An almost impossible book for anyone except a Roman Catholic to appraise. This is the day by day report of a Retreat, a novena, conducted in a small Long Island parish as a preliminary ritual to the celebration of the annual commemoration of the Rossary. It is a highly emotional, almost revivalistic account of a reporter's reactions to the various masses and services and sermons. It is filled with the ritual of the Church and fanatical adherence to tradition and form. The body of the book deals entirely with the approach of the final phase of the Retreat. The final section, written after the author's enlistment for service in the war stresses the sustaining influence of his spiritual experience and the strength of the Church and what it represents.