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Overview Are you a member of the "lost generation?" Do you still feel in a bit of a "fog" over the details of your Catholic upbringing and education? Finally, here's the opportunity to "connect the dots" and tap into the true joys of the Faith! Written in a warm, friend-to-friend style by a fellow "lost generation" author, Catholicism: Now I Get It! is a refreshing guide for rediscovering the doctrine, truths, and deep satisfaction in your faith that may have never quite "clicked." Recalling childhood memories of her own religious education, the author relates to readers with wit, humor, and loads of encouragement. With simple explanations of key concepts, enlightened discussions of common misperceptions, and thought-provoking ideas for spiritual growth. Catholicism: Now I Get It! helps readers clear the "fog" and bring faith into daily life. Catholicism: Now I Get It! empowers readers with: *The highlights of historical origins, beliefs, and traditions of the Catholic Church *The truth behind the sacraments *The "aha!" explanations of the "whys" behind Church Tradition *Unwavering support to get -- and stay -- focused on living out the Faith Sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, Catholicism: Now I Get It! gives readers the spark they need to begin their own unique journeys. Recapture the fullness of your Catholic Faith. Discover what you've been missing today!
Publishers Description Are you a member of the Lost Generation ? Do you still feel in a bit of a fog over your Catholic upbringing and education? Finally, here's the opportunity to connect the dots and tap into the true joys of the Faith Written in a warm, friend-to-friend style, from a fellow "lost generation" author, Catholicism: Now I Get It is a refreshing guide for rediscovering the doctrine, truths, and deep satisfaction that never quite clicked. With childhood memories of her own religious education, the author relates to readers with wit, humor, and loads of encouragement to start their own journey. Enhanced by simple explanations of key concepts, enlightened discussions of common misperceptions, and thought-provoking ideas for spiritual growth, Catholicism: Now I Get It helps readers clear the fog and bring Faith into daily life. Catholicism: Now I Get It empowers readers with: The highlights of historical origins, beliefs, and traditions of the Catholic Church The truth behind the sacraments The "A Ha" explanations of the "whys" behind Church Tradition Unwavering encouragement to get -- and stay -- focused on living out the Faith Sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, Catholicism: Now I Get It gives readers the spark they need to begin their own unique journey. Re-capture the fullness of your Catholic Faith. Discover what you've been missing today
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Studio: Our Sunday Visitor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Our Sunday Visitor
ISBN 1592761526 ISBN13 9781592761524
Reviews - What do customers think about Catholicism: Now I Get It!?
catholicism: now i get it! book review Sep 14, 2008
one of the most informative teachings on Catholic belief. just like the title say's NOW I GET IT!! very much worth reading..
Good but not completely accurate Jul 9, 2007
I am a non-denominational protestant exploring the Catholic faith and will more than likely become a Catholic. I pick up this book with several others on the Catholic faith.
I like the style of the book and it is very easy to read. What is troubling it that it is not completely accurate. The author uses scripture passages to suppport her discussion around different teachings of the Catholic church. At different points, she makes a statement and then gives a scripture reference in parenthesis. Some of her statements suprised me since I have already studied many books on the Catholic faith and some of her conclusions were new to me; I was also very happye to see the scripture references. The problem is that when I went to the Bible to read the supporting reference, in more than one case they did not support the statement that she was making!! This was really problematic for me since I am wanting as accurate an understanding of the Catholic faith as possible. Since I am using a lot of what I read as an apologetic to my husband, it is very important that it is very accurate (he has found statements in other books that are not supportable and is now very suspicious).
For Catholics and non-Catholics I would suggest "Catholicism for Dummies" as very readalbe and accurate. For Catholics or those that already have a pretty good grasp of the Catholic faith I would suggest the "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults". This book is much easier to read than the Catechism itself and have a very nice format for each section. The biggest advantage, however, is that you know it is 100% accurate.
Claire Gets It, Now You Can Too! Oct 25, 2006
I love Claire's story because it mirrors not only my own, but just about every cradle Catholic I've ever known. We learn the faith as children but really don't "get it" until the it gets challenged--then we either get it or bale. Sadly many bale, without unpacking what we learned and putting it into practice. Thankfully Claire does the work for us. The Ivy League grad gives a great overview of the basics of the Faith in a manner that makes this not only enjoyable to read but lifechanging.
A Big Thumb's Up! Oct 7, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is affordable (retailing for $12.95) and relatively brief (252 pages). The author gets right to the meat of her subject, which is a hardy defense of the Catholic Church, her teachings and dogmas, without apologies while laying down her apologetic approach.
Ms. Smith stumbles a bit out of the gate, before hitting her stride, about 1/3 of the way into the book. I found three glaring errors early on in this book.
On pages 41-42, she writes, "After the Resurrection, Paul (whose name was Saul before he was renamed by Jesus)..." To be more precise, St. Paul was born a Roman citizen, and therefore Paul (Paulus) was already his name at birth. It was his Roman name. Saul was his Jewish name. Jesus didn't have to rename Saul to Paul, since he already was known by both names. St. Paul, as apostle to the Gentiles, found it more fitting that he would go by his Roman name in his ministry.
On page 44 the author writes, "The Roman authorities later paid the guards to say the body (of Christ) was stolen." This is a glaring error. The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, verses 12-16, makes it clear that the Chief Priests in Jerusalem bribed the guards of Jesus' tomb, not the Roman authorities.
Page 46 has this error, "Over at Lourdes, France---where Mary had appeared to St. Bernadette in 1958..." The author surely meant 1858, a century earlier.
Other than the 3 above mentioned mistakes, the rest of the book is quite sound, and I would recommend it highly for those that are looking for a nonscholarly & brief introduction to basic Catholicism.
Now I really do get it! Sep 26, 2006
I was born and raised Catholic, but received the typical post-VII Catholic education. As an adult, I found myself with virtually no knowledge of just what it meant to be a Catholic. This book caught my eye while I was perusing the shelves at a Catholic bookstore, and I decided to give it a try.
I found it to be an excellent summary and defense of the basic tenets of Catholic teaching. It gave me many "A-HA!" moments in which some action, prayer, or tradition I'd always practiced without knowing why, suddenly made sense. Most importantly, I came to understand precisely why the Catholic church is the true church founded by Christ, which instilled in me a desire both to study the faith more in depth, and to spread the good news to all the world. This book marked the beginning of a period of intense spiritual growth for me, and now I encourage all my fellow post-VII "fuzzy Catholics" to give it a try.