This was rather academic and difficult to read as a layperson. I think this would be a great book for academic-minded people but is rather hard to finish as a casual read.
The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church by Romanus Cessario OP is an excellent book that highlights and takes a deeper look at the fundamental seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick, and Penance and Reconciliation.
This book delves into each of these Sacraments in detail giving the reader a historical context, how it has “evolved”, the reasonings, meanings, ceremonies, and the theological foundations of each. Each topic and discussion is heavily researched and supported.
This book is for those that have a baseline knowledge of the sacraments and also have a bit of understanding of Catholic doctrine and the concepts of theology in general. One could learn all of these things from scratch, but I think it would be easier to dive right in if the base knowledge was already there.
I learned quite a bit about the historical timelines of each Sacrament while reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you NG and Baker Academic for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.
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