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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933184175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184173
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (b. 1961) has taught psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, MacMurray College, and at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. A former powerlifter and Highland Games Heavy Events competitor, Dr. Vost has also served as a weightlifting instructor, fitness writer for the International Association of Resistance Trainers, Research Review Committee Member for American Mensa (the high IQ society), lector for St. Agnes Catholic Church, and fast food fries and drink man (a few decades back). His voice (and sometimes the rest of him) travel the globe sharing themes of faith, philosophy, and fitness on radio, television, and in live presentations.

Dr. Vost's latest book is The One-Minute Aquinas: The Doctor's Quick Answers to Fundamental Questions (Sophia Institute Press,2014). Other recent books include Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory (Catholic Answers Press, 2013),Three Irish Saints: A Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Style (TAN, 2012), St. Albert the Great: Champion of Faith and Reason (TAN, 2011) and with the help of co-authors Shane Kapler, Peggy Bowes, and some special guests including author and Son Rise Morning Show producer Matt Swaim -- Tending the Temple: 365 Days of Spiritual and Physical Devotions (Bezalel Books, 2011). Next projects on the plate for late 2014 are "memory module" extensions of Memorize the Reasons! and a Catholic Art of Memory DVD series for Catholic Answers.

A self-styled Aristotelian/Stoic/Albertine/Thomist, this author lives with his wife, two sons, and their puppy Lily (who will make her literary debut in a cameo appearance in The One-Minute Aquinas).

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This book is fun to read.
M. Campbell
I can recite the mysteries of the Rosary, forward and backward, the 10 Commandments forward and backward.
I highly recommend this book as a fantastic introduction to the memory technique of loci.

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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff VINE VOICE on August 22, 2007
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This book is quite possibly one of the MOST important I have ever read. The book has literally helped change my life in the two areas of intellectual endeavor most important to me: my faith and music.

I am a working jazz musician (no one important that you would know... just a local guy) and music teacher and have long struggled to memorize tunes (an ESSENTIAL skill if one wants to play jazz). For those of you who may not know, if one shows up on the bandstand with tons of "fake books" in tow, one immediately betrays oneself as a poorly informed and uneducated musician. Jazz musicians are expected to know hundreds of tunes, with chord changes and common substitutions, and be able to recall them in the heat of battle as it were: on a bandstand in front of an audience with other informed musicians on the stage with you judging your every move. Jazz musicians are expected to read perfectly as well, especially in the big-band setting. But don't show up at a small group jam session in New York with a fake book. Not if you want to be given respect or a chance to play.

I have also been a student of my faith since reverting/converting about five years ago. I have read voraciously: the Navarre Bible Commentary, The Theology of the Body, the ENTIRE Bible, popular theological works, academic works, and the writings of the saints and mystics. Several people I know consider me an informed Catholic.

People who knew me started coming to me with questions about the faith, because I seemed to know so much. I found myself patting myself on the back because I "knew my faith so well." Then someone asked me a basic question: what's the Fifth Commandment? I came up short. Of course I knew the commandments... didn't I? In order? Well... no. Could I get them all right out of order?
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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Rhett Brotherton on July 27, 2006
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I was somewhat skeptical this book could deliver the claims it made. I had read other memory books in the past and was unimpressed with the methods they proposed. There seemed to be something missing that kept me from fully realizing my potential. This book provided that missing part. I don't want to give away what it is but, I can assure, if you apply the methods the author outlines in this book you will definitely increase your ability to retain and recall at will almost anything you can imagine. It took only two, 45 minutes sessions for me to memorize all 73 books of the Bible, in order, and backwards!

Mr. Vost writes in a breezy style that entertains while informing. His book will be especially useful to anyone tasked with teaching others be they child or adult. If as a teacher you have struggled for a way to make a dry list or technical term memorable, this book will give you everything you need to make that happen. I plan on stealing...err... using (wouldn't want to violate the seventh commandment) the vivid memory anchors described in this book when teaching adult religion classes.

Some might be turned away by the content Mr. Vost concentrates on, namely the basic tenants of the Catholic faith. Don't let it. Even if you are not Christian, you should read and apply the methods taught in this book.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By M. Campbell on September 11, 2006
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Being fairly new to the Catholic faith, I love this book. It's not a substitute for the Bible and Catechism, but certainly helps with learning the faith.

I had never heard of the Method Loci and think it is great for memorizing lists. It can be applied to any list, whether studying for an exam, going grocery shopping, or making a to do list while talking with your boss.

I agree with another review in that may not be so great with poetry or prose. However, he does provide 30 "memory master tips and facts" on the art of memorization, which may transfer over to poetry and prose.

This book is fun to read. The author comes across as brilliant, but has a wonderful ability to bring it down to my level. It's the best book I've purchased in a long time.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2008
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Some books are great because of the quality of the writing. Some books are great because of the content or message they convey. Some books are great because of the reputation they garner, and over time, come to be considered classics. Dr. Kevin Vost has written a book that fits the first two categories and only time will tell about the third. The author, who has done both graduate work and doctorate work on memory, has written this book as a tool to help Catholics memorize their faith. However, it is also so much more than that. It can be a tool used by any serious academic to help them memorize, learn to think more creatively, plan and execute research and papers. If you read the book for the techniques taught alone, it will be an invaluable asset to any intentional student.

Dr. Vost states "The text and illustrations have been structured in such a way that, if you read slowly and carefully, look at the pictures, and follow the instructions, by the time you finish, you'll be able to remember and name the Ten Commandments, the seven capital sins, the seven virtues, the nine Beatitudes, the seven sacraments, the twenty mysteries of the Rosary, and yes, if you are ambitious enough, even the names of the forty-six books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. And all of these in order, both forward and backward!" Through the processes, he uses a method of memorization that traces its roots and origins to the ancient Greek poet Simonides and the philosopher Aristotle, and to Marcus Tullius Cicero. These techniques were then taught and practiced by the Doctors of the Catholic Church, St. Albert the Great (the "Universal Doctor") and St. Thomas Aquinas. These techniques are collectively known as mnemonics.
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