The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism Paperback – March 4, 2008
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David I. Fulton, S.T.D., J.C.D., a priest of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, holds doctorates in theology and canon law, and is on the faculty of St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.
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Although I bought the Guide to the Catholic Catechism as a possible reference book, and so have not read it cover to cover, I have dipped into a number of sections and have found it to take its subjects seriously, even while being written in an accessible, conversational way. In other words, you will learn a lot without feeling like you are working at it.
Another plus, important to me, is that every section I have read seems straightforward and free of bias. I could not tell you if the author is a liberal or a conservative. (As someone involved in Catholic education, I was happy to see that the book has an imprimatur, meaning that it is not contrary to defined Catholic doctrine.)
In short, I very much like what I have seen, and would recommend this guide as a personal reference tool or a tool for the classroom.
For persons (even Catholics) wondering why Catholics do the things they do both at Mass and in Devotional exercises, then you will get a pretty good handle on all that. BE ADVISED: this is not a replacement to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, just a good companion guide and really quick and surface referencer. Take it in that vein and you would be fine. The CIGCC does not have all the answers and questions are not answered to become a debating point.
This book gives an excellent short version of basic Catholic theology in around 300 pages. It is arranged in the same format as the Catechism and has references to the applicable Catechism graphs on each point. It's in a large font, easily read even with poor vision.
I give it 5-stars for providing Catholics what they need to know in a readable format with references for further research if desired. I wish someone had recommended this book when I converted.