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101 Places to Pray Before You Die

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I cannot begin to say how much I loved this book! The notion of 101 books focus on things to do before you die, places to visit, foods to try, and more. This book was a treat in a totally different way. It is an enriching book that focuses on places to connect to your faith and spirituality and offers tourist destinations that offer growth and religious formation. This book was a treat with beautiful visuals, amazing insight, and is a celebration of global destinations that offer prayerful reflections and retreats. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to review this book!
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This book is a reference guide of places to pray.  It is not a book that is read cover to cover.  Being from New England I was anxious to see what places would be listed that I would be able to go to without major planning.  I was quite disappointed with the places listed for both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Although some of the suggestions were excellent, there were also some that I would not have listed.  I find the premise of the book to be very interesting.  I have not thought of this idea before.  I am sure that some of the author's suggestions are not without merit but I would very carefully research any suggestions that are made.
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I've added so many of these places to my bucket list, and it was really interesting to read a little about all the places
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A simple Google search will yield results listing Catholic shrines in a given state, but lacks the enthusiasm and insider tips found in "101 Places to Pray Before You Die". Author Thomas J. Craughwell lists well know places like St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City alongside the obscure such as the National Shrine to Native American St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY.  Peppering the each location's summary with personal anecdotes and fascinating information only found in brochures at the location, "101 Places to Pray Before You Die" is a must-have for any Catholic traveler who appreciates history, architecture, and inspiring sites along their journey.
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This book gives you brief pictures of 101 Catholic religious places throughout the US. Listed by state, these cover the gamut from the earliest days of Catholicism in America to the present day. You'll find convents, churches and cathedrals, missions, retreat houses, the homes of saints and more.

Each one has the address and website along with a brief article about the place. It might cover the history, the architecture or the importance of the site. The articles also cover information about visiting the site.

It's well written and a nice introduction to the wide variety of Catholic sites in the US. The biggest fault is that the format of the book is  somewhat constraining. By limiting the sites to 101, I often have the feeling that important sites are missing from some states. For example California has only one mission listed and the wonderful John Paul II center in Washington DC is neglected. I also wonder if the desire to list something from each state means that the bar is set pretty low for many states.

Even so, it's a good resource for the traveler.
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Informative, insightful and inspiring, I loved the book and would recommend it to everyone. The book is a must read for every human being.
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Enjoyable enough to read but could have been done with some pictures to break up the text.
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