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    Catechism of the Catholic Church
    by U.S. Catholic Church
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 April, 1995)
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    Catechism of the Catholic Church is the first new edition of the catechism in 400 years. Catechism means "instruction," and this text will remain the standard reference for Catholics for many future generations. It is the authoritative summary of Catholic belief regarding the Church creeds, sacraments, commandments, and prayers. To get some idea of the level of detail with which the Catechism engages Catholic doctrine, consider that 17 pages of explanation accompany the opening words of the Apostle's Creed ("I Believe in God the Father"). The book is exceptionally well organized, with line-by-line explanations of every conceivable aspect of orthodox Catholic belief. Extensive cross-referencing, indexing, footnotes, and "In Brief" summaries of each section further ease the project of finding the precise answers to any questions a reader might have. Even the layout of information on the page is easy on the eyes, with wide margins for readers who wish to make notes. Furthermore, the back cover features a true rarity in the annals of world literature: a blurb by the Pope. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor
    'The Catechism of the Catholic Church' is an invaluable resource for Catholics who wish to know more about their faith and their Church.It is organized according to the words of well known prayers and texts, explaining each phrase with concise and readable commentary that sites the Bible, the Saints and many other sources of the Church's magisterium.From the Nicene Creed to the Decalogue, the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the post-Vatican II world is richly described.

    Overseen in its composition by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the Catechism is a doctrinally sound work that is as important for Christians of all denominations as it is for Roman Catholics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great work of faith
    If you are a Christian you should read this book.Even one who disparages the Catholic faith will find the discussion of Church doctrine and dogma enlightening. It is a clear and concise explanation of the marrow of Christian faith and the role of the Church.

    Quotations from the Bible are numerous and taken from the New Revised Standard Version, a respected and readable translation.

    Quotations from the works of the early Church and the Saints are just as numerous and are translated into clear and plain English.This gives credence and strength to the Church's centuries and brings those teachings to bear on the modern Christian's mind.

    References are tirelessly noted at the foot of every page for continuity of reading.No need to flip pages in order to see where a quotation comes from.

    Every paragraph is numbered and this text includes marginalia that point the reader to other paragraphs within the work that relate to the one in discussion.

    The table of contents and index make it very easy to jump around to subjects of particular interest for the reader.

    Overall the text is engrossing and easy to understand.It is clearly a work of deep faith, love, and charity and the text never fails to communicate the centrality of God and Christ to the Church's purpose.

    I know this book answered a number of questions I never bothered to ask and more questions asked of me by individuals who distinguish their faith as "Christian" from the faith of Catholics.But it is not a work of apologetics and not to be mistaken for such.For that I suggest "Why Do Catholics Do That?" or "Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians."

    4-0 out of 5 stars very good source
    The book provides great quotes very good book to use If your converting or for the catholic society, I loved it. You'll love it. It explains the bible out in detailed scripture of you ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385479670
    Subjects:  1. Catechetics    2. Catechisms    3. Catechisms, English    4. Catholic Church    5. Christianity - Catechisms    6. Christianity - Ritual & Practice    7. Christianity - Theology - Catholic    8. Religion    9. Religion - Roman Catholic    10. Religion / Catechisms   


    The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication)
    by John O'Connor, Redemptorist Pastoral
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1997)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Catholic Faith
    This book is a good introduction for Catholics seeking to rediscover their faith as well as for those of other faiths seeking to obtain a basic understanding of Catholicism.The Essential Catholic Handbook is appropriately designed from a pastoral, rather than from an academic perspective enabling readers to quickly comprehend the beliefs, practices and prayers of the Church.

