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Scott Hahn
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An illuminating, reassuring explanation of the Catholic Church's teachings on confession and forgiveness. About the author: Scott Hahn, an internationally renowned Catholic lecturer and theologian, is a professor of biblical theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the director of the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. His books include A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Rome Sweet Home (coauthored with his wife, Kimberly), The Lamb's Supper, Hail, Holy Queen, and First Comes Love.

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reviewed May 19, 2003

Scott Hahn sheds great light on the most mysterious of the sacraments, the sacrament of confession. This often shrouded sacrament, one that is rather hidden in the privacy of the confessional, is foreign to many from outside the Catholic tradition, while being rather vague and shadowy to those in it. With deft insights and clear writing, Scott Hahn brings the uninitiated and those who practice it even on a regular basis into the realms of clearer understanding. You will discover what really goes on and the scriptural and traditional foundation for confessional booths, the pursuit of penance, the healing power of absolution. Hahn thoroughly answers such questions as: Why the need to confess? How important is contrition? What constitutes a good confession? Hahn gets the reader to see that confession is not some dark legalistic doctrine that binds the penitent in bondage, but rather a dispensary of the grace of Christ that literally frees the captive of his chains. It is what the world hungers for when it seeks the couch of the psychiatrist. But it is much more than the mere mechanical manipulation of the mind. It is rather the restorative absolving of a soul, the cleansing by Christ. –william Scott Hahn is also the author of The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail, Holy Queen, a book on Mary’s role in Salvation History.