Fr. Barron does a phenomenal job here, as he dose with the TV series. The Catholic Religion is something you can study for a life time and still not know all of it. Fr. Barron does a great job of covering a wide variety of topics, but due to the amount of space he has can only go so deep into each topic. For example, when he speaks of the saints, There are hundreds or maybe thousands of recognized saints, but he only has time for a brief biography of four saints: Sts Edith Stein, Therese of Lisieux,Katharine Drexel, and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I recommend this for anyone who is not Catholic and wants to learn more about the faith or is Catholic and wants to dig deeper.
As a devout Catholic and a Hospice and Palliative Care physician, I think this book would be helpful to anyone who as a family member who is dying. it reminds us of the why of our rich Catholic heritage. The only two criticism I would have is the reader reads a little too slow. Also, it is perhaps a little too optimistic about few people going to hell. After all, our Lady in Fatima reminds us the people are falling like leaves from a tree.
Dr. Hahn is wonderful at take complex theology and making it attainable to a lay person.
I originally got this book thinking a would get a nice biography of St. John XXII. However, almost from the very begin Dr. Cahill goes into a diatribe about the Catholic Church from Peter to John XXII. I believe that the title of a book should actually tell you what is on its pages.
This book was a short, but through review of the Fatima apparitions. The way the narrator said the words Fatima, beatification, and Jacinta where not only incorrect, but very distracting.
John Paul II was an amazing man in more ways than one. He had a great effect on the worlds of Religion and Politics. I bought this book expecting to hear about the religious side, but instead It told the story of how he contributed to the end of the "Cold War" and the USSR.
Rob Inglis does a wonderful job reading the book because of his ablity to do all the voices. The story is of course great.
In this story, Ms. Noonan relates to us her life as a Catholic and how Pope John Paul the second affected her life. She does have some facts about the Pope's life and teachings, but to a large extent most of this book is a catharsis for her to tell us about the effects that the Pope had on her life. Also, there are some minor editing errors such as errors such as when she referred to 1 Corinthians chapter 13, she stated verse 13. Also when she sided the Beatitudes, she also added the commandments into there ( as well as other teachings.) Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it is hardly a theological treatise. Perhaps it was not intended to be.
Mother Teresa was a phenomenal individual. She was called by God to do great things. She reminds us that he did not also called us to do great things. The narration in this book is excellent. The parts where we hear recordings of Mother Teresa are sometimes difficult to understand, but overall well worth the effort. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn about Mother Teresa and improves her own spiritual life.
You can never learn enough about the Eucharist. I have read and listen to numerous book on the subject. I always learn something new. This book is good for the lifelong Catholic or someone just wanting to know about the faith.
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