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Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review - America's Bishop - The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen

I am an avid reader of anything about, or written by, Venerable Fulton J Sheen. I can never get enough of this unique and gifted prelate.

Several months ago, Thomas C. Reeves, the author of America's Bishop - The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen left a comment on one of my blog posts. I accepted his suggestion to read his book.

I was not disappointed. The book is well-researched, invitingly written and fair in its depiction of this internationally acclaimed preacher, theologian and entertainer. It contained a great deal of information about, and quotes attributed to, Sheen that were new to me.

What follows is a good example of how clearly this Bishop saw into the future while so many of us still remain blind to the problems he tried to warn and prepare us for:

"Have you noticed that as men lose faith in God, they become selfish, immoral and cruel? On a cosmic scale, as religion decreases, tyranny increases; as men lose faith in Divinity, they lose faith in humanity. Where God is outlawed, there man is subjugated.".

If you admire the good Bishop or would like to get a good and accurate idea of who he was - warts and all - this book will serve you well. Originally published in 2001, it has stood the test of time.

I highly recommend it.

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