Thursday, January 08, 2009

A Book in Review – The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living

The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living By: Zmirak & Matychowiak
Non-Fiction: religion, holidays, cooking, biographies etc. 215 pages 2005
Book number: 2
NYR(New Year’s resolution) page count: 215

If you can recall we read the other book in this series earlier and reviewed it here. So having already went over the basic ideas of how the books go we will not go over it here, except to say that this one was on holidays threw out the year (most Church ones i.e. saints feast days, but a few others) and the other bits threw out the book were on the sacraments.
This book was just as much fun to read as the other. It also had fun sounding recipes, ideas and as it included St. Brigid of Ireland, a heavenly lake of beer. (and is it is 1500 years old and well past any copyright length here is “The Heavenly Banquet” for you to memorize and use at any occasion that you think it appropriate.

The Heavenly Banquet

I would like to have the men of Heaven
in my own house;
with vats of good cheer
laid out for them.

I would like to have the three Marys,
their fame is so great.
I would like people
from every corner of Heaven.

I would like them to be cheerful
in their drinking.
I would like to have Jesus, too,
here amongst them.

I would like a great lake of beer
for the King of Kings.
I would like to be watching Heaven's family
drinking it through all eternity.)

This book also includes the story of the patron saint of Clowns, fiddlers and murderer. (Note: that’s one saint for all three, can you say interesting life?) It also includes many newer and American saints as well as older ones that are popular around the world as well as lesser known ones. It has zany ideas for holiday celebrations such as a Dante based Halloween party, complete with a meal based on the seven deadly sins. As well as notes on what days to bring dogs, rams and bras to church for a blessings. (As your priest won’t mind a building full of oddly colored livestock, its his job.)

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