The Rosary Handbook
Why has the rosary remained such a popular Catholic devotional prayer?In this upbeat and easy-to-read book, Catholic author Mitch Finley explains that the simplicity and depth of the rosary make it a prayer for all seasons. The rosary is perfect for those times when words can't express our feelings, when we want to contemplate the basic truths of our faith, or when we simply want to enter into God's presence. Finley includes a brief and accurate history of the rosary, explains why it is a Christ-centered prayer, and provides background on the individual prayers of the rosary and a short commentary on each of the twenty mysteries.This book will help Catholics who have prayed the rosary all their lives but want to know more about it as well as those who want to begin anew or try it for the first time.

The Rosary Handbook Details

TitleThe Rosary Handbook
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2006
PublisherWord Among Us Press
ISBN-139781593250997
Rating
GenreChristianity, Catholic, Religion, Christian

The Rosary Handbook Review

  • Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    One to dip into over and over again
  • Dina (ReviewTime)
    January 1, 1970
    The Rosary Handbook is a wonderful book, it has a surprising amount of information to be only 141 pages. I love how this book shows the depth and meaning of each prayer. I also like the section that explains the mysteries of the Rosary which includes Bible verses and thoughts for mediation. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Rosary. Reading this book has has given me a greater appreciation of the Rosary.ContentsIntroductionThe Rosary and you-A Perfect Ma The Rosary Handbook is a wonderful book, it has a surprising amount of information to be only 141 pages. I love how this book shows the depth and meaning of each prayer. I also like the section that explains the mysteries of the Rosary which includes Bible verses and thoughts for mediation. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Rosary. Reading this book has has given me a greater appreciation of the Rosary.ContentsIntroductionThe Rosary and you-A Perfect MatchThe introduction section tells the author's story of how he came to know and love the Rosary, why he wrote The Rosary Handbook, and answers the question of who can Pray the Rosary. Which of course is anyone, but the author has a very interesting way of showing this point.Chapter 1What's in It for Me: Why You Should Pray the RosaryThis section is devoted to enplaning how the Rosary is a balanced, comprehensive, Christ-Centered prayer which is Spiritually nourishing.Chapter 2Separating Fact from Myth: The Origins and History of the RosaryThis section separates the facts from the myths, showing the historical origin of the Rosary and how over the centuries the Rosary developed into the prayer we have today.Chapter 3More Than Just a String of Beads: The Prayers of the RosaryIn this section the author brakes down each prayer of the Rosary to show the true meaning and depth behind each prayer. Showing the depth and meaning within the Lord's Prayer, the Apostle's Creed, and other prayers of the Rosary.Chapter 4Moments for Mediation: The Twenty Mysteries of the RosaryThis section explains the meaning and depth of each of the twenty Mysteries (or Scared Events) of the Rosary. These events center around the Life, Death, And Resurrection of Jesus. The author includes Bible verses and thoughts to contemplate for each Mystery.Chapter 5Getting Down to Basics: How to Pray The RosaryThis section enplanes how to pray the Rosary in a easy to follow way.AppendixPutting It into Practice: Making the Rosary Your OwnThis section is about how to making the Rosary your own and how to put the practice of praying the Rosary into our life.A Quote From The Rosary Handbook by Mitch Finley"In a very real since, the Rosary has everything that is most basic to a Christian outlook on life and the world around us."
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  • John Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Finley's book is certainly not exhaustive, but it doesn't try to be. It is, indeed, a guide for newcomers, old timers, and those in between. If you have any interest in praying the rosary, forgot why you are praying the rosary, or never knew why you pray the rosary, this is a great little book. You won't get lost in the details nor come across any esoteric language. The book is straightforward.Since the book is not exhaustive, you can guess it's not thorough either. But again, it doesn't try to Finley's book is certainly not exhaustive, but it doesn't try to be. It is, indeed, a guide for newcomers, old timers, and those in between. If you have any interest in praying the rosary, forgot why you are praying the rosary, or never knew why you pray the rosary, this is a great little book. You won't get lost in the details nor come across any esoteric language. The book is straightforward.Since the book is not exhaustive, you can guess it's not thorough either. But again, it doesn't try to be. You will learn the basic history of the rosary, including why Catholics started praying it in the first place. You'll also find a good line-by-line reflection on each prayer said during the rosary. I can guarantee that after reading this book you won't pray the rosary and not know why or not what the words mean. Rather, you'll come away with a good appreciation of the spiritual intention behind each prayer and the rosary itself.For newcomers, the end of the book has a very easy to understand walk-through of how to pray the rosary. When I bought this book at the National Cathedral, I remember looking at all the books on the rosary and only this one had any explanation of how to actually pray the rosary. That doesn't mean you won't find it elsewhere, but it does mean that this is an excellent resource in every regard.
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  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    Mitch Finley sets a simple and bounded goal. He explains what the Rosary is, how it developed, and its scriptural roots all with a goal of inspiring the reader to take up the Rosary in their prayer life. In all of these objectives there is enough information to achieve without overwhelming the reader. It gets you started down the path without bogging you down, but still proves the point that contrary to common antiCatholic misconceptions the Rosary is Christ centered, Biblical, and ancient using Mitch Finley sets a simple and bounded goal. He explains what the Rosary is, how it developed, and its scriptural roots all with a goal of inspiring the reader to take up the Rosary in their prayer life. In all of these objectives there is enough information to achieve without overwhelming the reader. It gets you started down the path without bogging you down, but still proves the point that contrary to common antiCatholic misconceptions the Rosary is Christ centered, Biblical, and ancient using Mary as a means to bring this about, much like the Church itself.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Short and easy to read, this is a helpful little book that outlines some of the basics of the Rosary. It gets into some helpful history, and the author gives some reflection on each prayer and each mystery of the Rosary (dealing with a few theological issues that come up). I prayed the Rosary at the Catholic school I attended as a kid, and I've wanted to come back to it as an adult, twenty years later. It has certainly helped me to get started.
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  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    The Rosary Handbook is worth the read for anyone interested in the prayer form, whether they have been praying it for years or are just beginning. I particularly enjoyed learning about the histories of the Rosary and the individual prayers. I've also begin to use the book as a reference for the mysteries, as that chapter contains Biblical passages related to them as well as supplemental information. This was some of the best spiritual reading I have done in some time. Highly recommended.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning about men saying the rosary, was so true! I loved that part. Find a man who will say the rosary, say's a lot about a man! The part I wasn't all that comfortable with was when he wrote.. his psychic suffering's, why not just his agony? anyway I knew most of this already, so i couldn't finish the book i was that bored, sorry.
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  • Jonina-Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not much of a Christian anymore but from a reader's point of view anyway, I thought this was a really good read back when I was devout. I liked his close-readings of the prayers and the different ways a rosary can be a great form of meditation. I think Catholics think the rosary is this very rigid prayer but it can be versatile and it can be more than the words one recites.
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  • Ernest Sneed
    January 1, 1970
    Historical and theological review of the Rosary. Good book for confirmation students. Sometimes the author injects his personal views with no source documentation.
  • Crista Huff
    January 1, 1970
    Very good explanation of the intricacies of the Rosary's prayers.
  • Cheri McLelland
    January 1, 1970
    Incredibly helpful, I am so glad I read it. Definitely gave me a new appreciation for the rosary.
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