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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, faithful, and engaging!, May 1, 2001
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This review is from: Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching (Paperback)
I can't delay any longer in recommending this book. West does an excellent job of distilling the teachings of the Church and Pope John Paul the II on sexuality and marriage. For anyone that finds the 400+ pages of Theology of the Body daunting, this is a wonderful solution. West uses a very conversational tone, as well as some question/answer, apologetics-type formatting to outline the very good news. And West pulls no punches on topics like Church authority on these teachings! I found his discussion of our fallen nature and how it makes us prideful and unwilling to submit to authority very convincing to even the not-so-docile of heart. I don't think I am giving it justice here.
Nor does he shrink from the difficult subjects surrounding the particulars of the conjugal act. I skimmed the book before I started reading. I loved how he says... now if you skipped to this section just to get the answers to these questions, make sure you go back and read the whole book to get the context! West definitely knows his audience.
I particularly liked this book to give as a gift to young adult friends who probably would shrink at reading Kippley's Sex and the Marriage Covenant, TOTB, Archbishop Fulton Sheen's Three to Get Marriedor more difficult texts on marriage. In this short book, its all in there in a very easy to read style. West is pretty upfront about the mistakes he's made and that element of humanity fits well within the teachings he is trying to convey.
Sound theology in communion with the Magisterium, delivered in an engaging apologetic style. What a blessing!!
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