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Posted March 28, 2013
I first leaned of Cardinal Newman from Dave Armstrong in his account of his conversion on his website (which is a treat in itself to thoise wishing to be informed in truth). So I set out to read Newman's writing particularly Development of Doctrine. It is a daunting book written in another time and what seemed to me another language. Needless to say I didn't make it through the preface. In this age where bullet points, blogs and sound bites resonate with the current times, it's great to have a book like this. Dave has mined and organized the essential nuggets of this brilliant thinker's wisdom. I constantly find myself looking through it to find out what Newman has to say on particular subjects.
Posted November 7, 2012
Mr. Armstrong has compiled an outstanding collection of wisdom on virtually every subject pertaining to the Catholic religion by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Armstrong that this great convert to the Faith is destined to be a doctor and saint of Holy Mother Church.
Great writing is timeless. It is always daring, bold and chock full of common sense. That is the beauty contained in the words of Cardinal Newman. I was fascinated to read so many quotes from Newman's time as an Anglican to be, if not fully, at least in latent form to square with the teaching of the Catholic Church. His pursuit of truth (and it was an undying one at that) brought him to the fullness of the Faith.
I thought I might read this book a bit, put it down and then come back to it. That was not the case. I read large chunks of it at a time because I didn't want to put it down. Thank you to Mr. Armstrong for putting such effort into finding the best of Newman and setting it forth for all of us to enjoy. I highly recommend "The Quotable Newman" in addition to everything else Mr. Armstrong has written. His research is always exhaustive and skill at Catholic apologetics is masterful.
Posted October 29, 2012
With the continued attention being given to the Blessed John Henry Newman and his place in English Christianity, this book makes for a good introduction to Newman, especially for those who don't have the time to devote to his individual works. (Though I would hope that this book would spur the reader on to read more Newman.)
The quotations are organized according to topic, which are listed in the table of contents in alphabetical order, making them rather easy to find if you have some familiarity with Roman Catholic Christianity. I think it may be more useful for the Catholic seeking to learn more about Catholic Christianity, through Newman, than for one looking for a work more suitable for apologetics. Still, the sections on the "Development of Doctrine" and "Fathers of the Church" may be of special interest to non-Catholics.