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Treasure in Clay

The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen
Narrated by: Greg Friedman O.F.M.
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Treasure in Clay provides a lifetime's worth of wisdom from one of the most beloved and influential religious figures of the 20th century. Billy Graham called Bishop Sheen the "Great Communicator" since Sheen pioneered religious programming on both radio and TV with his signature program Life is Worth Living. In 1952 Sheen received an Emmy Award for Most Outstanding Television Personality.

This autobiography includes childhood and seminary reflections, as well as Sheen's views on media stardom, pastoral work, international travels, conversions, Vatican II, Mary, and more. Listeners can expect to hear many of this saintly and sage communicator's famous phrases and inspiring stories. Treasure in Clay illuminates why Bishop Sheen is now called "Servant of God", a step towards possible canonization in the Catholic Church.

©1982 Society for the Propagation of the Faith (P)2008 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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  • ecae
  • Northern VA, United States
  • 01-03-13

What a Wonderful Autobiography!

What made the experience of listening to Treasure in Clay the most enjoyable?

Listening in Bishop Sheen's own words the story of his life was the most enjoyable part of the experience for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bishop Sheen is, of course, my favorite character in the book. I've been a devotee of his talks and books for many many years, since my Dad introduced me to him 25 years ago. I pray that he makes sainthood.

What about Greg Friedman’s performance did you like?

I wasn't pulled out of the story by his performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly wanted to, but was unable to.

Any additional comments?

The only way this could have been made better would be if Bishop Sheen were reading this book himself. He is unparalleled for his story telling ability. I would have loved to hear his voice change as he read. Additionally, would love to listen to more of his books as audiobooks.

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  • Walter
  • Wheaton, IL, United States
  • 10-24-11

Must-Read for Modern Communicators

The details in this autobiography help explain why Billy Graham called Fulton Sheen the "greatest communicator of the twentieth century."

Modern communicators should be interested in his explanation of the approach and strategy behind the messages in his television shows (primarily in sixth chapter, but also in the fifth).

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Beautiful book with great impact

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. The narration was excellent, but the stories of Bishop Sheen himself carried the book. Overall, an excellent book that I will listen to again.

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A Gift to the Church and the World

Fulton Sheen tells his life's story with characteristic profession of the Gospel, whit and humor. A book quite worth listening to!

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A wonderful book!

If you love Venerable Fulton Sheen, then you will enjoy this book! This autobiography has so many wonderful stories and teachings within them that will inspire the listener. It is a personal reflection told by a master storyteller!

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Eye-opening, Encouraging, Empowering.

I loved this book so much because of its affect on me. Narration was perfect.

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Truly a Treasure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fulton Sheen is a great speaker and does not disappoint in his autobiography. I have recommended this book to friends interested i the lives of religious leaders.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed learning how human he was in the sharing of his trials and opposition to his initiatives.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite portion of the book is when he goes into his childhood years and college studies.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by his ability to connect with those outside of the faith. His description of those friendships really moved me.

Any additional comments?

A great read about a very public Catholic figure.

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Wonderful biography

I love Fulton Sheen. This was an amazing book on his life and his legacy. Truly a well written exploration of his history and life. Highly recommended.

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Lessons in life for life.<br />His story is timeless.

You see history repeating itself, he explains why and how to reconcile yourself and the world with prayer.

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Magnificent Soul!

Wonderful rendering of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's autobiography..hopefully,soon to be Saint..God love You! Highly recommend.