I approached “Take Five: Meditations with John Henry Newman” knowing very little about this recently beatified Cardinal. I finished it wanting to know much more. Cardinal Newman was a “teacher, editor, administrator, and clergyman – and he still found time enough to write books that have been profoundly influential in the fields of theology, philosophy, history, and fiction.” “Take Five” begins with a short biography of Newman’s life, from his education and life as an Anglican to the reasons for his very public conversion to Catholicism. It then offers 76 short reflections. Each one features a short excerpt from Newman’s work that focuses on a given theme. A few key points are highlighted in “Think About It” which is followed by a quote or two from scripture and a take-away statement to remember.
Newman’s wisdom focuses on how to incorporate faith into everyday life. His words ring true and are very relevant over a hundred years after his death. This little book provides much food for reflection and offers a wonderful introduction to Newman’s thought.