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Intelligent Person's Guide to Catholicism
Intelligent Person's Guide to Catholicism
by Alban McCoy
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Excellent, Excellent, June 30 2004
Father McCoy sets forth authentic Catholic teaching with precision and insight. He correctly states the basis of the Church's inability to ordain women and is quite persuasive in pointing out that the modern Western view that an individual has a right to ordination is utterly off-base (p. 55). He also cogently explains the basis of the Church ban on contraception by lucidly noting how those in favor of contraception labor under the assumption that there is an "inalienable right" to sexual activity (p. 113). These are only two of the many issues discussed in the book, but these two show that Fr. McCoy is intent on explaining Catholic teaching and not on revising it as so many books penned by theological liberals do.
The best part of the book, in my view, is McCoy's discussion of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (pride, sloth, envy, avarice, gluttony, wrath, and lust). He discusses them through a masterful presentation of Christian anthropology--the Christian view of the flourishing human person. He shows how the seven deadly sins are related and how they impoverish our existence. He shows how these sins are very much alive today and do not just form an archaic list from another age.
Here is Catholicism truly presented in an intelligent manner. This book would truly be a valuable addition to anyone's library.

Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan
Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan
by Mary Brown
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Reagan, June 22 2004
This book does not claim to offer an in-depth biography of Reagan, just an introduction to a frequently ignored but fundamental aspect of Reagan: his religious faith in God's plan for each individual. The book is personally inspiring because Reagan himself had his tough times: an alcoholic father, a broken engagement early on, a terrible death threat from Hollywood Communists, losing an infant child, an unexpected divorce, a disappointing movie career, and a tough loss to Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination. And yet throughout all of this, Reagan maintained his sense of destiny rooted in trust that, by God's providence, all would in the end turn out for the better. And it did.
On a more political level, the book has a chapter that captures a coalition that came into its own under Reagan and may very well decide the current presidential election: the coalition of evangelical Protestants and conservative Catholics. The Republican Party of today is unimaginable without that coalition. And all of that is owed to Ronald Reagan who, as the book points out, was uniquely situated to foster this new coalition, given his background with a Catholic father and an evangelical Protestant mother.
The book captures what is most important about Reagan, and for that it is well worth the price.

Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today
Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today
by Benedict XVI
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenges Many Liberal Myths, June 15 2004
Theologically liberal Protestants and theologically liberal Catholics have distorted the New Testament witness by pushing a false opposition between the Kingdom of God and the Church. They have also ignored the New Testament evidence for the primacy of Peter as first bishop of Rome and for the priesthood of the New Covenant. Fortunately, Cardinal Ratzinger sets the record straight by showing that there is no opposition between the kingdom preached by Jesus and the Church founded by the same Jesus, by documenting the New Testament evidence for the Petrine primacy, and by pointing to the theology of the New Covenant's own priesthood present in the New Testament. All of this is done concisely, precisely, and clearly. This book should be read by any Christian interested in the Church and especially by Catholics. It is a primer on ecclesiology.

When Character Was King
When Character Was King
by Peggy Noonan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal and Gripping View of Reagan, June 11 2004
You will finish this book quickly because you will be eager to consume all of the personal anecdotes that Noonan provides. In the end, the picture you get is of a man of tremendous religious faith inherited from his devout mother. And that faith was the basis of his famous optimism. Noonan opens the door to the truth about Reagan, a door shut for too long by the misleading caricatures of the hostile liberal media. She has put the truth on the record.

God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life
by Benedict XVI
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling and Moving, June 4 2004
Cardinal Ratzinger never fails to satisfy the reader hungry for insight and depth. In this small book, which is a collection of past homilies and addresses on the Eucharist, Ratzinger discusses the Eucharist from many perspectives. For Catholics, the Eucharist is the "heart of life," as the book's subtitle states. So to deepen knowledge of the Eucharist is life-changing. For Protestants, there is no better way to see the Catholic difference, a Catholic difference shared with the Eastern Orthodox.
You can see the Catholic difference in this excerpt: "The church is not just a space in which something sometimes happens early in the morning, while for the rest of the day it stands empty, 'unused'. There is always the 'Church' in the church building, because the Lord is always giving himself, because the eucharistic mystery remains present . . . ." (p. 89). This excerpt is from the address entitled "The Presence of the Lord in the Sacrament," which, in my view, is the most compelling of all the addresses in the book.

