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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

After years of study, we still find this book has a lot of food for thought as well as information for informed and uninformed alike.

My husband and I have gone through various programs and courses of formation and study including a Ministry Formation program and his studies to prepare him for his ordination as a Deacon. There was a lot of tedious reading. This book is not tedious and gives a good bru...
My husband and I have gone through various programs and courses of formation and study including a Ministry Formation program and his studies to prepare him for his ordination as a Deacon. There was a lot of tedious reading. This book is not tedious and gives a good brush up for Catholics, but we also use it to instruct RCIA Candidates and Catechumens who may not have read much about what the Catholic Church teaches. It certainly is not the Catholic Faith in its entirety and in detail, but there is enough information there to give those new to the faith a very solid base, and to give accurate and adequate information on the Catholic faith to those inquiring about what the Church really teaches or to those who are seeking to become Catholic. We find it a good springboard for deeper study and great for discussion in our classes. We have bought and given many copies, and will probably continue to do so.

posted by Deacon-n-spouse on February 17, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Some Parts are Great -- Others are Not

This book has the potential to be really helpful for catechists, non-Catholics, and even cradle Catholics seeking to broaden their fundamental understanding of Catholicism. One caveat: I am really disturbed by what appears to be the book's political bias, i.e. to pla...
This book has the potential to be really helpful for catechists, non-Catholics, and even cradle Catholics seeking to broaden their fundamental understanding of Catholicism. One caveat: I am really disturbed by what appears to be the book's political bias, i.e. to placate right-wing American Catholics. The authors state unequivocally and thoroughly the Church's position on subjects like abortion, euthanasia, and women in the Church. However, they considerably soften their rhetoric and their theological rigor when it comes to subjects like capital punishment and war. They even refer anecdotally to military tribunals and terrorists, seeming to suggest that summary executions may be morally permissible under certain circumstances.

posted by Anonymous on January 22, 2004

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Good detailed overview

    Great for answering questions for a non-Catholic who wants to know why the church does things in such a distinct way. Explains the meanings and dispels myths about many Catholic misconceptions to include, sacraments, rituals, Mary, the Apostles and the origination of the Catholic faith and reasons that led to protestant splits.
    For a Catholic who feels their education is lacking, it explores many things not covered in contemporary Catholic schools. This includes the history of the Church, its hierarchy, and many failings and differences in the Catholic Bible

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Catholicism at your fingertips!

    Easy to use for beginners searching for answers in Catholicism. I think the title is condescending for the subject, but the "Dummy" series have been very popular for introductions of various subjects. This book, which I probably would not have purchased, was actually recommended to me by Sister Donna. It does not give you all the answers, but it does give you brief ones with maybe a direction to keep researching in. There is humor added to it, so it's not too dry. I haven't read it page by page, but if there is a something I am questioning or need an answer to, it does help summerize it on a surface level. This is not by any means a meaty book with all the answers. It does, however, canvas a lot of information on Catholicism. It's a good intro. book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

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    Great for resource newbies and those returning to the Catholic faith.

    This book is great for someone new to the faith as well as someone who is returning after a time of separation. Well thought out explanations of the basics of the faith in terms even this dummy could understand ;) The authors also give great history references of the Catholic Church and where some of the traditions and rituals come from. It's a great springboard for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the Catholic faith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    excellent resource

    There is nothing "dumb" or demeaning in this clearly written and well-organized book. It tells much about the faith with good examples and clear intent.

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