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Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose [Hardcover]

Matthew Kelly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover Catholicism Matthew Kelly Oct. 10 2012
Format:Hardcover
I bought "Rediscover Catholicism" by Matthew Kelly for myself and was blown away. It was so powerful, we used the book as a study guide for my mom's group at my parish. The group was so excited, we are now approaching our parish to give it out at Christmas to all parishioners. It's a must read for practicing and non-practicing Catholics. At a time when many get discouraged, this book is a breath of fresh air and a call to take a second look and remember our story. The church becomes the best version of itself only in as far as we do the same since we ARE the church. It's a great challenge and inspiring read. Great gift book for a friend too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book was a real eye opener for me in discovering and rediscovering the meaning of being a Catholic. I had always wondered about certain aspects of the Catholic religion and this book has not only clarified these mysteries but has opened my mind to how to improve my spiritual journey. If you were raised as a Catholic, but have fallen out of practice, for whatever reason, I heartily recommend reading this book. It touches on every aspect of Catholicism with historical or logical reasonings and philosophies. And the beauty of this book is that it is written in terms I can understand and situations I can relate to. I have never highlighted so many things in one book before. It was worth every penny.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging June 7 2012
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Find this book to be informative, honest, simple, understandable and a real challenge to work at knowing and living my faith! Enjoying it thoroughly!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, Candid and Practical Jan. 23 2011
By Edward J. Barton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A good book for the "former" Catholic, of the Catholic who doesn't really embrace or understand their religion. Matthew Kelly takes a very candid approach to the Church's problems, calling for reform and review of the institution of the temporal Church, but this is a minor element of the book, and only adds credibility to the main focus of the text - which is the need for a spiritual renewal and reform. Emphasizing seven tenents of:

*Confession
*Daily Prayer
*The Mass
*The Bible
*Fasting
*Spiritual Reading, and
*The Rosary

Kelly calls the reader to rediscover the spiritual, mystical and mystery of the Church through practice and perseverence. Using the example of several sains, Kelly demonstrates that our goal needs to be self-improvement and becoming our best-self, and that the Church provides a spiritual vehicle for that journey. A good read and a reminder that regardless of the temporal failings and human nature of the institution, the mystery and deep traditions of the Church hold much transformative spiritual and mystical power and all should not be tarred with the same brush.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Go, You Are Sent!" April 2 2011
By Signature Image - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Matthew Kelly has gotten straight to the heart of the matter in his book Rediscover Catholicism: as a whole, the fire is missing from our parishes. Kelly tenaciously addresses the issue of Catholic evangelization. This key element directly affects the vitality, spirituality, and fate of the faith we love.

His words encourage us to take back our spiritual heritage, to live our faith richly.

His point that Protestants have taken sole claim to Christian evangelization is painfully true. His comment that the Mass can be seen as uninviting is important. As Kelly explains, the Holy Mass is not designed to be an outreach program. It is designed to be an intimate worship of our Holy God.

Protestants have mastered the art of outreach, and that is why ex-Catholics are flooding into Protestant churches. The Protestant community is meeting people where they are--by providing coffee bars, hosting seminars, and having live worship bands rock outdoor picnics. These events are appealing and in comparison make our beautiful Catholic parishes seem out of touch. Like Kelly, by no means do I believe this makes the Mass irrelevant. I simply think it means we need to take note of what brings people in, and then provide solutions to people's mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs outside the Mass.

The Christian trend away from the Mass is sad and ironic, because the Catholic Church is responsible for the evangelization of nearly the entire world and the spread of modern medicine, public education, the preservation of Holy Scripture, and the promotion of human rights.

But despite this spiritual legacy, Kelly's description of today's generation as disengaged and un-disciplined is dead on. Society at large is driven by consumption. We are asking all the wrong questions like: `What's in it for me?'

We are a generation that makes moral decisions on sound bite assumptions. As a whole we don't want to be bothered with books and study, rather we want someone to reduce `the facts' to a blog snippet or text. We avoid correction at all costs because admitting we have done something wrong is admitting we are not always right.

Today's generation has limitless resources. Yet in our pride we do what is convenient for us and forgo the wisdom of the scholars and Saints from the past 2,000 years.