    For those brought up in the faith, the book is also a good refresher on the "why's" of Catholicism.It is not a catechism, but it provides the fundamentals and, as such, can be a stepping stone to more systematic study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn Catholicism, even if you were born in it!
    I own other Essential Handbooks (Lenten, Mary) and they are all great! I found this one interesting in its portrayal of how to be Catholic, even though I grew up Catholic! The book's version is quite warm and fuzzy, stressing helping others and so forth. Growing up in Catholic schools, I lived being Catholic but I never read a book about how to be Catholic. A lot of the things in the glossary and explained in the book I knew about to a degree from hearing them somewhere as a child, without knowing their full meaning or the reasoning behind the practice. I found the book very uplifting, and a good reminder for adults on what's important in life: the simplicity of being a good person.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
    I think this is a very good book for Catholics or for those who want to know more about Catholicism.It's cross-referenced to the Catechism and I like the list of all the saints' days at the back of the book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0892439106
    Sales Rank: 26222
    Subjects:  1. Catechismus Ecclesiae Catholic    2. Catholic Church    3. Christianity - Catholicism    4. Christianity - History - Catholic    5. Handbooks, manuals, etc    6. Religion    7. Religion - Roman Catholic    8. Roman Catholic Doctrinal Theology (General)   


    The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (17 November, 1987)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth
    I really liked this "story of a soul" because it was down-to-earth, and allowed me to relate to St. Therese as a real person. I get discouraged when it comes to the saints because I can never seem to imitate them in my life. This book was very encouraging though--just like St. Therese!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!!
    I can't say enough good things about this book.I could read it again and again.Some criticize her style and her writing abilities; however, considering her small amount of formal education, it is quite wonderful.One should consider that she was writing out of obedience and never wished it to be published.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
    St Therese was obviously not an accomplished writer and her prose become quite wearisome. She litters her writing with a combination saccharine-sweet sentiments and Victorian angst. Nevertheless hidden in the pages of this book are some deep spiritual truths and revelations given to this saint from Jesus himself. Her method of resisting the evil, her vision of all believers as flowers in the Lord's garden, some wild, some cultivated, all different. These are profound truths spoken simply "out of the mouths of babes and sucklings" as it were. Only there are not enough of them for my liking to compensate for dreary writing in between. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385029039
    Sales Rank: 27041
    Subjects:  1. 1873-1897    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Christian saints    6. Christianity - History - Catholic    7. France    8. General    9. Lisieux    10. Lisieux (France)    11. Thâeráese,    12. de Lisieux, Saint,    13. Religion / General   


    The Catholic One Year Bible
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 October, 1987)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars great concept, terrible translation
    I really like the concept of the One-Year Bible. It's convenient to have the readings broken down by date, and makes reading the Bible approachable. I had been working my way through the NIV version when I discovered thatthere was a Catholic version out. Since I really wanted the whole Bible, Igave away my NIV version in favor of this one. That turns out to have beena big mistake, because the "Living Bible" translation ishorrendous! It's really not a translation at all, but a paraphrase, and anabsurd one at that. Look at what they did to the first chapter of John:"Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He hasalways been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is -nothing exists that he didn't make."

    What happened to "In thebeginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word wasGod."?

    Swing and a miss, guys!

    5-0 out of 5 stars God's Word in easy daily doses!
    I thoroughly enjoy my Catholic One Year Bible!It is an easy and delightful way to read the entire Bible in one year.Daily readings include short sections from the Old Testament and the New Testament, aPsalm and a Proverb.I use it constantly in my personal prayer life!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Bible in digestible pieces for day-to-day consumption
    OK, you want to read the Bible every day.You know you should (and if you're a Catholic, you really should, because we don't read it as much as we should!).But where to start?It's a big book, after all.This Biblestarts at the beginning of the Old Testament, the beginning of the NewTestament, the beginning of the Psalms, and the beginning of the Proverbs. You get the whole Bible in order, but you get a piece of the 4 partsmentioned above every day.So, you're not mired in some geneological bookof the Old Testament, the way you would be if you tried to read the Biblefrom the first page on (the Old Testament tends to get a bit heavysometimes!).It's a good translation -- not the best I've read (I'm prettyconservative), but very readable and not full of colloquialisms or modernslang to throw you off.It's also not as old-fashioned as theDuohey-Rheims Catholic Bible (the Catholic answer to the King James Bible),but it's also not indecipherable, the way D-R can sometimes get.I enjoyreading this Bible.It's the one I keep in my desk at work, and take onbreaks. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0879732156
    Sales Rank: 481677
    Subjects:  1. Bibles    2. Bibles - Catholic    3. Bibles - Living    4. Religion   

    The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
    by Catholic Biblical Association
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1994)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Fine Translation - Awful Presentation
    As an American Catholic in the 21st Century, I've learned - the hard way - that if the Church lacks anything, it's readable and reliable translations of the Holy Scriptures into English.

