Searcher of Majesty
Publisher: Tumblar House
Publication Date: 2015-12-16
Searching majesty is what led Hertz initially from atheism to the Catholic faith. Losing her husband at an early age, she was left to raise five children on her own. This book is written by a housewife, for housewives. The purpose of the book is three-fold: 1.) Hertz points out social issues that hinder women from advancing spiritually and becoming better mothers. 2.) She elaborates on the true nature of women, highlighting the difference between masculine spirituality and feminine spirituality. 3.) She provides a sound theological basis for her characterization of Mary, pointing to Scripture to help us identify who is this Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. In true Hertz-like fashion, she brings up crucial thought-provoking issues that you didn't even know were issues until she introduces you to them! Let Hertz lead you on a journey towards discovering authentic femininity. The book was given an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Archdiocese of Boston.
[On moms] She must be all things to those in her care, because her craft is the whole human being, not just the nine-to-five executive part of him, or the sick patient part of him, or even the Latin student part of him. She can't be content with the trade school education directed solely to earning a living which has sadly become the norm in many of our best universities. For her, more is required, in fact nothing less than all the liberal arts in their full scope. No housewife is equal to such demands, but it's what she needs to be!
Woman's vocation is a mystery. Woman is a mystery. She is mysterious not only to men, but especially to herself. Rather than face the mystery within themselves, many women prefer to live out their lives as second-rate small-size men. It's unnatural, but it's easier.
An established writer before the Second Vatican Council, Solange Hertz wrote for most Catholic periodicals and had five books to her credit, one a selection of the Catholic Literary Foundation. When she refused to adjust her theology to the new “Spirit of Vatican II,” her manuscripts almost overnight became unacceptable to her former editors. After a series of articles on feminine spirituality for the old Triumph magazine, she continued speaking for tradition by successfully producing The Thought of Their Heart and Sin Revisited on her own.
In her book, Searcher of Majesty, Mrs. Solange Hertz eloquently and 'majestically' puts to paper the thoughts, questions, and beliefs that a housewife comes to gripes with. And to iterate a point, yes, this book is meant for housewives first and foremost. This does not disqualify its usefulness for any other person who is but willing to listen. That being said the topics may at first glance be seemingly unrelated, but they do in fact share their commonality in the aforementioned housewifery that women called to motherhood encounter, especially in these modern times. The structure of the chapters follows a simple, yet effective pattern of the following: Mrs. Hertz introduces a story, or past memory, or sarcastic quip (to name a few), followed with quotes from Scripture or the works of theologians to finally give a name to the topic, which she then wonderfully explains with the backing of Scripture, theology, scientific evidence, and the works of the Saints, before relating it to housewifery, or the Blessed Trinity, and ends in a light-hearted and cheerful manner. Also a note to keep in mind is that at times the topic or themes get somewhat dense, and Mrs. Hertz acknowledges as much, but this does not make this book a hard read by any means. Overall, I give this book its well deserved five stars, as much due to its eloquence as its wit and charm and its practicality.
As a man, I bought this book as a gift for a friend of mine, and decided that I'd better check to make sure that it was at the very least useful. Oh boy was I very much blown out of the water by this book. As an avid admirer of Mrs. Solange Hertz and her works, I gotta say that this was one of the more fun reads I've had from her. Granted some of her lines went well over my head and at times the reading got dense and somewhat down. But reading it through did reveal to me the boundless potential of this book. Whilst I may not know the reaction my friend will have to it, I do see this as a very useful tool for evangelization for non-believers as well as a 'pillar of rest' for Catholic women and mothers. I can't imagine this book being harmful to anyone, but I am a man and as Mrs. Hertz herself says, "As I say, that's men!"
I still haven’t read it yet