The Good Enough Catholic: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 8, 2010 - Religion - 354 pages
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Many Catholics face a dilemma: how can one be faithful to traditions, yet remain open to new discoveries, both about yourself and Catholicism?

In The Good Enough Catholic, Paul Wilkes plumbs the hunger in Catholic souls for a relationship with God and a spiritual life, and boldly confronts the controversial issue of Church authority. After each chapter, there is an invitation to put into practice what has been explored through a rich mixture of doctrine, history, current thinking, and the personal experiences of "good enough" Catholics across America.

With this book, Wilkes beckons us to look to the essence of our religion for the guidance and strength to live lives filled with spiritual transcendence.

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Taking the "good enough" concept from Bruno Bettelheim's The Good Enough Parent, layman Wilkes (In Mysterious Ways: The Death and Life of a Parish Priest, LJ 9/1/90) transfers it to today's Catholic ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Paul Wilkes is a Catholic writer and filmmaker educated by Jesuits at Marquette University and served in the US Navy. He holds an MA from Columbia University. He has written for "The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, America, " and "Commonweal, " among others. He has worked as a book editor at Harper and Row, taught writing courses for Boston University, College of the Holy Cross, and Brooklyn College, among others, and is the author of more than 20 books. Wilkes is married and has two children.

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