    The RSV-CE is, for the most part, a fine translation of the Bible (with few, but notable, exceptions, such as Isaiah 7:14), which is a good thing 'cause we're running out of options!

    But, like other reviewers, I'm saddened by the appearance of the translation on the page.Ultra-fine print, no breaks, no adequate footnotes for alternative reading, poor binding, no room for notes (if you underline a text, you cross out the line below it!), and an odd cover.I could go on and on.

    It would be nice to have an edition of this bible in a much more worthy format.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I wish Cambridge University would publish Catholic bibles
    Granted, for mainstream to conservative Catholics, the RSVCE or Douay-Rheims is the translation to get if you are going to own just one bible.The Ignatius is a decent value but COME ON!Both Ignatius and Scepter bibles are mediocre in quality.This is the Word of God and it deserves to be bound beautifully!Catholics deserve the option to own a NICE leather bound Bible with options for different configurations.

    Cambridge University Press makes the nicest bibles on the planet.You can get the KJV in several different sizes, prints, covers, wide margin, study bibles, reference bibles and so on.I guess we only have ourselves to blame as we as a Church have traditionally not read the bible much.

    If we could get Cambridge to publish the Douay-Rheims Challoner and Confraternity as well as the RSVCE in high quality leather with a few different configurations to chose from, I would be doing backflips for joy.

    Better yet:Scott Hahn + Cambridge = Awesome Catholic Bibles!

    In the meanwhile, let's face facts, the Protestants kick our butts when it comes to Bible quality!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Need to Reissue the Douay-Confraternity text with Illust.
    Readers of this translation should be aware of certain differences between the RSVCE and traditional Catholic translations like the Douay-Rheims and Douay-Confraternity editions.

    The RSVCE tends to translate Aramaic and Hebrew words while the Confraternity New Testament and Douay-Rheims retain the original languages.For example, the RSVCE Old Testament translates "alleluia" as "praise the Lord."The Confraternity and Douay-Rheims translations leave it as "alleluia."

    The differences are even more noticeable in the New Testament.The Confraternity New Testament uses "Magi," "Amen, Amen, I say to you," "Raca," "Rabbi," "Maranatha," etc.The RSVCE New Testament uses "wise men from the East," "Truly, truly, I say to you," "fool," "Master," and "Come Lord Jesus."

    Theologically, the biggest difference in the Old Testament is the translation of "a virgin shall conceive" as "a young woman shall conceive" by the RSVCE.Two theological differences in the RSVCE New Testament are that Peter is told "the powers of Death shall not prevail against you" instead of "the gates of Hell," and "righteous" and "righteousness" are used instead of just and justice.

    In an ideal world, a Douay-Rheims Old Testament and Confraternity New Testament Bible would be published with art from people like Raphael and Michelangelo.Now, you can only get this combination from used book stores and frequently the Old Testament includes books from the Confraternity Edition (based on the Hebrew) instead of the Douay-Rheims version (based on the Vulgate). ... Read more

    Isbn: 0898704901
    Sales Rank: 13959
    Subjects:  1. Bibles - Catholic    2. Bibles - Revised Standard    3. Christianity - Catholicism    4. Religion    5. Religion - Roman Catholic   


    A Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in History)
    by Thomas F. Madden
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (October, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to the Crusades
    This is a very readable and accessible "Reader's Digest" version of the history of the crusading movement that emerged in Medieval Europe during the late 10th century.Madden is a recognized medieval scholar who teaches at Saint Louis University, and who has authored or edited several other works on the Crusades.In just 249 pages Madden does an excellent job of navigating his reader through the complex web of political entanglements and considerations that occasionally resulted in behavior that could hardly be stranger if it were fiction.Misconceptions about the crusaders and their motivations are addressed in the light of more recent scholarship, and Madden also challenges the conclusion that the Crusades were ultimately a failure.This is a macro cultural and political look at the Crusades.Anyone looking for specifics on tactics and individual battles, or details on arms and armor, should look elsewhere.

