February 2014 Jesus of Nazareth. From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration. by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). We read this book, chapter by chapter, as a monthly reading and discussion group throughout 2013. The author's own description of the book (from the back cover) was "This book is my personal search for the face of the Lord." The historical and scriptural depth of this book was impressive. It was theologically deep as well, but (in my opinion) not unreachable by non-theologians.

I was particularly moved by the chapter on the Lord's Prayer (Chapter 5) which led me to consider a deeper prayer life for myself. The author quotes The Rule of St. Benedict (p. 131): Mens rostra concordat voice nostrae; the mind follows the voice. So often we want to think our way through everything (at least I do), but prayer is not always best approached that way. Chanting the Psalms, or saying the Lord's Prayer, and letting the ancient words flow from you and over you leads the mind along to God. I found this a profound way to look at prayer.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who seriously reads the New Testament.