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Letters to a Young Catholic (Art of Mentoring) [Hardcover]

By George Weigel (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.11" Width: 5.28" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2004
Publisher   Basic Books
ISBN  0465092624  
EAN  9780465092628  

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What it means to live, believe, and see things as a Catholic, from the bestselling theologian and biographer of Pope John Paul II.

In this remarkable tour of the Catholic world, George Weigel helps us understand how Catholicism fosters what Flannery O'Connor called "the habit of being." Taking the reader by the hand, Weigel embarks on a journey to Catholic landmarks as diverse as Chartres Cathedral and St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina; the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and G.K. Chesterton's favorite pub; the grave of a modern martyr in Warsaw, and the Sistine Chapel. Weaving together insights from history, literature, theology, and music, Weigel uses these touchstones to illuminate the beliefs that have shaped Catholicism for two thousand years.

With clarity and conviction, Weigel examines the foundations of Catholic faith and explores the topics of grace, prayer, vocation, sin and forgiveness, suffering, and-most importantly-love. Putting a dramatic face on this invitation to Catholicism, Weigel introduces some of the figures who have shaped his faith and thought-Michelangelo and Fra Angelico; Evelyn Waugh and Cardinal John Henry Newman; Father Jerzy Popieuszko and Pope John Paul II; Edith Stein and Mother Teresa-as he also shares anecdotes from his own Catholic life. To a world that sometimes seems closed and claustrophobic, he suggests, Christian humanism offers a world with windows and doors-and a skylight.

In these letters, George Weigel conveys the power of a faith that is at once personal and universal, timely and eternal. His book will inspire not only the young generation of Catholics whose World Youth Day celebrations have launched an era of renewal for the Church, but also the faithful, the doubtful, and the searchers of every age.

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More About George Weigel

George Weigel GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life. A Newsweek contributor and Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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George Weigel currently resides in Bethesda, in the state of Maryland. George Weigel was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC the Ethics and Public.

George Weigel has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Library of Religious Biography
  2. Pennsylvania-German History and Culture Series

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Favorite book of the year  Feb 15, 2008
I want all the young people in our parish to read this. The faith is a great adventure, and the geography was beautiful. What a wonderful tour of the Catholic world!
The Catholic Imagination  Jan 1, 2008
This book is a good introduction for those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. It covers a wide variety of topics, some contemporary, some older, and jumps all over the world from chapter to chapter. Weigel drops so many names, and you'll quickly gain a wider knowledge of differing Catholic thinkers. All well and good! We were given this book in senior year of high school. After reading it for a second time, I feel that there may have been some discrepencies I had not noticed before. But first, my thesis is: The many differing defenses for Catholicism in this book are only half-arguments. If we are looking for meaning, for wonder, mystery and depth - there is more than one choice! One need only explore the great variety of religious practice, traditional practice of both east and west, to begin to see a bigger picture. Weigel's critique of "liberal" religion is one of these half-true arguments. We can't necessarily go window-shopping. Of course! There requires some sort of maturity when exploring the world's religions. Yet, if we are not open we will not learn, and we will not be capable of any depth at all. So I say: True liberal religion is free to practice deeply a particular faith, but begins to see that practice in all things, and all faiths. For instance, the great sword fighter Musashi of Japan, said that once must be faithful and determined in his "way." When the true meaning of his "way" was understood, he would see his "way" in all "ways." This, he said, was true mastery.

Informative and Inspirational  Sep 28, 2007
Letters to a Young Catholic is a great book, not only for young Catholics, but for Catholics of any age, and even for non-Catholics. George Weigel covers many of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, but his main concern in the book is to present the unique Catholic worldview and "habit of being." The result is often inspiring. Weigel helps the reader to see the world in a distinctly Catholic light, and thus leads the reader to a greater appreciation of the Catholic life and the exciting world in which it takes place.

Two particularly good chapters discuss Flannery O'Connor and the discovery of St. Peter's tomb (and bones) under St. Peter's Basilica. These chapters are especially effective in conveying the reality and the excitement of the Catholic faith. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Clear, human and faithful  Jun 3, 2007
Wonderful book. In agnostic and functional times as our century, George Weigel is able to put in simple words the enormous richness of Catholic faith. No matter if one is young Catholic by age, conversion or spirit, "Letters to a Young Catholic" is worth to read.
Wish I had read this years ago  Dec 31, 2006
I read Mr. Weigel's book a few months ago but wish I'd read it back in divinity school. It would have equipped me to deal with the arogance and leveling that is typical of the graduate seminar.

This is a good introduction to Roman Catholicism. Mr. Wiegel takes the reader through the basics of Catholic theology, including God, the Trinity, the atonement, and the sacraments; there's also quite a bit of art and literary history thrown in as well.

This book was a major find. I wasn't expecting much from it--the word "Young" in the title is misleading--as it's a book for all ages. Still, at 33, I sort of had a religious experience while reading this book. I can't recommend it enough and look forward to reading it again.

Also recommended: The Gospel of Arnie

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