Monday, February 16, 2015

"There is 'poetry' in not being sick"
Catholic Spiritual Direction reviews the new Thrill

Today, Catholic Spiritual Direction features "Chastity: A Hymn to God's Providence," a wonderful review of my new book The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition). Father Angelo Geiger writes:

Dawn has a sense of divine providence working in her life, which, perhaps, is part of the thrill. Chastity is hard. Being a Catholic is hard, but, as Dawn points out, quoting a character in Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, there is “poetry” in not being sick. Providence not only reorders our desires, but also reorders are manner of assessing what happens to us.

He adds that the new Thrill

is not just good advice from someone who has been there, though it is indeed that, and Dawn’s prose and characteristic humor make for enjoyable reading. The book is a hymn to divine providence, and specifically in the way it expresses the truth that the gift of ourselves to God is accepted and protected by His love. The Marian and filial, as well as spousal dimensions of the life of grace, are evident throughout, as Dawn encourages her readers to say yes to love, like Mary did at the Annunciation and Calvary. This makes all things possible—even chastity and bearing the cross of our woundedness.

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