Item description for The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feasts and Fun (Bad Catholic's Guides) by John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak...
Overview A humorous one-stop reference to Catholic history, theology, and culture offers funny sketches of feast days and other witty treatments of Catholic issues, especially the Saints. Original.
Publishers Description Jump right into this hilarious new book on enjoying and celebrating Catholicism in a whole new way. Both a comical read, as well as an indispensable resource for observing the Feast Days of the Saints, "The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living" is for anyone who is interested in celebrating the history and humor behind the Catholic faith.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feasts and Fun (Bad Catholic's Guides) by John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 113
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher The Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN 0824523008 ISBN13 9780824523008
Availability 0 units.
More About John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak
John P. Zmirak s writing has appeared in USA Today, Investor s Business Daily, the Weekly Standard, the American Conservative, FrontPage Magazine, and First Things, and he has served as a commentator on national talk radio and FOX News. The author of Wilhelm Ropke: Swiss Localist, Global Economist (ISI Books, 2002), he previously worked as a senior editor at Faith & Family magazine."
John Zmirak currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.
John Zmirak has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living: A Loving Look at the Lighter Side of Catholic Faith, with Recipes for Feasts and Fun (Bad Catholic's Guides)?
Laughing Your Way to Enlightenment Apr 25, 2008
As a lapsed Episcopalian, I have some vague familiarity with Catholic traditions, but Saints Days have always left me scratching my head. No more. In this satirical (to the point of irreverence) lexicon of those strange biological units who went on to Sainthood, I found answers to questions I didn't know I had. I discovered that most of the male Saints were quirky to the point of masochism, while many of the female saints were young women trapped in unfortunate betrothals, yet possessed of an iron-willed determination to keep their knees together at all costs. The parallels drawn by the authors to modern day events and personalities are simply hilarious. The recipes are intriguing and many sound delicious while a few call for ingredients that could be difficult to locate in, say, most of Idaho or Nebraska. While ordering copies of this book for my lapsed Catholic friends, I noticed the authors have published a second book (which I ordered immediately) because it promises religious enlightenment coupled with that same zany wit AND recipes for alcohol! Now what could be better than that, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder?
Funny and reverent Apr 21, 2008
Most of the reviewers are spot on about the book which is a mix of writing about things Catholic with recipes provided to re-enforce the lessons.
The recipes are fun to read, though the ingredients are often hard to get and are of the "gourmet" sort. For instance, to cook the Easter Bunny, you can't find rabbit in your average local Piggly Wiggly, now can you?
This is a wonderful book and contains just the right amount of sugar to help the medicine go down, and there is indeed medicine (i.e. Catechesis) mixed in with all the madcap humor.
We are weekly (and when possible, several time a week) church goers and found much to learn, nothing to offend, and everything to laugh at.
Awesome book! Mar 16, 2008
It is difficult to say anything about this book that has not been said already. Be sure to check out the 2nd book in the series too: The Bad Catholic's Guide To Wine, Whiskey, And Song: A Spirited Look at Catholic Life and Lore from the Apocalypse to Zinfandel
1) It is irreverent... but FULL OF LOVE for the Church and Her history.
2) It is funny and campy, but proclaims the truth.
3) It has GREAT recipes...
4) And best of all, great PARTY IDEAS for feast days etc...
Lots of Catholic culture. Absolutely hysterical!
All in all... AWESOME BOOK.
Disappointed Jan 6, 2008
I bought this book as a gift for our son. After it arrived, I looked through it and was very disappointed. I was sorry I bought it. I didn't find it funny or meaningful. Some pages were embarrassing. My husband thinks it's hilarious and is reading it. Needless to say, I purchased another book to give to our son.
Monty Python Meets Martha Stewart Nov 6, 2007
Even after reading the cover blurbs I couldn't tell what this book is about. It looked like another of those ho hum Growing Up Catholic or Assauging Catholic Guilt books for and by the lapsed Roman In Crowd. It turns out instead to be a light hearted collection of musings built around Saints' days and celebrations (excuses to party). It's also sardonic, satiric, and sarcastic: Monty Python meets Martha Stewart.
Even if the recipes are, the writing may not be to everyone's taste. I probably advertise that I'm not the target audience by reading it for a third thing. If Chef Matychowiak contributed the recipes, that would leave the religion parts to Zmirak, but there's a method to his madness. Despite the light tone, he actually seems to know quite a bit about history and doctrine. While having no interest in either recipes or religion, I would gladly read a book by him with this light tone on either of the two above topics.
Thomas Howard, in On Being Catholic, notes that Catholic and Protestant forms of (outward) devotion are incomprehensible to each other. This may also apply to their humor. Will you like this book? Take this as the litmus test: the authors' favorite film is Zoolander, truly a love it or hate it film, so let Ben Stiller be your guide.