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A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters Paperback – May 13, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (May 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829416471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829416473
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who grew up in the glory days of the American Catholic Church and came of age as those days were coming apart, Lockwood is eminently qualified for the task of helping his baby boomer contemporaries reconcile their childhood faith with the real world. He does this superbly, using humor-laced stories from his own life to spark memories of a religion he likens to "red wine and cold beer: rich in culture, but as common as the front stoop on a city street." Lockwood begins each chapter with an excerpt or two from the Baltimore Catechism, winds a personal tale around it and then segues into an explanation of the faith as seen from an adult perspective, ending with a Bible text, poem, prayer or other relevant quotation. The format works well, and effectively leads readers who learned their faith in the Baltimore Catechism's question-and-answer style into a deeper understanding of Catholicism's essential beliefs. In recollecting his own Catholic past, Lockwood is honest, yet forgiving of the deficiencies of his education and formation in the faith. He doesn't linger in the darkness of bad memories, but having come into the light of adult faith himself, he offers gentle yet firm guidance for readers making a similar journey. Lockwood's relaxed style invites Catholics who have drifted from the faith to reconsider a church that, he says, despite its popular image as a "nay-sayer," believes humanity can be both "good and great."
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A delightful revisiting for baby boomers, a ëfaith-storyí as witnessed, and now explained by one of its own. -- Owen McGovern, executive director, Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada

Hereís an honest look at faith, as itís lived and as itís loved. -- Gerald M. Costello, retired editor-in-chief, Catholic New York, former president, The Christophers

Lockwood helps us to recognize what a truly adult faith looks like as we move into middle age and beyond. -- Greg Erlandson, president, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing

This book truly answers the question, ìWhat the heck happened while I was gone?î -- Tricia Gallagher Hempel, editor, The Catholic Telegraph, Cincinnati

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reading in Arizona on December 19, 2004
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Thank you Robert Lockwood for gently reminding me that the childhood Catholic school experiences from the '60s were of a different time and place, and that the church has much to offer "grown-ups." As someone who left the church in my early 20s and then went back 30 years later, I must say that this book helped light my path. His anecdotes are written with humor (the 40-hour devotion is laugh-out-loud funny) and serve to illustrate his points beautifully. This book is readable and inspirational. Thanks.
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Robert Lockwood is a master storyteller with a great sense of humor. There are laugh-out-loud passages in this book, but at the same time he intertwines very moving events from his life with Catholic doctrine that we boomers should have learned many years ago. For any boomer who grew up in a community where you thought the whole world was Catholic, this will be a walk down memory lane. For younger readers, you will learn about the environment that shaped your parents or grandparents. You will read about an era that may seem so alien you will think it is fiction, but it is all true. This is an amazing book.
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By D-Man on August 2, 2014
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Had already read the book and ordered one to share with other people. Have highly recommended it and one Bible study groups is reading it and loves it. Would live to read other books by Mr. Lockwood. Outstanding!
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A very well written and interesting book. Very helpful to explore your faith as an adult.
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