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Tell Me Why: A Father Answers His Daughter's Questions About God Paperback – July 1, 1999
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Fortunately for her, and for all who have ever questioned facets of their faith, Novak is not only grounded in biblical truth but passionate about it. While some parts are related specifically to Catholicism (as Novak says, there was nothing to be gained in avoiding his particular heritage), he broadens the perspective in such an open and pleasing way that those who will disagree on certain points feel satisfied that their views are nonetheless fairly represented.
Tell Me Why book leaves the reader with a sense of having drawn closer to God. It will challenge not only twentysomethings and those who are open to musing about religion, but also those who are fervent in their faith and want to put words to their beliefs. --Ann Weinheimer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ever since The Open Church hit shelves in 1964, Michael Novak has been a voice of insight on American and Catholic culture. Author of more than 45 books on culture, philosophy, and theology, Novak continues to influence and guide right thinking. Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize, Novak's Westminster Abbey address remains as instructive it was two decades ago. As a founding director of First Things and writer for many publications, Novak has sought to build up our institutions.
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"Tell Me Why" can start debate among believers and non-believers alike. It can inspire critical thinking among the most complacent readers. It can even bring about new joy and enthusiasm to those who need a boost to their faith.
Other reviewers have complained that the discussion "degenerates into Catholic dogma." Being Catholic, I can assure other Catholics that this is a great book to read--and tell believers of other faiths that this is a book that will set them thinking about their own religious and spiritual beliefs. "Tell Me Why" covers abstract issues, such as how to choose a religion and why it is important to believe in a Higher Power, and practical points, such as abortion and ritual--all explosive topics in their own ways.
To its credit, "Tell Me Why" does not merely lay down Catholic doctrine and leave the reader, who may be unfamiliar with Catholicism, floundering for answers; it presents the philosophic background of each teaching. Doing so requires a lot of intellectual meandering, which is why Michael Novak can take over ten pages to answer a simple Yes or No question. (Of course, problems still crop up when Michael Novak explains something to daughter Jana's content, but not to the reader's.)
The text is sprinkled with quotes and prayers from figures such as C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and other philosophers of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.Read more ›
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Having encountered intense hostility to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular from friends and family, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished on December 20, 2009 by Paul Adams
I bought this book for our Lutheran church library. The first 9 chapters and chapter 12 are excellent and thought-provoking. Read morePublished on August 16, 2000
Interesting and thought-provoking, although with some flaws. At times, for example, it can be rambling and lacking in substantive answers to the actual questions posed--it often... Read morePublished on February 1, 2000
Thinking about religion is an overlooked activity. Many people accept or reject religion without having applied themselves to the difficult task of evaluating both faith and... Read morePublished on October 13, 1998 by email@example.com
Jana Novak's skepticism allows all of us to question our own beliefs, to explore our reasons for belonging to a given religion, and to ask ourselves what we really do believe in... Read morePublished on September 1, 1998
Jana Novak is both honest and relentless in her quest for the truth. She raises questions not confined to the young or the skeptical. Read morePublished on September 1, 1998