Devotional Point of View and Authority

My Daily BreadMy Daily Bread by Anthony J Paone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book as a gift, and–in need of a daily devotional–I gave it a shot. In a lot of ways, Fr. Paone’s work here really delivers. Many of the readings are convicting and encouraging, warning and uplifting at the same time. Frequently, I set the book down, and I was enlivened to face the day with vim and vigor, to turn a phrase.

But the book was not perfect. Fr. Paone frames the book as a dialogue with Christ–a dialogue in which Christ rarely quotes Scripture, occasionally speaks in the Person of the Father, and does not always present himself in the pattern of Our Lord, according to what we know through Scripture and the Church. Through Christ as a mouthpiece, Fr. Paone encourages spiritual behavior that has widely varying levels of success, and should only be pursued under the close guidance of a wise spiritual director (such as flagellation, for example). Fr. Paone (as Christ) also grants only grudging acceptance of anyone who pursues anything less than the contemplative life; while it is true that a life wholly dedicated to God may be holier than one drawn in multiple directions by the worries of this world, that does not make the rest of us second-class citizens. After all, we are obeying God’s commands, too–to be fruitful and multiply, and to reflect the love of the Godhead through holy matrimony and devout family life.

Most of the book is just fine, but I think Fr. Paone would have done better if he had not purported to be transcribing the words of the Living Word, but only his own spiritual advice. Alternatively, he could have used Scripture passages as the basis for each prayer, showing how–through the Written Word–God does intend for us to behave in the ways that Fr. Paone has encouraged.

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Latest “31 Prayers” Book Released

The latest installment of the “31 Prayers” series, “31 Prayers for Financial Wisdom,” is now available from our eStore and from Amazon, both in print and for all Kindle reading devices!

Don’t forget, you can get a Kindle “device” even if you don’t own a Kindle. Whether you have an iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac, PC, tablet, or something else I don’t know anything about, you can get free Kindle software for that device. Just in case you prefer electronic copies and/or less expense.

For more information, please visit the 31 Prayers website.

Get “31 Prayers for Healing” FREE for Your Kindle Device

31 Prayers for HealingWe’re having another promotion! You can get “31 Prayers for Healing” free for your Kindle device starting today (Friday, 3/16) and going through the first day of spring (Tuesday, 3/20). Kick off the spring season by praying for healing and peace this month! You have from midnight last night/this morning until 11:59pm Tuesday night to get your free copy.

You can find the Kindle edition of “31 Prayers for Healing” on Amazon here. Remember, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still get a free copy of “31 Prayers for Healing,” because Amazon offers free Kindle software for most devices, including PC, Mac, and just about any smartphone.

This offer is going on now and lasting through the coming Tuesday, March 20, 2012! Don’t miss out!

Kickstarter Project Funding Unsuccessful

I want to thank everyone who pledged to support my first novel, “The Chimaera Regiment,” but unfortunately, we didn’t make our funding goal. I still intend to move forward with that project, albeit at a slower pace, so I won’t be able to keep schedule.

In the meantime, I’ve begun work on the next 31 Prayers book. I’ve already selected the topic, the verses, and the categories, but I’m still finalizing the title. I only hope that people don’t think I’m trying to play to the lowest common denominator. I hope these prayers will be heartfelt, honest, and useful… and I know for a fact that they will be my own honest prayers for the time to come.

So anyway. Keep an eye here or on for more updates on that front. I will continue to provide updates here regarding The Chimaera Regiment as they are relevant.

“31 Prayers for Marriage” FREE for Kindle

Starting today, February 13, 2012, “31 Prayers for Marriage” is available for FREE on your Kindle device! This will be exactly like the promotion at the beginning of January for “31 Prayers for Courage,” but this time, it will only last for three days. That means you’ll have from 12:00am today, 2/13/12, until 11:59pm on Wednesday, 2/15/12, to pick up your free Kindle copy of “31 Prayers for Marriage.”

Remember, this means you can get a completely free copy of “31 Prayers for Marriage,” because you can get a completely free copy of the Kindle reader for your PC or other device. If you don’t already have one of those, then get one for yourself – available on almost any device, as well as both PC and Mac. Then head over to the Kindle page for “31 Prayers for Marriage” and download your free copy of that.

All this begins today, Monday, February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, and it ends on Wednesday, February 15, the day after Valentine’s.

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your spouse by reading 31 prayers for God’s hand on your marriage.