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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor; unknown edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592762654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592762651
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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I'm a long time fan of Father Benedict Groeschel, going back to his Capuchin days and this latest book is pure Father Benedict. As you might expect his look at the virtues isn't a rote rendering of them but a challenging and incredibly entertaining read. I found myself unable to put the book down.
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
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Groeschel does not disappoint, if you are an avid fan or a first time reader, this text will present very realistic situations for an expansion of spiritual growth and provide attainable options. The chapters are concise and this is a book one could space out over time or read in a full setting.

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.
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This is an extraordinary book. It has both explanations of the virtues and suggestions about how to incorporate them into a person's life. The tone is personal. It seems like the author is talking directly and easily with the reader.
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The title may be a play on Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life (apparently an editorial decision), but the content is both solid and time tested. Father Groeschel takes a look at the seven virtues, and explains the role of each of them in the life of a Chrisitan. He gives multiple examples of how each virtue is lived out, and insights on how to reach for them in our own lives. This is a straightforward guide on reaching a focus which will more readily help the reader attain the focus and peace they desire.
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An absolutely clear and easy to read format gets to the heart of virtue in seconds with practical points at every step. What's best is knowing that the author is one who practices what he writes, all the while reminding us of the need to convert daily from ourselves and selfish tendencies toward the unself-centered love of God and neighbor. So much is packed into this little book for all ages and stages of spiritual, yet practical development of mind and will. This would make a helpful group study. Every teacher, parent, student, subway, doctor and dentist office should keep a copy out. Edith Burns would approve heartily.
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.
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This small book is one of the best if not the best book I have ever read!
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.
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Fr. Groeschel, in my mind, is one of the most visibly known informal public figures and "elders" in the United States Roman Catholic Church to the devout lay Catholics. The Virtue Driven Life is one of the 20 books he has written. I participated in a study circle with my Regnum Christi team using this book.

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.

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The Virtue Driven Life
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.
Alma, Michigan
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.
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