On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century - eBook
Good book with great conversation
On Heaven and Earth is a a back and forth conversation between Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka. This book is different in the fact that these two men come from two different religions, one is Catholic and one is Jewish. I enjoyed reading each man's views on the topics in the book. I liked the different perspective's you got. They have a mutual respect for each others beliefs and don't cross that line. My Catholic church has a inter faith service around the holidays that is Catholic and Jewish, it is a beautiful service. If your church or a local church ever has a inter faith service please go they are so pretty.
Each conversation is backed up with biblical passages that are brought up within the conversation. Each chapter ends with foot notes that list each passage that was discussed so you can look deeper into them if you would like. I thought that was great since some chapters might jump out at you and make you want to read further into the bible, to get a better understand of what Jorge and Abraham were talking about.
Each chapter is a hot button issue from politics and power to money and poverty. They also discuss issues that are in the news right now. Are you are looking for a book that is full of good conversations with interesting views and discussions that are presented in a nice non confrontational manner? On Heaven and Earth is the book for you then. I really think On Heaven and Earth is the book for just about any one. It is a book that you don't have to read cover to cover. You can hop around and read the conversations that your more interested in at the moment.
Thank you Blogging for Books for allowing me to read the ebook. I was a little skeptical at first but enjoyed it very much, and learned a lot.
September 19, 2013
This is probably one of the more "popular" books I've picked, as evidenced by having seen it on the Barnes and Noble shelf of newer releases.
This book is not so much about the new Pope as it is, obvious now, by him, like Love and Responsibility. I was just hoping this book would be a little easier. Good news: it is. More good news: you learn as much about the Pope as you would reading a biography; just not the same information.
This book is actually a dialogue between the Pope, then a cardinal, and Skorka, a rabbi. (Skorka refers to Bergoglio as "Monsignor," though.) The book was first published in 2010. If you're not paying close attention you may well forget who's speaking. Perhaps a different font for each man would've been helpful. Or the book's short enough - what about starting each man's piece on a new page?
I found it strange that two topics that I'd think would draw the most interest, abortion and divorce, are two of the shortest chapters. They left me wanting more. Then there's a lot specific to Argentina, which is of no interest.
I was looking forward, though, to Bergoglio's take on same-sex marriage. When he first became Pope and I didn't know him, I'd heard reported something he'd said about gay adoption, and I thought, "Okay. I like this guy." I was hoping he'd say the very same thing here, so I could just quote it (since I don't know exactly where he'd said it). This is basically it, but much less snappy: "Now, if the union is given the category of marriage and they are given adoption rights, there could be children affected. Every person needs a male father and a female mother that can help them shape their identity."
In the same chapter, in fact in the next paragraph, Skorka brought to mind my acquaintance Nick when he said, "When they modified the law to separate civil and religious marriage during the presidency of Raul Alfonsin, I believed they did the right thing. Before that, in order to marry a couple, we had to have the civil marriage certificate in hand. It did not make sense to me that in a democratic society there should be a connection between the civil and religious ceremonies. I prefer that these two worlds do not mix." Nick feels this way too, and when he first told me so it was the first I'd heard of that.
Those were my salient pieces, but yours will be different. I'm not taking anything away from this one, but you might.
Read Chapter One
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
May 28, 2013