U.S. Catholic book club: The Recollected Heart

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Review: Despite constant encouragement to “make” one, there are few things more mystifying to most Christians that a retreat. Just what does one do, and what is supposed to happen? Enter Philip Zaleski, who offers this practical guide for a getaway with God, which he recommends as “a rock-bottom of a healthy life.”

Zaleski recognizes, however, that for many a retreat seems like a daunting spiritual do-it-yourself project. Drawing heavily on the Benedictine tradition, he guides the novice through contemplation, the liturgy of the hours, and the best ways to keep everyday life at bay. In doing so, he takes the mystery out of making a retreat – and makes the reader ready to meet the Mystery we all seek.—Bryan Cones, Managing Editor, U.S. CATHOLIC

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