Almost Catholic: An Appreciation of the History, Practice, and Mystery of Ancient Faith
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Almost Catholic: An Appreciation of the History, Practice, and Mystery of Ancient Faith

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Jon Sweeney, a self-described "evolved Protestant" and noted religious writer, has long been fascinated by the Catholic Church. However, it wasn't until he was a young missionary in the Philippines that he truly began to understand the Church's traditions, mysteries, and religious beliefs and its hold on those who follow the tradition. As he explains, Catholic spirituality...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by Jossey-Bass
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♥ Ibrahim ♥

Just seeing the magnitude of Catholic writers would cause you to get so curious about reading:

SECTION FIVE My Own Cloud of Witnesses

Thomas Merton

Saint Francis of Assisi

Every Idealist Who Has Ever Tried

G. K. Chesterton

Flannery O’Connor

A lot of the Catholic writers would make one want to appreciate them sincerely while one is not fully Catholic; of course it was THEY who gave us the Bible, and nobody else!
I expected to like this more than I did. As a Protestant who's attracted to the Catholic church in many ways, I thought this would be a window into my own mind, as well as an exploration of what holds Protestants like us back from "swimming the Tiber." I enjoyed the book, and was interested to read about his absorbing some of the practices of Catholicism (such as praying the rosary, observing the stations of the cross, studying the lives of the saints, and so on), but honestly what I remember th...more
I really learned quite a bit from this book. It is insightful and Jon M. Sweeney really does a good job of explaining many different concept in Catholicism. The book was fantastic. I had one problem...and it was more an annoyance then anything. On the cover there is a picture of '11 catholic candles with saints on them'. I liked the picture a lot at first glance. But upon further examination, one candle is just a blue candle holder, and out of the remaining 10 candles, 7 are 'Our Lady Of Guadalu...more
Im not Protestant attracted to Catholicism...Ive been almost Catholic for most of my life. Having been baptised Catholic and identifying as such from a young age, this book held so much appeal for me. Hearing that my questioning the validity of what I was taught in church and religion itself is perfectly normal was wonderful to read; Ive always felt somehow that "having religion" was soething you didnt question. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and found the author's writing to be easy to...more
I had high expectations for this book. This may have been a bad thing. In many cases the book met my expectations but in some areas it fell short. Generally speaking though I think this is a very important book and I am glad it was written. The author does not shy away from the issues that have traditionally separated Catholics and Protestants and does a good job enlightening the reader on the beauty of Catholicism. Hopefully it will instill a respect for Catholicism in any Protestants that don'...more
A paean to the Catholic faith by an Evangelical Pretestant.
I do not relate to his starting premise, therefore all lthat follows is not for me.
Although Sweeney's love of Catholic practice makes for interesting reading, he saves his best for describing the differences between Catholic and Protestant thought, providing a depth that goes beyond fascination with externals.
Arlene Allen
Sweeney perfectly captures the mystique and the lure of the ancient faith, its traditions, rituals and practices. Long fascinated with the Catholic Church, I now have a better understanding of the faith and why I am attracted to it.
Nov 16, 2010 Becky added it
A good glimpse into the Catholic faith for anyone not Catholic but interested in the faith. Sweeney obviously has such a great love for Catholicism that I had to go back to the first chapter to remember why he isn's Catholic.
Carlos Vallarino
Such an inspiring book, not like Scott Hahn that does not have the chispa divina, this guy does and his book is like listening all the whispers of knowledge and inspiration since the beginning of the church and more.
Quick and easy read. The author's excitement was sometimes inspiring, sometimes just OTT cheesy. The whole thing made me wonder, though- why didn't he just convert?
Sweeney offers the perspective of an open-minded Protestant. Excellent introduction to Catholicism for non-Catholic Christians or for new Catholics.
Loved the way an Episcopalian described his love for what's catholic/Catholic.
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