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A Doubters Novena: Nine Steps to Trust With the Apostle Thomas Paperback – October 1, 2010

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About the Author

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. In addition to serving as vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he can frequently be seen on EWTN.

Christopher Bailey's articles have appeared in numerous magazines and the New Catholic Encyclopedia. He has been named one of the funniest Christian writers in America by the Associated Church press.

This is the third collaboration between Mike Aquilina and Christopher Bailey, following The Grail Code and Praying the Psalms with the Early Christians.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592765963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592765966
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and A Year with the Church Fathers. He has co-hosted eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has co-authored books with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and theologian Scott Hahn. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He appears weekly on Sirius Radio's "Sonrise Morning Show." Mike and his wife, Terri, have six children, who are the subject of his book Love in the Little Things.

In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.

His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.

Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AM on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having had a fairly strong devotion to St. Thomas since my return to the faith, I found The Doubter's Novena, to be an excellent way to further that devotion. The novena portion of the text did a good job of correlating St. Thomas's story with problems that might face both new and fairly established believers. It also provided a wealth of information about the Saint that I had previously been aware of. As a result, it seems that the book could be used as both a novena and just standard spiritual reading with much fruit in either case.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Corzine VINE VOICE on June 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is no easy task to write devotions and prayers that really speak to a reader without coming off as either sentimental or moralistic and judgmental. It is no simple matter to evoke a recognizable personality from a few elusive references in Scripture while avoiding the temptation of filling in the gaps with your own imagination. Finally, there are very few writers who comfortably incorporate serious historical and archaeological research while respectfully treating legendary and oral sources, avoiding both the Scylla of pietistic credulity and the Charybdis of dismissive skepticism. In this little book, Aquilina and Bailey do all three at once and make it look easy.

The story of the Apostle Thomas is interesting enough to make you want to read it straight through in one sitting; the reflections that they draw from it are contemporary and challenging enough to make you stop and pray along the way; each of the nine short chapters ends with a prayer, mostly drawn from traditional novena prayers or from the Greek liturgy. St. Thomas is indeed a saint for our times and this short and simple novena is a great introduction to him.

The four appendices, beginning with the Indian traditional story of St. Thomas and ending with Pope Benedict's Wednesday audience teaching on him are just icing on an already tasy cake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie D. VINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant gem for anyone interested in the real story of the Apostle Thomas' faith journey and actual journey to India. The overall point is to give those who doubt a look at how this doubt can be valuable to their faith. I am not a doubter, at this time anyway (it comes and goes for all of us, to some degree). However, I was riveted and got much inspiration from the book also. Highly recommended.
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