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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper ed edition (11 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465092705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465092703
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
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"An engaging, lucid, and informative introduction to the teachings and traditions of Catholicism." -Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

George Weigel, a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America's leading commentators on religion and public life, is the author of the acclaimed The Courage to Be Catholic, the international bestseller,Witness to Hope: The Biography of John Paul II, and numerous other books that include The Truth of Catholicism and The Final Revolution. Now a Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where he holds the John M. Olin Chair in Religion and American Democracy, Weigel writes a weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," that is syndicated to more than forty newspapers around the United States. He is an NBC consultant on the Vatican and appears regularly on network and cable television programs as well as national and local radio. Weigel lives with his wife and their three children in North Bethesda, Maryland.

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Extremely well written, informative and thought provoking.
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This is a great book for all Christian (not just Catholics) who are looking for a deeper understanding of the universality of their faith. Presented as essay topics, each chapter can be read independently, and the book can be picked up and put down as often as you like. The writing is accessible and clear, however this doesn't lead to any `dumbing down' of the points that are being made. I love George Weigel's work and this book makes an excellent addition to your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Letters for all 2 Aug. 2016
By frances brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is too modestly titled. Yes, it is appropriate to explain to youth what it means to be a Catholic today. But Catholics of all ages and others interested in the topic will find the book rewarding and informative. A lay Roman Catholic theologian, Weigel covers topics such as love , suffering, life with the clarity and breadth of a gifted teacher. Theology, history, literature, art, philosophy, personal experiences are richly mixed together in an engaging readable style. Each letter is built around visits to a significant religious site in the Catholic world - -and a relevant theme is explored as if Weigel were sitting down and chatting with his readers. This is a revised and updated edition of a previous edition and well worth the purchase for any one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent combo of history, religion and current events 24 Oct. 2015
By B. Garner - Published on Amazon.com
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It took until last November to identify the best book that I read in 2014. This year, I'm pretty sure I have identified that book in September. I have serious doubts whether anything will rate higher than this newly updated (Aug. 11, 2015) version of George Weigel's Letters to a Young Catholic. Weigel, the biographer of multiple books on John Paul II, is probably at his best when discussing topics and events involving those places in Eastern Europe where he has spent so much time: Warsaw, Krakow, Lithuania, and Auschwitz (the location of death for two modern saints, Maximillian Kolbe and Edith Stein).

Each chapter or "letter" in the book is based a location and topic relevant to Christians, Catholic, and really anyone alive today. You don't have to be a young Catholic, or even a Catholic at all to appreciate this book. A bit highbrow sometimes, but never dull. History, religion, current events all in one book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever read - sits next to my Liturgy of the Hours! 24 Sept. 2016
By Ruchama - Published on Amazon.com
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I converted fairly late in life to Catholicism. In fact, it was during the Vatican Council II implementation of change and I had no idea what I was entering into as many parishes seemed to be in turmoil. Many times I felt something fundamentally lacking in the services. It was as if the baby had been thrown out with the bath water. I ended up leaving the Catholic Church and joined the Orthodox Church - because its liturgy and way of life was immersed in the beauty of God's Being and Word. Years later, I returned to the Roman Catholic Church through the direction of a wonderful Irish priest. I recently purchased this book and it has been pivotal in giving me the understanding I had lacked when I first converted to Catholicism. This is the best book I have ever read - ever! Mr. Weigel taught me what I was undergoing many years ago, why I left and what I was seeking. This book will forever remain a daily read, along with my Liturgy of the Hours and Bible. I highly recommend it to old and young alike.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Case Undermined By Author's Voice 2 Oct. 2012
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high hopes for this book and, while I enjoyed parts of it, it did not live up to my expectations--which may have been higher than they should have been since George Weigel is one of the leading Catholic voices in America's public square and I usually admire his work. Still,"Letters to a Young Catholic" is too inconsistent to rank as one of Weigel's better books.

Weigel presents the book as mentoring advice to young Catholics, guiding them through a tour of locations and offering reflections on history and leading Catholic figures. There are excellent portraits and thoughts on a whole host of figures ranging from St. Peter to G.K. Chesterton.

But Weigel continuously hedges his bets with his audience. Sometimes, he directly addresses the young Catholic he is writing to and, frankly, more often than not, it doesn't work. For example, I suspect few young Catholic readers have watched BBC miniseries from the 1970s and early 1980s. That doesn't stop Weigel from making strange and often asinine references to the likes of "I Claudius" and "Brideshead Revisited." Weigel often seems to misread younger generations, insisting that most pundits call they cynical and unwilling to take part in public affairs. I got the feeling he was writing more for Generation X than Gen Y or Millenials even though the book was first published in 2004. This unfortunately undermines part of the book and I suspect it will lead to some young readers dropping off. With fewer young Americans choosing to enter the Catholic vocations, I was hoping Weigel would offer a more convincing case towards younger readers who are contemplating such a step.

"Letters to a Young Catholic" is a solid book and I would cheerfully recommend it to some readers--but I think Weigel undermined part of his case with his strange tone. Not a bad book by any means but Weigel could have had a home run here and seemed to have settled for a double.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Young Catholics - Older Ones Will Beneift Also. 5 July 2016
By Fr. B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a book for the teens in my parish. I thought it would be a little simple for me at best. Was I ever surprised. This is a great read for anyone, especially Catholics, interested in looking at the present problems in the world through examination of past events and trends. Not dull or slow. The author keeps up a good pace providing very thought provoking people, places and times. I should have known. George Weigel is an incredible author.
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