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Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Tomáš Halík is a wise guide for the post-Christian era, and never more so than in his latest work, a thought-provoking and powerful reflection on the relationship between faith, paradox, change, and resurrection.
As the challenges of cultural secularization and dwindling congregation size confront religious communities across North America and Europe, and the Catholic Chur
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ebook, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Image (first published 2005)
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Julie Davis
This is a dense book ... so much so, as far as I can tell, that even the back cover blurb forces the reader to slow down, absorb it, and think.

Oy.

However, when I read the introductory sample via Amazon before accepting the review offer, it seemed to have something to say to the thoughtful Christian. Flipping through the book itself upon receipt, I saw vignettes which piqued my interest and so it is going on my "to read" stack. With the understanding that the reading will come slowly and require
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Erin Cataldi
I've been reading so much Christian romance these days that I thought I could honestly handle a heavy duty guide to Christian living and boy I proved myself wrong. "Night of the Confessor" by Tomas Halik was an interesting and thought provoking read, but very very hard to plow through. This book is definitely intended for the educated reader not just your average joe shmoe. I haven't read anything of this magnitude since my philosophy of religion class in my undergrad. That being said it wasn't ...more
Stuart
Today, I am reviewing the book Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty by Tomas Halik. This is the first book that I received as part of the Blogging for Books program. It's a pretty sweet deal. They send you a free book, and all you have to do is give it an honest review.

Tomas Halik is a Czech priest, who was clandestinely ordained a priest due to Communism being rampant at the time. Blessed Pope John Paul II appointed him as an advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dia
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Theresa
Succinct, hard-headed analysis of Christian faith for our time.
Halik uses the saying: "If you come upon a rabbit playing the violin, you are seeing a supernatural act." Likewise, when you see a person behaving selflessly on behalf of another, you are witnessing a grace.
Christian faith is paradoxical. What appeared to be a total defeat became a source of hope and of life. It's a matter of perception.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the question of meaning.
BHodges
In the Catholic tradition, the confessor is the one who receives the confession from the one seeking reconciliation with God. This book consists of some of the things a confessor reflects on in his time alone. At the heart of each chapter is an expression of the Christian faith as a paradox. The message of the cross is one of strength in weakness.
Ben
I received this book thanks to goodreads first reads, so I might have liked it more than if I had paid for it. It started off interesting enough, but about a quarter of the way through the book, I started to get irritated by the author, and felt like one minute he'd say one thing, and the next minute... It seems like he contradicted himself. I admit I'm new to theology, and perhaps I'm not not the kind of person the author wrote the book for, but for what ever reason... I ended up giving up on i ...more
Brent Soderstrum
I recieved this book from Goodreads first read program.

I really hate not being able to finish a book. This is one I just couldn't make myself finish. It is written by a Catholic priest based on his thoughts on Christianity taken from hearing confessions. I love Christian books but this one is incredibly dry.
Nick
A wonderful book: deep, relevant, wise and not too abstruse. A great example of how to distill profound reflections into a series of though-provoking essays.
Noel
I initially gave this four stars - and then upgraded it to five because I keep finding myself going back to this author's insights.
Joy Matteson
I won this book on Good-reads. I enjoyed Halik's unique Catholic perspective on what faith looks like in a postmodern age. Recommended.
Dan Yingst
Not quite as good as Patience with God (which was excellent), but still very much worth the read.
Annette
This is a great book with lots to offer for contemplation.
Melissa
Very interesting book.
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