Choosing to Be Catholic

For the First Time or Once Again

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 25, 2013

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First published in 2001, Choosing to Be Catholic has sold nearly 25,000 copies and maintains its status as a Catholic parish favorite. In this revised edition, Jesuit priest, master-teacher, and bestselling author William J. O’Malley, S.J., prompts seekers and skeptics alike to ask a new set of questions as they hunger and search for God. He demonstrates once again his uncanny ability to approach the human quest for God with refreshingly frank discourse as he sorts out the Hows, Whys, and So whats of being Catholic. With razor sharp focus, O’Malley offers a cultured and deeply personal argument for Catholicism to those curious about joining the Church, those wondering if they should stay, and those “vacationing” from it.

Ideal Uses for Choosing to Be Catholic:

  • RCIA
  • Gift for spiritual seekers
  • Faith-sharing groups

Product Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594713439

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Challenges us to rethink our deepest values.”

    “If you are a spiritual seeker, this book is for you. An experienced teacher and writer, O’Malley deftly guides the reader on a journey that tackles key issues of modern belief, such as the nature of the soul, the existence of God and the value of religion. Because it is a journey that challenges us to rethink our deepest values, it is one well worth taking.”

    Neil A. Parent
    Author of A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation

  • “Perfect for so many who seek deeper understanding of our faith.”

    “I have long respected O'Malley's work and find his clear, concise, and direct manner truly beneficial for pastoral leaders and those we serve. Choosing to Be Catholic is perfect for so many who seek deeper understanding of our faith.”

    Leisa Anslinger
    Founder and Director
    Catholic Life and Faith

  • “Intelligent, honest, and faith-filled answers.”

    “Because we have to ask many questions about being Catholic today, no one is better prepared to give us intelligent, honest, and faith-filled answers than O'Malley. Just when you think you have considered every perspective, O'Malley will give you another one—and it will be well worth considering!”

    Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
    Center for Action and Contemplation
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • “O'Malley cannot write an uninteresting sentence, and never fails to inspire.”

    “William O’Malley, S.J., has been a leader in Catholic secondary and higher education, Christian spiritual writing and speaking, and fundamental faith formation in this country for the last 40 years. He is a Jesuit priest who cannot write an uninteresting sentence, and never fails to inspire.”

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.
    Author of Between Heaven and Mirth

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