I was tickled to be able to get The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux for review just prior to Lent. It’s smaller than a trade paperback, but bigger than a regular one. It’s skinny and light enough to put in my diaper bag/purse and keep with me. The meditations are daily and the book can be used every year — it includes meditations for all 3 cycles of Sunday readings.
Sounds awesome, right? I couldn’t honestly tell you. I had good intentions to use this during all of Lent, but I just couldn’t get it together. The days I *DID* get to it, I liked it a lot. One of the major drawbacks for me was they referenced the readings for the day, but didn’t include them. If they had been printed in the book, I would have been more likely to get them. You need a computer with internet or bible program, the Magnificat, or a bible for the meditations to make much sense; they don’t stand alone.
That said, I think that if you are in the habit of reading the daily readings or spending time alone with God on a regular basis, this would be great for you. For a busy mom of littles to try and get it done stolen moments style? Not so much. I did like the meditations I got to and simultaneously liked that it was easy on me and disliked it, too. I feel like the faith and it’s requirements has been very watered down BUT as a busy mom, I can do more to advance my cause by serving my littles & husband. Since St. Therese of Lisieux is known for her little ways, I liked them in this station of life.
So in summary, if you can spend time with this and other resources, you’d get a lot out of this. If you don’t, well, save it for another season in life. The messages were good, but it’s not all-inclusive so just be aware of that.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on The Little Way of Lent . They are also a great source for a Catechism of the Catholic Church or a Catholic Bible.