    There are 14 maps scattered throughout and a short glossary of terms.A handful of black and white photographs of various ruins from the era are also thrown in, but they are so few one wonders why they even bothered.One very helpful addition is a select bibliography that contains a brief survey on Crusade scholarship and the strengths and weaknesses of some of the major works on the subject.This is an excellent book for anyone looking for a balanced introduction to the Crusades.It will leave you wanting more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Where is the "gripping narrative"?
    Others who have reviewed this book have found something I never did.I bought this book due to the rave reviews it has received.I won't go so far as to say the book was a disappointment for me, but I was expecting more.The back dust jacket praises Madden's "gripping narrative" but I couldn't find it.

    This book is laden with names, places, dates and statistics, but gives very little in the way of content.What I mean by that is, I believe it is possible to editorialize with analytical descriptions of what took place without compromising the integrity of the event.When you read something like "Army A and Army B met on this date at this place.Army A was soundly defeated and lost X number of men."That leaves a lot of room for improvement and does little to hold the readers interest.

    Perhaps I am wrongly making the assumption that most people have a fairly basic knowledge of what took place during the Crusades, but even without that knowledge, unless someone is a history addict like me, I think most people will have a hard time staying interested in this book.

    Madden has certainly assembled a great deal of research and information, but I believe it could have been presented in a more readable and interesting manner.There have been countless volumes written on the history of the crusades, and I believe others have provided more meaningful and enjoyable presentations.

    As far as I can find, the book is well researched and meticulously accurate, but the "gripping narrative" that I expected just isn't there.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Feet wetting
    If you know nothing of the Crusades, this excellent little book will bring you up to speed. However, keep in mind that the Crusades span several hundred years, consisting of distinct (often disjoint) episodes of history, while this book spans fewer than 200 pages. As a result, most of the context and many of the details, which can be fascinating, are omitted. Enough remains to keep it interesting and sometimes entertaining.

    If you are familiar with the Crusades, Madden provides an objective viewpoint and some (necessarily speculative) discussion of the economic and political forces that shaped them. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0847694305
    Sales Rank: 151816
    Subjects:  1. Europe - General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Medieval    6. Reference   


    Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
    by George Weigel
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 April, 2001)
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    Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel is as comprehensive a biography of its subject as can be hoped for while the Pope still lives. Weigel, a journalist who came to the Pope's attention after the publication of his book, The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism, wrote Witness To Hope with his subject's encouragement and assistance. Weigel had unprecedented access to the Pope's correspondence (with, among others, world leaders including Mikhail Gorbachev). He reports lengthy conversations with many members of the Pope's inner circle, and he occasionally reveals vivid details of the Pope's daily life (for example, at the beginning of each day, the Pope's adviser's hear moans and groaning from John Paul's solitary prayers in his private chapel).

    According to Weigel, the Pope told him that other biographies "try to understand me from outside. But I can only be understood from inside." Unfortunately, Weigel's method for understanding the Pope "from inside" depends on psychological conjecture ("It may help to begin by thinking of Karol Wojtyla as a man who grew up very fast") and is weakened by his extreme eagerness to praise his subject ("the man with arguably the most coherent and comprehensive vision of the human possibility in the world ahead"). More troubling, Weigel does not ask some of the really difficult questions about this Pope--regarding his involvement with sects such as Opus Dei, for example, or the relationship between his innovative "theology of the body" and his conservative stance on homosexuality, or even the vicissitudes of prayer life. Witness To Hope is a valuable book because it reports many facts that others have not reported. But for incisive analysis of this Pope's theological and political significance, or for insight into his spiritual life, readers will have to wait until the principals in his life story are free to speak more frankly with some future biographer. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars AFascinating Biography
    I found this book to be very informative. I learned so many new things about the Pope that I was not aware of, e.g. the Pope's involvement in the Chile / Argentina crisis that almost led to war; the events in Central America (Nicaragua); the situation in the Phillipines. We all know, of course, about the Pope's leading role in bringing about the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe and how he inspired the formation of Solidarity in Poland.

    There are so many details of the behind the scenes events that went on during John Paul's 26+ years that it was hard to put the book down. After having read this wonderful biography I came away feeling inspired and amazed. John Paul II was a very wonderful human being. I have no doubt about this, whatsoever. He was a loving and caring person. More than anything, he was genuine.

