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Dubay begins by laying out clear definitions and premises, and then moves on to practical examples and lifestyle changes. However, he never strays far from his central theme of how salvation and wealth don't mix. An example: "The main problem in developing a deep prayer life is by far the failure to live the radicality of the Gospel, hour by hour and day by day."
For those interested in a ringing biblical response to the modern American gospel of health-and-wealth, Dubay does it best. But more importantly, he inspires one to find joy in Christ rather than in the world by showing how God has indeed done as promised and `sent the rich away empty'.
But everyone concerned about living an authentically Christian life should read Fr. Dubay's "Happy Are You Poor". It's a personally challenging exploration of the meaning of the virtue of poverty ("Blessed are the poor"). That is to say, it will challenge you to deepen your commitment to Christ and His Kingdom.
Fr. Dubay tells us flat out that he thinks we ought to hear the true message of Gospel poverty that too many are afraid to proclaim (or practice): Christians must lead radically simple, frugal, and charitable lives. Demonstrated through Scripture and most prominantly through the lives of the saints, Fr. Dubay's book is a formidable challenge to our current lifestyles.
The first four chapters of "Happy Are You Poor", which comprises "part one", are almost entirely preliminary (and mostly boring). In them, Fr. Dubay (rightly) pleads with readers to approach his book prayerfully and with an openness to correction and admonishment. He spends a long time lamenting the fact that the virtue of poverty has been watered down by many good natured folks trying to make sense of their religious vows. They reduce saintly poverty (to which we are all called) to a vague sense of "detachment" from material goods or to an "availability to others" with one's time and self. The book is largely geared toward that audience -- those who have previously misinterpreted Gospel poverty.Read more ›
I am not saying that I enjoyed this book, with it's "hard-as-nails" challenging, yet ever so true, message. If I were to say that I am not attached to my music and movies, to my clothing outfits, to my hairstyles, and what not, I would be guilty of one of the seven deadly sins: lying. Although, I, like most people, I'm sure, would claim to own my things, rather than my things owning me. However, upon reading this book, a reality known as conviction knocked on my door, and has contributed to the ongoing process of crumbling away the demonic sin from my life: pride.
I will say it again, as I said to my roommate last night: This book was a marvelous read (as it was marvelously written), and rang ever so true in my ears. Yet, it was anything but an easy read. I emphatically did NOT enjoy being convicted, quite simply because I, like most Americans, do NOT want to be told that I, in any sense whatsoever, am wrong. As the shoddy philosophy of our day goes: "It's not right to say that some things are not right." I denounce that philosophy, yet I live by it every day. This book helped reveal that to me.
I think a lot of Protestants would be wise to read this book, as many of the Churches have been poisoned by the health and wealth heresy.Read more ›
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This book is thourough and challenging. I recommend it to EVERYONE, in any state of life.Published 4 days ago by Julia Wall
I have read this twice and am still having trouble understanding what "sharing to equality" is. Can someone help me out? :)Published 24 days ago by Jill Bruckner
One of the best books ever on gospel poverty. The book is challenging but clear and breaks down the call to embrace gospel poverty in each vocation (lay, religious, priestly). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin Sunshine
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We should strive to be saints. That is, we should be living lives of regular prayer and virtue with frequent recourse to the Sacraments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Bloomfield
What a concept! This book came along at just the right moment in my life. It is not a popular concept in today's society, but one that I can wholeheartedly embrace. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Stoeckl