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- Publication Date: October 12, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M63TMIX
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God Has No Grandchildren: A guided reading of Pius XI's encyclical Casti Connubii, On Chaste Marriage Kindle Edition
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Leila Lawler has a wonderful way of seeing what the document means in its larger context and putting that into applicable words for the rest of us, who might otherwise read and only understand superficially, not quite seeing how these teachings apply to our lives or how we might put them into practice at home or elsewhere.
I highly recommend this collection of thoughts and would encourage anyone on the fence to go for it, it'll be plenty worth the price and much, much more.
Also, I'll say that the title and perhaps even the document might initially seem irrelevant to our daily lives, especially when our daily lives are diapers and cleaning messes, helping with homework, and making dinners, but! these discussions will show you how they're indeed related and even particularly relevant.
The book is not a paragraph-by paragraph analysis of the encyclical: it's more like a commentary that provides a reading key and a context, as well as reflections on the current situation of the family. One could even read it as a stand-alone book, as all the references to the encyclical are explained (you will just be very curious and tempted to go ahead and read the whole encyclical: do it!)
It's a pleasant surprise that one starts with the intention of reading about marriage, but ends up learning about all universal truths: why God made man, what love is and what original sin has done to it - in short, one learns about the meaning of being fully human, of our relationship with reality, with one another, and with God. It is the beauty of God's design that everything should be connected, and the author does a wonderful job of taking the reader by the hand and pointing out all these connections, which often run counter to the formulas of the politically correct groupthink we generally swim in.
In fact, the author repeatedly invites the reader to step back from all the modern cliches we've all grown accustomed to, especially the idea of marriage as a "big 'me' project" threatened by the birth of children, and the obsession with equality, an idea now mostly intended as a zero-sum power game between men and women (I can see Orwell shake his head here...). 'Give truth a chance!' might be the battle cry of this book, if I may be cute for a moment. And the truth benefits everyone: in this sense, the book is not just for Catholics, but for all people of good will.
But the best gift this book has for the reader might be its encouraging and down-to-earth tone (the chapters were born as posts for the author's blog, Like Mother Like Daughter). The author wants readers to see that all this theology talk does matter in our everyday lives, and does have consequences on our everyday decisions: it's not fluff only meant for academia or stuffy, soon-forgotten documents. I think a book like this would be a wonderful addition to a marriage-prep course (or just private preparation), exactly because it makes the encyclical accessible to everyone: no need to let the fear of a Church document stand in the way of getting marriage right, says the book.
I hope the author feels like tackling other encyclicals: they could use the same treatment!
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