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America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen Paperback – November 1, 2002
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I felt that Reeves had presented Sheen as entirely human, he did not try to portray him as a distant saint, nor try to deconstruct him in a voyeuristic way. He attempted to accurately present the man and his message. Based on his liberal number of interviews and sources I think he did a good job. He stated that there was simply a lack of a good biography on Archbishop Sheen and I think that he filled it.
I appreciated Reeves working in numerous quotations from Sheen's writings and talks which sent me to Amazon.com to see if many of these books were still in print. However, many are not, which seems a shame, because Sheen seems to me (as a 26-year-old) to have much to say about the current age.
Thomas Reeves is to be commended for the manner in which he tells the truth, the whole truth, about Sheen without defacing the Bishop's many good works and his positive influence upon a wide and diverse American public. Sheen's life was indeed a message "written with crooked lines" and one is reminded of Christ's words to the penitent woman, "her sins, many as they are, will be forgiven because of her great love." Though haunted by the pride and ambition that would seem to stalk nearly all television evangelists who followed, in the final analysis Sheen did love his God, though he himself ran a close second.
Born in 1895 on a farm in rural Illinois, the youthful Peter John Sheen was devout, smart, and disdainful of manual labor and farming. He was hardly the first country boy to see the cloth as a step up from shoveling manure. We forget that he was originally a priest of the Peoria, Illinois, diocese, possibly because of his distinguished academic record at the Louvain.
There is an air of mystery about Sheen's academic status, though.Read more ›
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I am an avid reader of anything about, or written by, Venerable Fulton J Sheen. I can never get enough of this unique and gifted prelate.
Several months ago, Thomas C. Read more
A beautiful story of a great man and priest who loved people and wanted them to live a happy life. Bishop sheen should have been a cardinal. Unfortunately this didn't happen. Read morePublished 9 months ago by V. Davis
I had a copy before, lent it out, now I have a copy again. Thanks a lot as it was just what I was looking for. Thanks.Published 20 months ago by Terrence Kieffer
Like other reviewers, I am surprised there aren't more biographies of Fulton Sheen. I think this book is a very good overall look at Sheen's life.Published 20 months ago by greyhound1954
In researching my own book for this timeless champion of the Catholic Church--a man who, like Jesus apparently, was not considered a prophet in his own land (the New York... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by jackbdowns
Reeves is fair and honest, though a bit "smitten". He captures the essence of Bishop Sheen's character, his intensity, and does so admiringly but not... Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Raymond G. Meyers