. This Bible was not.

I had been watching this ever since it was announced. I was waiting for the time when I could afford another Bible. I enrolled in a Bible study that fit my schedule this Lent, and decided to start with a new Bible, too.

There are differences between a study Bible and a lectio divina Bible, which I did not understand. Study Bibles have all sorts of footnotes and cross references. They have extra reference material in the back. A lectio divina Bible is made for quiet reading, AFTER previous study of what you are reading. Intellectual part first; contemplative part second. So a lectio divina Bible did not work too well for my Bible study, and I had to dig out my old tattered New American Bible for the study. It worked out well.

This Bible offers suggestions for lectio divina in the margins. But after reading Casey's book, I suspect that any Bible would do for lectio divina. It really is a matter of what readings attract you, and draw you into contemplation. This Bible may do it, but so may other programs, or none at all. Read Casey, or similar, if you are interested in lectio divina. If you don't have money for both, buy Casey's book, and use the Bible you already have.

Casey's book was awesome. Now I just have to start lectio divina on a regular basis.

One last note: this Bible is printed on very thin paper, which is nice. It won't, however, stand up on a bookshelf by itself, and probably won't work well with a cover. It is fairly floppy. For a bedside book, that shouldn't be a problem. For a more active Bible, it may present difficulties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Person's Companion Feb. 24 2011
By Roy Fanthome - Published on Amazon.com
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Since receiving my copy I am completely taken up with the thought provoking page notes and references. I also save time in cross-references. A must have for any regular reader of the Scriptures.
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