Top critical review
A bit muddled.
on 20 March 2016
Over the years I've made a few attempts at learning how to pray the Divine Office, but I never really stuck to it because I found navigating through it, bluntly speaking, rather illogical and cumbersome.
I had a look at this book and figured that it looked promising. Unfortunately I found it rather illogical and cumbersome too. The author asks you to make (or buy) 4 sets of EIGHT ribbons and 4 sets of SIXTEEN bookmarks in order to work through the lessons. Whilst the information is handily split into different sections, the lessons are often out of order - for example, you learn to pray the Morning and Evening Canticles before learning the Invitatory. Personally, I would have preferred longer lessons which go through each office in order, from start to finish.
Perhaps this is a personality issue, but I found some of the language quite patronising too, for example the introduction: "Hi! Let us begin with a secret. You are not a dodo! Not only do you lack a hooked beak and fluffy grey feathers, but you are even fairly smart! I mean, you know how to tie your shoe laces, brush your teeth, and set an alarm clock!" I'm sure this was done in an attempt to make the whole thing less intimidating but I found it off-putting.