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Reflections On The Mysteries Of The Rosary [Paperback]

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Pages   55
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.96" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.17"
Weight:   0.12 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630154  
EAN  9780814630150  

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With a reflection on each of the four mysteries of the rosary-Joyful, Light, Sorrowful, and Glorious- this book will help those praying the rosary find a focus for meditation. Each reflection contains a Scripture verse as well as background to understanding the biblical texts. With its twenty-first century relevance, this guide by Mark Boyer will bring readers to contemplate personal application of the mysteries. Enhance your "garden of prayer" with Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

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With a reflection on each of the four mysteries of the rosary - Joyful, Light, Sorrowful, and Glorious - this book will help those praying the rosary find a focus for meditation. Each reflection contains a Scripture verse as well as background to understanding the biblical texts. With its twenty-first century relevance, this guide by Mark Boyer will bring readers to contemplate personal application of the mysteries. Enhance your garden of prayer" with "Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary."

"Mark G. Boyer is the author of 25books, has served as an associate pastor, high school and adult religious education teacher, and is a part-time instructor in New Testament in the Religious Studies Department of Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. Among the books he has written are "The Liturgical Environment, Mary's Day - Saturday, Biblical Reflection on Male Spirituality, Baptized into Christ's Death and Resurrection," and "Waiting in Joyful Hope," published by Liturgical Press.""

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Tainted milk  May 27, 2008
Fr. Boyer's book has been adopted as the text for the rosary course offered by the popular Little Rock Scripture Studies program. A selling point of the Little Rock courses is their relative brevity; this makes them appealing to Catholics who have not studied the Bible much and want to take some easy first steps toward learning something about it.

This book, however, is unsuited for scripture study neophytes. Its presuppositions are those of liberal Bible scholarship. Such scholarship is not, of course, necessarily anti-Christian, but its teachings can easily scandalize those who lack a scholarly grounding in the faith.

It is also offensive to find the theses of liberal Bible scholarship treated off-handedly as truisms, needing no explanation. A knowledge of liberalism Bible scholarship's bases and methods takes much work to acquire. It is unfair for Father Boyer to invite his readers, in his breezy way, to think of themselves as members of the Liberal Bible Scholars Club.

Further, to put the matter bluntly, Fr. Boyer's own theological liberalism sometimes makes him sound like he doubts the most basic tenets of the Christian faith. No doubt, Fr. Boyer is not an unbeliever, but, in this short and lightweight devotional book, he lacks the space (and, apparently, the inclination) to explain himself sufficiently to avoid giving scandal.

The book's poor editing gives it a slapdash feel. The words "effect" (noun) and "affect" (verb) are repeatedly (and gratingly) confused. Also, though this may not be Fr. Boyer's fault, it's remarkable that whoever edited this book for publication appears to have thought that the mark left by a lash is called a "whelp" (p. 37).

Editing aside, a lot of the book is silly, often offensively so. Two examples:

a) In his resurrection meditation, Fr. Boyer is kind enough to make it clear that the evangelists were completely at home with New Age pop spirituality: "In general, each Gospel writer attempts to make clear that resurrection is the `something more' of reality that we experience throughout our lives."
b) In the Agony in the Garden, Jesus "trusts that God's presence will sustain him through the agony and enrich his life because of it." (This could stand as a parody of New Age Christian-lite spirituality, but apparently isn't intended as a joke.) Does Fr. Boyer think that Jesus felt that his life had been "enriched" when he was being crowned with thorns? Spat upon? Scourged? Crucified? Fr. Boyer's use of pop-psychobabble about "life enrichment" in this context is grotesque.

Perhaps Fr. Boyer means that Jesus trusted that his post-resurrection life would be "enriched." Does this mean that, though "we don't know what resurrection from the dead means," (see Fr. Boyer's chapter on The Resurrection, p. 46) we at least know that it results in a "life" that's "enriched"?

These examples could be much multiplied (and are, in a letter I have written to the publisher).

If an author's intent is not to undermine the Christian faith of his readers, he would be well-advised not to expose them--in a book that is purportedly devotional, and has even received ecclesiastical approval!--to a theological liberalism that frequently appears to verge upon apostasy, without explaining his liberal Biblical and theological presuppositions, and without even hinting that some intelligent and learned people disagree with these presuppositions.

If this book is intended as milk for Catholics who are not yet ready for meat, the milk is tainted.
Scriptural Drivel  Apr 22, 2008
I have just finished reading Boyer's "Reflections on the Mysteries of the Rosary" and I found it to be absolute drivel. When praying the rosary, I want to mediate on Biblical happenings, such as, in the first Joyful mystery, on the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary and not on some graduation announcement I have received in the mail. Also, the book is poorly edited, with punctuation errors, misuse of words, etc. For instance, the author speaks about "the injustice of a living wage," when obviously he means either "the justice of a living wage" or "the injustice of a wage that is less than a living wage." He constantly confuses the word "effect" with "affect." He is obviously liberal in regard to both religion and politics. You would never know from reading his meditation on the Institution of the Eucharist that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ, but you learn all about corporate greed and sexism. He talks about the "spin" the writers of the gospels put on various happenings rather than about the particular emphasis of each writer. He speaks about the "legends" of Simeon and Anna. I could go on and on. I have committed myself to teaching this "scripture study" for the next five weeks. My only recourse will be to find outside materials, from someone such as Scott Hahn, to make up for the total lack of guidance and real biblical material in this Little Rock program. Also, the materials are overpriced. I would say not to waste your time and money on them.
Great!!  Sep 3, 2006
This is a great little book about the Rosary, and how to pray it. Having just been recently published it provides some fresh insight and new Meditations for each of the twenty mysteries. This little book will be a valued addition to your collection of prayer books and book used for meditation.
See the Mysteries through Fresh Eyes  Feb 14, 2005
This small book-it would fit in pocket or purse-is packed with wisdom and inspiration. The two-page spread for each of the four sets of mysteries comprises the title of the mystery, scripture passage, reflection, and suggestion for meditation. The reflections lead seamlessly from the original verse through biblical background into the present day and, finally, our personal connection. The following two examples typify Boyer's fresh approach.

Writing about the Annunciation, Boyer lists common secular announcements we receive, graduations, weddings, births, and deaths, and suggests that we also receive personal announcements from God on a regular basis. God might announce a solution to a problem when we are listening to a friend or spouse, and "when you speak the truth, when you accept full responsibility for your actions, be assured that you are hearing announcements from God." Each reflection ends with a short suggestion for meditation as you pray the relevant mystery.

Addressing the sorrowful mystery of the Jesus' scourging, Boyer reviews violent punishments throughout history, segues into violence accomplished with words, and suggests that while praying the mystery we meditate on verbal scourgings we have delivered and ask for grace to avoid future tongue lashings.

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