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With a balance of wisdom, candor, and scholarly rigor, the beloved archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, traces the human experience from ancient times to today to find threads of connection in our yearning for God, love, honor, beauty, truth, and immortality. He looks at our modern appetite for consumption and individualism and offers a penetrating analysis of how we got here and how we can look to our roots and our faith to find purpose each day amid the noise of competing desires.

Chaput examines the chronic questions of the human heart: the idols and false flags we create and the nature of a life of authentic faith. He points to our longing to live and die with meaning as the key to our search for God, our loyalty to nation and kin, our conduct in war, and our service to others.

Ultimately, he concludes that the things worth dying for reveal most powerfully the things worth living for.

©2021 Charles J. Chaput (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Enjoyable apart from the snide attacks on Pope Francis

I really enjoyed this book until the penultimate chapter, when it devolved into a series of underhanded (even catty), attacks on the pope. I would’ve had more respect for the bishop if he had been more direct in his criticism (unfortunately there’s no shortage of attacks on the Holy Father these days), but the way he did it by quoting others left it all feeling very bitter. Until then it was a very well written and enjoyable book.

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Low score for modernism

Asserts the death of George Floyd, claims it was a racially charged killing and waxes poetic about Democracy as if the church had always been pro-Democratic and about his love for Hollywood movies.

I wish I could return this book but I’m at my limit of having returned books. Really this affirms my decision to simply not read anything written by anyone who was alive and young in the 60s

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Beautiful and Thought-Provoking

Bishop Chaput offers a wonderful message of hope for the faithful, and caution for a troubled world. He does so in a style that relates to, and does threaten, his audience. His common sense and straightforward manner reflect his Kansas upbringing but his depth of knowledge and profound literacy are evidence of a scholar who has thought deeply about the meaning of life and the importance of Christian faith.

An excellent book.

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Wonderful book, with both timely and timeless wisdom

Archbishop Chaput has written a wonderful book. He provides a strong defense of the timeless truths of the Catholic faith and its corresponding world view. He explains how this view, that all things flow from Jesus, led faithful men and women to be willing to die for it. He then gives timely advice to us today to help us distinguish between truths worth dying for and the false narratives of popular culture.

His explanation of the four final things, death, judgment, heaven and hell, is the best I have heard. This chapter alone makes the book worthwhile. I highly recommend this book.

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Why your life Matters!

The theme is not fully revealed until the final chapter- when it hits you all at once- mind, body and soul. Akin to a feeling of grace. Simplistic in its understated but so powerful message that we all need to hear and thirst for. Transformative. Imagine this servant of God and teacher being our Pope!

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Calm Truths for a Confused World

In an age of endless polemics, Chaput provides an irrefutable, non-political road to common sense and happiness.

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Archbishop Chaput is dispensing 'Truth.'

Exceptional, Listen to it all in three sittings! The narrator made Chaput's musings show it's relevance to society.

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Well Done

Thank you Archbishop. I'm not Catholic, but I recognize a man of God doing his best to make this world a little bit better.

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An excellent book and narrated well. Inspiring and insightful. Offers a needed perspective on faith and living a good life.

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A must read for anyone who will ever die

This book is an excellent manual for faithful or faithless on how to die well by living and loving well.