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Fulton J Sheen
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Treasure in Clay provides a lifetime’s worth of wisdom from one of the most beloved and influential figures in twentieth-century Catholicism.

Completed shortly before his death in 1979, Treasure in Clay is the autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen, the preeminent teacher, preacher, and pastor of American Catholicism.

Called “the Great Communicator” by Billy Graham and “a prophet of the times” by Pope Pius XII, Sheen was the voice of American Catholicism for nearly fifty years. In addition to his prolific writings, Sheen dominated the airwaves, first in radio, and later television, with his signature program “Life is Worth Living,” drawing an average of 30 million viewers a week in the 1950s. Sheen had the ears of everyone from presidents to the common men, women, and children in the pews, and his uplifting message of faith, hope, and love shaped generations of Catholics.

Here in Sheen’s own words are reflections from his childhood, his years in seminary, his academic career, his media stardom, his pastoral work, his extensive travels, and much more. Readers already familiar with Sheen and as well as those coming to him for the first time will find a fascinating glimpse into the Catholic world Sheen inhabited, and will find inspiration in Sheen’s heartfelt recollections. Treasure in Clay is a classic book and a lasting testament to a life that was worth living.

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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385159854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385159852
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Life of a Great Man 5 Jun 2001
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Fulton Sheen writes about his life and what inspired the man. He writes of his road to the priesthood and his subsequent path towards loving God in the best way he could. He talks about the 'Holy hour' before the blessed sacrament that made his day and that inspired his countless writings. He writes about his love for souls and their conversion to Christ. In this, his passion was to help convert people through the missions; his work as the in charge for the Propagation of the faith. He writes of his travels and of his encounters with hundreds and thousands of people and how he inspired people to come back to God. Truly insightful in practical everyday living with deep thoughts about life and its everday aspects of struggle and how to put meaning into it. His life is truly worth reading....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of a true priest 7 Oct 2007
Archbishop Sheen by the grace of God was given enough time on earth to write this book. He died a few days upon its completion. His television show was engaging enough to capture the rapt attention of child and adult alike. As does this book.

We learn of his life from the time as a child being raised by his Christian parents and the ethics they instilled in him. Through his early priesthood, his studies and his life long vocation as a priest. It even includes his experience at the Second Vatican Council. He leaves nothing out of his life, his mistakes, his sins his love are all laid out for us to learn from.

His life is truly inspirational and should be read by every priest. In his own words he always lets us know he never felt worthy of any of his accomplishments and knew all he did was by the grace of God. A true great teacher of the twentieth centaury. this book is a treasure to be read and cherished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to a good read 29 Oct 2013
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Having heard this great man speak and having read many of his inspiring books I was very pleased to find this autobiography. Good price and very quick delivery too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 20 Sep 2013
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Loved this book. I love to read anything from or about Fulton. J. Sheen. I would definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 2 Aug 2014
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A moving account of a priestly and episcopal ministry that touched thousands....a challenging book for priests and people. Well worth reading
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