Catholic Review of: The Gold Book of Prayers
Orthodoxy: Mostly adheres to Church teachings.
Reading Level: Easy
By Peter Orgovan ( ) - See all my reviews
A golden collection of Catholic prayers from around the world.
The Gold Book of Prayers contains an Imprimatur from the Most Reverend James Garland and a Nihil Obstat from Reverend Edward Grastch, so there is not much need to worry about negative influences from the prayers contained in this book.
The Golden Book of Prayers opens Catholics up to a beautiful collection of prayers from a variety of authors: St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Kempis, Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. Augustine, and even a few Popes! Those are only some of the authors of these wonderful prayers, compiled into a handy text, suitable for any Catholic’s bookshelf.
One of the things I found particularly neat about the book is that it contains a few different ways to pray using the rosary- from the traditional Rosary we all know and love (updated with JP2’s beautiful Luminous Mysteries) to the “Jesus Rosary” of the Russian Orthodox tradition. Other prayers are for protection from the Devil, for the sick, before and after Communion, some various Acts of Faith and Contrition, and prayers of Joy. Some of the prayers are listed specifically in the index but others only by category, so they are not very difficult to find and the book is short enough that flipping through pages is not a problem.
One issue I noticed, is that though the book has an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat (which are by no means a guarantee against error), the book mentions the Rosary of Jesus in the context of gaining popularity from the claimed (and unapproved) apparitions in Medjugorje (page 43). The last time I checked, any shrines or pilgrimages to Medjugorje are still illicit (though I could be wrong), so it surprised me to see mention of it in this book.
In any case, the book does not make a specific statement on Medjugorje’s legitimacy, so even the very cautious Catholic should not be disturbed by the fleeting mention of these unapproved apparitions.
You can purchase this book here.