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Meet Fulton Sheen: Beloved Preacher and Teacher of the Word [Paperback]

By Janel Rodriguez (Author)
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Fulton Sheen was a not-to-be-missed radio and television evangelist during the mid-twentieth century, but his broadcasting career got off to a rocky start. "I don't know why I invited that man," the host remarked quietly as Sheen failed to ignite the airwaves during his first radio address. By the 1950s, however, Bishop Sheen was preaching to millions on his weekly TV show, "Life is Worth Living," had won an Emmy and appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Far more than a media personality, Bishop Sheen was above all a priest with a single-minded determination to bring people to Christ. Although he counted the rich and famous among his converts, he was friend and benefactor to many poor, sick or lonely people and not a few hardened sinners. He introduced Catholics to the "hour of power," an hour of prayer daily before the Blessed Sacrament; his own life as a evangelist, writer, scholar, bishop and fundraiser flowed from this practice. Bishop Sheen was a "loyal son of the church", John Paul II told him, and his story is especially relevant in this time of renewed evangelization.

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Fulton Sheen was a not-to-be-missed radio and television evangelist during the mid-twentieth century, but his broadcasting career got off to a rocky start. "I don't know why I invited that man," the host remarked quietly as Sheen failed to ignite the airwaves during his first radio address. By the 1950s, however, Bishop Sheen was preaching to millions on his weekly TV show, "Life Is Worth Living," had won an Emmy and appeared on the cover of "Time "magazine.
Far more than a media personality, Bishop Sheen was above all a priest with a single-minded determination to bring people to Christ. Although he counted the rich and famous among his converts, he was friend and benefactor to many poor, sick or lonely people and not a few hardened sinners. He introduced Catholics to the "hour of power," an hour of prayer daily before the Blessed Sacrament; his own life as an evangelist, writer, scholar, bishop and fundraiser flowed from this practice. Bishop Sheen was a "loyal son of the church," John Paul II told him, and his story is especially relevant in this time of renewed evangelization.

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Studio: Servant Publications
Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867167092  
ISBN13  9780867167092  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JANEL RODRIGUEZ is a freelance writer living and working in her native city of New York. She is the author of "Meet Fulton Sheen: Beloved Preacher and Teacher of the Word" and is a Third Order Carmelite. Her books for children include the biographies of Gloria Estefan and Nely Galan.

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Very nice  Aug 25, 2006
This is a very nice introduction to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Janel Rodriguez does a good job of showing why the Archbishop was so loved and respected. She give an overview of his life with some little known anecdotes sprinkled along the way.

She discusses his famous wit and how he did the Life is Worth Living program. Of course this small book couldn't fully capture Sheen and the author doesn't get too deeply into his writing which was a huge part of his life. After reading this do go on the bishop's autobiography, A Treausre in Clay or get a copy of From the Angel's Blackboard. Better still, get copies of Sheen's books.
 
Pleased to meet him  Aug 24, 2006
Janel Rodriguez has done Catholics under the age of 50 a huge favor with her biography "Meet Fulton Sheen." She relies on Sheen's autobiography "Treasure in Clay" as the source for most of her work. Very readable and enjoyable, Rodriguez's book follows Sheen's life and development as both a canny media personality and, more importantly, as an extremely devout bishop who in some ways is a precursor to Pope John Paul II's communicative and telegenic piety. Rodriguez's prose is transparent and unobtrusive; she never gets in the way of what proves to be a fascinating story filled with colorful incident. If you are unfamiliar with Bishop Sheen, do yourself a favor and get this book.
 
Great Introduction  Jun 26, 2006
As young child watching Bishop Sheen on his popular TV show, "Life is Worth Living", I could hardly understand all the Bishop was teaching, yet I vividly remember being mesmerized by this young Catholic Bishop so dramatically and yet so comfortably, warmly, and happily teaching all of us about our Catholic faith. There weren't too many `practicing Catholics' in my home, but Bishop Sheen was a welcome and much anticipated guest in our living room each week and he gave the impression that he not only belonged there, but that there was no other place he would rather be. You felt God's presence when Bishop Sheen was in the room - even if only on the television.

I was brought back to those happy memories by Janel Rodriguez' new book, "Meet Fulton Sheen". This friendly little book will serve to re-introduce the charismatic and learned Bishop Sheen to those who had the pleasure of knowing him or who watched him on TV. For those who meet him for the first time, the book serves as a pleasant and very well written introduction to one of the most influential Catholics of the past century.
 
Sheen May Become First Saint to Have Won an Emmy  Jun 25, 2006
The name "Fulton Sheen" is familiar to those who watched television in the 1950s, when the bishop's weekly teaching show, "Life Is Worth Living" provided stiff competition for " Mr. Television," Milton Berle.

In this biography, Janel Rodriguez fleshes out the bishop's life, emphasizing the qualities of his spirituality and personality that marked his ministry and were also evident to TV audiences. The facts are there: birth in 1895, ordination in 1919, postordination studies, diocesan assignments, radio and TV shows, tenure as director of The Propagation of the Faith, participation in the Second Vatican Council, service as archbishop of Rochester, retirement, and death in 1979.

Rodriguez fills in this outline with a narrative that invites straight-through reading and conveys a clear understanding of Sheen's importance in the Church and his influence in the world as a preacher, evangelizer, and true, though very human, disciple. On the personal side, we learn of Sheen's devotion to Mary and his commitment to a daily holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament. Publicly, we see him developing relationships across all strata of society from panhandlers and fans on the streets of New York, where he lived for many years to leaders of governments and the Church throughout the world.

Rodriguez, despite her serious purpose, inserts charming trivia, such as how actor Martin Sheen chose his stage name (take a guess). We are also treated to Sheen's stories from Vatican II focused on the collegiality and humor among the participants, whose coverage in the media often emphasized discord. Did you know there were limericks? Rodriguez's work provides a well-rounded portrait of this highly charismatic Catholic leader who is being considered for sainthood.
 

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