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Why Be Catholic? [Paperback]

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Crossroad Classic
ISBN  0824513622  
EAN  9780824513627  

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This book asks: Is the question of being Roman Catholic the same as the question of how you like your roast beef cooked, or the same as the question of your being of some ethnic group, or the same as the question of your being Democrat or Republician? This book hopes that it is as important as any of these questions.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William J. O'Malley, S.J., is a professor of religion at Seattle University. He has published many award winning books on spirituality and Christian living, including "Holiness, Help My Unbelief, "and" The Week that Opened Forever: The Passion of Christ in a Different Voice."

William J. O'Malley currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.

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Friendly and effective  Oct 13, 2006
This happened to be the first book I picked up on the subject and I'm glad I did. Having come from a strict Protestant upbringing and more than a decade of agnosticism, I am surprised and delighted to confess (ha ha!) that Fr. O'Malley's book helped to get me thinking positively about matters of Christianity again. It did that by being neither too strict nor too gushing, by appealing equally to both the intellect and the emotions. I'm not generally a fan of books which take complicated subjects and make them simple for the lazy or uneducated reader, so I admit I wasn't too well disposed to this book at first, since many readers seem to praise it for just these reasons. But in fact, it is both thoughtful and "heartful," appealing to the reader's better feelings yet not in such a way that it insults his/her intelligence. In all, a satisfying read.

My only nitpick: the crash course in church history in the book's final third, which seemed rushed and a little inappropriate.
excellent  Jan 22, 2006
The shortness of this book doesn't allow it to cover all aspects of Catholicism, and nor does it try to. Instead from reading Fr. William's book, we get an understanding of the beauty of God, not only to Catholics, but to all people who search for God, and celebrate the gifts we've received.
That being said, I can't imagine Fundamentalists liking this book, as their God fits in their pocket, and anyone who "searches" (or does the "Goldilocks" Method, as the book talks about) doesn't have their God in their pocket, and is therefore less than a Fundamentalist. (in their minds)
I think all people, Catholic or not, who will read this book can come away with a better understanding of why a thinking person is Catholic, and see the beauty of the tradition. It definitely strengthened my faith during my personal dark night of the soul.
Keep it simple, keep it real  Sep 16, 2005
Fr. O'Malley is a down-to-earth kind of guy! He writes in a style that feels like a conversation, not an essay. I enjoyed the discussion questions after each chapter which can make for excellent dinner conversation!

As a Catholic living in the South, my faith is constantly being challenged by Baptists, born-agains and other Protestant-type religions; each with their own particular way of interpreting the bible and each with their own version of Christianity which is absolutley 100% correct. We all have been trapped in these dead-end arguments. Fr. O'Malley's approach to answering the question, "Whose Got the Right Jesus?", is more "right-brain" than it is analytical. The intention is not to simply regurgitate bible verse after bible verse. "Why Be Catholic?" reminds us that Catholicism makes sense in the world we live in today.

This is a good, thoughtfully written book. I recommend it for anyone with an open mind who is curious about Christianity.
Honest, easy-to-read, and insightful!  Nov 24, 2000
Fr.O'Malley's book, which explores religion and leads the reader to consider Catholicsm, is very interesting and a pleasure to read. He adds humor and a personal dimension to the book which makes you want to read on. Being a Catholic already, I found the book to be refreshing and worthwhile. I gave it only four stars because I though there could have been a better punch at the end, a climax that would say a little more. "Why be Catholic?" Because it's the awesomest religion in the world! Saints, sacraments, community, social justice, Trinity, ministries, growth with a personal God, beautiful art and rituals, and so many more aspects of the Catholic faith make it so attractive!!! I wish Fr.O'Malley could've played this up a little more.
Perfect for someone wondering about Catholicism  Sep 14, 2000
If you have an interest in Catholicism but feel you need to know more about it and why it's different and special, then this is a great book for you. It is organized into readable, interesting chapters with thoughtful questions at the end. Though it works for beginners, I don't think it shirks the more difficult, intellectually stimulating issues. I got a lot out of it. Thanks Father O'Malley!

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