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CHARLES J. CHAPUT, O.F.M. Cap., is the archbishop of Denver, a Capuchin Franciscan, and a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He lives in Denver, Colorado. He is the author, previously, of Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics.
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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press; 1st edition (March 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156955191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569551912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on April 10, 2005
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Anyone who follows any type of sports knows that the best teams or players, year in and year out are those that have most clearly mastered the fundamental basics of the sport. For years in American College football, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Alabama dominated the sport. These teams accomplished their goals, not by doing anything fancy or unusual but by simply lining up and running over their opponents. Put another way, they won by relying on the basics. Many Catholics, including myself could learn a valuable lesson from these football teams as we try to live our Catholic faith.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has written a playbook to allow us as Catholics to get back to the basics of our faith and to more fully appreciate the scriptural authority behind these core teachings of the Church. He does this in a very appealing and straightforward way that is easy to understand and very easy to read. There is no heavy theological jargon nor are there any unexplained Latin terms in this book and even someone who is totally unfamiliar with the Catholic Church will have no trouble grasping the Archbishop's points.

To his great credit, the Most Reverend Chaput takes on the issues he discusses head on and never swerves to avoid hurting someone's feelings. Almost any Catholic who reads this book will find that at least some of the author's arguments hit mighty close to home. The author also takes on the hard issues like abortion, contraception and suicide, issues that may be controversial in some quarters but which are at the heart of the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By sister patricia cullen, s. l. on August 15, 2001
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The message of a recent Sunday's Gospel, St. Luke Chapter 10, poses the question "Teacher what must I do to be saved". The answer, contained within the two great commandments followed by the story of the Good Samaritan, parallels the challenge of St. Mark Chapter 10 in Living the Catholic Faith, Rediscovering the Basics by Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M.Cap. The question around which the Archbishop builds a viable plan for our journey from here to eternity is answered in St. Mark's Gospel. He lists several of the Ten Commandments and suggests "Go sell what you have, give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come follow me". Archbishop Chaput says the first step to answer the challenge is "Breathe with both your lungs. Use your mind and your heart. Seek the truth with your brain and your heart and your soul."
The act of redemption having been accomplished it's been said that every person created was and is the fulfillment of a love story unique and unrepeatable. Hence, each person has incredible dignity and worth. The plan that exists for the journey home to God is available if we but only cooperate with it.
Tucked within just eleven chapters containing a total of 159 pages, this plan is presented by the Archbishop. He reaches back for basics as those listed in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, hoping that they are no longer on just our "to do" lists but activated now in our daily lives. Brief as the book is, he considers among many listings the commandments and sacraments.
An adequate review of such a book requires time because just a blink of an eye can cause one to miss a treasured word or two of this carefully chosen script.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2004
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Wow, this book is realy great! The Archbishop has managed to pack a great deal of Catholicism into a tiny and easily manageable book. I would recommend it for all Catholics no matter what stage of the journey they are at.
I have bought many copies of this book for Catholic frieds. A couple of times, the book has been an overwhelming surprise, which shows that many Catholics don't know their faith. Both times however, the book has turned from their least favorite, to a favorite! I call that a great conversion tool.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By CDS on October 3, 2005
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Addressing both those Catholics who adhere to Church teaching and just need a refresher, and those Catholics are happy to be "cafeteria Catholics" accepting those tenets of the faith that comfortably fit their lifestyles while rejecting those they find challenging (or as one reviewer put it "out of touch") Archbishop Chaput presents a concise teaching of Catholic belief which is essential to these times. He explains what we believe, why we believe it and the negative repercussions of deviating from these parameters. He builds up belief from the theological to the practical. From what we believe about God to its significance in our daily dealings with our neighbor.

Contrary to his critics, Archbishop Chaput is not the least out of touch, in fact the book is peppered with annecdotes from popular culture as well as annecdotes from classical works. He very ably discusses current affairs, and he insightfully points out just where the world is going off-course.

Archbishop Chaput is one of the stars among the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. He speaks clearly, concisely and without fear of offending people with the truth.

This book is well worth your time.
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