The Seeker's Guide to Being Catholic


The Seeker's Guide to Being Catholic explores the connections between the Catholic faith and life by discussing such topics as work, relationships, prayer, spirituality, morality, and vocation.
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The Seeker's Guide to Being Catholic explores the connections between the Catholic faith and life by discussing such topics as work, relationships, prayer, spirituality, morality, and vocation.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Friendly enthusiasm characterizes this first volume in Loyola's Seeker series. "Being Catholic is fun," says Mitch Finley, a layman, syndicated columnist and author of 20 religion books. Though here he primarily addresses "seekers" in early adulthood, his presentation could easily benefit readers of any age who wonder how the Catholic church has changed in recent years. With opening and closing chapters that deftly summarize Catholic beliefs, the book's main focus is on Catholic experience, including relationships, work, spirituality, ethics and parish life. More ironic than Kevin Orlin Johnson in his briskly selling Why Do Catholics Act That Way?, Finley avoids placing pinpointing a hi s position on liberal-conservative continuum. He approvingly quotes the official Catechism as well as progressive authors like Richard McBrien and Andrew Greeley. Do not despair that the church's reality falls short of its ideals, Finley advises: "All the wrangling and fussing that goes on in the church is a sign of life." (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608992645
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Finley earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University . He is the author of more than 30 books on Catholic topics. Mitch has been happily married to counselor, teacher, and author Kathy Finley since 1974. They live in Spokane, Washington, and together they have three grown sons. Visit their website:

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Table of Contents

Introduction: To Be Catholic Is To Be a Seeker
Author's Note to the Reader
Ch. 1 The Heart of the Matter 3
Ch. 2 Life Choices: Vocation 23
Ch. 3 Life Choices: Work 39
Ch. 4 Personal Relationships 55
Ch. 5 Personal Prayer and Spirituality 71
Ch. 6 Sacraments, Liturgies, and Parishes 87
Ch. 7 Devotional Spirituality 103
Ch. 8 Church People and Church Leaders 117
Ch. 9 Telling Right from Wrong 131
Ch. 10 Being Catholic: An Overview 149
Afterword: Why Be Catholic? 161
Index 167
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