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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1st and 2nd series edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898706114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898706116
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beginning on the NBC Radio Network in 1930, Father Sheen broadcast "The Catholic Hour" all across the world. Later, after he was consecrated a bishop in 1951, Bishop Sheen was seen on TV each week. When it came to authoritative Church teachings, Catholics and non-Catholics listened to the Bishop because he was someone they could trust to "tell it like it is." Bishop Sheen was someone who not only had a rock-solid theological background, but he also had the ability to relate concepts with great insight and wit that appealed to everyone, from the theological scholar to the uneducated and the non-Catholic. Perhaps, that's why his words are still fresh and inspiring today, and continue to change the lives of thousands!

Customer Reviews

I will read it shortly after I finish the other book I bought.
leona voltz
I highly recommend this text to anyone of whom finds morality to be the highlight of life.
"citizen613"
I love Bishop Sheen and this book is an excellant compilation of his shows.
Dwayne A. Freeman

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "citizen613" on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was perhaps the greatest orator of the twentieth century in the matters of morality and the like. His writings displayed a great inner creativity and understanding of the human mind. Archbishop Sheen never lowered himself to the heathen practices of finger-pointing, and profanity. Instead, he reinforced his beliefs with Biblical texts and comedic anecdotes of his own life. His ninety-one books and innumberable radio and televsion broadcasts allowed us a glance into his mind. The Pope John Pual II declared him "a devoted son of the Church." Very few reviews carry as much weight as that comment. I highly recommend this text to anyone of whom finds morality to be the highlight of life.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Knight on April 7, 2001
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Although this book is nothing more than the scripts from a number of the most popular "Life is Worth Living" shows, it is an excellent read.
Bishop Sheen has a way of saying the most profound things with an easy-going, conversational style in most of his books, but especially so in this one--probably because he was talking to the television audience.
I haven't seen most of the episodes that are in this book, but I still enjoyed reading the chapters of even the few episodes that I had seen. It gave me a chance to capture the nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout the episodes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Benway on June 23, 2008
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The ultimate self-improvement book. Ideally suited for reading in short runs. In our too-complex, Paris Hilton world, this book provides solid moral grounding today, just as it did in the 50s and 60s. Read, heed, and then fire your psychologist.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Hoover on December 23, 2009
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Archbishop Sheen has recently been distinguished by Pope Benedict XVI for canonization to Sainthood. The marketing "zing" that the product proclaims - "every Catholic household should own a copy" - is very accurate. Fulton Sheen was born in 1895 and went to God Our Father in 1979. Substitute the cold war examples of his day with current day visual images of oppression/violence that we still suffer here in the 21st century and the presentations still awe you today as they most probably did on radio, and television when the program was in its peak.
"Awe, you say?" Yes AWE. At this fact and this fact alone. Bishop Sheen orated the 24 disks from memory?!?!?! without reference to any notes!! When you hear him say that (disk 1) and listen attentively to what is said per disk/per topic of faith, one can only be left in awe in what was clearly a man blessed with the gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and Piety. The ways in which the articles of faith, and the teachings of the Church are presented are timeless and in total accord with the Will of God, the Tradition of the Church and the teachings of the Church Fathers.
The original media format change to compact disk is clear on 23 of 24 cd's. The final disk, the clarity is not as sound and crisp - most probably due to the fact that the talk seems to have been re-recorded from a different source - ie., from a live talk on a certain location as opposed to a studio. In any event....
To ANY Catholic_____ who desires to obtain a more full and deeper understanding of the Faith - to know what you believe and why you believe it________ (or protestant brother/sister in Christ who is near conversion or in the process thereof) I STRONGLY recommend this product. The value and wisdom one obtains... far surpasses the dollar amount of price.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "citizen613" on July 11, 2001
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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was perhaps the greatest orator of the 20th century in the matters of morality and the like. His writings displayed a great inner creativity and understanding of the human mind. Archbishop Sheen never lowered himself to the heathen practices of finger-pointing, and profanity. Instead, he reinforced his beliefs with Biblical texts and comedic anecdotes of his own life. His ninety-one books and innumberable radio and televsion broadcasts allowed us a glance into his mind. The Pope John Paul II declared him "a devoted son of the Church." Very few reviews carry as much weight as that comment. I highly recommend this text to anyone of whom finds morality to be the spice of life against the dull pallet of sin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Patrick on February 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I grew up watching Bishop Sheen on TV; with the release of these CDs; first released by St. Joseph's Communications, comes the most wonderful teachings by the best teacher. Each CD is digitally remastered from the original records made years ago. Bishop Sheen was a genius, and each and every Catholic should have this set, or the set made by St. Joseph's Communications, which is the same as the Casscom Media pictured here.
Either way you have either 24 CDs in a zippered case(Casscom Media) or an 18 CD set released by St. Joseph Comunications.
Obtain a copy for yourselves during Lent, and let the best teacher teach you what you should know about the Catholic Faith.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Molly on May 21, 2007
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As a child I watched Bishop Sheen on tv with my family. It didn't mean so much to me at the time, except maybe for the humor, but as I've matured, it strikes a strong chord. I'm glad I stumbled upon the book. We've lost so much of the simple truth in life that it's a pleasure and a joy to get some back. If your faith matters to you, this book will be a valuable addition to your collection.
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More About the Author

Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) was one of the best-loved prelates of twentieth century Catholicism. A prolific writer and orator, a distinguished scholar and teacher, an influential master of the media, Bishop Sheen was one of the most effective communicators of our time. His scores of books have offered inspiration, profound thought, and penetrating analysis of Christian faith and life.

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