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Reviewed by Victoria Marin for Readers' Favorite
Deborah H. Bateman does an excellent job of explaining the Beatitudes for all who wish to incorporate religion into their daily lives. "Beatitudes" is an insightful and thought provoking devotional written in a manner which delivers God's word to the reader. Definitions of words are provided in an attempt to open the mind of the reader so as to see each verse from all perspectives. Questions embedded within the text allow for moments of information processing and help us acquire a sense of self. The reader is guided through a journey of reflection as the author skillfully describes each of the four lessons. References to scripture are used to support the belief that living the Beatitudes will bring blessings to our lives. Each lesson concludes with questions meant to stimulate the mind and spirit.
This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand the significance of religion in their lives. The text is well-written and easy to understand. The author demonstrates a good working knowledge of religious concepts and conveys her message in a way which is subtle and non-intrusive. Having the Beatitudes at the beginning of the study brings the reader to a place of peace and serenity as he or she embarks on this spiritual mission. Each lesson provides a brilliant summary along with examples which are easy to relate to. I recommend this book for leaders of discussion groups, church groups and teachers of religions.