- 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)
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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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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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!!!
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.
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!
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.