Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose

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  • Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose
  • A book to refresh the dry and bored faith of Catholics
  • Crisp, inspiring, and uplifting
  • Discover how to live your life with true purpose

Hard questions deserve solid answers.

  • Why am I unhappy?
  • Does everyone feel lonely sometimes?
  • How can I change my life?
  • What does God want of me?

Tough times demand eternal truths.

  • Why are young people rejecting Catholicism?
  • Why is the perception of Catholicism so negative?
  • Is it time for the Church to change?
  • What do the ancient traditions of Catholic spirituality have to do with modern lives?

For more than a decade, author, speaker, and retreat-leader Matthew Kelly has traveled the globe, sharing answers and offering the truth. They aren’t his. They’re the ones that have been taught by the Church since the first century. They’re the ones that have been lived by holy - and happy - men, women and children of faith since the time of Christ.

Here - in a simple, convincing, and entertaining style - are answers and truths. Here is the answer. Here is the truth.



Part One - We Become What We Celebrate

  • Our Universal Hunger (Appearance vs. The Authentic; Why Has Christanity Been Rejected?; The Cry for Help)
  • The Prevailing Philosophy (Individualism; Hedonism; Minimalism)
  • Is Jesus Still Relevant? (Our Quest for Happiness; God & Happiness; The Attitude of Christ; The Role of Discipline; Jesus in History)
  • Searching for Identity (The Mission; The Adventure of Salvation; Catholics Today; Catholicism is a Lifestyle; Identity Crisis)
  • What Are We Celebrating? (The Future of Catholicism; The Solution; Let the Celebration Begin)

Part Two - The Authentic Life

  • What is the Authentic Life? (Fostering the Inner Life; Modern Despair; Our Essential Purpose; What is Holiness?; The Best-Version-of-Yourself; Vatican II; The Depression)
  • The Path is Well Trodden (In Search of Excellence; The Saints; Common Objections; The Pedestal Syndrome; The Rejection of Discipline; Keeping the Goal in Sight)
  • Even a Blind Man Knows... (Francis of Assisi; Mother Teresa, The Cure' Ars; Thomas More; John Paul II; Taking the Gospel Seriously)
  • What Sets Them Apart? (Singleness of Purpose; The Will of God; How Would You Like Your Life to Change?)
  • Their Attraction & Influence (Friendship; Spiritual Friends & Loneliness; Foster this Spirit; Bright Lights)
  • Who Will Be Next? (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 Three - The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality

  • Reconciliation (Turning to God; I Am a Sinner; The Drama of Life; The Sacramental Setting; Common Objections; Behold the Beauty; Self-Knowledge; A New Habit; Temptation; The Touch of the Master's Hand)
  • Contemplation (Osmosis; Thought Determines Action; The Classroom of Silence; A Starting Point; The Big Question; Action Without Prayer; Geography of Prayer; Begin Today)
  • The Mass (Rediscovering the Mass; A Personal Prayer; The Prayers of the Mass; My Favorite Prayer; Our Father; Offering; Embrace the Gift)
  • The Bible (Where Did the Bible Come From?; Jesus; The Power of the Word; Stories; Questions; Prayers; "Dad, if you really love me...")
  • Fasting (The Death of Discipline; Fasting in the Scriptures; The History of Christian Fasting; Lenten Fasting; Fasting and You; The Universe and You; Always a Means, Never an End)
  • Spiritual Reading (An Ancient Tradition; What Should We Read?; When, Where, & for How Long; Adult Education; Keeping the Star in Sight)
  • The Rosary (Why Have We Abandoned the Rosary?; Benefits; Growth in Virtue; Fifteen Lessons; More than One Way; Mary)

Part Four - Now is Our Time

  • Time for a Change (Are We Willing to Change?; What Should We Focus On?; Education; Evangelization; Vocations)
  • Leadership (Paralyzed By Fear; Courage; Bold Leadership; Servant Leadership)
  • Return to Virtue (The Role of Virtue; The World Needs the Church; About this Book; Something Wonderful is About to Happen)

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  • 4 Sep 5th 2016
    Life changing book

    I am constantly reading books and I am sure this books is in my top 10 list. It starts a little slow but when it gets to the seven pillars of Catholicism is life changing. Thanks to this book I took the courage and went to confession, I pray everyday, I go to mass on Sundays and pray the rosary regularly. It will show you the beauty of the the Catholic Church

    Giselle Isaza

  • 1 Apr 16th 2012
    I wouldn't give this book away.

    Luckily this book was given to me at church. Our small group decided to read it as a way to grow closer to our catholic faith. We found much that we disagreed with. I would not give this book to anyone and it will not be kept for my own future use. The only good thing it did was to make me defend my own personal beliefs. Cons: Disappointing; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader

    Still Sandi

  • 4 Mar 11th 2012
    Fantastic Book !!!

    This book was given out at Mass on Ash Wednesday. I did not expect much from it but was extremely surprised. A must read; I believe everyone who reads this book will come away with valuable advise. The author caught my attention immediately in the first chapter , the book is an easy read and has amazing thoughts. Certainly to focus on being the best person you can be is great advise but also how he choose to state the importance of spending your time with quality friends who inspire you and so much more ! Every single chapter has great thoughts on life I think this book is terrific. Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written


  • 4 Jan 18th 2011
    Matthew Kelly feedback

    Important to address the issue of depression as a worldwide problem due to a deficiency of sound principles. However, technically the North Star does move; it only appears to remain stable. The use of this metaphor is incorrect, so please correct the way you wrote about Polaris or use a more apt metaphor. Good reading. Dr. Carole Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Informative

    Dr. Carole

  • 5 May 11th 2010
    Great Book!

    I am a practising Catholic who has worked as reader and commentator, as well as voluntering in other capacities. My two adult sons have grown away from the Church, though they have had thir children baptised and they ar attending Catholic school.I was sarching for something byond my "you should"s to bring them back. I'm reading the book now, finding it inspiring and positive. It'll be their Father's Day gift. Thank you. Best Uses: Gift, Reference, Special Needs; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written


  • 5 Dec 31st 2009
    Not what I expected from the title

    Great book and ideas Best Uses: Gift; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written

    Bo the clown

  • 5 Apr 1st 2009
    This book open my eyes to the truth

    I bought this product at a conference for Catholic Women. I've always thought that my life was lacking something and I just couldn't put my finger on what it was. I have been catholic all my life and have a good prayer life, or so I thought. My eyes where open on how to become a better self.. someone that I can be proud of and someone that God will be proud of too. I now have a desire to be holy and I believe that with the information this book gives it is now possible. This book is very easy to read and the information is very valuable.. If you are catholic and you think there is something missing from your faith life.. get this book.. you will never regret it. Best Uses: A good read for all ages, Gift; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Eye Opener, Full of Wisdom, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written


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