This book did have its interesting tidbits and the narrator is fine, so I didn't feel I wasted a credit or anything. But due to this being such a fascinating subject, I was rather disappointed. the writer wrote it like a boring history text and left me with more question then he answered. I hope I can find other books on this subject.
I got this from Audible's daily deal, and my word... I want my $2 back. the book made me feel abysmal and greatly put off. The abject vacuity of his reasoning, the question begging, leaps of logic, the ludicrous and adolescent diatribe against capitalism, the Protestant work-ethic, business, etc... his childish praise of laziness--it was... it was all more than I could stomach (and sadly I was already feeling sick before starting the book).
If only the author followed his own advice and never under went the laborious and toilsome employment of writing this book and finding a publisher who would mass produce his drivel. Or better yet, If only he was acquainted with the profundity of his ideas earlier in life, and with idealistic fervor dropped out of school and immediately joined the cream of society; those with the healthiest and more vigorous brains, who sit doing nothing all day under the overpass. If it was during times of idleness, that the author's "creativity" and "insights" were sparked for this pathetic excuse for a book, then, my word.... we get to see the fruit of a slothful mind that has sunk a wee too deep into the mire of idiocy. Gee... this book is so ridiculous, bla... I wish I could give it minus 5 stars.
D'Ambrosio is a good writer, the book moved along at a nice pace. I did quickly discover the book is written from an overtly catholic perspective and was likely intended for a catholic audience. The main emphasis of the book is how concepts like apostolic succession, Transubstantiation, prayer to saints, the emasculate conception, the elevation of Mary to the "Mother of God", paying penance, infant baptism, etc... were taught by the church fathers, and therefore, it should be assumed that they originated from the Jesus' apostles. However, some of the church fathers arguments, for these doctrine listed above, in response to the damnable "heretics" who opposed them, sounded absolutely illogical, silly and ridiculous, yet D'Ambriosio presented them as knock down irrefutable proofs for Catholic doctrine... but just because a beloved Saint says 2+2=5 doesn't make it so Joe. But yeah, overall, I did enjoy the book and I liked D'Ambrosio's high admiration for the church fathers, it helped bring the history to life.
When I originally purchased this audiobook and gave it a listen, I couldn't follow it at all, for I was completely alien to the context, the scholars debates and the different perspectives out there. Without a basic awareness of these things, N.T Wrights writings on Paul, didn't have any shelf to rest on, it was all Greek to me. But now several years later, having become a little more familiar with the issues, I listened to the book again and found it really interesting, so good in fact, that I may listen to it again and take notes.This work compilation of of lectures on matters of what Wright expounds on much more elsewhere, some of Wrights insights are subtle; that don't necessarily stick out or seem ground-breaking on the surface, even now I can follow him, if I am not paying close attention, what he writes brush right past me. But I have found when I do truly listen to what he is saying, Wright often is illuminating and does have some fresh perspectives
A good quality production and a good narrator
The narrator was so bad, that I didn't listen to much, so I can't judge the book.
Beware, its like they used a low quality tape recorder to record Killavey read this book. Look elsewhere. Sadly, I got this book before the days when you could return bad audiobooks to audible.
At the beginning of the book Novak dove right into a subject that is extremely interesting to me, about how no one sees God and about the dark night of the soul (which often last a life-time for some). He wrote about Mother Teresa and how most of her life she only felt God's absence, silence and cold shoulder. In Novak's view, this is the normal Christian life and what mature Christian should expect. Only immature Christians get to experience Christ intimately, basking in his sweet nearness, eventually we grow up and must only feel nothingness, yet are suppose to keep the faith anyways. But as soon as he gives his extreme opinions, he just lets them drop and never goes into any depth or tries to make his perspective persuasive. So yeah, I was hoping the whole book would be centered around the title and subtitle of the book. But really only the first tiny bit of it was. After that the rest of the book is pretty much him going on and on (its a long book) talking about the new fundamentalist atheist and then he sets out his catholic apologetic in response and though some of it was interesting, it began to get really old towards the end. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author, and sadly I report Novak reads slow and has an irritating voice, making it hard to finish the audiobook.
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