    This book gets two thumbs up, in my opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not a Quickie Biography Written after His Death
    This book was written before the death of John Paul II (The hardcover version was published in 1999) so the author had time to carefully research and check his writing as oppossed to those quickie biographies that came out right after his death.

    The author is a Catholic layman, not a priest, who had almost unprecedented access to the pope during the writing of the book. As such it is, perhaps, just a bit one sided, but it does produce a work with more previously unknown information than would be possible. The author is also an American and views the Pope through American eyes, not necessarily the most universal of views.

    At over a thousand pages, this is likely to remain the definitive biography for years to come.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book
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    Isbn: 0060932864
    Subjects:  1. 1920-    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Christianity - Catholicism    6. Christianity - History - Catholic    7. II,    8. John Paul    9. Pope,    10. Popes    11. Religious    12. Self-Help    13. Biography & Autobiography / General   

    Growing Up Catholic
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 October, 2000)
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    The authors of Growing Up Catholic have fully 17 names amongthem. Here goes: Mary Jane Frances Cavolina Meara, Jeffrey Allen Joseph Stone,Maureen Anne Teresa Kelly, and Richard Glen Michael Davis. If this merits asmirk, you'll love Growing Up Catholic. First published in 1985, thisclassic collection of essays, games, lists, quizzes, drawings, and photosinspired two sequels (MoreGrowing Up Catholic and StillCatholic After All These Years) and has now been updated for themillennium. ("After all, let's not forget where this whole millennium thing camefrom," the Introduction explains.) The many new features of this edition include"Que Sera, Sera: Who Will Be the Next Pope?" and "Ansubstantiation-tray: Can'tAnybody Here Speak Latin?" Growing Up Catholic is bubbly but neverblasphemous--just irreverent enough to be interesting, but not so irreverent asto be an inappropriate confirmation gift. --Paul Power ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Growing up Catholic
    Based on the book I find that my experience was not as unique as I had thought.The book captures the essence of growing up Catholic, the acceptance without thought of the teachings of the church, the Baltimore Catechism and the church cultures were beyond belief.My children who have not been the beneficiary of a Parochial education look at me with wonder as if to say "what were you thinking".It was a grand trip down memory lane and would recommend it to anyone who was a child of the 50s and 60s going through Parochial School.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book I Have Ever Read
    You really do have to be a Catholic to truly appreciate this wonderful book.As a Catholic schoolgirl entering her eleventh year in Catholic school (scary, isn't it?), I can fully relate to this.I honestly don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my entire life.

    You know what the funniest thing about this book is?Everything in it is true...from the different kinds of nuns to Father What-a-Waste (sigh); from the description of mortal and venial sins to the purchasing of pagan babies.Well, they don't sell pagan babies anymore, but they did in my mother's day.

    Even a staunch Catholic like my grandmother would have to crack a smile at the descriptive, colorful language and the abfab portrayal of the sometimes ridiculous traditions of the world's most scandalous, under-fire church.This book is a must-read for all Roman Catholics, practicing or no.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 11th Commandment - Read This Book!
    I laughed all the way through this, which must be a sin!If you are a Catholic like me you will remember everything this book talks about.In fact, I had forgotten a lot of it.I'm a little surprised it did not go into Knights of Columbus Halls (a.k.a. - the Catholic bar) and Bingo (a.k.a. - Catholic gambling) a little more.But heck, they sure covered everything else.I have to go now, I have to finish crossing myself and say a few dozen hail Mary's. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0767905970
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. American wit and humor    3. Catholic Church    4. Catholic wit and humor    5. Christianity - Catholicism    6. General    7. History    8. Humor    9. United States    10. Humor / General    11. Religion   


    Novena Book, The : The Power of Prayer
    by BarbaraCalamari, SandraDi Pasqua
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1999)
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    The novena (from novem, Latin for "nine") is a prayer for a blessing, repeated nine times a day for nine days in a row, usually offered to a saint. "Generally, the saints are invoked for more material or health-related problems while the angels are invoked for more universal problems or to change a life path. The madonna can be invoked for anything but is most effective for those in distress of the soul, the guilt-ridden, and those troubled by family discord. The novenas directed toward God himself are the most spiritual and intense," write Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua in the introduction to their beautiful new book, Novena: The Power of Prayer.

