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The Virtue Driven Life Paperback – September 1, 2006
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A great overview of the virtues--will please all of Father Benedict's fans as well as those who are just coming to know of him.
I am the author of The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You
Groeschel once again challenges the reader to lead a more fully Christian life and uses his psychological background at times to relate to what frustrates and beseiges the modern day person searching for a closer realtionship to God. Excellent as a retreat companion or a Lenten guide without gloss or heavy duty theological phrasing.
Oh, and this is NOT a works-based salvation worldview. The worldview expressed is based on what God has made, body, soul and matter and God's gift of grace which blesses all regardless of whether or not they believe OR love. The task of responding to this grace is that of the individual reader, a response which either receives and willingly accepts the grace OR ignores and disregards it since humans are not puppets or robots by design.
Fr. Groeschel has such brilliant insights not only in his immense psychological expertise, but his beautiful spiritual wisdom. This book's truly theologically correct, a useful guide to a closer relationship with Our Lord and His Truths. Fr Groeschel leads the reader and journeyer to delve into the theological and natural virtues to grow in holiness and lead a fuller, grace-filled life.
This book fits right in with the charism of the movement. "Regnum Christi" means "Christ's Kingdom" in Latin. In Regnum Christi, we are taught how to identify our root sin or predominant fault. We then actively work with the Holy Spirit to develop and strengthen the opposing virtue. In "The Virtue Driven Life", Fr. Groeschel guides the reader to an in-depth and personal understanding of the virtues.
The book looks closely at the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity; as well as the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. It is rich in colorful examples to illustrate these virtues. Fr. Groeschel pulls sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that enhance our understanding of the virtues in our practical lives. This is helpful to anyone desiring to increase self-awareness and grow in holiness. Father also includes "Questions for Meditation" for each virtue he discusses.
"The Virtue Driven Life" is a quality resource and an easy read. I highly recommend it as part of your spiritual reading list.
Christina M. Weber, MS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
"I help Catholic Women have phenomenal relationships with God and others."
by Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2006
Pp. 156. Paperback $12.95.
ISBN: 13:978-159276-265-1; LCCN: 2006932354
Review by Reverend Brian Van Hove, S.J.
Published in The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, vol. 30, no 1 (Spring 2007): 34-35
Don't let the title of Father Benedict Groeschel's newest book mislead you. Catholics might think that he is sparring with the Baptist minister Rick Warren. Warren, founding pastor of the Saddleback Valley Community Church in southern California, wrote a best-seller, The Purpose-Driven Life: What On Earth Am I Here For? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002). It sold twenty-five million copies. Written in a devotional style of forty chapters, perhaps Warren's theology is to Evangelicals what St. Ignatius' "First Principle and Foundation" theology is to Catholics.
Wrong. Groeschel is not responding to Warren. Rather, he is casting into semi-popular language a serious point that Pope Benedict XVI made at Regensburg University in September 2006. He could not have done this intentionally because the book was finished before the pope arrived in Bavaria.
Reason (or Logos) and our Greek philosophical inheritance may not be shed except at peril to the Faith itself. Jews and Catholics understand this because of their two-source theory of Revelation (Scripture and Tradition), whereas Evangelicals and Muslims do not. The Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura, and the absence in Islam of any principle of secondary causality, does not equip Evangelicals or Muslims to appreciate the importance of tradition. That is what the pope reemphasized at Regensburg.Read more ›
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The explaination between the natural virtures and the supernatural virtures was a good insight. The author's personal illustration were historical and interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Clarence Tucker
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It does a great job of helping you consider the idea of virtue and how you can possibly center (or at least place!) virtue in your life. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Duke
I am 3/4 done and think that this is the perfect book to provide a good level of explanation of each virtue and give good examples of natural levels vs. supernatural virtue. Fr. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by S. K. Lee
My husband and I read this book and discussed it as part of our lent. It presents interesting issues to ponder then discuss. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by S. Leiker
Not only does the humble, but saintly, Father Benedict Groeschel expose us to the virtues which should be guiding our daily lives, he gives illustrations and pertinent suggestions... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by Mary Louise King