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God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World Hardcover – May 3, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Image (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307590267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307590268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a real winner and about as timely as it gets. God is in action in this very book." —Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

"With powerful clarity, God in Action brings the wisdom of the Gospel to our time, answering the demands of today with an urgent challenge to each of us: the challenge to renew society with the Gospel values of truth and charity. His challenge is one we would be wise to embrace with courage. God in Action is our key to bringing Christ—and hope—to the world through our hands." —Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

"This challenging book begins by asking us to take seriously the idea that God is no mere ‘first cause,’ but always and everywhere actively present in the unfolding of human events—bringing good from evil, hope from despair, life from death. With his long experience as an influential religious leader and thinker, Cardinal Francis George has thought deeply about how to discern divine grace operating in the world and how to cooperate with it. God in Action brings the fruit of that reflection to bear on a wide range of current issues with the clarity and conviction that are the marks of a great teacher." —Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law, Harvard University

"Cardinal Francis George, a thoughtful citizen as well as a distinguished churchman, knows that a democracy’s habits of heart and mind are crucial to that democracy’s political health. His reflections on the crossroads where culture, moral reasoning, and politics meet is a genuine contribution to the debate that is American democracy’s lifeblood. God in Action is an engaging and provocative read." —George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon
Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center

"In a culture eager to shoo God to the margins of public life, God in Action reminds us that Gospel values and Catholic principles are meant to transform societies as well as individuals. Francis Cardinal George’s carefully reasoned, wide-ranging reflections challenge readers to consider political and social debates from an eternal perspective, one in which God is not an obstacle to our freedom but its surest guarantor."
—Colleen Carroll Campbell, host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture, author of The New Faithful, and former presidential speechwriter

About the Author

FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, O.M.I., is the archbishop of Chicago. He has served as vicar general of his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and was the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 through 2010. Cardinal George was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Brennan on August 10, 2013
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This is a fascinating history & commentary on the world today. Cardinal George is a leading intellectual in the Church. I found this book inspirational and provocative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimball Ladien, MD on October 10, 2012
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Unlike Cardinal George's first book, The Difference God Makes,(also excellent), God In Action is, perhaps, even more accessible to a broad lay audience who should, most definitely, READ THIS BOOK!

God In Action ranges from a review of God's role as "the Primary actor" in American society all the way through, looking for God's action in "the movement towards unifying the human family in our day."

Cardinal George does a brilliant (and very readable) service to us all--outlining how God can be a very real presence in all that we do on an individual, family, community and even global level. On a certain very real level, Cardinal George has given us a blueprint of how, with God's help, we can work to bring people together regardless of their backgrounds. Simply put, we are all God's Children.

My favorite quote from God In Action comes towards the end of Cardinal George's work when he writes:

"God is at work where charity and self-sacrifice and forgiveness unites people who would otherwise be separated, where good consequences overcome evil actions, where hope remains constant in the midst of despair, where new life comes from death."

As many may know, well after writing God In Action, Cardinal George was diagnosed with a return of his cancer after several years in remission. (It was during these years that Cardinal George wrote these two excellent books--which is, in and of itself a blessing.)

Ultimately, Good Science and Good Medicine may help to "save" Cardinal George, God willing. But it is "Good Faith" as described by Cardinal George that is at least as important in giving meaning and substance to the "Brave New World" that may otherwise be before us.
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By Fhempen on August 7, 2014
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Fabulous book. Honest, realistic, well-written, and succinct.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benedict F. Shafer on October 12, 2011
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Cardinal Francis George provides us with thoughtful information regarding the presence of God in our world. This book provides the reader with additional information and a better understanding of what is happening in our society today.
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