Faith at the Edge

Faith at the Edge

A New Generation of Catholic Writers Reflects on Life, Love, Sex, and Other Mysteries 

Edited by: Angelo Matera

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-140-4

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 1, 2008

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From—a Catholic website with a cultural, intellectual, and an orthodox point of view—comes this compelling collection of twenty-one unique and powerful personal narratives.

Gathering the experiences, fears, and joys of young adult Catholics whose search for faith often puts them on a collision-course with modern society, this anthology explores the mysterious, exhilarating, and sometimes infuriating terrain of faith. With such celebrated contributors like Paula Huston, Matthew Lickona, and Eve Tushnet, and compelling personal narratives like "Porn and the Sacred Heart" and "My Tallahassee Purgatory," these essays give voice to the struggles and triumphs of a new generation of Catholics who are transforming the Church.


"Edgy stuff."

"This really is edgy stuff, but as the authors believe, that's where faith takes you."


"Nuggets of wisdom."

"Nuggets of wisdom, insights into the mystery of God that will nurture the faith of those looking for a place to call home as well as those who long ago found a faith where they belong." (Read the entire review here.)

Catholic News Service

"Encouragement and companionship."

"This book highlights an exceptional group of young Catholics. Those living in Catholic Worker homes or remaining chaste before and after marriage are in the minority. For young Catholics living 'on the edge,' these essays provide encouragement and companionship on a difficult path."

US Catholic

"Talented and hip young Catholics."

A collection of essays, written by talented and hip young Catholics, describes a valiant struggle with trying to follow the Catholic Code."

Faith & Family

"Thoroughgoing honesty."

"The unifying quality of these essays is their thoroughgoing honesty. Even as these authors share their stories of how the beauty of the faith has been revealed to them through their struggles, they also do not mince words about those struggles."

"Candid reflections."

"All of these stories are written in a way that is brutally honest and sincere, but titillation or shock value doesnt seem to be the point. Instead, these are candid reflections on faith in practice, and this is where the real value of the book is found." (Read the entire review here.)

First Things

"For a new generation of Catholics."

"Faith at the Edge is a book for the new generation of Catholics. In this book, as on, the Catholic faith isn’t a weak old thing to be preserved and protected—it’s a reality stronger and surer than all the modern messes we bring to it.

Tom Hoopes, Executive Editor
National Catholic Register

"An honesty ... that is very rare."

"The post-modern conversion stories in this book demonstrate a great spiritual truth—that none of us is born a saint. But in God’s plan, we’re all born to become saints. There is an honesty here that is very rare in religious writing these days. These people have spied God, and glimpsed the mystery that lies at the heart of everything."

Scott Hahn, Author of Reasons to Believe:
How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith*