Table of Contents
Prologue: Imagine This... 13
Introduction: Where to From Here? 17
Part 1 We Become What We Celebrate 27
Chapter 1 Our Universal Hunger 29
Appearance vs. the Authentic
Why Has Christianity Been Rejected?
The Cry for Help
Chapter 2 The Prevailing Philosophy 35
Chapter 3 Is Jesus Still Relevant? 41
Our Quest for Happiness
God and Happiness
The Attitude of Christ
The Role of Discipline
Jesus in History
Chapter 4 Searching for Identity 49
The Adventure of Salvation
Catholicism Is a Lifestyle
Chapter 5 What are We Celebrating? 59
The Future of Catholicism
Let the Celebration Begin
Part 2 The Authentic Life 67
Chapter 6 What is the Authentic Life? 69
Fostering the Inner Life
Our Essential Purpose
What Is Holiness?
The- Best- Version- of- Yourself
The Great Depression
Chapter 7 The Path is Well Trodden 83
In Search of Excellence
The Pedestal Syndrome
The Rejection of Discipline
Keeping the Goal in Sight
Chapter 8 Even a Blind Man Knows... 93
Francis of Assisi
John Paul II
Taking the Gospel Seriously
Chapter 9 What Sets Them Apart? 119
Singleness of Purpose
The Will of God
How Would You Like Your Life to Change?
Chapter 10 Their Attraction and Influence 129
Spiritual Friends and Loneliness
Foster This Spirit
Chapter 11 Who Will Be Next? 135
To Whom Does the Future Belong?
Shame on Us
What Are You Willing to Give Your Life For?
Finding Your Place
Where Do We Start?
Part 3 The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality 145
Chapter 12 Confession 149
Turning to God
I Am a Sinner
The Drama of Life
A Sacred Encounter
Behold the Beauty
A New Habit
The Touch of the Master's Hand
Chapter 13 Daily Prayer 175
Thought Determines Action
The Classroom of Silence
Do I Have to Go to Church to Pray?
Cast Into the Deep
Chapter 14 The Mass 205
Get Yourself a Mass Journal
A Quick Journey Through the Mass
Spiritual Game Changer
My Favorite Prayer
Beyond You & Me
Embrace the Gift
Chapter 15 The Bible 229
Where Did the Bible Come From?
Jesus: The Turning Point in Human History
Where Should You Start?
Beyond the Gospels
Stories, Questions and Prayers
Chapter 16 Fasting 247
In Search of a Vision
Body and Soul
The Death of Discipline
Fasting in the Scriptures
The History of Christian Fasting
Fasting and You
The Universe and You
Always a Means, Never an End
Where, When, and for How Long?
Chapter 17 Spiritual Reading 265
An Ancient Tradition
What Should We Read?
When, Where, and for How Long?
Keeping the Star in Sight
Chapter 18 The Rosary 270
Why Have We Abandoned the Rosary?
Growth in Virtue
More Than One Way
The Real Objection
Part 4 Now Is Our Time 285
Chapter 19 Time for a Change 287
Are We Willing to Change?
What Should We Focus On?
Chapter 20 Leadership 309
Paralyzed by Fear
Chapter 21 Return to Virtue 317
The World Needs the Church
Something Wonderful is About to Happen
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book helps you to think about your Catholic faith. It covers the problems of not only the church but the world as well. There are several themes repeated through out this book. I enjoyed reading on my Nook. I recommend while reading to also read around any of the bible verses mentioned it helped me to take home a stronger message. The book's translations of bible verses are modernized to fit the reading style. This does not take away from thier value or importance. The author does use a few sweeping brush stokes in making his points. At times his point lacks a compelling view or a good focus. Some of his explainations are just too simple and lack real understanding of life's complexities. Yet his challenges are awesome and not to be left unexamained or practiced. I truly loved his chapter on the saints and thier authentic lives. I read this book as part of a study group with my church.
