This book is constantly reprinted and it's no wonder. We first used it in an (authentic) high school CCD program in the mid- 1970's. Its simple, straightforward style, depth and clarity have me coming back to it every 4 years or so for a "refresher" on the basics of the Roman Catholic faith. This book is a must for anyone who wants to know why he exists, where he is going, who God is, etc., in addition to the nuts and bolts of Mother Church. I read a lot in this area--in addition to apologetics and all the usual suspects in that area and this book is a stand out and has stood the test of time. I'm ordering more because I'm always giving them away to all sorts of people and I never get "negative" feedback--it's always completely positive. A very readable book!
Very easy to understand and will answer numerous questions regarding Catholic faith. It should be required reading for all believers of the Bible, for it explains it in an easier way, leaving no room for speculations or assumptions. Highly recommended...
When I was given this book I thought there was no way an author could explain the Christian faith very well in a single book of this size. Then I read the first few pages, and the language was non-academic and easy to understand, so I thought there's REALLY no way the author could do a decent job expaining the faith.But the Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways! This book works through biblical text and gives creative analogies, making the often hard-to-understand mysteries of the Catholic faith reachable for a layman like myself. If you want to understand the Catholic faith, READ THIS BOOK!
I've owned this book now for about 3 years and have read it through all the way, once. I've gone back to sections for refresher information, many, many times. What I like the most about this book is, if you do not have the capacity (time, or stamina) to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) all the way through - this is an excellent way to get "more than the basics" of what is in the CCC in a very clear, concise manner.
From the very first page (just like all catechisms of the Catholic church) it starts with the three fundamental questions. Who made me? Who is God? Why did God make me? Just that first page will have you hooked and you will not want to put it down. I constantly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 13 because it is that clear in it's method of explaining the faith. I do not believe this book is for anyone looking for a "dumbed down" version of the faith, and by that I do not mean there is anything wrong with the book written by Fr. Tregilio called "Catholicism for Dummies." Quiet the contrary, these two books are just for different types of readers.
Another interesting observation on this book is the different kind of people that love it. I have met such different personalities and ages of people (13 to 79) who love this book that I think that fact is also a recommendation of the book.
Read it, it's good for answering all your questions AND will untangle any misconceptions you have developed along the way, or just remind you of what you may have forgotten.
I became a Catholic about 12 years ago mostly because I married a Catholic. Finally, after 12 years of searching, I've found the one reference book that has answered all of my questions about the Catholic faith. Now I understand WHY we Catholics believe what we believe, and my faith will never be the same. This is a must read for any Catholic searching for answers or any Protestant wanting to become a part of Christ's Mystical Body.