Just reading a few chapters quickly I can tell you it is easy to read and "unpacks" the Mass for you. The Mass is the highest form of worship we have here on earth and Jeff illuminates it for us in great detail. He annotates each section with Scripture so you can see where the particular part of the liturgy is derived. Not only does he provide a great understanding of the current translation of the Mass, but discusses the gestures and postures that accompany the Mass. His chapter on the Sign of the Cross is worth the price of the book alone. I suspect this book will become a favorite of RCIA teachers and catechists who desire to help their students develop a true Eucharistically-centered understanding of the Mass. If I had been taught from a book like this in 1973, there is a fair chance I may not have left the Church! Jeff's book is really what the New Evangelization is all about.
Jeffrey Pinyan was born in northern New Jersey in 1981, and is the seventh of eight children. He now lives just outside Trenton, NJ, with his wife Kristin. Jeffrey has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He is currently a Senior Developer for the Internet Crimes Group, Inc., where he has worked since August 2007.
Jeffrey is a parishioner at St. Hedwig Parish in Trenton, NJ, in the diocese of Trenton. He is a member of Catholic Campus Ministry at Rider University in nearby Lawrenceville, where he leads a weekly Bible study for the college students there. He has previous catechetical experience as a member of a parish RCIA team, a facilitator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline, and a catechist for eighth-graders and sixth-graders.
Jeffrey can be found in the Liturgy & Sacraments section of the Catholic Answers Forum under the name japhy. His blog, The Cross Reference, deals with Scripture, the liturgy, and catechesis in general. He can be reached by email at author at prayingthemass.com.