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The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feast and Fun (Bad Catholic's Guides) Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Publishers Group (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824523008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824523008
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Zmirak is an editor, a journalist, a college teacher, and a political commentator. He is the author of "The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins" and the coauthor of The "Bad Catholic s Guide to Good Living; The Bad Catholic's Guide to Wine, Whiskey, and Song;" and "The Grand Inquisitor." He has contributed to Investor's "Business Daily" and the National Catholic Register. He lives in New York City."

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This book is great fun! It's also a surprisingly interesting read for a protestant who didn't previously know that much about Catholic saints. The book moves through the year featuring different saints and other holy people, the stories behind them and occasional recipes and other suggestions for celebrating these feast days. The saints' histories are written in a very lighthearted way although the underlying theme of this book is strong - the authors stick firmly to traditional catholic doctrine including some of the more controversial areas such as contraception which sometimes sits a little oddly with the modern up-to-the-minute feeling of the book. It's written for an American audience and this comes through with the recipe ingredients, measurements and some rather American-centric comments. Anglicans and Episcopalians also have rather a hard time in this book. However, I found this a fun and interesting book and the authors were able to very effectively and convincingly explain some more tricky and controversial catholic doctrine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Food, Good Laughs, Good Theology! 16 Oct. 2005
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I was hooked on this book by page three, and by page seven had decided that it was going to be my Christmas gift to my pastor, priest friends, fellow deacons, and more than a few others!

It starts out with an introduction by Pope Alexender VI, one of the better Borgia popes, who died in 1503 and, according to the introduction, currently resides in the Seventh Terrace of Purgatory. That gives the reader a clue as to the sense of humor John Zmirak and Denise Matychowiak will inflict upon the reader!

The book is organized chronologically, and includes feast days both great and obscure. Just about every one includes suggestions for a celebratory meal or other, occasionally twisted, but always fun, way to observe the day. Sprinkled throughout are informative pieces on the sacraments, and any mention of Catholic practices and beliefs is, if humorous, always accurate.

It's not often you'll find yourself laughing outloud at a "cookbook", as I did at the Dallas airport, but if you love the Church, and you love to laugh, and you love to eat, this book is definitely for you!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Catholic's Guide is great for faithful Catholis 6 Jun. 2007
By Jeffrey Miller - Published on
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When I first saw mention of the book "Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living" I wasn't much attracted to it. The title kind of put me off. But after one of the authors John Zmirak wrote me publicizing the book I took a look at the website. and was impressed by some of the reviews from people such as Fr. Rutler. So I ordered it from Amazon and gave it a shot.

I am certainly glad I did since it was an extremely fun read. Imagine the Marx Brothers mixed up with Butler's Lives of Saints and a Betty Crocker cook book combined together and then add a dab of apologetics. They go through the liturgical year picking out some of the regular feasts and those of some of the saints with some of the more whacky pious stories attached to them. Added at the end of most of these stories are recommended ways to celebrate the feast a long with appropriate recipes to go along with them. The writing is not for the overly pious and faint-of-heart. It is purposely over-the-top to good effect, though not in any way sacrilegious. There are also short essays on the sacraments that take a more serious tone for the most part and are actually pretty informative. Throughout the book there are interesting pieces of information along with hysterical takes on things.

So while at times I learned some interesting facts about the lives of the saints mostly I laughed out loud while reading it. For example "Some skeptics have asked 'If Jesus was Jewish, how comes he has a Puerto Rican name?' " So if you enjoy my sense of humor I can pretty much guarantee you will like this book. In fact I an rather annoyed that I didn't write it instead.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We can be Faithful and Funny 2 Sept. 2005
By Marty - Published on
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You will not find a book on the Saints or Church history like this, anywhere! As a traditionaly minded Catholic, I have wanted fellowship with other like minded Catholics. All too often the Catholics I met were not people I wanted to "hang out" with, they could not laugh at themselves.

Zmirak & Matychowiak show Catholics that The Faith can be fun and interesting. The authors are real poeple, that are not afraid to wrestle with their Faith, but remain orthodox.

In the book you will learn little known facts about the Church, her Saints and her history. They also provide fun and clever ideas and recipes, to celebrate the Feasts of the Church.

You will laugh out loud and grow in virtue. What a great and welcomed combination.

Traditional, as well as Christmas and Easter Catholics, will enjoy this book. You will use it throughout the year and many years to come.

I really enjoyed the story of St. Agatha found on February 5th. I can't wait to put into practice the author's recommended recipes and action for that day.

Enjoy the book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 16 Mar. 2008
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It is difficult to say anything about this book that has not been said already. Be sure to check out the 2nd book in the series too: The Bad Catholic's Guide To Wine, Whiskey, And Song: A Spirited Look at Catholic Life and Lore from the Apocalypse to Zinfandel

1) It is irreverent... but FULL OF LOVE for the Church and Her history.

2) It is funny and campy, but proclaims the truth.

3) It has GREAT recipes...

4) And best of all, great PARTY IDEAS for feast days etc...

Lots of Catholic culture. Absolutely hysterical!

All in all... AWESOME BOOK.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidepressant 9 Nov. 2009
By A. Berka - Published on
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Suffice to say, this was the 5th (fifth) copy I bought. It is super-funny, but with that "loving look". Excellent mood-lifter, and always popular with teens. Our original copy followed our son to college, so we needed a replacement...Makes a great gift, just don't give it to people recovering after surgery. The second book by the same authors is equally good, just a tad more serious.
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