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The Everything Catholicism Book: Discover the Beliefs, Traditions, and Tenets of the Catholic Church (Everything Series) [Paperback]

By Helen Keeler (Author) & Susan Grimbly (Joint Author)
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Item description for The Everything Catholicism Book: Discover the Beliefs, Traditions, and Tenets of the Catholic Church (Everything Series) by Helen Keeler & Susan Grimbly...

A comprehensive guide to Catholicism covers doctrine, symbolism, confession, baptism, liturgy, history, sacraments, rituals and practices, and much more. Original.

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With over one billion members, Catholicism is one of the oldest - and largest - organized religions in the world. "The Everything Catholicism" Book is an easy-to-follow guide that helps you gain a better understanding of this complex religion. From the Seven Sacraments to basic Church doctrine, this comprehensive book unravels all aspects of the Catholic Church, making it much easier for you to grasp. Thought-provoking and stimulating, "The Everything Catholicism Book" helps you understand and appreciate the complexity of the traditions and tenets of the Catholic faith.

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Studio: Adams Media
Pages   289
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.94" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2003
Publisher   Adams Media
Series  Everything  
ISBN  1580627269  
ISBN13  9781580627269  

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Helen Keeler has been a writer, editor, and educator for twenty years. She has worked in public education in the areas of health and safety, has taught evening classes in journalism, and teaches catechism as a volunteer. Ms. Keeler lives in Toronto, Canada.

Susan Grimbly has been a journalist for twenty years, writing for "The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire, Books in Canada," and "Maclean s Magazine," among others. Ms. Grimbly, who lives in Toronto, Canada, has also been a member of the Catholic Church for forty-seven years."

Helen Keeler currently resides in Toronto.

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Disappointing  Jun 6, 2007
I, like other reviewers, found this book to be biased and unreadable, but for different reasons.

I was raised Protestant, specifically, in a Presbyterian church, and then a non-denominational one, and am now agnostic. My boyfriend and his family are Catholic, and I found myself frequently confused by some of their beliefs and practices, so I bought this book. I was looking for something that would explain the Catholic doctrine in an unbiased manner. However, this book fails miserably.

I understand that the authors are both strong, active Catholics, and therefore, their writing will be affected. I found some of their statements insulting and demeaning to other faiths, and because their focus seems to be not on Catholic doctrine, but how other Christian faiths are wrong and they are right, I question the accuracy of the information in this book. And if the other reviewers, who ARE Catholic, find this book to be inaccurate, then I'm not sure that I want to be informed by these authors.

If you are a non-Catholic trying to understand the religion, DO NOT buy this book.
Good, unbiased read for the truly uninitiated!  Dec 20, 2006
The book does not have everything about the religion, but it has the basic information that I needed to understand Mass -- and I had never been to Mass before. I was able to learn about the traditions and history and beliefs of the church in an unthreatening way, without feeling "preached at." This book introduced me, helped me feel more comfortable at Mass, and inspired me to learn more, and to consider conversion.
Get the complete real deal elsewhere   Aug 20, 2006
We bought this because the same series had extremely thorough, excellent "The Everything Bible Book" written by a Catholic priest. This "everything" Catholic book is lacking in detail and accuracy and omits Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. For religious vocations the authors never mention that today's growing religious orders (priest, sisters,nuns, brothers and consecrated) receiving a multitude of novices are the traditional faithful. There is one mention of World Youth Day which is a 2 decades phenomena, not just an entry for the year 2002 "in Toronto to raise interest in vocations". Under the topic "The call to holiness" is the heading 'the priesthood' which ignores constant church teaching that each person is called to holiness regardless of his or her vocation in life. There's one "E" alert to the effect that many Catholic lay people complain that they are not heard by the upper levels of the church. The fact that Rev. Curran is made an "E" alert under "Catholic Universities" for publicly protesting the Church's unwavering teaching on contraception (which all Christians held to until 1930 with the Anglican Lamberth decision) shows the reader that the authors prefer to highlight heretics rather than actual Catholic doctrine and faith. Can't recall seeing the word 'faith' more than once, nor Blessed Sacrament. Scripture references are rare (maybe 3) and zero references to the current Catechism of the Catholic Church, although a brief mention is made that there exist throughout history 'catechisms'. Regarding women's ordination you will be informed that the topic today is "hotly debated" and many women have been better trained than priests. These examples show that opinions offset details and facts in this book although many details are provided with simple accuracy.
There are several errors, unrelated to the fact that both authors are Canadian, such as: "The genuflection is made toward the 'monstrance' which holds the communion bread and wine", a way of honoring Christ's presence in the church. Correction: a monstrance is centrally located on the altar in the church during Adoration and Benediction and neither devotion is mentioned in this book. What the authors meant was 'Tabernacle' and no explanation is given to which much should have to explain the significance linking the Old Testament holy of holies, manna,the priest Melkezidech and his sacrifice of bread and wine, and the Passover with Christ's New Covenant, Holy Eucharist and Tabernacle. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and "Why do Catholics do That" would be much better books for the topic of all things Catholic.
Flawed  Jun 13, 2005
This book does not represent the teachings of the Catholic Church, but rather the opinions of the author. A gross distortion of what Catholicism is all about, and a misrepresentation of Vatican II.

For an intro to the Catholic faith, get "Catholicism for Dummies" instead.
If I could give this book lower than 1 Star, I would!  Mar 1, 2005
I got this book at a Used Bookstore for $0.75.

I paid way too much!

By far, this is the absolute worst primer on the Catholic Faith I have ever read.

Insulting. Disgusting. Garbage.

The authors are, without a doubt, biased against the Church, nearly all Catholic practices, and clear indications of contempt permeate the pages of this book.

The lack of respect the authors show for history, their blatant misrepresentations of Vatican II, their offensive ideas for a reformed papacy, demonstrate a liberal mindset dangerous to the Faithful.

The book is, for all intents and purposes, flagrantly anti-Catholic.

"Stand firm, and hold to the Traditions [The Church] has given us, either by word of mouth or by letter." Standing firm means calling this book by its name. Trash.

If you are a Catholic who wants to learn more about your faith, stay away from this "Everything..." edition.

The only people who should read this book are souls who wish to be deceived and remain ignorant of history, or, anti-Catholics who wish to use a source with corrupts the teachings and history of the Church.

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