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The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home

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From the bestselling authors of The Mass, an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church.

Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behin
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Image
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Julie Davis
The sacramental principle tells us that, since the Word became flesh, God has begun to heal and restore his creation. Spiritual light can now shine through the material world. On one level, bread and wine; on another, oil, candles, fabrics and paint, bricks, blocks, and filigree--all these can mediate God's presence in the world.

I honestly thought I already reviewed this book. When I saw it on my "to review" stack, I thought it was misstacked (I'm pretty sure that's a word ... or, like Shakespea
As a non-Christian who is more familiar than most with Catholic churches, I still found this an interesting read. Very succint and informative without getting bogged down into minutiae. I expected the book to be more about architecture, but it describes normal components of Catholic churches and explains why they're there. What is the scriptural source? Why is it build this way and not another way? What is the symbolism? I don't think someone unfamiliar with Catholicism would "get" this book.

The Church begins simply by explaining what a church is and why people are willing to sacrifice so much and live in poverty to construct these lavish and ornate buildings. It then goes on to explain what THE Church is, as in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. He also explains some of the different names for it, including Mother and Ship to name a few. You may think this is all very basic information that most people know, but the book then progresses to my favorite part. It breaks down every as ...more
Kelsea Dawn Hume
This field guide to Catholic churches was easy to understand, but the historical aspects bordered on simplistic. As it really is a field guide, I would have loved more example pictures, but I enjoyed the thoughtful explanations of church rituals attached to various pieces of architecture.

Read If:

- You're about to go visit a bunch of cathedrals and have no religious background.

- You're a writer and need to understand what all the bits of a church are used for.

*Thank you First Reads.*

When I used to teach third grade religious education in my parish, one of my favorite chapters taught about the "stuff" in the church. We'd take a tour of the church and learn about the names and uses of all those things the kids hopefully saw on a regular basis. This book is like my tour, only for grown-ups. Full review
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Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion.
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