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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192883230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832300
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979) was a popular preacher who wrote more than ninety books and hosted the top-rated television show, "Life Is Worth Living," watched by millions of Americans throughout the 1950s.

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Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) was one of the best-loved prelates of twentieth century Catholicism. A prolific writer and orator, a distinguished scholar and teacher, an influential master of the media, Bishop Sheen was one of the most effective communicators of our time. His scores of books have offered inspiration, profound thought, and penetrating analysis of Christian faith and life.

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Very easy reading, yet with great depth of spirituality.
Lilangel
This book as well as others I have read by him have helped me increase in my spiritual life and be able to cope with the garbage we face in this world today.
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Everything I can get my hands on from him either I or my father read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bruce on February 6, 2007
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This is a very positive book. As the editor's review states, it gives us the key to overcoming vice: growing in virtue. Which is more than simply turning away from vice. We have to turn away from our vices and turn toward something that is good: the virtue God wants for us, which will make us more like Him.

Anybody who sincerely wants to feel fulfilled and overcome with good the sins of lust, or anger, or any of the other 7 deadly sins, and give greater glory to God in their lives through the grace and power Jesus Christ offers us through His sacrifice, this is a great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Bambino on September 29, 2008
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This is a short book, but filled with many important things to ponder. There are seven chapters, each one devoted to one of the seven deadly sins. Bishop Sheen describes each of the sins in detail and shows how they destroy the soul of the one who partakes in them. He of course, gives advice on how we can overcome such vices.

One interesting thing that he does is start each chapter with a quote from Jesus on the cross (one of the seven last words of Christ). In doing so, he is claiming that each one of Christ's seven last words corresponded to something about each one of the seven deadly sins. It was quite interesting, and something that is worth contemplating.

Of course, Bishop Sheen is a lucid writer, and he is always an easy and enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Ostrowski on February 25, 2012
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I'm a tremendous fan of Bishop Sheen's work, and I love the way he spoke and wrote. I knew I was going to like this book from the get-go. However, to be perfectly honest, out of all the books by Fulton J. Sheen that I've read, this is probably the weakest. By no means, however, does that make it bad.

He outlines, in this book, the various vices of Catholic tradition, and how each corresponds to the different "words from the cross;" an interesting subject of discussion, a good talking-point, and a subject on which to reflect. However, to be honest, I actually thought that his words on the subject of each vice had more to do with the words from the cross than they did with the vices, and I've already seen him treat of that subject (better, I think) in "the Life of Christ."

That's not enough for a star down, exactly, or even a half-star down, but I needed to take points off somewhere, because I found Bishop Sheen overgeneralizing on some of the topics he brings up in this book. For example, he says in his chapter on Gluttony, "reason demands that food and drink be taken for the necessities and conveniences of nature." This, I think, is much too broad a statement, and it can simply be misinterpreted much too easily.

I think Bishop Sheen assumes that if you're picking up this book, then that means you're already well-formed in your conscience, and are looking for a little bit of encouragement, but it's certainly possible for people to misinterpret and misunderstand what's said herein. In fact, I could probably write a whole book myself on how to correct such misinterpretations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mjtruongluan on January 7, 2014
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Virtuous living is the true path to freedom. It gives purpose and meaning to your life. It sets free your soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ozoneannie on November 19, 2013
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This is an all time favorite of mine. I go back to reread periodically. Characters from the passion are studied in light of the 7 deadly sins and the virtue needed to combat the sin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kevin crotzer on July 9, 2013
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no one covers Catholic Theology like Bishop Sheen, in this book you will find the key to learning what most people have no clue to knowing,and that is SELF! the book deals with vices that we readily see in others and that we in fact are guilty of ourselves. in order to love God fully(and our neighbor)we have to root out these vices from our daily lives! this book is a big step in accomplishing that.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Declan,Ireland on August 12, 2010
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An interesting read but somewhat dated.Having watched 'Life is Worth Living' on EWTN,I believe that the late Archbishop speaks better than he writes.

However Sheen's views on vice are timeless and in an increasingly secular world it is a message worth learning.If the reader is prepared to look beyond the dry archaic language then they could gain much from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janine Skrzelowski on September 26, 2014
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I loved this book. Since I am not the sharpest tool in the shed, I found that this is an easy read. He has a way with words to really make you stop, think, and contemplate your own life.
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