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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The John Paul II LifeGuide: Words to Live By

As a young college punk, I once got into a bar fight over the issue of contraception with some drunk moron. (Of course, the other drunk moron was I.) Anyway, I remember him starting in on the abortion issue--probably because of our pro-life activities--and then somehow it changed to contraception. While imbibing a bucket of Rolling Rocks, I solemnly invoked the principles of the natural law and the great encyclical of Paul VI to no avail. Now, my friends were none too keen on the discussion and decided to absent themselves to pursue other more interesting topics--such as that hot babe in the corner. Anyway, things escalated and I called the guy a "goddamn pagan" (or something to that effect) and my friends decided to escort me out of that fine Irish bar. (Needless to say, considering my size and stature, my opponent could have beat the hell of me, so my friends did me a favor. Thanks for saving me from my big mouth guys!) Anyway, I use this vignette from my ill-spent undergraduate years to introduce our dear readers to an important new book. Had The John Paul II LifeGuide been published 10 years ago, I might have avoided putting myself in a postion where I likely could have suffered possible death and certain permanent disfigurement.

This book is the latest and a very important contribution to the study and appreciation of John Paul the Great. I am only too delighted to recommend this to our readers and to encourage our other blogger friends to spread the word! This is a wonderful book for beginners as an introduction to the thought of Karol Wojtyla and for experts as a handy reference to the pope's thought on issues of great importance for the world in the 21st century. Miss Rice does a splendid job in capturing the essence of the Pope's thought on a variety of issues including: contraception, human love, war and even the relationship between faith and reason. This tome will prove to be a great contribution to the world of Wojtylan thought. It is perfect for high school and university theology courses, coffee table study groups, and for those occasions to sit in your favorite lawn chair in the garage while smoking a Don Lino Churchill.

Pick it up here!

Early praise for The John Paul II LifeGuide:

"...intellectual, understandable, inspirational! Miss Rice has the ability to cut through the din of 'theological experts' and distill the thought of John Paul II by the one who can do it best: John Paul II. This is the pope from 'the inside.'" --Sally Hebblethwaite, Senior Lecturer in English, Collegio S. Ignazio, Lucca, Italy

"Mirabile visu et dictu!" --Giovanni Cardinal Marotta, formerly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Rome

"Not bad." --Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus, Notre Dame Law School