Item description for Meeting the Living God by Sj William J. O'Malley...
Widely used by high school juniors and seniors in Catholic religion classes, the best-selling Meeting the Living God is that rarest of texts: a book that engages on every page and meets students inside their own culture and language. This is not a pious call to faith having nothing to do with real life; the author calls such a blind leap sheer idiocy. Instead, O'Malley challenges students on the most basic levels: How can we know anything in this age of double-speak and plastic culture? Does God even exist? How can we be sure? What can be discovered with certainty about the nature and personality of God? And how do we meet the living God?
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.05" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 1998
Publisher Paulist Press
Grade Level High School
ISBN 0809195763 ISBN13 9780809195763
Availability 0 units.
More About Sj William J. O'Malley
William J. O'Malley, S.J., is a professor of religion at Seattle University. He has published many award winning books on spirituality and Christian living, including "Holiness, Help My Unbelief, "and" The Week that Opened Forever: The Passion of Christ in a Different Voice."
William J. O'Malley currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Meeting the Living God?
I Wish They Taught This Book in My CCD Class Jan 30, 2007
I am a profoundly questioning Catholic with a fair number of issues with the Church. For many years, those issues completely got in the way of my relationship with God. I was introduced to this book because I read an article Fr. O'Malley wrote more than fifteen years ago. I was so moved by the article, I wrote Fr. O'Malley a letter. In his reply, among many other thoughts, he suggested I get a copy of Meeting the Living God from the library and give it a try.
Unlike a previous reviewer's experience, for me this book was an enormous help in regaining my relationship with God. During the time I worked through this book, I wrote reams in response to the questions at the end of each chapter. I mailed every one of those pages off to Fr. O'Malley. I never once had him reject any of my concerns and he always responded in ways that I felt were authentic and honest. We had great conversations in those letters. Sometimes I agreed with him and sometimes we agreed to disagree. I still have huge issues with the Catholic hierarchy and the positions the Church takes in the modern world. However, I also have a thriving relationship with God and the courage to contine seeking.
I also felt the book was wonderfully organized. For me, the way Fr. O'Malley worked deeper in each chapter made perfect sense. I felt that the suject matter flowed smoothly from one chapter to another. In particular, the questions at the end of each chapter rely on the thinking you've done in previous chapters.
I came to this book as an adult. I wish that I'd been introduced to the book as a teenager. I would still have all the same problems with the Church, but I wouldn't have ignored God, my Friend, for all those years.
Miserable Failure May 6, 2004
O'Malley poses three questions which are to be his arguemnt: Does God Exist?, If so, what is God like?, and how can we be sure? O'Malley falls very short in addressing these questions adequately. Intended as a text for high school seniors, O'Malley spends much time lambasting seniors for going through the typical growing pains, such as senioritis. He contradicts himself in so far as he begins by arguing that opinion is subjective unless backed up by objective evidence, and frequently thereafter, offers much of his own opinion without offering objective evidence, e.g when talking about thinking for one's self he uses the My Lai incident in Vietnam and seems to categorize all soldiers involved as ignorant beasts that never thought of thinking for themselves. Anybody who has studied war and its effects on the human psyche, knows that O'Malley is way off and should be offended. O'Malley may do better to discus the effects of human condition and war, rather than tearing down the individuals that he knows nothing about. He is also sarcastic and incorporates foul language into his examples. The structure of the book is disorganized and senseless most of the time. He rambles on in a stream of consciousness. This is definately not text book quality and should not be used in a high school classroom. Maybe it works for O'Malley because this book is largely subjective in its arguments, and I am sure that he can teach his own mind well.
Good. Jan 30, 2004
A good and definetly entertaining read. However, as a priest of the Catholic Faith, O'Malley fails to recognize his own bias but does bring up numerous interesting points.
may I recommend this book Dec 9, 2003
I had the pleasure to meet the author and his students, they're fine people______a beautiful refection of the book itself, I recommend this book.
The Man and his Book Aug 25, 2003
Inseperable from the book Fr. O'Malley is a teacher to those who seek the most basic questions of ethics. As Kant realizes that morality comes from a sense of duty--so Fr. O'Malley teaches his students and readers what it means to be human. This book connects, compares, and touches upon the essential subjects of morality and God. A great read for anyone who questions. As a friend and former student I can say that here is a man analogous to his words. Meet him and his thoughts, in "Meeting the Living God."