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Theology for Beginners 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0892831241
ISBN-10: 0892831243
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About the Author

FRANK SHEED had a distinguished career as an evangelist, publisher, lecturer and writer. He and his wife, Maisie Ward, founded the publishing house Sheed & Ward in London, publishing works by such prominent authors as Dorothy Day, Jacques Maritain, Francois Mauriac and G.K. Chesterton. His many books include A Map of Life, Theology and Sanity, To Know Christ Jesus and The Holy Spirit in Action.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Servant; 3rd edition (June 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892831243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892831241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot give any book higher regard than I do "Theology for Beginners" by F. Sheed. I felt my spirit tingling with joy as I read this book, and found it as much a page-turner as ANY book, fiction or otherwise, I have ever read.
Mr. Sheed is one of those rare men who has an immense knowledge, yet can explain it in a way that makes it not only a pleasure to read but understandable as well. He brings to light the three most important concepts in life and theology: spirit, infinite and eternal. When reading Mr. Sheeds explanations of these concepts your view of life will likely be irrevocably changed.
If you want to know God, if you think you already know God, if you want to love God, if you already profess to love God, PLEASE read this book. Whatever God-laden yeast you bring to this book it will rise 100 fold into a baker's loaf!
Even if you doubt God exists, or think His existence can't be arrived at logically or by reason, read this book because you have a surprise waiting for you.
Forgive my exhuberance but I LOVE THIS BOOK - you will to. :)
P.S. Also read another book of Mr. Sheed's entitled "Theology and Sanity".
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If you want to know God in a more profound way, this is the book to read. Sheed really delivers with his easy-to-understand, explanations about the mysteries of God, the Trinity, Mary and the Catholic faith. There were so many "lightbulbs turned on" in reading this book that I now feel immensely closer to God and more knowledgeable of His plan and His works. This book is invaluable as an introduction to Theology.
I am now reading Sheed's "Theology and Sanity", which is a deeper study of the subjects found in "Theology for Beginners".
"Theology for Beginners" is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to know God better.
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Theology for Beginners is the link between the Scriptures and the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. F J Sheed takes his time and explains theology in the layman's language. He constantly references Scripture (he asks the reader to stop and go to the scripture before continuing). He warns the reader of a difficult concept ahead of time so that the reader is prepared and not overwhelmed. Sheed says it best, "The theology which the theologians knows does not nourish the laity until they, too, learn it". Sheed is brilliant.
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Sheed's "Theology for Beginners" is an excellent book. It is easy to read, and explains some difficult topics of Catholicism in an easy to understand style. Even if you only plan to read one or two books on your faith, I think this should definitely be one of them.
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I really enjoyed this book. I was happy that It was easy to understand Sheed's deep philosophical explanations of the great dogmas of the Church. It was highly recommended by Patrick Madrid on Open Line: Thursday Edition and I can see why. While it is great beginners, I anticipate going back over this book again and again over the years.

It starts out with the basics such as why one should even desire to study theology and how to understand what exactly is meant by "spirit". It also includes The Trinity, Creation, The Fall, Redemption, Moral Virtues, The Sacraments, The Eucharist, The Mass, and others. Sheed concludes with Death and the End of the World. He goes through each topic thoroughly, building logical explanations that take you on a the journey of the Church teachings. The sections are broken up in small parts that can easily be referred back to and be read in short sessions. Sheed repeatedly encourages the reader of the importance that all theological books should be accompanied by the reading of Scripture.

This book has helped me learn about Church teaching but more importantly- it has helped me to come to understand Church teaching.

This Angelico Press reprint is beautiful. I like the layout: the size and style of the font, the page breaks, and the size of the book.
Lastly, it has a beautiful cover image that my children and I really appreciate!
I have enjoyed the conversations that have emerged from my children's questions and comments of the cover artwork.

This is a great addition to my library.
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If you are sincere in wanting to learn the truth about the teachings of the Catholic Church, this book is one of the best in giving you the truth in a very easy to understand manner. It takes you below the surface to the real meaning and understanding of what Jesus Christ wanted his followers to understand about Himself and about His Father and the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend it to anyone who is willing to go deeper in understanding the teachings of the Catholic Church, and this is only the beginning.
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Frank Sheed has a knack for explaining difficult subjects; his use of analogies helps tremendously. Even for a new Catholic convert like me, Frank Sheed's writings: "Theology and Sanity", "To Know Christ Jesus" along with "Theology for Beginners" have been great sources of enlightenment and brought me closer to knowing God and loving my new Catholic Faith.
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