Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Review of Wisdom For Everyday Life From The Book of Revelation
In an effort to understand the symbolism in this surreal book, I read Wisdom For Everyday Life From The Book Of Revelation by Fr. Richard Veras. The author's experience as a high school religion teacher makes his writing style very engaging and from the very beginning, I am hooked. Fr. Veras makes a connection between the symbolism in the book of Revelation and "the infinite importance behind the events of life," suggesting that we are constantly dealing with choices in simple matters that point to a larger struggle between light and darkness reminiscent of the movie Star Wars. I think this idea is very interesting.
The chapters of Fr. Veras' book break up the parts of the book of Revelation and attempt to link the symbolic images to modern day feelings and inner moral struggles. Also, in the midst of the crazy battle between good and evil, the author points to a realistic acknowledgement that God's plan for the world involves suffering.
"The book of Revelation," writes Fr. Veras, "with all of its symbolism and grandiosity, draws our attention to the fact that following Jesus is a gesture of inestimable worth and incalculable proportion. The life of a Christian is put in the context of the ultimate battle...but victory will only come about though communion with Christ...I hope you will discover Jesus anew and thus discover who you are as one of his disciples. You will be amazed at how important your life really is!"
This battle that the author refers to is both internal and external, and following Christ is meant to change us, and in turn affect others. Fr. Veras gives modern relevance and a contemporary translation of the symbols that is really fascinating. This may be my favorite book out of those I have reviewed for The Catholic Company. Fr. Veras' discussion of the symbols and how they relate to the other books of the New Testament is enlightening. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the symbolic nature of the Bible.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Wisdom for Everyday Life From the Book of Revelation.
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