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Sinner: The Catholic Guy's Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic Paperback – August 19, 2011
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It's a bold admission to say you're a sinner. Even bolder to write about it. Sinner is a winner. --Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York
Lino's book is insightful, funny, and entertaining. He may even get a sinner like me to believe! --Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer, The Howard Stern Show
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In addition, he has worked in television since 1998. He is a 3-time Emmy award winner.
In 2012, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, named by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, hired Lino to be the Cardinal's personal media advisor.
He has given talks locally, nationally, and internationally, including emceeing Pope Benedict XVI's Youth Rally in Yonkers, New York.
Lino has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in theology. He has lived in Italy, The Bahamas, Minnesota, and currently lives in New York City. And he's really bad at taking himself this seriously.
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In "Sinner," his first book, Rulli writes from the perspective of one who believes everything the Church teaches but struggles to put those beliefs into practice. In addition to his ability to see humor in almost any situation, especially in his own foibles, Rulli, who is single, writes as if he has a great deal of freedom and flexibility not available to his peers who have family responsibilities.
In Chapter 7 for example, after a chance meeting with an old friend, Rulli ended up moving to Nassau, Bahamas, to teach high school religion, which sounded like a fantastic gig. He explains that he always tries to see where God might be leading him and to trust in God's plan.
The Bahamas position didn't measure up to Rulli's fantasy involving mai tais and enthralled students, but he did spend several months in a Benedictine monastery considering a vocation as a monk, which might have been closer to what God had in mind. In the end, the prior decided that Lino should not be a monk--too immature. Rejection was painful, but Rulli bounced back, finding his way to the beach where he shared a beer with a stranger who theorized that aliens led the three wise men to the nativity scene. That episode is pretty typical of The Catholic Guy's adventures and gift for storytelling.Read more ›
Disclaimers first. Yours truly has for the last 2 1/2 years listened to "The Catholic Guy," the popular Catholic comedy/talk show Lino Rulli hosts on Sirius/XM satellite radio. I've also tried volleying snark for snark on his Facebook page. (He campaigned there today for more reviews on this book. OK Lino, you asked for it...)
Rulli delivers reverent faith with irreverent humor. This was a godsend to Catholics under 50 tired of their faith talked down by mainstream media, and of being talked down to by strident Catholic media. His approach was rewarded with journalism honors, high profile speeches worldwide, and arguably today's highest-rated, highest-profile Catholic show.
"Sinner" is Rulli's light, episodic memoir: 180 pages, 26 chapters of 6-8 pages each. It's not chronological, its timeline covering early youth ("Monkey Boy," "Brace Yourself") to his starting on "Catholic Guy" in 2006. Despite its title, it's not quite about sin though Lino shares how he gave into ("Robert Johnson," "The Wrestler") and resisted it ("Thai Temptation," the touching "Mrs. Lino Rulli"). The book is more about reconciliation: not only the sacrament (to which Lino devotes three chapters including a humorous how-to guide) but reconciling his personality and modern sensibility to his belief and purpose in the Catholic Church. It's a book about breaking the conventions, yet keeping the Commandments.
Chapters of "Sinner" describe Rulli's influences. You read of David Letterman and Howard Stern's acerbic humor ("They didn't seem to fit in either, and the less they fit the more they rebelled.Read more ›
With endorsements from such divergent characters as Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Howard Stern, Sinner is not your typical religious book--"The Confessions of St. Augustine it is not," Dolan concurs. It is, however, an authentic look at the real joys and struggles of a modern young Catholic.
Lino describes growing up as an organ grinder assistant, spending one-on-one time with Pope John Paul II, falling head-over-heals for a mysterious girl in Petra, and time and again having awkward experiences during Confession.
"Sinner" is the perfect weekend read as it's both light and breezy--and it had me laughing out loud many times. There's not a lot of spiritual substance, but the small nuggets scattered throughout are raw and honest and they come from the heart. This would be a great book to pass on to high-schoolers, college-students, young adults, and anyone searching for authentic faith.
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The Catholic guy is fun to read about and to remind you of your faith in GodPublished 2 months ago by laura
I read a lot of spiritual books & this is the first one that made me laugh a lot and brought me closer to God too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nisan Coniker
Was a quick read but really offered nothing new. Some parts made me giggle a bit.Published 11 months ago by Lori C.
Thank you, Lino! I read your book in 2 days, grabbing my iPad mini and clicking on the Kindle app every chance I got! Thank you for your honesty with each story! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dianna Thompson