When I sit for some quiet time in either the morning or evening, I like to spend part of it in prayer and part in the reading of Scripture. However, I like to expand my knowledge and appreciation of those who came before me. That is exactly what reviewing The American Catholic Reader ($24 retail, but less through the Amazon widget below) has offered with a single page per day sharing just a snippet from the life of a Catholic American.
About The American Catholic Reader
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 Catholic Almanac tells the fascinating, funny, uplifting, and unlikely tales of Catholics’ influence on American history, culture, and politics. Spanning the scope of the Revolutionary War to Notre Dame football, this unique collection of stories highlights the transformative role of the Catholic Church in American public life over the last 400 years.
Did you know…
• The first immigrant to arrive in America via Ellis Island was a 15-year-old Irish Catholic girl?
• Al Capone’s tombstone reads “MY JESUS MERCY”?
• Andrew Jackson credited America’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans to the prayers of the Virgin Mary and the Ursuline Sisters?
• Five Franciscans died in sixteenth-century Georgia defending the Church’s teachings on marriage?
• Jack Kerouac died wanting to be known as a Catholic and not only as a beat poet?
• Catholic missionaries lived in Virginia 36 years before the English settled Jamestown?
My Thoughts on The American Catholic Reader
Overall, I have been thoroughly enjoying reading each daily page as part of my quiet time. What I really appreciate is that the authors did not sanitize and only highlight people of ‘high moral character’ in the book. Rather, you’ll find not just saints but also sinners who struggled through life. For me, that makes it all the more real. Not only do the readings offer food for thought and possibly some inspiration, but they also paint a history of America you might not find in the pages of most history books.
While I have been reading on my own, I am seriously considering transferring this particular book reading to the dinner table. Then, I might be able to help expand my boys’ knowledge of past Americans. Although they have heard of some, I know that many of them will be unfamiliar. And, I like the idea of them knowing we are ALL sinners in need of God’s grace and salvation.
Does learning about people who lived before now help you grow in relationship to Christ?
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.