1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2013
Sheed, as always, is excellent. This is a concise overview of his theology and quite accessible. I would recommend following this up with his 'Theology and Sanity' which is a much more in depth book. It's very useful for putting different elements of Catholicism in perspective. I may not re-read and re-read this book, but I am certainly retaining very useful points from it. I particularly loved his analogies about us being the different cells in the Mystical Body of Christ, and his brief outline of the supernatural life and how this life is about training ourselves for Beatific vision rather than living a good life and getting a "ticket for heaven" as some sort of reward. Very interesting read!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2001
Frank Sheed details with his usual clarity and simplicity of expression the how and why of life. Packed with orthodox Catholic teaching, overflowing with philosophy, the reader cannot but come away with a greater understanding of life in general and the teachings of the Catholic Faith in particular. This book is essential for the youth of today, at a time when moral values and objective beliefs have been sacrifice for the glorification of man and exultation of self, to the dispising of God and the order He created in the world.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2000
Truly attractive, showing that with faith reason is not suspended but the opposite. One discovers the joy of applying reason to the foundation of one's faith and, perhaps for the first time, of thinking through the content of the faith and its consequnces in everyday life. A great read for anyone, but especially the younger (late teens to twentysomethings, third level students etc.). And all the more so if you're tending to distance yourself from your Faith because it seems all feelings and sentiment, built on feelings and sentiment, and expressed in non-sensical rites and formulae. While focused on reasons for believing in general, it does draw out in a lucid, if introductory way, how the Christian and Catholic Faith does not contradict reason but finds sure foundations in reason.