Sinner: The Catholic Guy's Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic

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What Catholic guy made money as an organ-grinder's assistant, spent one-on-one time with John Paul II, met a very nice Thai prostitute, and confessed his sins on a beanbag chair? Lino Rulli, of course!

Lino Rulli has a style and personality not typically found in the world of religious media. In this fast and funny collection of stories from his own life, The Catholic Guy speaks honestly about his failures, successes, and embarrassing moments. His "regular guy" approach to ...

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Overview

What Catholic guy made money as an organ-grinder's assistant, spent one-on-one time with John Paul II, met a very nice Thai prostitute, and confessed his sins on a beanbag chair? Lino Rulli, of course!

Lino Rulli has a style and personality not typically found in the world of religious media. In this fast and funny collection of stories from his own life, The Catholic Guy speaks honestly about his failures, successes, and embarrassing moments. His "regular guy" approach to Catholicism is both humble and hilarious.

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"It's a bold admission to say you're a sinner. Even bolder to write about it. Sinner is a winner. —Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

"Lino's book is insighful, funny, and entertaining. He may even get a sinner like me to believe! —Gary Dell'Abate, executive producer, The Howard Stern Show

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616360399
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 157,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

LINO RULLI hosts The Catholic Guy, a three-hour show heard daily on SiriusXM Radio. A three-time Emmy winner, Lino has worked in television since 1998, earning some of the its highest awards in journalism. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    The Catholic Guy Branches Out

    Lino Rulli is "The Catholic Guy" of the Sirius XM Satellite Radio show of the same name. As a communications major with a graduate degree in theology, Rulli, who was born in 1971, is well known for his appeal to young adults. In fact, he won an Emmy Award for his work as executive producer and host of Generation Cross, a TV show that ran from 1998 to 2004. His natural gift for comedy is a big part of the stories he tells. In "Sinner," his first book, Rulli writes from the perspective of one who believes everything the Church teaches but struggles to put those beliefs into practice. In addition to his ability to see humor in almost any situation, especially in his own foibles, Rulli, who is single, writes as if he has a great deal of freedom and flexibility not available to his peers who have family responsibilities. In Chapter 7 for example, after a chance meeting with an old friend, Rulli ended up moving to Nassau, Bahamas, to teach high school religion, which sounded like a fantastic gig. He explains that he always tries to see where God might be leading him and to trust in God's plan. The Bahamas position didn't measure up to Rulli's fantasy involving mai tais and enthralled students, but he did spend several months in a Benedictine monastery considering a vocation as a monk, which might have been closer to what God had in mind. In the end, the prior decided that Lino should not be a monk--too immature. Rejection was painful, but Rulli bounced back, finding his way to the beach where he shared a beer with a stranger who theorized that aliens led the three wise men to the nativity scene. That episode is pretty typical of The Catholic Guy's adventures and gift for storytelling. He is funny, but not in the stand-up comedian sense, which may be why his efforts to get on the writing team for Late Night with David Letterman didn't pan out. John Paul II, Letterman, and Howard Stern are role models to The Catholic Guy. Stern and Letterman seem to be outsiders, a category Lino says fits him. His radio show, on the same network that carries Stern, is similar to that of the shock jock, involving free flowing banter among regulars and occasional guests. Unlike Stern, however, Rulli often talks about Catholic matters and avoids language and content not appropriate for a show sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    An everyday Catholic who gets it

    Lino, very simply, has the ability to put into words those feelings, inner conflicts, struggles, and insecurities many of us experience in life. Especially for those of us trying to be faithful to our religious beliefs. By doing this - in this book and on his Sirius Satellite radio show "The Catholic Guy" - he reassures the rest of us that we are not alone in our journey.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

    Great read for the sinner in all of us!

    I love Lino's radio show, and I loved Lino's book,Sinner. This easy, funny and fast (too fast!) read appeals to all those who love God and the Church, but find themselves frequently falling short of holiness. It is nice to know that others fight the same fight. I loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    Refreshing, honest awesomeness.

    It's rare these days to find a TRUTHFUL, HONEST religious-based book that unashamedly admits the struggles of life and shows the path towards God through them. It's about finding what God wants in your life and not being let down by the twists and turns he takes you on. It's not only inspirational, but it also breathes a new life and personality into the young Catholic church. Definitely a must read and an excellent gift!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

    This book is great! Lino Rulli manages to show the connection of everyday life, both the ups and downs, and our Catholic faith. Yes Lino, you may be a sinner, but so are the rest of us! We all keep trying---and after reading this book, we know that we are not alone. This is a super-fast read that leaves the reader longing for book two. Many thanks for your honesty and teaching!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    5 stars for the book

    ... and the show.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Lino is an Imperfect Inspirational Catholic

    Lino's book, just like his show The Catholic Guy on Sirius radio, is a great read for those who feel bad for not being the perfect followers of Christ. He is funny and smart and like all of us struggles to always make the right choices in life according to his faith. This book is a must read for all of us sinners!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    All "sinners" rejoice!!

    I've listened to Lino Rulli on the Catholic Channel for a few months now, and was intrigued to see what his book would be like. I wasn't disappointed! Lino weaves his personal stories about his childhood with reflections on what his faith means to him. He admits that he struggles with Catholic teachings just as I do...and other Catholics. He doesn't preach, but uses his experiences to show another viewpoint. I look forward to reading his other book, "Saint"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Funny easy read

    Nice that it doesnt fit the Catholic stereotypes. Lino is sincere in his faith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a lot of laughs. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    I'm married to an Italian.

    I thought this was funny as well,as inspirational, this and The Jesuit's guide to just about everything are the two best books I've read this year. must reads!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Excellent!

    This is a well-written, easy read. I really enjoyed it. Good Catholic humor with a underlying message of good.

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