Posted by : Mystee Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summary from GoodReads: Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church. While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold. In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion. In the stories of this pair, one see both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth ('cradle Catholics') and by conversion. Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common 'and then a miracle takes place' school of religious experience. Rather than blasts of light, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday. The effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven. What is Catholicism really like? One would be hard-put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own

My Review: This book is meant, to me at least, for those who are starting to wonder if perhaps they should go deeper into their spiritual journey. Deacon Lambert and his daughter Karina share some of their own personal journeys and ideals. Karina shares even to a point of letting us know that one of her own children doesn't believe. She demonstrates to readers that it's alright and accepts this from him. Their belief is that everyone finds their own path in their own time. 

The thing that caught me about this book is that it's not "preachy" as many feel some books of this nature are. This book is appropriate for believers, non-believers, those somewhere in between and even those who are believers but want to go more into their religious faith. They aren't representing that you HAVE to believe what they say. They're expressing their religious views in a very respectable manner. 

This book is appropriate for most any "understanding" reading level, meaning it's not just for the 50-somethings or the 20-somethings. This has a fit for everyone.

I have to admit, this is one of the best books in this area genre that I have read. 

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

Pages: 114

Review copy of this book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

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  1. Sounds like a very refreshing take on religion. Great review! Thank you!

  2. Mystee - thank you for sharing 'Why God Matters' with your blog readers. We appreciate your support of the book.

    It means a lot that you said it was one of the best books in the genre that you have read.

    Thank you for also pointing out that Deacon Steve and Karina are not preachy and that they write in a respectable manner. So true.

    Best wishes,
    Tribute Books

  3. Dear Mystee,

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're glad we didn't come off as preachy; as you said, each of us find our faith. We can't be forced.

    May I ask that you and your readers remember Nicole and her publishing company, Tribute Books, in your prayers? Thanks!



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