    Illustrated with ravishing color portraits of saints, angels, and the madonna, each novena included in this book is complemented by a short history of the accompanying figure, related dates on the liturgical calendar, and stories about believers who have prayed these prayers. Even if you're not planning to pray a novena, this book is an entertaining and useful reference to one of the most popular prayer traditions in Catholicism. You'll learn, for instance, that St. Paul is the patron saint of both snake bite and journalists. Wonder if there's any connection. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Keeper!
    I've been an Amazon customer for years and have never felt compelled to write a review until now.I bought the book to learn more about St. Jude's novena and found myself completely immersed in reading all of the other saints' biographies.It is beautifully illustrated, well written and well organized.A must have for every library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done. A prayer book and coffe table book in one!
    The authors have done a wonderful job taking the mystery out of Novenas and prayers. This book would make a wonderful gift for those searching for spirituality. The prayers work, I know this from personal experience. I've purchase several copies to give as gifts this coming Christmas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done
    I recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the saints lives or the different visions of Mary that have appeared, as well as a way to pray to them. I just purchased this and can't put it down. The prayers are wonderful. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0670884448
    Subjects:  1. Catholic Church    2. Christianity - Catholicism    3. English    4. Inspirational - Catholic    5. Novenas    6. Prayer    7. Prayer-books and devotions    8. Prayerbooks - Christian    9. Prayers    10. Religion    11. Religion - Roman Catholic    12. Religion / General   


    Chasing Grace : Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up
    by Martha Manning
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (27 August, 1997)
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    Martha Manning's previous memoir, Undercurrents, reveals her struggle with suicidal depression and her slow recovery, ending with the spiritual peace she found during her time in a monastery. Its sequel, Chasing Grace, is divided into sections based on the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church: baptism, penance, Eucharist, confirmation, matrimony, holy orders, and last rites. Using this structure she relates episodes from her Catholic girlhood, her adult search for spirituality, and her own work as a therapist. Throughout, a sense of humor enlivens her account of a life spent in search of grace. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Delightful
    Not being Catholic, I was afraid when I picked this book up that parts would be over my head.However, Manning does an exceptional job ofdescribing Catholic rites without getting bogged down in the explaination. I thought this book was touching and hysterical at the same time and Iwould wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, even non-Catholics, who isinterested in the religion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pay no attention to the Kirkus review of this book
    The review by Kirkus Reviews of Chasing Grace shows a completemisunderstanding of the book. The reviewer states: "Her textseems like the record of a pleasurable, meandering conversation exchanging anecdotes about their childhood than a measured, reflective study." Maybe that's because it was a conversation about childhood, not a study of the Catholic Church.I was wary of this book. I thought that it might be a "I survived Catholicism" Catholic-bashing type book. I was pleasantly surprised.This book is about a woman's journey from childhood to adulthood. It is centered by experiences with her religion. That makes perfect sense because the seven sacraments are rites of passage for Catholics. To be sure she did have some horror stories to tell about her experiences in the Pre-Vatican II church, but she seems to have learned that The Church is populated by people - and people fail.Those wretched nuns she described did fail the church and maybe the church failed them. But, as anyone who knows anything about the Catholic Church, the Church has made such progress. Manning seems to recognize that. Or at least forgive the Church for it's transgressions. She sees past the human failings of the Church and sees the grace within. END

    5-0 out of 5 stars Life as Sacrament
    Martha Manning not only writes a delightfully charming and hilarious account of her Catholic girlhood, she also, and more importantly, connects adult life experiences with acramental spirituality.Relating real lifeexperiences in the context of each of the 7 Sacraments celebrated in theCatholic Church, she gives a tangible reality to spirituality and exploreslife as a place where one encounters the living presence of God.It isobvious that for Ms. Manning, all of life is sacred and sacraments are tobe lived - not just as ritual moments, but as the very fabric of everydayexperience.This is a gem. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0062513125
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography & Autobiography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Catholic Church    6. Catholics    7. Ex-church members    8. General    9. Manning, Martha    10. Medical - General    11. Psychotherapists    12. United States    13. Women    14. Psychology & Psychiatry / General   


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