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The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States

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WHAT DO BUFFALO BILL, JOHN F. KENNEDY, VINCE LOMBARDI, DOROTHY DAY, FULTON SHEEN, AND ANDY WARHOL HAVE IN COMMON?

They're all Catholics who have shaped America. In this page-a-day history, 365 inspiring stories celebrate the historic contributions of American men and women shaped by their Catholic faith. From famous figures to lesser-known saints and sinners, The American
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Published March 21st 2017 by Image (first published September 30th 2014)
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Julie Davis
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for daily readers whether they are devotionals, writings of the saints, or historical almanacs. So if you combine American History with Catholicism naturally I'm going to be interested. I grew even more interested when a cursory glance revealed that General Longstreet, Buffalo Bill, and General Sherman were all Catholics. I did know that John Wayne became Catholic but not that famed director, and Wayne's longtime friend, John Ford was Catholic. Some of these famous men were more dev ...more
patrick Lorelli
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book that combines history of the U.S. and a person from America who is Catholic and what their contribution to our Nation was. Some stories I have heard but I must say many of them I had not. I found this to be a very interesting and informational book that was written in a lite easy way that honored the person and their faith. A very good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com ...more
Kristina
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson is a lovely and interesting book. I am Catholic and have read/used many different Saint books, but this one is different. It tells the story of everyday people, priests, a president, etc. that have helped shaped American Catholicism. It is easy to read and provides great information on American Catholics. There are so many wonderful stories in this book. It is well-written and very informative. I look forward to reading a new story ...more
Jerry Rehkemper
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really learned a lot from this book on how the Catholic Church influenced the USA!
Angela
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What a fun daily reader! Of course, I didn't read it every day as intended, but I didn't mind reading 2 or 3 pages when I missed a weekend or a couple days.

There's a lot of info about Catholic settlers to America, and fun facts about people I didn't know were Catholic. Al Capone isn't a shining example of good virtue, but he donated much of his (illicit) funds to the Church. "Roe" of Roe v. Wade ultimately converted and became a pro-life activist. There are many missionaries who braved the front
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Elizabeth
Probably because I'm reading this in 2020 I found that this book really needed to be updated. And check their research. Some of it was plain out wrong. And some were included threat had no relation whatsoever to the US which is what this almanac is supposed to be about. And there were repeats which goes back to the research. Great idea, poor execution. ...more
Linda
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. So many catholics helped America become great.
Lee Thomas
I learned so much from this book. Catholicism in America has a very rich and wonderful history.
Erika
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good news is that I can officially add The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson to my read shelf on Goodreads, having devoured the entire thing.  The bad news is the book is meant to last an entire year (one entry per day) and I gorged on the entire book in between naps, setting up the crock pot, and sub-par monitoring of my daughter's paint project on the kitchen table (seriously, that got messy ya'll!).  As my toddler likes to say, the book is "all gone."  

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Emily Davis
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Ages.
Recommended to Emily by: Several People
Here is My Book Review:

The American Catholic Almanac…. A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People (Catholic) Who Changed the United States, by Brian Burch & Emily Stimpson

This is a incredible and easy-to-read, family book. We keep it in our bedroom, for now, because that is where we do our nightly readings, prayers, etc. Each night, my son reads to us from this book. It’s very exciting to him, because he loves the bond of sharing our Faith with people from so long ago.

In the
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A.K. Frailey
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading The American Catholic Almanac, I was afraid that it might be boring because I link the term “almanac” with dull statistical facts, but this reference book is anything but boring. Since I home school my kids, we know a fair amount about American Catholic history, so some of the stories and histories were familiar, but they were taken from such various personal perspectives that I found myself truly drawn into the story behind the history.

The American Catholic Almanac
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Trisha Niermeyer Potter
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The American Catholic Almanac is a fascinating look at the brave people, historical circumstances, and stalwart faith that shaped the Catholic Church in the United States.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this motley crew of individuals recognized for their holiness as well as their boldness for Christ. A masterful mix of well-known figures and lesser-known characters united to bring the faith to this country and keep it going.

This is not a mere jog through the litany of saints. Though a numb
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Janka H.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How Catholics influence/d America?

Informative and well-researched book about the people (from well-known historical figures to lesser known individuals/groups) and historical happenings who and what helped to shape the U.S.

