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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MercySong/Ignatius Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884479464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884479465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simple and clear, yet profound, this is a book which should be found in every Catholic home and on the book shelf of every confessor and director of souls. --Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, S.T.D. Author, St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity

I greatly admire the writings of Vinny Flynn. You are going to love his latest gem, 7 Secrets of Confession! In an age in which the Sacrament of Reconciliation is often misunderstood and even ignored, this book offers invaluable insights. I will definitely be recommending it to the many people I meet as I travel and speak. --Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC Author, Under the Mantle

Vinny Flynn is my favorite Catholic writer, bar none. In 7 Secrets of Confession, he addresses the most misunderstood sacrament of the Church, and his readers will never look at confession the same way again. Taking the intimidation factor out of this great sacrament, he brings it into new relevancy for today's Catholics and helps us realize that confession is not something we have to do; it's something we get to do. --Felix Carroll, Author, Lost, Loved, Found: 17 Divine Mercy Conversions

Simple and clear, yet profound, this is a book which should be found in every Catholic home and on the book shelf of every confessor and director of souls. --Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, S.T.D. Author, St. Maximilian Kolbe: Martyr of Charity

Vinny Flynn is my favorite Catholic writer, bar none. In 7 Secrets of Confession, he addresses the most misunderstood sacrament of the Church, and his readers will never look at confession the same way again. Taking the intimidation factor out of this great sacrament, he brings it into new relevancy for today's Catholics and helps us realize that confession is not something we have to do; it's something we get to do. --Felix Carroll, Author, Lost, Loved, Found: 17 Divine Mercy Conversions

About the Author

Vinny Flynn is a well-known Catholic author, speaker, singer and musician who speaks and sings all over North America. His other popular books include 7 Secrets of the Eucharist and 21 Ways to Worship.

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Confession, in and of itself, is a beautiful, powerful and healing sacrament.
Jeremy
After reading this book, I can pretty much guarantee you that you will go to confession more often and get more out of each confession.
Allan L. Miller
I have recommended it to older friends who have viewed confession as I did before reading this book.
Mary

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on August 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Small book with big ideas! Well done, Mr. Flynn! From the outset, the author established a common ground for anyone who's ever had questions about the purpose of Confession. As he points out, the grand majority of us only go as a step toward getting to the Eucharist. But the idea that struck me the hardest from this book was how important the Sacrament of Reconciliation was on its own merits. It doesn't have to be just one more this you have to do before you go to Mass. It doesn't have to just be a list of guilty habits we rattle off every week. Confession, in and of itself, is a beautiful, powerful and healing sacrament. The author's 7 secrets give just enough explanation to make them applicable immediately while still leaving room for the reader to make them personal. Mr. Flynn, by the grace of God and a boat-load of behind-the-scenes work, has done for me in 180 pages what I was unable to do for myself in 9 years of studying the Catholic faith as an adult convert; he's made me eager to participate in a Sacrament that I once dreaded. As a side note, this book may make you want to buy copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska by the time you finish due to the author's numerous references to both.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Johnson on September 30, 2013
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As a Protestant, I pray directly to God to confess my sins. However, James 5:16 says "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." So confessing to a priest as a stand in for the congregation will certainly fit. 1 John 1:9 gives clear instruction to believers about confessing sin. It begins with the word if: "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So no problem there either.
The author correctly states it is not so much about our individual actions or thoughts as about our relationship with God. I found all of his secrets useful and well thought out. Especially on how this is such an individual thing, and not a one size fits all grocery list. And delivers it all with humor and good writing that keeps you reading instead of frowning Pharisee style. I found nothing whatever to grumble at. Rats.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James F. Day on September 3, 2013
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In a way, I suspect we all know the 7 secrets deep within us. But the depth of Vinny Flynn's analysis is so honest and personal all in line with Church teaching it actually was one of the more compelling books I've read this year. Just when I thought he hit the main point of each secret, there would be more layers he would uncover. I dare not reveal the secrets here, other than they unpack theology into coherent and clear meaning that even non-Catholics could grasp the concepts. In other words, Vinny Flynn blows open the gate to the long standing cliche of confession and brings it right up to us in very simple terms: God is giving us a chance to come back. It's all there for us if we want it.

Throughout the secrets, Flynn combines personal testimony with two big juggernauts, the Catechism (including the astounding section #2840) and Sr. Faustina's Diary revelations. For those on the heavy systematic theology or dogmatic side this might not be for you. Flynn's style is to appeal to the more regular folk and his casual, chatty style may not work for some readers. But what he has to say is required reading for all yearning to overcome the chains that are weighing them down -- and how to do it.

This is a positive, hopeful and tremendously insightful book that will truly compel you to want to start anew today. If you let it, allow it to open your heart. As you read on you will find that while you are grateful that it helps you approach Confession in a new light, you will want to read even more about God's love for each of us. "Nothing that you or I have ever done, ever will do, or ever could do, can make Him stop loving us."
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on September 25, 2013
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The only reason my copy of this book's not marked up to high heaven is because I read an unbound advance copy. (Not bragging. Just explaining.)

But now that I have the actual book in my house, I am already dipping back into it. There's a lot to chew on. Like this, where Flynn is talking about his examination of conscience:

"My list still included behaviors, but now I also had to consider anything that seemed wrong in my relationship with God. I had to look deeper into my daily life and ask myself some hard questions.

In what areas of my life am I not at peace? Where am I angry , depressed, discouraged, anxious, bitter, resentful? Where am I too focused on myself? What areas of my life, my thoughts, my desires, have I not yet given over to Jesus as Lord? What wouldn't I want to talk to Jesus about? What would I not want Him to see? In what ways am I not responding to what God wants me to do?"

I have been unsuccessfully looking for an examination of conscience that works for years. YEARS. And here, in a paragraph within an amazing book, is a series of questions that turned my approach to confession on its head.

It's not an exaggeration that this book spoke to me on many levels and definitely impacted my relationship with Jesus. Thanks to Flynn's insight and wisdom, the way he uses humor to tease out the truth, and the practicality throughout the book, I'm having a more mature confession experience.

Would I have had it anyway? Probably, but I'll bet it would have taken me another five to ten years to get there.

There's a lot--A LOT--of good and great in this book. I don't say lightly that this is the best book I've read and used for growing in my relationship with Jesus through Confession. Buy it.Read it. Share it. Buy another copy to reread. You won't be sorry you did.
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