Father Charles Hugo Doyle, somewhat of a specialist in dealing with the problems of different states of life, here offers religious help with the problems involved in their complete dedication to God. In doing so he takes advantage of the podium offered him in this book to express his views on numerous related, but hardly pertinent, subjects as, for example, the guilt of parents who suppress the vocations of their children. When compared to the realism of another recent title in this same field, Father Robert W. Gleason's To Live Is Christ, Bitter Waters can at best be considered a well-meant book which will be less than a service to the individuals for whom it was written. Highly emotional, impressionistic and frequently far-fetched in its analogies, the book reads like a ""Hell's fire and brimstone"" retreat. The intelligent nun would not appreciate the condescending tone of these strictures on the proper life for a Religious. As a series of conferences perhaps the effect might not be as bad since the spoken word is easily forgotten. In book form these chapters can't help but be unpalatable. The purpose of the author to explain the mystery of why God has made suffering a condition of sanctity, particularly for religious, is just not realized.