Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Review of Wisdom For Everyday Life From The Book of Revelation

When I think of the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic literature, I tend to mentally step back a bit. In many ways the whole story seems very intimidating and like a psychedelic Beatles movie. For several Sundays following Easter, however, the second reading at Mass has been from this book in the Bible. The writer of the book of Revelation, St. John, recorded his visions while in exile on the Greek island of Patmos. Some scholars believe he was exiled for being a Christian and that this writer is the same St. John who took care of Jesus' mother, Mary, after Jesus' crucifixion. St. John seems to be telling the reader: don't lose hope and faith, Jesus is real and present. The message is very encouraging if you can get past the images of angels and devils and find the hidden meaning.

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.

3 comments:

Putz said...

boy are you in trouble loren>>>big big trouble>>>how so????? you commented on my diabetis blog and so now as promised i am going to leave a long long comment, but i am going to try to stay on subject so bob with B or p won't get angry>>>. even when i make the slightest detour from his main idea, he lashes out at me>>>>do this kind of thing on your blog where it all started or don't mention apples when i am talking about ornges>>> well anywho the topic at hand is the book or revelations>>>did you know us mormons think that book is entirely ours and not yours>>>>why do i say that????/??? JOhn talks about the beasts which we believe represent the present nations of the world, and we believe the robes are the robes represented in our temples []]america britan russia and france being the four beasts of john]]] and the name that shall be written in their foreheads we believe is the new name we get in the temple when we go through the vail that we will be called by after we die, see when i took out my templE covenants, i was given my wife's new name and my new name and we are OUR ALL SUPPOSE TO KNOW THAT and it is different than the name we carry around down here in mortality>> so you see revelations means a lot to the lds people>>>i bet you catholics thought you had dibs on that scripture{jest teasin loren}so as promised, i delivered, a long comment even though you din't give the advice i was looking for when i asked[ON MY BLOG} if my diabetis was the reason for my fatique>>>you chickenneed out and decideed not to play doctor probably because if i died from your advice, you didn't want me to come back to you and say"see what you have done???}

Loren Christie said...

That's actually really interesting Mr. Putz, that you see the book of Revelation completely differently as a Mormon. Come on now, there were no Mormons or Catholics around when this ancient John wrote his Bible book. Play nice, it's for all God's kids who like it. As far as your diabetes goes, well, I'd be the one sneaking you the chocolate bars because no one should be denied chocolate- even ignoble enigma persons. ;)

Putz said...

play nice, huh>>>>why can't that book be just for me????how do you know that the original christians weren't just like me in their beliefs>>>original mormons
{former day mormons} you are just like the sweet little catholic girl , carolyn wantakis who i used to argue{debate} wit in high school, just like you, thinking the scriptures were just written for her{ well actually i guess they were} but you know i miss her and those conversations>>>she never budged and i never budged but we all had so much fun together>>>>you do know really either you are right or we are right>>no one else could be>>> either the gospel needed to be restored or if it din't then it stayed pure from the onset making all the protestants wrong cause they are an off shoot from you or we are right and it came back restored from the origianl source>>>i do loves you>>.the putz

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