Book Focus: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

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Great quote:   "The Lord wants us to belong to a Church that knows how to open her arms and welcome everyone, that is not a house for the few, but a house for everyone, where all can be renewed, transformed, sanctified by his love - the strongest and the weakest, sinners, the indifferent, those who feel discouraged and lost." (Page 31)

Book summary:   This accessible book gives Catholics and non-Catholics the opportunity to read, study and meditate on the leadership and teachings of this very modern pope. It is a collection of Pope Francis' speeches, homilies and other general addresses that he has given over the years. 

The Church of Mercy is divided into the following parts, each organized around a central theme:

  • The Good News of Christ
  • A Poor Church for the Poor
  • Listening to the Spirit
  • Proclamation and Testimony
  • Full-Time Christians
  • Shepherds with the "Odor of the Sheep"
  • The Choice of the Last
  • Demolishing the Idols
  • The Culture of Good
  • Mary, Mother of Evangelization


Rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:    150
  • Year originally published:   2014
  • You might want to know:  For more information on this title, please visit Loyola Press

 
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Homeschool Alert: CurrClick Fall Sale

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Book Review: When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman

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Great quote:  "...if you had allowed yourself to be hurt the usual ways that teenaged boys hurt teenage girls instead of falling so nobly on the sword of the Spirit, a constant sacrifice, dying again and again to your own desires, then maybe it would not have gone like this." (Page 76)

Book summary:  "When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church." (Convergent Press)

My thoughts:   As a teen, Zierman was a "sold-out" Christian, as it is commonly called. She lived within the confines of a christian-esque culture. In her teenage heart, she believed she was living the life God had planned for her. As she matured and entered into her 20s, she realized the BIG wide world had a LOT to offer. For Zierman, this led to a time spent in a vicious downward spiral of drinking and general self-destructive habits. It is only after hitting the proverbial rock=bottom that Zierman's life begins to come together in a positive way and she decides to return to the church on her own terms. 

Books like When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman constantly amaze me for their openness, sincerity, vulnerability and raw honesty. Zierman's memoir is poignant and funny, biting and tender. 

As a memoir, this book is obviously Zierman's story. What is captivating about this book though, is that Zierman's story could belong to so many people today. Zierman's life journey is a story that can educate and minister to those who are in the church, but still feel lonely, isolated and marginalized.


Rating:  4.5 of 5 stars


Book Facts:
  • Pages:   246
  • Year originally published:   2014



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