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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
This book is very well-written. Although written prior to Vatican 2, it is still very relevant to contemporary society. It explores the essentials of the Roman Catholic Faith. It is very good at providing a theological defence of some of the more controversial teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, for example the real presence of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist and the Immaculate Conception.

I would recommend this book for someone who, like myself, is conscious of the attractiveness of Roman Catholic Spirituality but who struggles intellectually with some key Roman Catholic teachings.

I have found this book illuminating. It is a book which merits continual re-reading. For me it encourages a process of re-evaluating Roman Catholic Theology and Spirituality.

Some aspects of Roman Catholic Spirituality remain problematic for me, for example the 'filioque' clause in the Nicene Creed. This books looks at the idea that the Holy Spirit, whilst being a Person, is the bond of love between the Persons of God the Father and God the Son. Hence the belief that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son. This conflicts with my own understanding, which is the Eastern Orthodox understanding that the Holy Spirit proceeds only from the Person of the Father. I don't deny that the Holy Spirit is love, but surely the Persons of the Father and the Son also express love? The Holy Spirit is more than being the bond of love between the Persons of the Father and the Son. However, my understanding of this dimension of God's being is still evolving.

I would make just one criticism of this book, which is only a minor one really. Although it defines the nature of mortal sin, it doesn't provide specific examples of mortal sins, ie, if someone has committed adultery and has not repented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2014
This is an excellent read. Sheed has the rare talent of using few words to achieve maximum clarity. The book is structured in such a way that it is useful both for the uninitiated reader and those looking to clarify and declutter their own understanding of Catholic teaching. A big plus is that Sheed not only presents the material point by point but rather actively guides the reader along, inviting them to pause and let the truths sink in, re-read certain passages later in the book and read various chapters of sacred scripture to aid understanding. This is a must read for any Catholic who wants to set out along the path to truth, and I also highly recommend it for any other Christian or non-Christian who may be looking for a clear and consistent exposition of the core beliefs and teaching of the Catholic faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
This is a study book, and one that I've found very readable unlike most other books on the subject - excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
as a lapsed catholic it has helped me to get on track again the future looks good for me god willing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2014
I wanted to go deeper into my Christian faith so looked for a book to help. For the most part this book did the job but some parts were still difficult to grasp. I did not know when I started that the book was about the Catholic faith but this did not detract from the enjoyment.
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on 14 March 2015
This book is well worth a read and I highly recommend it. Frank Sheed was a great writer with a nice easy style to keep you interested. A great resource for Catholics and non Catholics to deepen their Christian faith. I intend to seek out other books written by Frank Sheed and Maisy Ward. . Denis mccourt Ireland
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on 21 January 2015
An excellent book. I would say it is an essential part of serious study in theology. Consider this book as a ready guide without too much complication. It is also a book which can be trusted for all time, before modernism creeps into the pages.
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on 30 January 2014
For a simple stating of great mysterious truths this book is excellent. Much food for thought and one of the very few I wish to re-read as soon as I have finished it.
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on 30 January 2015
Great author who unfolds difficult topics to plain English
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on 22 January 2015
bought it as a present and my friend absolutely loves it!
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