The Better Part
A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
This book should be declared a national treasure! We lead tremendously busy lives, with 1,001 things to do. Even so, every saint and renowned spiritual director through the ages has said the same thing: If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation.
With this book (which is in its fourth printing!), Father Bartunek has created an extensive, Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion.
Part I is an incredibly practical explanation of Christian meditation (along with a cheat-sheet!). Part II contains material to use during your meditations. The resource is a Bible study on the four Gospels, a survey of saints' writings, a guide to prayer, and a fresh introduction to Jesus rolled into one. The Better Part enables us to read, meditate, absorb, and apply the Gospels to our lives. It serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit's lead along the path of holiness. The portable resource has a ribbon to mark your place and contains detailed indices to help you meditate either on the liturgical seasons or the virtues you feel most in need of developing.
All four Gospels are included inside the resource, divided into 303 sections, with each section divided into six parts: 1. the Gospel text, 2. Christ the Lord, 3. Christ the Teacher, 4. Christ the Friend, 5. Christ in My Life, and 6. questions for small group discussion. There are quotes from saints and popes at the beginning of each section and references to the Catechism following the discussion questions. Each section is about 4 pages long, totaling 1024 pages.
A little helpful but Disappointing
This book starts out with a decent guide/explanation of what mental prayer is (aka meditation), how to do it, and also gives an sample meditation so that you can more clearly understand meditation in practical terms. But then it's over 1000 pages of "meditation units"...material for meditation. They're extensive, not very cohesive, and the book throws this out there without explaining how to employ them (They are not even mentioned in the explanation or in the sample meditation). That's all fine but if I knew this was going to be only a 60 page book about meditation, followed by over 1000 pages of "meditation units" I wouldn't have bought it. At least not for the price they charged. I feel like I got scammed. Very disappointed. If this were a 60 page book (all the info found in the beginning chapters, but without the "meditation units" that come later... which so far I have not found to be beneficial) for 2 bucks it'd give it 5 stars.