For the first hundred pages I was skeptical; the prose wanders quite a bit, and reads like a motivational talk filled with generalities but little of substance. I kept waiting for him to dig in and tell us how to get from here to there. The overarching theme is that to revitalize our faith, the Church and the world, we must strive to become the "best versions of ourselves." It is a a worthy theme, but it took a long time to make every point; the book could have been cut by a third and still had the same impact. However, it is a worthwhile read for the chapters on the Pillars of Catholicism: confession, daily prayer, the Mass, the Bible, fasting, spiritual reading, and the rosary. Here, at last, he really delves into the rationale behind each of these practices. For instance, in the fasting chaper, he outlines the idea that true freedom can only be found when we are not slaves to the body. We would like to think our mind and soul is in charge, but the truth is that the body's desires are the driving force behind many of our actions. Many of the most self-destructive behaviors in our society are possible because the body is behind the wheel instead of the mind and will. Fasting teaches you discipline and frees you from the slavery to the body's desires. Once I got there, I understood his reticence to hit specifics. Every person's calling is different, as unique as the individual, and his goal is to show us a path to finding out for ourselves what that is. A valid point, I think. Overall: Well worth reading, but be aware that you'll have to wade through a lot of words to get to the point.
This was one of the most wonderful books I've read in ages ... I read quite a lot and try to read on different topics. This is a spiritual book and also written by a lovely Catholic man, but this would be a good book for any serious Christian to read. We can not deny that there is something seriously wrong in our world today, Matthew does an excellent job of telling us what it is and what to do about it. I just ordered 500 copies from the author to pass out to everyone I bump into.
This book is a treassure that synthesizes the Catholic spirituality in a very practical way. The book is fresh, easy to read and orthodox. Many questions that I had have found a solid answer. I hope you choose to read the book; read it slowly in order to meditate its content and when you are done, share it others EMaus
Get it, read it, pass it on. Too many Catholics are sitting back waiting for someone to tell them what they need to do. Here is the roadmap to reigniting (or igniting for the first time) the Catholic passion and finding our direction. Faith, Hope & Love
Excellent book for spiritual growth. If every Catholic reads and apply what is in this book, the Catholic church would flourish.
Reccomend to all Catholics!
Matthew Kelley makes you proud to be a Catholic!!!
How can anyone ever doubt God, the Church, or the purpose of our life on earth? Why do we keep turning away from the truth? How could i have ever thought my religion was silly or embarrassing? How could i not always recognize how amazing and beautiful my Faith was? I read this book and it was like somebody turned on a strobe light in my face: to bright to ignore or doubt. I am a teenager and i will remember this book my whole life. I truly rediscovered catholicism. Read this book and pass it on!!!
There are many challenges facing the Catholic Church, and these challenges are also faced by many other faiths throughout the world. Matthew Kelly touches so very briefly on many issues which have caused many people to leave the Church and abandon active Catholicism. We cannot ignore the issues of contraception, pedophilia by the clergy, divorce, etc. Our crazy lives have separated us from the values that many of us were raised with, and it is sad to realize how far we have strayed from our spiritual North Star, our True North. But many feel that the hard realities of life are in conflict with Church policies and Mr. Kelly skates over these issues and turns the onus onto each Catholic to resolve. His brevity on these issues does not help us resolve our inner turmoil and our inability to rediscover Catholicism as our faith. The sections on prayer, the Mass, the Bible, spiritual readings and the Rosary were good; however, some chapters were very redundant and repetitive, and somewhat preachy. Many of us try to live our lives through our faith. Do we really need to rediscover Catholicism? What we really need is to return to the core teachings of Jesus Christ, and embrace these teachings as the way we need to live our lives.
Great book that helps one dive deeper into their Catholic faith. Matthew Kelly is a fantastic writer. Easy read. I actually read this with the College students that I work with. Very helpful.
Matthew Kelly has no formal theological training and it shows. If you want a book focused on warm/fuzzy private spirituality you will find it here. However, if you want a Catholicism that challenges our cultural systems of privilege and patriarchy found in the Catholic tradition of social justice and necessary for full participation in our Catholic faith, don't look here.
This is a very good book with interesting ideas and often some very good advice. However he kills the message with his constant use of cliche quotes which tends to render the message a bit on the phony baloney side. By the end of the book I swear if I heard "be abetter version of yourself" again I was going to burn the book. It can all be summed up by translating the cliches into just be a good person and you will see a great change in your life. There, you just saved 14 bucks
Luv the intro
A force to be reckon with, the Catholic Church contributes many good things to society. Besides feeding, teaching, and pasturing millions around the globe, the Church is the largest institution on the planet. However in recent years, scandals and a lower rate of church attendance has called for a renewal of the faith. In Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly, the author tries to shed light to the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith. This book is an attempt to conjure and inspire a new generation of Catholics to reap the benefits of the Universal church. More than simply a Catholic book, Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly is an helpful guide to discover the spiritual part of our human existence.
This book is somewhat like something in the "......for dumies series"