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"The Catholic Church faces many obstacles in reaching out to 21st-century young adults. Weber, a 20-something Harvard graduate and producer at CatholicTV, wants to lend a hand by evangelizing his peers and helping them navigate their way in a church that can be quite intimidating. While very committed to his faith, the author takes a humorous and slightly irreverent approach to Catholicism. The writing is strongest when the author is explaining how he discovers God in his daily life, through the ordinary, mundane, and even frustrating moments. This is no small favor that he offers to those in his generation; many of them have not been taught about faith, prayer, or spirituality. The numerous pop culture references will help ease skeptical young adults into the faith-inspired stories. (Sept.)"
-- Publishers Weekly


"What readers will most appreciate is Weber’s unabashed honesty. As do many of us today — not just twenty-somethings — he struggles with, in his words, 'the overall challenge of trying to be a good Catholic. . . . The real problem lies in knowing what voices to listen to.' And a Weber take-away? 'Be a good Catholic in whatever way you can.'"
-- Bob Zyskowski, Catholic Hotdish


"As a mom, and one who’s busy raising young adult men, I’d love to meet Matt Weber’s mother. She must have done something pretty spectacular to raise a son who’s not only an excellent writer, but also witty, insightful, polite and a pretty awesome evangelist with a dash of great personality. I don’t really need to say much more about Fearing the Stigmata except to say, “Go buy it… now!” Actually, while you’re at it, buy two or three copies because this is one you’ll want to share."

--Lisa Hendy, CatholicMom.com



"In Fearing the Stigmata, Weber’s young-adult perspective is relevant to any age, but especially so to a world too anxious to shed what is perceived to be the confines of Catholicism. For him, his faith does not confine but instead gives life shape and meaning. (Weber) comes across as just a regular guy with experiences seen through a religious and comedic lens.Matt’s life snippets are precisely what Catholicism is about, allowing our faith to color our lives. By the end of the book, Matt pronounces: 'Fear not the stigmata. Be a good Catholic in whatever way you can, and take this charge with adventuresome spirit.'"
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Patti Maguire Armstrong, The Integrated Catholic Life 


"Fearing the Stigmata is his charmingly earnest and witty take on living as a Catholic young adult in the modern world."
-- Nancy Piccione, The Catholic Post 


"In a devourable 160 pages, Weber, a 20-something Harvard University grad student and host of CatholicTV’s “A Word with Weber,” uses life anecdotes to relay simple messages of faith. Weber writes succinctly and with a relatable spirit, allowing his quirky sense of humor to permeate the pages for a fun, thoughtful read."
-- Gretchen R. Crowe, Arlington Catholic Herald 


"Quirky and introspective, Matt Weber’s genuine personality shines in this inspirational narrative. Mirth in the writing accompanies Weber’s ability to divulge his entire thought-process to the reader. His self-confidence is contagious, and his funny experiences as a 20-something Catholic prove to be laugh-out-loud worthy. This book isn’t necessarily meant to give any answers. Mostly it asks questions that allow the reader to take a step back and really think about the topic."
-- Isabel Hernandez, Portland Book Review


