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A Map of Life

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Frank Sheed Considered one of Frank Sheed's best books, A Map of Life is also regarded as one of the best and most popular short summaries of the Catholic faith ever written.  Focusing on the major truths of our existence and purpose in life, Sheed draws on God's revelation to show what the divine master plan is
Paperback, 147 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Ignatius Press (first published January 1st 1933)
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Apr 17, 2017 Jules rated it really liked it
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Lovely, thoughtful book on the relationship between God and man. Concise and tightly written, without a word wasted. It's a book I could read every year and discover something new each time.
Oct 14, 2013 Kirsten rated it really liked it
The following is a brief synopsis of Sheed’s book. Sheed touches on topics that are at the core of the Catholic faith. He narrows down our questions regarding human life to two: what is the purpose of man’s life? how do you know what the purpose is? This book focuses on the first question. God is at the centre of that question. An all-wise and all- loving creator. A being that knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. He has given us heaven as the logical conclusion to life on earth. To o ...more
Martin Moleski
Jul 24, 2013 Martin Moleski rated it really liked it
I enjoy using and thinking about maps. They are useful because of all of the vast mass of material that they leave out of consideration. They simplify reality in such a way that we can find what we seek in the world by following the logic of the map. Sheed deliberately sets aside a multitude of details about the faith in order to highlight the main features: who we are, where we came from, where we are going.

Sheed was a practical preacher. He learned his trade out on the street. But his vision r
May 15, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
A great book. Sheed does a good job of explaining the purpose of man: to know, love, and serve the Lord in this life; and how that translates to eternal life with Him in the next. Each chapter focuses on a sustantive aspect of right Catholic living: that is living with the intellect and the will united with Christ. Sheed focuses again and again on the aspect of the intellect and the will and how the proper use of these two faculties will either align us with the will of God and allow us to live ...more
Nov 26, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it
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This book may not have taught me a great deal about Life or being Catholic (as I am not new to the topic), but it is very clearly laid out and to the point, as a map should be. It also made a few points that surprised me, but with which I could not argue; food for thought. I almost rated it as 3 stars, because I did not find it the most enjoyable or enlightening book, but I gave it 4 stars because it ultimately did its job so very well, as I now feel like I need to grab hold of the rudder and se ...more
Les Walters
Jan 26, 2012 Les Walters rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I sure wish I'd discovered it long ago. As always, Frank Sheed is crystal clear and compelling. How come this isn't compulsory reading for every Catholic high-school student?

Now I have a copy on KINDLE which I've just 'gulped down' rather rapidly, and I've bought an eighth edition copy (1947) which includes a "Discussion Outline for Study Clubs", as well as a couple of the Ignatius Press 1994 edition to share with my friends and my Carmelite Secular Community in Sydney, Australi
Fr. Ryan Humphries
Aug 26, 2012 Fr. Ryan Humphries rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Sheed provides a classically reasoned little work that provides compelling answers to people who are really looking for them. This little treasure will be quickly dismissed by the Dawkins-ite who regards positivism as the height of human achievement. The language is slightly elevated, but entirely reachable without advanced degrees. I loved it.
Jerry Fowler
Excellent exploration of man's purpose in life. Sheed uses the analogy of a "razor cutting wood" to illustrate a creation reaches its potential only when the purpose for which it is created is fully understood. We too are creatures whose happiness can only be fully realized when we understand the purpose for which we are created.
Aug 05, 2008 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet. Packed with nuggets. It really satisfies. ;)
George M.
Jul 03, 2012 George M. rated it it was amazing
Superb for anyone looking to understand relationship between God and man.
Susan Kennedy
Apr 12, 2013 Susan Kennedy rated it really liked it
Even though it was written in 1930 it was full of material relating to the Theology of the Body.
Aug 20, 2008 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one I read is actually by R. H. J. Steuart, SJ and is a very short work but very interesting insight on contemplative prayer.
Shaun Wheat
Sep 02, 2012 Shaun Wheat rated it really liked it

It states "published with ecclesiastical approval"
Matthew Kolker
Feb 28, 2017 Matthew Kolker rated it it was amazing
Incredible overview of the Catholic Faith
Mar 01, 2017 Nick rated it really liked it
Sheed's analogy of Catholic life and doctrine as a kind of map in which our particular experiences and perceptions are redrawn in their proper relation and proportion to one another serves as one of the most helpful catechetical images I've yet discovered. Think about how one uses a map: implicit trust, frequent checking and rechecking of one's position, periodic contradictions between where I think I am and where the map says I should be--all such experiences translate fairly easily into our sp ...more
Jana Sullinger
Nov 05, 2014 Jana Sullinger rated it it was amazing
A fantastic concise book discussing the journey towards eternal life. A synopsis of our Catholic faith. An excellent resource for all believers, no matter where they are on the journey.
Zac Mabry
Oct 27, 2015 Zac Mabry rated it really liked it
Great quick read, good intro to Frank Sheed.
Oct 16, 2016 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He explains many of the Catholic mind sets while leaving hints to much depths and mysteries to be found in Church life.
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Frank Sheed was a Catholic apologist and street-corner speaker originally from Australia. He lived in London from 1926 onward. Unlike many of the other prominent Catholic writers in England at that time Sheed was not a convert, but raised Catholic and of Irish descent. Along with his wife, Maisie Ward, he founded Sheed & Ward. The couple tend to be linked together in accomplishments. The coupl ...more
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