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Dave Eggers meets G. K. Chesterton in this funny, wise, and acutely perceptive memoir by a precocious young Catholic.
For a wine connoisseur and fan of Nine Inch Nails, 30-year-old Matthew Lickona lives an unusual inner life. He is a Catholic of a decidedly traditional bent (“I believe the same things as my pious old grand-mother”). He wears a scapular, a medieval talisman believed to secure God’s protection. He fasts during Lent. He and his wife shun modern birth control—they waited four nights after their wedding to consummate their marriage. But he is also a writer of prodigious talent, which is on full display in Swimming with Scapulars, a story of a premodern faith lived with a postmodern sensibility.
Lickona knows it isn’t easy to abide by his orthodox Catholicism. His “true confessions” are his painfully honest chronicles of his fitful starts and ongoing efforts to live the faith he is so proud of. (“I believe my faith to be a gift, though the gift may sometimes feel like
a cross to be borne.”) Yet his life as a Catholic is one of great joy, particularly his joy in being intimately connected with God through the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Matthew Lickona is a staff writer and sometime cartoonist for the San Diego Reader, a weekly newspaper. Born and raised in upstate New York, he attended Thomas Aquinas College in California. He lives in La Mesa, California, with his wife Deirdre and their four children.
Very good book. Purchased for a Catholic high school library as a donation.Published 1 month ago by D. Stein
This was a great book, written in a lively and engaging style. It was just what I had hoped, only better. I read it and passed it on to a friend.Published 3 months ago by Olivia
Unabashedly honest reflections on the author's personal faith journey and his desire to evangelize those around him and live a faithful life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ek
great for catholics that want a reminder of traditional catholic education that they forgot. refreshing. great writting. life changing. get yourself a scapular.Published on August 29, 2012 by nat
It is so nice to see the writing of a young person focused primarily on following the evangelical counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by A. Neusch
This is a great book. It reminded me of growing up and of my mother, a devout Catholic who is no longer with us. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by KBuckner
I wanted to like this book. I am a young twenty-something Catholic (born and raised) and I was excited to read this book that has received some pretty good reviews. Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by BreitBring
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up the book, but my curiosity got the best of me. What a pleasant surprise! I loved it! Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by Catholic Book Lover
If I'd been an editor on this book, I would have changed the title to True Confessions of a Young Catholic: Take this Bread and take this Whine. Read morePublished on March 15, 2008 by NotPrettyEnough