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Johannes Messner was a close colleague and friend of Chancellor Dollfuss. Dr. Alice von Hildebrand is the widow of the man who ran "The Christian Corporative State," the newspaper officially commissioned by Dollfuss's publicity chief. Dr. John Zmirak is the author of "Wilhelm Roepke," He contributes to such publications as "Success," "The Baton Rouge Business Report," "Investor's Business Daily," and "Faith and Family,"
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  • Perfect Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Ascension Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934217948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934217948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie D. VINE VOICE on October 18, 2010
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Disorientation is specifically designed to help educate young Catholics on the threshold of leaving home for college and the "Wild West" (so to speak) of modern ideologies with which they will be bombarded upon entering the classrooms. The idea is that if they know what something is (progressivism, multiculturalism, hedonism, and so forth) then they can identify it up front and not fall prey to replacing solid Catholic teachings with skewed ideas. Fourteen essays by top Catholic writers explain and put into context these ideologies which so many people think are "just naturally the way things are." It is edited by John Zmirak so there is a reliable light touch with tongue firmly in cheek that permeates the book. (For the record, I think this is a good thing, especially if you are aiming at the college-bound.)

Let's face it. Chances are that your child has been exposed to these ideologies long before heading off for college. Most of those ideas are communicated through television, movies, and pals who they see every day. Talking about these things intelligently at home is the best way to make sure that everyone understands just why what the Church teaches is true and where those other ideas have skewed truth. If your kids are going to college, sure go ahead and get them a copy. But you don't have to wait that long. This book does a terrific job of helping us understand things from a proper point of view. Get a copy for yourself now. And one for the kids ... no time like the present when it comes to understanding how our culture thinks versus how the Church does.
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I could have used this book a couple of decades ago, even though I'm not Catholic. The articles in it cover a lot of ground and provide an introduction to the various "heresies" being preached to our youth on college campuses. Furthermore, it is well-written, intelligent, and reasonable; by this I mean that the reader won't find young-earth creationist views or nasty irrational and fanatical fringe ideas always pointed to by the enemies of the church, often unfairly. That's what makes it, in my view, a very strong handbook against anti-Christian modern ideas. One cannot go to college without getting tainted by some of those insane ideologies pushed down his/her throat by tenth-rate professors with axes to grind, instructors who are encouraged to preach radical leftist philosophies when they should be delivering to the student and his/her parents the expensive education they signed in for. What a student gets instead is emotional and confused utopian ideas about life, moral indifference, and flashy hippie slogans that have no substance. The wishy-washy liberal "Christian" will dislike this book because it bluntly goes against relativist views and does not beat around the bush when defending Christian truth. One thing for sure, it certainly does not provide a lukewarm or watered-down version of the traditional Christian teachings. Now, I think some parts of this book may be a little difficult for a high-school student with no background in classical literature, but that is unavoidable since the authors try to provide a context for their topics. I could also say it's too Catholic for me, but I couldn't disagree with it on much, and its authors don't hide the fact that it is a Catholic statement to begin with, so I respect that. I would recommend it along with The Abolition of Man by C. S.Read more ›
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One hundred years after G.K. Chesterton penned his famous Heretics, editor John Zmirak has produced a modern version of Chesterton's classic work. Zmirak's book, titled Disorientation: How to go to College Without Losing Your Mind (Ascension Press, 188 pages, paperback), bring together fourteen contributors, each picking apart a common ideology found on college campuses. The book was written to give intellectual ammunition to young Catholics as they head off for higher education.

Throughout the book, top writers break down the history, analyze the appeal, and debunk the empty promises of wildly popular philosophies including:

* Sentimentalism (Elizabeth Scalia)
* Relativism (Eric Metaxas)
* Hedonism (John Zmirak)
* Progressivism (Peter Kreeft)
* Multiculturalism (Robert Spencer)
* Anti-Catholicism (Jimmy Akin)
* Utilitarianism (Fr. Dwight Longenecker)
* Consumerism (Eric Brende)
* Feminism (Donna Steichen)
* Cynicism (George William Rutler)
* Scientism (John Keck)
* Americanism (Mark Shea)
* Marxism (Jeffrey Tucker)
* Modernism (John Zuhlsdorf)

If you are unfamiliar with any of these ideologies--or "ism's", if you will--Disorienation provides an enjoyable introduction. The writing is deliciously snarky--you can almost see the writer's smirks as they pick through their topics. Though it is a serious-minded book, the topics are approached with whim and wit.

Considering its target audience, however, the book is written at a fairly high level. Disorienation is geared toward recent high-school graduates and young college students, but if somebody handed this book to me when I was that age I would have found it neither compelling or understandable.
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