Hahn's book ends with a discussion of the rosary and it reinforced that this is what I need to do but I was still, very briefly, at a loss. Then I realized that the author of The Way of a Pilgrim used his rosary to count how many times he prayed the Jesus Prayer. Aha! I could do both. I could begin with the traditional rosary, using a cheat sheet to do each of the prayers, including the mysteries. Then, when I had completed that first part, I could begin praying the Jesus Prayer for a pre-determined number of cycles.
Having my intuition confirmed was actually all I took away from the reading. The book is well written and not overly scholarly although it is clearly written by a man who is seeped in theological intellect. The book chapters are broken down into sub-chapters which have unfortunately been given titles that detracted from the overall seriousness of the subject matter. For instance, when discussing how Matthew gives a geneology which includes women and traces Mary's lineage back to David the title for this section of the chapter is "I Dream of Geneology." Ummm . . . cloying but not very clever. And, for me, this distracting cuteness was not effective.
Cute sub-chapters aside, I can't actually say that I appreciated this book. I did not have a spiritual response to it at all. I was frustrated, according to the back cover (which, because I had bought the book on ebay I had not read), clearly says that Hahn explores "the relationship between the Book of Revelation and the Roman Catholic Mass" mostly because the Book of Revelation is possibly my least favorite book in the Bible. The arguements in defense of Marianism are well, if predictably, written and presented. I say predictably because there seems to be a standard "Christian defense" formula that all Biblical scholars use when writing. Perhaps I thought that Protestants wrote in one way and Catholics in another. I was mistaken.
In any event . . . ho-hum . . . I am sending the book off to my mother in hopes that she will find something within the pages to be stimulating and resonant.
In the meantime, a picture of me and Romanov.