Thursday, August 7, 2014


Sacred Fire is a book designed to be read in and unhurried manner. I often found myself pausing to revisit a page or two and then meditate upon the message contained within them.

Fr. Rolheiser begins by outlining the classic structure of Christian life. Having covered the fundamentals, he the builds on this sturdy foundation encouraging the reader to go further, dig deeper into themselves and God. He takes the reader through a spiritual life-cycle, if you will, tracing the ebb and flow of a typical life from young adulthood to parent to middle age.

I found the final section, the one that deals with total giving of yourself even unto death, to be the most interesting part of the book. Fr. Rolheiser articulates an ideal and process of what might be called the Good Death in ways I’ve never encountered before.

This is definitely a book to be read over and over again, gleaning all the wisdom within its pages.

Disclaimer: Images Books provided a copy of Sacred Fire in exchange for an honest review.

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