“When I had journeyed half of our life’s way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray …’
“So opens the 14th-century poem Divina Comedia (The Divine Comedy) by Dante Alighieri.
“Fusing practical advice about how to live one’s Christian vocation with a piece of high art from the Middle Ages is not an easy thing to do. Father Pearson carries it off superbly, and while doing so, he gives the reader a fresh appreciation of Divina Comedia.
“The structure of the book is a straightforward journey through the 34 cantos that make up the first part of the poem, namely, Inferno (hell). For anyone unfamiliar with Divina Comedia, this epic poem recounts how Dante, accompanied by the pagan poet Virgil, journeys through the many circles of hell, purgatory and then heaven.” […] –K.V. Turley, National Catholic Register, June 8, 2019