Kelly is right - this way of living is not working for us. Elkhart County, for example, has one of the highest suicide rates in the state of Indiana. How can this be? Why are whole generations of people listless, feeling forgotten and worthless - living lives of `quiet desperation'? What we really need is a good grasp on our spiritual relevance. As individuals we need to reclaim our worth through God's grace - which, as Kelly states, is attained through the habit of daily prayer and the Sacraments of the Church.

Here is our golden opportunity. The question is: are we willing to take up that challenge? Or will we let it go by and say, "What can I do?"

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, just as your body cannot function if one part is not working correctly, neither can God's work on earth be done fully without you. I am impassioned by the idea that we are all uniquely gifted and can each make signature contributions to the work to be done. So let us raise up this Catholic Generation and purposely become, as Kelly says, more authentic and genuine version of ourselves through Christ. We must `let our life sing.' Surely, we will find no real meaning in our lives until we do.

I advocate for the dignity and value of human life through my personal vocation, and I encourage everyone to read this book. I argue that Kelly's leadership has initiated the `new evangelization' toward a greater spiritual relevance.

In the concluding rite of mass we say, `Ite missa est,' or `go, you are sent'; It is time for us as a laity to determine what we are being sent to do, and then, to go do it.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sRediscover Catholocism - strengthening the faith of practising Catholics@ bringing dissillusioned Cathollics back to the faith Aug. 12 2011
By J. Tschirhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book to help fallen away Catholics want to return to Catholocism. It gives you answers to all the negative comments people give for ex. confession, mass etc..Learn what to tell them. It is also for Catholics that are disillusioned by all the scandals taken place. This is the book that is presently helping individuals return to the church. Please, think about purchasing this book for your loved ones and friends. It is helping to save souls as I type,lol. You will want to read and reread this book . My church bought 1000 copies and gave them away to members. Great book.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Read, but wordy April 19 2012
By Kathleen M. Basi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For the first hundred pages I was skeptical; the prose wanders quite a bit, and reads like a motivational talk filled with generalities but little of substance. I kept waiting for him to dig in and tell us how to get from here to there.

The overarching theme is that to revitalize our faith, the Church and the world, we must strive to become the "best versions of ourselves." It is a a worthy theme, but it took a long time to make every point; the book could have been cut by a third and still had the same impact.

However, it is a worthwhile read for the chapters on the Pillars of Catholicism: confession, daily prayer, the Mass, the Bible, fasting, spiritual reading, and the rosary. Here, at last, he really delves into the rationale behind each of these practices. For instance, in the fasting chaper, he outlines the idea that true freedom can only be found when we are not slaves to the body. We would like to think our mind and soul is in charge, but the truth is that the body's desires are the driving force behind many of our actions. Many of the most self-destructive behaviors in our society are possible because the body is behind the wheel instead of the mind and will. Fasting teaches you discipline and frees you from the slavery to the body's desires.

Once I got there, I understood his reticence to hit specifics. Every person's calling is different, as unique as the individual, and his goal is to show us a path to finding out for ourselves what that is. A valid point, I think.

Overall: Well worth reading, but be aware that you'll have to wade through a lot of words to get to the point.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rah! Rah! Rah! Jan. 12 2013
By James G. Bruen Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found Rediscover Catholicism's rah! rah! motivational speaker approach to the faith unappealing, though I'm sure many people would disagree with my reaction - indeed the book's been distributed for free by local Catholic parishes, and from the testimonials seems to have led some people back to the faith or deepened others' appreciation of it.

Matthew Kelly's "become the best version of yourself" mantra evokes memories of the US Army' s old recruiting pitch: Be All You Can Be. A dated advertising slogan isn't the best backdrop for a discussion of Catholicism.

There's much that solid in this book, particularly in the Part Three, The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. But there's also much that's banal, e.g., "The will of God is not as mysterious as many make it out to be. You come home from work and you have a choice: You can sit on the couch in front of the TV with a large bag of potato chips and some beer, or you can go for a run. Which will help you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Every situation can be approached with this question." So which will it be Mr. Tired Ditch Digger - go for a run or sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat chips with your ailing wife? There's also much that falls flat: "Read George Weigel's biography of John Paul II and you'll have a life changing experience." I've read it, and it didn't change my life. Nor did I buy, for example, Weigel's neocon criticism of the Pope's opposition to Bush era wars. If you do read Weigel's bio of JPII, I predict you'll be impressed by the Pope's early life but may be so bored by the latter part of the book that you may put it down permanently.
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