Although Little Sins Mean a Lot by Elizabeth Scalia (a.k.a. The Anchoress) was published in the Spring of 2016, it is one of those books that comes highly recommend for the penitential season. After all, there is no better time to read about sins and what they do to our soul than during Lent.
So, why is this book – above all the others – as a must read before Easter? Here are four quick reasons why you should pick this book up before Holy Week begins:
The topics are entirely relatable
This book covers topics that all of us can relate to. With most of being heavily involved with social media, it’s easy for us to fall into the sins of gossip, procrastination, and acedia. Not only are these relatable topics covered, the information is brought to us in a way that is engaging. Using pop culture references to help us understand certain points, this book will appeal to those who keep up with the world of entertainment.
Scalia brilliant uses the example of (Parks and Recreation’s) Donna and Tom’s “treat yo’self” mantra to drive home the point that, while it’s not sinful to treat ourselves on occasion, we should be careful not to overdo it. She offers advice by Saint Philip Neri on how to avoid overindulgence that could lead you to sin.
It forces us to see reality versus fantasy
Let’s be honest, many of us lie to ourselves about our weaknesses. You know, warts and all. We would rather think about an idealized version that has no flaws. This book helps us look deep within and opens our eyes to the “little sins” we’re habitually committing. It’s not done in a way to shame us into contrition. On the contrary, Scalia acknowledges her own shortcomings to encourage us to be honest with ourselves.
It’s thought-provoking without being overwhelming
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and other Catholic theologians are brilliant, but some of their works can go over our heads. Sometimes you may have to re-read chapters just to make sure you understood them.
That is not the case with this book. That’s not to say that it’s theology-lite; it’s not. Simply put, the information and reflections presented will appeal and educate those of us who like things explained in layman’s terms without skimping on the theology.
It’s easy to read
Fellow bookworms will devour this book just as quickly as I did. However, pausing and reflecting on what you’ve read is highly recommended. One of the most appealing aspects of this book is that it’s easy to read. The information is presented in a way that won’t overwhelm the reader. Even the solid advice offered will stick around in our minds longer than what we usually read on a daily basis. Those who are perpetually busy will find themselves finding the time to read more. It’s that absorbing.
You can read this book in one sitting or break it down into chapters to last you the rest of Lent. Either way, it’s one of those books that many of you will want to return to long after the Lenten season is over.