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About the Author

Matthew Kelly has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the-best-version-of-themselves. Born in Sydney, Australia, he began speaking and writing in his late teens while he was attending business school. Since that time, more than four million people have attended his seminars and presentations in more than fifty countries. Today he is an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant. His books have been published in twenty-five languages, have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, and have sold in excess of three million copies. Kelly is also a partner at Floyd Consulting, a Chicago based management-consulting firm. His clients include: Pepsi, Procter and Gamble, Chick-fil-A, General Electric, FedEx, HSBC, the Department of Defense, McDonalds, US Bank, 3M, Ernst & Young, the U.S Navy, the U.S. Air Force, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. The Matthew Kelly Foundation was established in 1995 to help young people discover their mission in life. Over the past fifteen years Kelly has visited several hundred high schools, inspiring students to use their lives to make a contribution. The foundation's most recent initiative is a grade-school program entitled, Why am I Here? Matthew is also one of the most passionate Catholic speakers and authors of our time. Raised Catholic, Kelly discovered what he calls the genius of Catholicism in his teens and has spent the past two decades inspiring millions of men, woman, and children to explore the faith in a fresh way. He foundered The Dynamic Catholic Institute to research why Catholics engage or disengage and determine what it will take to establish vibrant Catholic communities in the 21st Century. Matthew Kelly s core message resonates with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether he is speaking in a business forum, at a high school, or in a church, he invites his audience to become the-best-version-of-themselves. His personal interests include golf, piano, literature, spirituality, investing, spending time with his wife Meggie and their son Walter, and making a difference in the world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Publishing; 2nd Revised & Expanded edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984131892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984131891
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward J. Barton VINE VOICE on January 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A good book for the "former" Catholic, of the Catholic who doesn't really embrace or understand their religion. Matthew Kelly takes a very candid approach to the Church's problems, calling for reform and review of the institution of the temporal Church, but this is a minor element of the book, and only adds credibility to the main focus of the text - which is the need for a spiritual renewal and reform. Emphasizing seven tenents of:

*Daily Prayer
*The Mass
*The Bible
*Spiritual Reading, and
*The Rosary

Kelly calls the reader to rediscover the spiritual, mystical and mystery of the Church through practice and perseverence. Using the example of several sains, Kelly demonstrates that our goal needs to be self-improvement and becoming our best-self, and that the Church provides a spiritual vehicle for that journey. A good read and a reminder that regardless of the temporal failings and human nature of the institution, the mystery and deep traditions of the Church hold much transformative spiritual and mystical power and all should not be tarred with the same brush.
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Matthew Kelly has gotten straight to the heart of the matter in his book Rediscover Catholicism: as a whole, the fire is missing from our parishes. Kelly tenaciously addresses the issue of Catholic evangelization. This key element directly affects the vitality, spirituality, and fate of the faith we love.

His words encourage us to take back our spiritual heritage, to live our faith richly.

His point that Protestants have taken sole claim to Christian evangelization is painfully true. His comment that the Mass can be seen as uninviting is important. As Kelly explains, the Holy Mass is not designed to be an outreach program. It is designed to be an intimate worship of our Holy God.

Protestants have mastered the art of outreach, and that is why ex-Catholics are flooding into Protestant churches. The Protestant community is meeting people where they are--by providing coffee bars, hosting seminars, and having live worship bands rock outdoor picnics. These events are appealing and in comparison make our beautiful Catholic parishes seem out of touch. Like Kelly, by no means do I believe this makes the Mass irrelevant. I simply think it means we need to take note of what brings people in, and then provide solutions to people's mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs outside the Mass.

The Christian trend away from the Mass is sad and ironic, because the Catholic Church is responsible for the evangelization of nearly the entire world and the spread of modern medicine, public education, the preservation of Holy Scripture, and the promotion of human rights.

But despite this spiritual legacy, Kelly's description of today's generation as disengaged and un-disciplined is dead on. Society at large is driven by consumption.
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Format: Paperback
For the first hundred pages I was skeptical; the prose wanders quite a bit, and reads like a motivational talk filled with generalities but little of substance. I kept waiting for him to dig in and tell us how to get from here to there.

The overarching theme is that to revitalize our faith, the Church and the world, we must strive to become the "best versions of ourselves." It is a a worthy theme, but it took a long time to make every point; the book could have been cut by a third and still had the same impact.

However, it is a worthwhile read for the chapters on the Pillars of Catholicism: confession, daily prayer, the Mass, the Bible, fasting, spiritual reading, and the rosary. Here, at last, he really delves into the rationale behind each of these practices. For instance, in the fasting chaper, he outlines the idea that true freedom can only be found when we are not slaves to the body. We would like to think our mind and soul is in charge, but the truth is that the body's desires are the driving force behind many of our actions. Many of the most self-destructive behaviors in our society are possible because the body is behind the wheel instead of the mind and will. Fasting teaches you discipline and frees you from the slavery to the body's desires.

Once I got there, I understood his reticence to hit specifics. Every person's calling is different, as unique as the individual, and his goal is to show us a path to finding out for ourselves what that is. A valid point, I think.

Overall: Well worth reading, but be aware that you'll have to wade through a lot of words to get to the point.
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I found Rediscover Catholicism's rah! rah! motivational speaker approach to the faith unappealing, though I'm sure many people would disagree with my reaction - indeed the book's been distributed for free by local Catholic parishes, and from the testimonials seems to have led some people back to the faith or deepened others' appreciation of it.

Matthew Kelly's "become the best version of yourself" mantra evokes memories of the US Army' s old recruiting pitch: Be All You Can Be. A dated advertising slogan isn't the best backdrop for a discussion of Catholicism.

There's much that solid in this book, particularly in the Part Three, The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. But there's also much that's banal, e.g., "The will of God is not as mysterious as many make it out to be. You come home from work and you have a choice: You can sit on the couch in front of the TV with a large bag of potato chips and some beer, or you can go for a run. Which will help you become the-best-version-of-yourself? Every situation can be approached with this question." So which will it be Mr. Tired Ditch Digger - go for a run or sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat chips with your ailing wife? There's also much that falls flat: "Read George Weigel's biography of John Paul II and you'll have a life changing experience." I've read it, and it didn't change my life. Nor did I buy, for example, Weigel's neocon criticism of the Pope's opposition to Bush era wars. If you do read Weigel's bio of JPII, I predict you'll be impressed by the Pope's early life but may be so bored by the latter part of the book that you may put it down permanently.
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