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Uncommon Faith - The Early Years of Opus Dei 1928-1943

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Uncommon Faith is an absorbing story about Saint Josemaria Escriva, whose teachings about the universal call to holiness anticipated Vatican II's theology of the laity by more than thirty years. The book gives an insider's account of the early years of Opus Dei, an institution founded by Escriva in 1928 to spread his message about lay holiness. Coverdale tells the intriguing story of how Opus Dei overcame overwhelming obstacles to become a vital and important part of the contemporary church. The picture of Escriva that emerges shows why John Paul II decided to canonize Opus Dei's founder in record time.

The book brings together in a single coherent narrative much information that was previously available only to those willing to track down a large number of Spanish sources, many of which are difficult to find.

The author, who holds a PhD in history and who has published three books about various aspects of Spain's history, put the events in the life of Opus Dei in their broader religious, social, political and economic context. He devotes entire chapters not only to the Civil War but also to the events that led up to it and followed it. Eight maps, drawn specially for this book, help the reader situate the events in their geographic setting. Sixteen pages of photographs, most of which were previously unpublished, complement the narrative.

ISBN: 9781889334745
Author: John F. Coverdale
Format: Softcover
Pages: 400
Language: English
Saint: St. Josemaria Escriva


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Review: I used this book to give me a rounded history of the early development of Opus Dei in context with the Spanish Civil War. It's one of the few books I could find and I think it really helped explain why contemporary misconceptions of this prelate exist. It had a lot of details about Spanish culture, society, and the political circumstances that have influenced its growth and development. I will say using this book as a reference has been a challenge, simply because there is a lack of footnoting. I'm unsure of where some of this specific information came from. However, it was a great read and has provided for the basis of my thesis as to the relationship between Opus Dei and society of the Spanish Civil War, both within the Church and among the politics. Best Uses: Older Readers, Political theology, Reference; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Lots of information, Well Written
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