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Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith (Harvest Book) Paperback – 15 Oct 1998


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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (15 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156006189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156006187
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,165,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 11 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Buckley is an exceptionally talented man; his writing is only one of many disciplines at which he excels. And even within this field he is an accomplished novelist, essayist, speech writer, author of monographs, and the author of a syndicated national newspaper column. This particular work could be legitimately characterized as theology although the author denies that he is so qualified. By his definition this may be true, but his level of expertise on Christianity, and on being a Roman Catholic far surpasses the knowledge the majority of the practitioners of the faith can claim.
I came back to this book for a second reading after Mr. Buckley was mentioned several times in the new book by Gary Wills, "Why I Am A Catholic". Mr. Buckley's working title was the same as that of Mr. Wills, but when his book was published in 1997 it had become, "Nearer, My God". Mr. Wills and Mr. Buckley had worked together with Mr. Wills having written for the National Review. Their personal preferences in the political sphere were to become incompatible, and the professional relationship ended.
"Nearer My God", is not as critical of the Church although it does raise a variety of questions about Vatican II, and the decline of virtually any form of religious instruction in education, public or private. Mr. Buckley shares the changes that have taken place at the preparatory school he attended, and includes at the end of his book a list of quite prestigious private schools generally founded by Christians, and their present course offerings that are devoid of anything other than religious homogeneity. The effort spent ensuring that any discussion/teaching is as far from any study of specific religions, is either laughable, or offensive depending on the reader's point of view.
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Format: Paperback
This was the book that drove some important decisions in my life. Mr. Buckley has gathered from his own experience some deeply personal relections on Roman Catholic faith. I cherish his effort in writing about his life and knowledge of the church in a manner that is spiritual and reflective of a deep sense of grace. Chapter 8 on Christ's Crucifixion and Chapter 9 about St. Bernadette's experience at Lourdes were stunning to me. I was quite struck by the personal honesty displayed for public view, but I got a sense that Mr. Buckley might someday return to the subject for a sequel. Hopefully he will continue to explain Catholicism in his interesting, witty and challenging manner. Although this book was a tremendous joy to read, it is at times challenging in it's vocabulary and depth of intellectual thought. Well worth the effort for the appreciative reader searching for some of the toughest theological questions. Casual readers will probably find the slog of the first few chapters more difficult that easier digested works. A Five Star Feast for faithful inquirer's of Roman Catholicism.
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By Patrick Mullane on 15 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of essay topics written by the late author as they pertain to faith and specifically the Church. He mixes both his own life journey, as well as that of others who had come to the Catholic faith, in an attempt to gain deeper insight into the workings of religion. This work admirably succeeds and provides an erudite and humane guidance on these matters.
As the author points out that it is not supposed to be easy living a Catholic life, but this does provide an intellectual framework on how to approach it.
Recommended.
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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
A fine polished work that walks the fine line between academia and spirituality. Few books manage this successfully and, like the recent "THE Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth" by Richard G. Patton, Buckley also manages to portray historical figures in a believable and contemporary light
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
Except for an interesting chapter about the Catholic upbringing of his early life, it seemed like Mr. Buckley simply went to his file cabinet and strung together a series of loosely related items. You don't get the sense of a profoundly intimate spiritual autobiography.
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