A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist
A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Anscar Vonier
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging But Worth It, May 30 2004
Vonier's book on the Eucharist is challenging. He writes with a precision that is alien to the written works most Americans have been exposed to. He clarifies with sophistication the Catholic belief in the Real Presence by focusing on sacramentality, avoiding the oversimplistic fashion in which the Real Presence is often talked about. In my opinion, the most compelling chapters are 20 ("Man's Share in the Eucharistic Sacrifice"), 21 ("The Eucharistic Liturgy"), 22 ("The Eucharistic Banquet"), which could stand alone as independent essays. At one point, Abbot Vonier makes a compelling call to become a people of the Eucharist: "If this mystery becomes the constant preoccupation of human society, its daily deed, its chief concern, its highest aspiration, then society is saved" (p. 169). We would become eucharistic people constantly in a state of gratitude to our Creator.

Prayer For Beginners
Prayer For Beginners
by Peter Kreeft
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayer is Simple and Essential, May 19 2004
This review is from: Prayer For Beginners (Paperback)
That is the message of Peter Kreeft in this small book with short chapters. In my opinion, the most striking chapter is on the Jesus Prayer as the "shortest, simplest, and most powerful prayer in the world" (p. 53). Also striking is Kreeft's analysis of the suggestion that prayer is a waste of time by pointing out that through prayer God will instead multiply our time (p. 124). As usual with Kreeft, the book is full of gems of insight that will strike readers in different personal circumstances with varying levels of significance. That is as it should be. There is something in this book for just about everyone.

Letters to a Young Catholic
Letters to a Young Catholic
by George Weigel
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Charter for Letting Catholics Be Catholics, April 29 2004
Weigel outlines in brief "letters" set in concrete, dramatic Catholic places the beauty of uninhibited Catholicism. He sets forth for all Catholics a vision of Catholicism glorying in beautiful liturgy focused on the Eucharistic Jesus at the center of our churches, not in a side chapel. He assertively affirms the Catholic sexual ethic in which self-gift and service replace using others. He defends the deep sacramental roots of an all-male priesthood and rejects the gnostic heresy of the gay movement. This book is a magnificent Magna Carta of our freedom to be authentically Catholic without first checking with the guardians of political correctness. Weigel is well on his way to becoming a sure guide for his own generation of Catholics recovering from the folly of liberalism and for younger generations eager for real Catholicism, not Catholic Lite.

The Threefold Garland
The Threefold Garland
by Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praying Theology, April 29 2004
This review is from: The Threefold Garland (Paperback)
Get this book, and run with it. You will be enlightened, and you will pray as you have never prayed before. Balthasar always contended for a kneeling theology, for theologians who prayed. This small book on the rosary is the manual for a kneeling theology. We are all theologians engaged in the journey of faith seeking understanding. That quest is inseparable from prayer.

Bright Promise, Failed Community: Catholics and the American Public Order
Bright Promise, Failed Community: Catholics and the American Public Order
by Joseph A. Varacalli
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Catholic Sociology, Dec 24 2003
Prof. Varacalli provides a refreshing alternative to the dismal and unfocused sociology of Andrew Greeley. While Greeley redefines Catholicism through opinion surveys, Varacalli assumes the objective, orthodox definition of Catholicism as the starting point of his analysis. The end result is not the fictional "folk" Catholicism of Andrew Greeley in which being Catholic becomes less a religion and more an ethnic/cultural identity, but rather a realistic appraisal and description of the crisis within the Catholic Church in the United States.
While Greeley basis his Catholic identity on a love for warm and fuzzy Catholic "stories"-- without making clear how many, if any, of the stories he views as historically true--Varacalli provides a prescription for re-evangelizing American culture with unequivocal Catholic truth. Varacalli's book helps to rehabilitate a sociology of Catholicism which too often has degenerated into vapid and imprecise liberal musings.

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