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Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics [Paperback]

Charles J. Chaput
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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March 23 2001
Addressing the difficult question of what it means to be a Catholic in the twenty-first century, Archbishop Charles Chaput offers a sound, contemporary vision for understanding the teachings of the Church and shows how you live them out with a spirit of love and obedience. How can you experience a fresh, active spiritual life? Find out as you rediscover the vital basics of Living the Catholic Faith. A Servant Book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book, one to share with others. Jan. 31 2004
Format:Paperback
This is an easy to read book that is packed full of great principles, ideas, and instruction on meanings of the Catholic faith. I think that it would be treasured by anyone who read it. The chapters are broken down into clear thoughts and the author has you agreeing throughout each chapter. The subject matter is very important and the message is real. It taught me much about my faith. The book was given to me as a gift and I am now passing it on as one. This is definitely one of the best books on religion and the Catholic faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! Jan. 11 2004
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Format:Paperback
Wow, this book is realy great! The Archbishop has managed to pack a great deal of Catholicism into a tiny and easily manageable book. I would recommend it for all Catholics no matter what stage of the journey they are at.
I have bought many copies of this book for Catholic frieds. A couple of times, the book has been an overwhelming surprise, which shows that many Catholics don't know their faith. Both times however, the book has turned from their least favorite, to a favorite! I call that a great conversion tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iluminating Concepts and Gems of Sentences Jan. 7 2004
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This book seems, to me anyway, to be frequently comprised of sentences that lead up to deeply penetrating and thought provoking "illuminations". Oftentimes the reader is apt to see something that they've seen/considered before, but now with a brand new depth of insight ! __ The experience is startling and exciting ! - Read the book and see for yourself ?
Many sentences are gems, in and of themselves-the sort of material that you'd like to ingrain, so as to later - at the appropriately "called for" time-activate/make use of them.
It's with great enthusiasm and relish then that I heartily recommend the reading of this book - as it provides the reader with an opportunity to explore new depths of meditation, thus enabeling an exciting growth experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caritas for the times April 30 2003
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In this short, well-titled book Archbishop Chaput manages to forgo tendentiousness and yet emphasizes the praxeological imperatives of Faith and honest membership in the Church. The book receives 4 stars based on the rarity of its message alone, and an additional one for its tone.
Solidly orthodox while avoiding cloying pietism, the book's gently avuncular delivery is engaging, and those whose faith has been diluted over many years in dioceses shepherded by less serious men than the author will benefit from a renewed awareness of the central notion of this book: the true Faith makes demands that must be met with our actions. And too, it is not enough, if it is anything, to be nominally Catholic.
Socrates, in Plato's Meno, attempts to demonstrate that things we already know, but don't know we know, must be teased out of us by a skilled interlocutor. Catholicism in America today, it might be said, is in dire need of more and better interlocutors, as many Catholics find themselves poorly catechized and unable to contend with real and never-ending wordly impediments to eternal life. Chaput is the best of a new (old) breed of Catholic bishops, succeeding in conveying the truth of the Catholic faith in its fullness, undiluted. He does so with magnetism and sympathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bishop for All Seasons Dec 28 2002
Format:Paperback
If we had more bishops who present the faith with such fervor, fullness, and fidelity, the Church would not be mired in the scandals that plague it: the sexual abuse scandals, the scandals of pro-abortion politicians who publicly claim to be Catholic, and the scandals of liturgical abuse and doctrinal dissent.
Archbishop Chaput fully presents the challenge of Catholic moral teaching. For example, unlike many others, he does not shrink from vigorously presenting the Church's teaching on contraception. Catholics who read this book will be reinvigorated in the practice of their faith. Non-Catholics will see the attractiveness of the fullness of Catholic teaching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Archbishop Challenges the Faithful Sept. 19 2002
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Non-Catholics or those in RCIA may be a little discouraged by his words at first. The title refers to the basics, yet he implores his readers to continue farther into lengthier volumes of Catholic doctrine. I've met the man. He's a wonderful speaker and he shows a genuine interest in those he meets. He packs the church. I would have rated it 5 except that I feel that the book is really geared for those who have taken more than the basic steps toward a deeper relationship with the church. For those people, myself included, this book only reinforces the need to be supportive of the motives and identity of the Catholic Church. Chaput's writing style is engaging and he manages to involve his readers in his points without resorting to the obfuscation of high bow theology. The price point is quite nice and this book works well for many types of readers who enjoy spiritual challenges. I'm buying more copies to give to my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catholic living in plain English April 25 2002
Format:Paperback
Archbishop Chaput explains not only what Catholics believe, but how to live according to those beliefs. He is straightforward and clear, but unfailingly positive. This book is valuable for anyone interested in the Catholic Church, even cradle Catholics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Well Written Jan. 9 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a fine book which explains the essential beliefs of Catholicism and living the life of faith. The book is written with clarity and focus in language that is at once both simple and eloquent.
The book is only 159 pages in length, yet it masterfully covers the basics of our faith in an engaging style. It is easy to read, yet it is not simplistic. It conveys the information in a straighforward manner. For those who want to better understand the faith, this book is invaluable.
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