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Rediscovering Catholicism: Journeying Toward Our Spiritual North Star Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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I do not feel that Mr. Kelly wrote this book to be a college text, and it should not be reviewed as one. No footnotes: I say good! Those who most need this book need not see the sources of Mr. Kelly's writings. I believe that it was written to be a self-help book for those who need a little encouragement on their Catholic path. Take it for what it is: a WONDERFUL, personal Catholic revitalization!
I am a life-long Catholic who was taught in Catholic schools all of my life (K-Grad School), but this book, at this stage in my life, helped me to learn more about my personal, Catholic faith than any classroom ever did. It's free moving treatment is wonderful. Mr. Kelly does not dwell on harsh points and always helps the reader guide him/herself along their own, personal path to their "Spiritual North Star".
Just as with all of these reviews, I hope that you take this for what it is worth: the view of a late-20's Catholic who was in need of a jump-start. "Rediscovering Catholicism" MORE than fit that bill.
But sticking your neck out well that's scary, that takes real hard work, study, thought, more research, footnotes and creativity and besides anyone who espouses that stuff could easily open themselves up to the charge of being a hypocrite.... which would then lead to more empty pews (according to Matthew)... see how this works? are you sick to your stomach yet?
Honestly, this book isn't it. You may feel good after reading it, but do not kid yourself, this won't bring you into communion with the Church if you are wrestling with "issues" as a Catholic. Do yourself a favor and next time go and read authentic, lovingly presented Catholic teaching from someone like Christopher West or JP II.
It ain't easy being Catholic in our secular world, you need AUTHENTIC theology and teaching along with prayer, action, and the Sacraments. I'm afraid this book won't help.
When I needed to navigate to my true soul's north star this was an instrumental book along with my old Catholic bible. The rosary made sense in the inner journey that surrendered my heart back to God and re-established the Catholic church as my compass. Matthew Kelly paints a stunning overview of just why Catholicism matters so intimatley in people's lives.
Just to give you a context of why this book is such a Catholic treasure ... I had not been to confession in 15 years because I had dabbled in New Age spirituality since freshman year at University. I had falsly come to the belief that my precognitive capacity had me in danger with the very church that ended up being my salvation from a secular existence comprised of career-driven, ambition seeking urban professional who only had time for friends, and a second income being a known intuitive and paid consultant on what the future would bring. In truth, my spiritual gifts were meant to raise and build the church ... nothing else.
You see, when a dark night of the soul came upon me it wasn't my tarot decks, my horoscope, my yoga teacher, chakra meditations, affirmations, incense, a secular psychologist, my own trusted and very expensive psychic, and most of all ... my own intuition that brought me back. It was prayer, confession, and books like this that restored my spiritual foundation. Being a Roman Catholic never leaves you ... you can take the girl out of the church but not the church out of the girl.
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The book change my life. Well written and a fast read. Gets better every time I read it.Published 14 months ago by martwen
For those fallen away Catholics this is a good way to re-aquaint yourself with the Catholic ChurchPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have not been able to go through it all, but it's very much interesting.Published 24 months ago by Chicago Al
Unfortunately like many others I slowly let popular culture and the actions of many religious zealots ruin my desire for going to Church. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Eric Hoffman
Matthew Kelly has the ability to clearly and simplistically explain the basics of Catholicism. His style is humorous and intelligent.Published on April 11, 2014 by K. Magoto
Just a great book...inspirational...a must read for any Catholic-especially if you feel you have lost your connection to the Church.Published on February 24, 2014 by monica