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Splendor in the Ordinary: Your Home as a Holy Place Paperback – October 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Howard’s vision is the quintessential Catholic, sacramental vision. To read this book is to see with the eyes of Christ.” -- Peter Kreeft, Handbook of Christian Apologetics

“Brings the reality of life into sharper focus.” -- Laura Berquist, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum

“Plain-spoken spirituality inviting us to come closer to God and showing us more about Christ in a most appealing manner.” -- Alfred McBride, O.Praem., Fr. McBride's Family Catechism

About the Author

Thomas Howard came early to the glories and rigors of Evangelical Protestantism, as both his father and grandfather were prominent Evangelical leaders. He struggled as a youth to reconcile the easy certainties of Evangelicalism with his broadening experience of the world; these struggles led him to embark on a search for truth that culminated in his reception into the Catholic Church in 1985. Beauty led him to truth: the Catholic Church’s sacramental view of the world, and her realistic awareness of the cross that all men must carry, impressed him as the only vision of reality that ultimately made sense.

Dr. Howard is an accomplished prose stylist with degrees in English from Wheaton College in Illinois, the University of Illinois, and New York University. He spent his professional life teaching in prep schools in England and New York, as well as at Gordon College in Massachusetts and St. John’s Seminary in Boston. Along the way, he found time to write a number of deeply felt and moving books that articulated his journey of faith and addressed issues of pressing concern to most serious Christians today. Among these are Evangelical Is Not Enough, On Being Catholic, Christ the Tiger, and If Your Mind Wanders at Mass. Now retired, Dr. Howard resides in New England. He is married and has two grown children.


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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
My greater conversion was not to Eastern Orthodoxy but to sacramentalism, which can be defined as the physical means God uses to convey His Grace or unmerited favor. I was raised Protestant, which is sacramental in some respects, and sacramentarian (against a sacramental view of life and creation) in other respects; in other words, an inconsistent sacramentalism. Howard's book would best be subtitled "Sacramentalism in Everyday Life". He systematically goes through each room in a home, starting with the doorway, and ending in the bedroom. He shows how each room incarnates the sacramental principle at the heart of the universe: My Life for yours. Example: in the kitchen, he shows how Rice Krispies daily give up their life so that one can derive life from them. I read this book in an earlier edition, before Howard became Roman Catholic. Since then, he has revised many of his earlier books to make them more tendentiously Roman Catholic. As a result, what were some of the best ecumenical extended essays have partly become somewhat screechy Roman Catholic tracts. Despite those drawbacks, there is no other book I'm aware of that does what this book does. Highly recommended. (Also published under the title Hallowed Be This House.)
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