Written by St. Luke, Acts of the Apostles is often referred to as the Gospel of the Holy Spirit. In our new title, The Gospel of the Holy Spirit: Meditations and Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, Fr. Alfred McBride guides the reader through this great book of the New Testament, verse by verse, illuminating its great meaning for Catholics of all times.
While the Old Testament was God the Father speaking to his people, and the New Testament was God the Son speaking to his people, McBride shows how Acts is the revelation of God the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel of the Holy Spirit: Mediation and Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles is a scholarly, yet immensely accessible, study of the Acts of the Apostles. It highlights the deep theological and spiritual meaning of Acts and shows the vibrant life of the early Church and its leaders, on fire with love for Christ. And it shows that the Holy Spirit was - and is - an active caretaker of Christ's Church and its people.
About the Author
Father Alfred McBride is a member of the Order of the Canons Regular of Premontre, commonly referred to as the Norbertines. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1953, and holds a doctorate in religious education from the Catholic University of America. During his ministry, he has served as professor, novice master, university president, and was the founder and executive director of the department of religious education at the National Catholic Educational Association.
In 2008, the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University named Father McBride as one of the most influential religious education leaders of the 20th century. In 2011, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership granted Father McBride its prestigious annual Catechetical Award for outstanding and exemplary contributions to the ministry of catechesis.
Father McBride has published more than 40 books, including All I Own I Owe, his autobiography, The Second Coming: Meditation and Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Our Sunday Visitor, 1992) and Millennium: End of Time? A New Beginning? (Our Sunday Visitor, 1998). He has authored more than 200 articles which have been published by Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Lay Witness, and Catechesis Today.
Item No: SB1699 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Saint Benedict Press
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Paperbound and eBook
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5"
Wonderful commentary on the Acts of the Apostles Review by Stuart Dunn
The Gospel of the Holy Spirit is written by Fr. Alfred McBride, a priest with about 60 years of service and a doctorate in religious education. He is considered one of the most influential religious leaders of the 20th Century. In this commentary, Fr. McBride starts by dividing the Acts of the Apostles into two separate books - "The Book of Peter," which covers Acts 1 to 13 and "The Book of Paul," which covers Acts 14 to 28. Even though I have read Acts several times, I never noticed this natural division in the book. Now that I have seen it explained on paper, it makes perfect sense. There are 29 chapters in this book, which means you could work through this book solely over the period of a month. You could also decide to use it in a group study.I really like that each chapter is broken down into three parts - the commentary, reflection questions, and a concluding prayer that ties in elements of what you just learned. One should always pray when reading the Scriptures, and this helps reinforce that. I always like to try and find a favorite part in a book I review, but that's hard when it comes to commentaries. However, I did find the section on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-12) to be absolutely fascinating. The way Fr. McBride compared the events of that day to different Old Testament events, especially from the book of Exodus, was eye-opening and made me look at the birth of the Church in a whole new light.If you have never read a book of the Bible before or want to read the Bible deeper, I would recommend reading a synoptic Gospel, preferably Luke first, and then picking up The Gospel of the Holy Spirit Why Luke? Luke and Acts are essentially two volumes of a larger book, so you will get a fuller picture of the message Luke was trying to convey by reading both, rather than one or the other. I would love it if Fr. McBride would do a book like this one for the Gospel of Luke, because this was a 5-star book. If he doesn't though, one can always take his Catholic Course on The Christ, which covers all four Gospels. (Posted on 8/26/2013)