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  • First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Robert O’Keefe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    Scott Hahn is an internationally recognized Catholic lecturer and theologian. His books Hail, Holy Queen and Publishers Weekly best seller The Lamb's Supper began Hahn's examination of the Catholic faith. With First Comes Love, he thoughtfully focuses on the connection between the Church, the Holy Trinity, and the family.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Apologetics, Not what I expected"
    "Good Apologetics, Not what I expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was looking for a good Christian book on the foundation of marriage and got a book steeped in examples of God's Covenant Love (which is a good topic, granted, but I have read other Hahn books regarding this topic). I'd like a personal, more pratical book, I suppose.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More peronal. More Pratical


    What about Robert O’Keefe’s performance did you like?

    It was a good reading. He stopped at the right positions, read withthe correct expressions. Not much more I could have asked for.


    Was First Comes Love worth the listening time?

    Yes. I try with every chance I get to grow closer to God. This was another oppurtunity. It was just too similar to other Hahn books that i have listened to or read. I was looking for the basis of human marriage - the good and the bad. I was hoping ot deepen my existing marriage (which is a sacramental blessing from God, we both believe). Knowing that our relationship is a covenant between us, is something we both already understand. Still seeing hte historical and scholarrly basis for marriage still helped me grow and learn in my faith. So, while it wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't a great book.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Hahn is a brilliant man. In this book, his brilliance gets in the way of the message, or so I believe. I don't necessarrily disagree with anything in these pages, it's just a very slow and tedious ride through the Old Testament. I was looking for something a little more pratical out of this particular book.

    I do understand Scott's points, however, and I believe I'm a better person for having read this. I was just looking for something else when I chose this book.

    Still I do have to wonder (not argue, but wonder) about some of the conclussions that Scott arrives at in this book. He takes Genesis to heart a lot to arrive at a lot of them (even most of them). I always thought the church ruled Genesis was not necessarrily to be taken literally according to the Catholic Church. I may be mistaken here, however. Again, I don't doubt, Mr. Hahn. He is brilliant and I am humble enough to understand when someone is gifted with more intellect than I am. This is definitely one of those cases. I still have to wonder at some of the drawn out conclussions though (one being based on another)

    Over all, this was a mediocre read in my opinion.

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