“Matt Weber is the voice of a new generation of Catholics.”
- CBS News

About the Author

Matt Weber is a Harvard graduate. As a producer for CatholicTV, he hosts a weekly segment called A Word with Weber, which airs internationally to over 10 million viewers. He is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Weber lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829437363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829437362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laughter, tears, and spiritual refreshment, all in one book. And I'm not even Catholic. :) Reminded me of Anne Lamott - if she were male, Catholic, in her 20s, and was a little less sardonic. :) I finished the book in one sitting this afternoon. I read each section thinking this was my favorite, then read the next one and thought, no, THIS is my favorite. Repeat too many times to count. Had to stifle my laugh in places ("unique yak wedgie"?! - when will I ever encounter that phrase again?) as I was in a cafe; teared up over some sections. Refreshing throughout. Fed my spirit. Enjoyed it thoroughly and came up with a list of people to gift to and also recommend to. I love that each section is short enough for a quick inspirational read on a morning commute or just before bed. (But that may be defeated by the fact that each section ends in a way that makes you want to move on to the next story.) Can't wait for the next one!!
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I titled this review delectable treat not only because my favorite chapter of the book speaks of one man's search for cheesy puffs, But because, this book can be read in a similar manner as one could enjoy a bag of hershey kisses or a box of cookies, or a barrel of cheese puffs. You could eat them carefully maybe enjoying one or two a night over a month or so. Or you can be a gluttonous reader such as myself and devour the entire bag box or barrel in one sitting. There are 50 or so 3 page chapters. Each one is a memory, recollection, or observance in which an incredibly insightful young catholic man takes a look at a particularly funny, sad, mundane, or unique experience in his life and reviews in light of his faith. You will laugh out loud, you will say "Oh my god that has happened to me, or I did that" and you will perhaps cry, I certainly did. This book is perfect for anyone of any faith, and certainly anyone of any age. I hope Matt Weber releases another book quite soon
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded Fearing the Stigmata. For one, I am a non-practicing Jew. Secondly, I didn't know what the Stigmata actually was or why I should fear it. I was stigmatized by my ignorance, however. Having attended Harvard with Matthew Weber and having worked on a creative project or two, I know he has a good sense of humor. But a book? Even having faith in Matt's ability, I was pleasantly surprised from beginning to end just how well written and engaging the chapters are and the book is. I read it in two sittings and will likely read it again. It has smiles and laugh out loud moments throughout. Equally important, the integrity of the stories is present throughout. My only complaint is a personal one - I was not mentioned in the book. Apparently, I am not a big enough celebrity (okay, not one at all), but Matt has purchased food for me. Who is this Ashley Judd person and why did she get a smoothie? (Okay, she was a classmate of ours, but...) Anyway, the book is a great read and I cannot endorse it highly enough. Kudos Mr. Weber. Kudos.
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Matt Weber explains himself as the "Andy Rooney" of Catholic TV. I can see that in the way his book is laid out. I was expecting some real life anecdotes about a good Catholic guy who went out in the world and just did stuff day to do. What I found was myself laughing SO HARD at parts in this book. His stories are a delight to read. There is the occasional story that you stop and think about, but the rest are witty and utterly enjoyable.

I highly recommend this for young adults (myself being one) who are trying to find out who they are in their faith. This book gives some real instances that everyone deals with and will help you learn how to find holiness (and humor) in all you do.
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It's rare to find a book that makes you laugh, think, and choke up, but this book hits all three. I've loved sharing in the stories Matt offers - stories that so reflect my experiences as a young Catholic yet shine a refreshing light. I recommend this book to all of my Catholic and non-Catholic friends; they've all become quick fans of Matthew Weber!
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As a faithful Catholic I am always looking for books that offer insight into my faith...and I happened onto this treasure! I found the stories both insightful and funny at the same time and found that between tears of laughter I also found tears of compassion. I, too, struggle sometimes with the secularization of our culture and have lived years fearful of sharing my faith - concerned that it might appear "un-modern" to my non- or former Catholic friends. This book offered a brave insight into why that can no longer be for the younger generations of Catholics. In a totally nonjudgmental and loving compassionate manner, this book and it's wonderful author (Matt Weber) remind us that first we are all flawed children of God and even those who may appear most steady in our faith falter and wonder if we are on the righteous path. As younger Catholics we have a calling to share our faith stories (which are often wisely funny) with not only one another, but with non-Catholics and non-Christians. Catholicism is truly as Mr. Weber writes, a VERY cultural faith and with it brings idiosyncrasies foreign to people of other faiths. But in the humor and brutal honesty of his words, Mr. Weber, shares our faith in an openness that is refreshing and enlightening. Do not prepare yourself for Theology 101, or really any heavy lifting intellectually, but it is great read that reminds us to SHARE our faith and maybe join the choir and maybe play a little balloon volleyball with nuns - because after all even Jesus laughed!
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