The novel is in the form of the daily reader, but it is no devotional (as there are no meditations/prayers for everyday read), it is more like a historical journal telling the stories about the Catholics in America. The period is from the Amerigo Vespucci times till todays, t
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Patricia Mckenna
My eyes have been opened to the rich history and beauty of American Catholicism. The subtitle of this book is “A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary people". This subtitle gives a glimpse into a history punctuated with many different spiritual paths of specific Americans. In this book, there are famous people you have heard of, like Fulton Sheen, Michael McGivney and many not so famous like Theodora Guerin, Rene Goupil. All of the stories are interesting histories of real Amer ...more
Stuart
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Catholic Almanac is more than a book. It is a daily journey through American Catholic history. Each of the 365 days highlights a specific Catholic person and something that ties them to that specific date (birth, death, ordination, etc.). For example on January 15, 1844, the Indiana Legislature granted Fr. Edward Sorin a college charter, and that was the birth of Notre Dame. The beauty of this book is that there are both famous and ordinary people highlighted in this book; people who were gr ...more
Lauren Monsey Nagel
This book is fascinating to read and it covers a tremendous amount of history. It is meant to be read daily although I cheated a bit and read quite a bit already. Prior to this, I’ve read several books and many stories about Catholic Saints so when I saw that this book was available to review on Blogging For Books I knew right away that I wanted to request it. This book makes for an easy to read daily look at people and events that helped shaped the Catholic Church in America. For example: Who k ...more
Daniel
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Much of it is very interesting. Definitely cool to see the role Catholics have played in the US.

That being said, Stimpson and Burch clearly have an agenda. While unfortunate, this is not surprising given their Catholic Vote background.

One example, the Catholic Worker section states "it hoped to help the most susceptible to Communism's appeal realize that another, better alternative existed." While the CW certainly was against Communism it was also against capitalism and I think the headline fro
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Nancy
This book is a daily reader, so it will be on my reading list for quite some time. I began reading it the day I received it from the First Reads program on Oct. 6. On that day I read about the legendary Christopher ‘Kit’ Carson who entered the Catholic Church in 1842 at the behest of his third wife who bore him eight children. Each day contains a short essay about an historic figure, some notorious, some saintly . . ., but all having Catholicism as a common denominator. In the past six weeks or ...more
Bethanie Ryan
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I really love this book! I think this book is one of the most awesome books ever! Here’s why:

For every day of the year, you get a one page reading on an interesting chapter in American Catholic history. These stories include well-known people like Edgar Allan Poe and people you wish you knew like Margaret Haughery, an uneducated, illiterate businesswoman who rose above her past to raise $600,000 for charity and was buried with a crucifix from the pope! The history of the Cathol
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Nancy
St. Catherine of Siena famously said, “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”

Less well-known is a quote by St. Edith Stein. She didn’t say it about American Catholics, but definitely fits: “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.”

Neither of those quotes are in "The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States."

But they explain the appeal of this treasury that explo
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Emily
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Normally I find myself falling far behind on daily readers, but this one is so engaging I'm more likely to pick it up, only to be disappointed to find I've already read the day's entry.

To the request in Julie's review, below, for an index, I'd like to add one for a bibliography. The authors manage to present engaging accounts in their allotted only one page per story, but it still leaves the reader wanting more, and I'd love to see some of the sources of their research in order to delve deeper
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Nicholas
I got this daily reader last year for Christmas, and I had a lot of fun reading it every day of 2015 (for the most part--some days I missed and had to catch up on).

Each page (day) is dedicated to a different American Catholic who has something to do with that date, and I learned a lot about many people, some who I was familair with, and others who I wasn't.

I took off a couple stars in my rating because the authors seemed to have a political agenda at times, but it was easy to ignore. There are
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John
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this throughout the past year and recently finished the year. There are some fascinating people and events mentioned. But the authors' political and religious biases come through - which is not surprising. We all come with our biases. But I sometime felt that people I think are rogues were presented more as saints. I also felt that being a patriot was more important than someone being a saint. But those are my biases. ...more
J
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic-reading
Got to March, then I had to return it to the library.

This would be a good book to own and reference periodically.
Jennifer
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many inspiring stories of Catholics I didn't know diddly squat about! ...more
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