Friday, February 24, 2012

Book Review: Catholicism For Dummies 2nd Ed.

Catholicism For Dummiesis a book that a wide range of people will find useful.  Whether you're a cradle Catholic who has questions, a convert, or someone who just wants to know more about Catholicism, this book has something for you.

As far as books on Catholicism go, this book tries to give you a pretty comprehensive tour of the faith.  I think this is a great jumping off point for anyone who is either trying to learn more about Catholicism or for those who are already Catholic but are unsure of what the church really teaches.  I spend a lot of time reading and reviewing various books on various aspects of the Catholic faith and this book is perfect for someone who is not well versed in their faith.  Everything is explained in a way that is easy to understand.

What I particularly like about books like this one is it gives you a nice overview of a variety of topics.  So while you may not be riveted by every topic covered in this book, you may find something that resonates with you and piques your interest that will lead you to wanting to delve deeper into understanding a particular aspect of the Catholic faith.  For example, after reading the chapter on the Mass, you may find that you want to know more which will likely send you looking for a book that covers the Mass in greater detail.

Overall, I think this is a great book on Catholicism and I certainly don't hesitate to recommend it.  It's perfect for someone who is in RCIA, or even a newly confirmed Catholic.  It is also a handy reference book for a cradle Catholic.  Even with all the reading I do on Catholicism, I managed to find a few bits of information in this book that I hadn't encountered in other books that I've read.  I don't think you can go wrong with this book.  For those Catholics who may be wondering if this book is fully vetted, it carries both the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.

I was provided with a free review copy of Catholicism For Dummiesas part of the Amazon Vine program in exchange for my honest review.

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