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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; Second Edition, Second edition edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824525256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824525255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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George W. Rutler is the host of a weekly program on EWTN radio, a former columnist for Crisis magazine, and pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in midtown Manhattan. A convert from Anglicanism, he has written numerous books on Catholic history and lore, including Coincidentally. He lives in New York City. George Weigel is the author of 15 books including Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace, The Courage to Be Catholic, and the New York Times–bestseller Witness to Hope. He is a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and is regarded as one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alexander R. Hicks on May 30, 2009
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I have just finished a first reading of this book. Several more will follow; there is too much in it to absorb in one sitting, and all of it superb. There is more of wisdom and wit in one sentence of Fr Rutler's than in a library written by any other author now living. I might, so as not to be accused of exaggeration, substitute `paragraph' for `sentence'...or maybe not.

Such a book is to be savoured, as one might savour a Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, and for much the same reasons. Yet each page leads you on to the next, and the next, as Fr Rutler draws out his argument, presenting it in detail yet never overwhelming the reader with theological arcane.

`Crisis' is not a clarion call to Sainthood For The Rest Of Us; it is, rather, a reminder that we all are called to sainthood, which is quite a different thing. Instant `conversions' may take, occasionally, but most often don't, being based upon emotion and mob mania. The real thing begins within, involves all of a person - his mind, spirit, and (if required) body, and in most cases takes one while to have an effect.

The voices of the saints, whether old or of our own time, are but faintly heard above the clamour of the braying politicians, pontificating pundits and posturing Celebrities: those self-anointed who perhaps hear Omar, though odds are they know him not:

`O Love, could you and I with Him conspire/To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire/Would we not shatter it to Bits, and then/Re-mould it nearer to the Heart's Desire?'

Though they leave Him out of the equation, and will re-mould the world to fit their own enlightened desires (for they are infinitely wise and deserve to rule), and us into the bargain. Indeed, the Shattering into Bits has well begun.

Desire. For holiness?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gandalf on November 12, 2009
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This is a work of great joy; both joy on the part of the author and joy on the part of the reader who takes the time to mine this treasure-trove of wisdom. Father Rutler has produced a grand dialogue on truth, faith, love and service. This book will take time as it is thick with solid logic and solid prose. A deep thinker and man of great faith, the author's patience and understanding come through on every page. If you seek to understand the spiritual desert that is our modern heritage, please read this book; you will come back to this and Father Rutler's other works again and again. He is a true Chestertonian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris from Ohio on January 14, 2014
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The book title is "incongruous" (as Fr Rutler would say) with the content. Great content, but I had to rejig my expectations as I read this book.

I took a deep breath and thought I was going to be reading about the desperate need for re-evangelization in today's world and the steps toward realizing it. We Catholics do need to re-evangelize, desperately. But the book presumes that we already knew that from other sources. The book is in fact a rather quick tour of Fr Rutler's deep historical knowledge about certain key topics of anti-Catholicism and their subsequent negative effect on society.

Fr Rutler in his typically very humorous "bon mot" style describes briefly how adrift anti-God thinking would go at each trail head of human misadventure and reminds us (pastorally) how that reality against God's will is impeding us in our mission as good Catholics called to live His will.

The end of the book comes on rather suddenly. We are left in a sort of ascension-like cloud of uncertainty about what the future holds or how to proceed with corrective action where needed. Review of what came next at the Ascension of our Lord may help to clarify.
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