Item description for Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters by Kevin Vost, PhD...
"They laughed when I said I could name all 27 books of the New Testament . . . but after I named them all in order, plus the 46 books of the Old Testament, they begged me to show them how I did it."
Memorize the Faith will teach you and your children how to remember anything, but it's particularly useful to those involved in religious education: catechists and converts, CCD teachers, RCIA members, and homeschoolers of all ages.
Thanks to these delightful pages, you and your children can now tap into the power of the classical memory system that helped St. Thomas Aquinas become the Church's preeminent theologian, and made it easier for him to become one of its greatest saints.
By the time you finish this book, you will have memorized dozens of key teachings of the church, along with hundreds of precepts, traditions, theological terms, Scripture verses, and other elements of the faith that every good Catholic needs to know by heart.
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1933184175 ISBN13 9781933184173
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More About Kevin Vost, PhD
Kevin Vost, Psy.D. (born 1961) is the author of Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters and Fit for Eternal Life: A Catholic Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness Within Your Soul and St. Albert the Great: Champion of Faith and Reason. An advocate of the sound mind in a healthy body credo so dear to the classical philosophers, Dr. Vost, psychologist and physical fitness expert, seeks to share with Catholic audiences how we can heed Christ s call to be perfect in mind, body, and soul.
Kevin Vost currently resides in Springfield. Kevin Vost was born in 1961.
Reviews - What do customers think about Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters?
Memorize the Faith Aug 22, 2008
Excellent!! I think all people should learn the techniques presented in this book. Clearly our world would be a better place if people actually learned the basics of the faith, which are the foundation of a vibrant, productive and self-sacrificing society!
A good book--especially for those of faith Jun 27, 2008
I thought this book might be a bit more deep concerning the memorization techniques of the old monastic orders, but it is not. The book does provide very useful techniques for memorization, but it is written particularly for those of the Catholic faith and as a refresher for catechism courses.
The language is more conversational than scholarly, and the audience is certainly the "average reader." That said, it did provide me with a brief history of the Catholic faith and its tenets, as well as some handy memory tips. I would buy it again but not for any scholarly purposes.
Excellent! Jan 11, 2008
Some books are great because of the quality of the writing. Some books are great because of the content or message they convey. Some books are great because of the reputation they garner, and over time, come to be considered classics. Dr. Kevin Vost has written a book that fits the first two categories and only time will tell about the third. The author, who has done both graduate work and doctorate work on memory, has written this book as a tool to help Catholics memorize their faith. However, it is also so much more than that. It can be a tool used by any serious academic to help them memorize, learn to think more creatively, plan and execute research and papers. If you read the book for the techniques taught alone, it will be an invaluable asset to any intentional student.
Dr. Vost states "The text and illustrations have been structured in such a way that, if you read slowly and carefully, look at the pictures, and follow the instructions, by the time you finish, you'll be able to remember and name the Ten Commandments, the seven capital sins, the seven virtues, the nine Beatitudes, the seven sacraments, the twenty mysteries of the Rosary, and yes, if you are ambitious enough, even the names of the forty-six books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. And all of these in order, both forward and backward!" Through the processes, he uses a method of memorization that traces its roots and origins to the ancient Greek poet Simonides and the philosopher Aristotle, and to Marcus Tullius Cicero. These techniques were then taught and practiced by the Doctors of the Catholic Church, St. Albert the Great (the "Universal Doctor") and St. Thomas Aquinas. These techniques are collectively known as mnemonics.
Through the progression of learning the memorization skills you will develop greater abilities and strengths in these areas: organization, imagination and concentration. There is so much we still do not understand about the human brain, but we do know from much research, including some of Dr. Vost's, that the more we use the brain, the more we can use it. It can be retrained after injury. Studies that have been done on surgery patients, Alzheimer's patients and others all show that working the brain can help fight diseases. Vost's techniques will help the reader to learn to organize thoughts and thought processes more clearly, use the imagination to stretch the brain and work it out in new and different ways. Then the concentration involved in the first two activities, combined with repetition, can lead to memory skills that will serve you for a lifetime.
Vost writes in a fun and engaging manner. This book is written with many target groups in mind. He writes for the practitioner of the Catholic Faith that wants to be able to answer the lists he gives above, and many, many more. He writes for a younger audience who wish to understand their faith. He writes for all students who need the skills presented in this book to help them learn to be better students and scholars.
The greatest strength of this book is Dr. Vost's background in research, and practice in implementing these systems in the field of Psychology, and his love for his religious tradition. The weakness of the book is the memorization techniques. Tips and tricks are so great you will have to study Catholicism to learn them. An added bonus is that at the end of each chapter is a toolbox called 'Memory Master Tips and Facts'. These boxes help you apply the material in an easier fashion.
Therefore I would declare that this is a great book, for the old and for the young in the faith. It is also a good resource for any academic or lifelong learner. This is a great book - plain and simple.
(First Published in Imprint 2008-01-11.)
An Excellent Book Jan 4, 2008
I highly recommend this book as a fantastic introduction to the memory technique of loci. The title is not an exaggeration. By the end of the book you will have memorized great portions of the Faith (in two weeks I've memorized everything the author claimed I would, including the 44 daughters of the 7 capital sins as well as 25 parts of the 7 cardinal virtues and the 73 books of the Bible - forwards and backwards). Once you've mastered the method you can indeed use it to memorize just about anything else, from grocery lists to state capitals to people's names, to birthdays . . . etc.
If you're a memory "expert," then obviously this book will be rudimentary for you. This book is written for beginners as an introduction to an ancient memory technique that has indeed been ignored, if not strictly "forgotten," in modern education. They're not teaching this in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college. The vast majority of the population has never heard of the loci method. But it is invaluable and, most importantly, fairly easy.
Don't be mistaken, you will still need to pay attention, apply yourself, and practice, but Kevin Vost does an excellent job of walking you through the process, step by step, until you're ready to strike out on your own.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book, especially for Catholics. It's time to undo 40+ years of wretched Catechesis. This would be a phenomenal addition to any RCIA program. If this method was good enough for St. Thomas Aquinas, it's good enough for you!
Nice to have Sep 12, 2007
The memory techniques are good. But, even if you do not get to memorize the material, it makes a very good reference book.