Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero  -     By: Catherine Wolff
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Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience, from Joan of Arc to Oscar Romero

HarperOne / 2013 / Hardcover

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Leading Catholic authors (e.g., Alice McDermott, James Martin, Tobias Wolff, Tom Beaudoin) have penned essays on a favorite figure from church history who directly challenged the status quo. Frank discussions of such ticklish questions as conscience vs. authority, direct inspiration vs. orthodoxy, and more. 272 pages, hardcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0062223739
ISBN-13: 9780062223739

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Joan of Arc, Mother Mary MacKillop, Ignatius of Loyola, and Bartolomé de Las Casas. All of these people have one thing in common—they are Catholics whose beliefs caused them to be per-secuted, but who, through the test of time, proved to be figures revered in the Church.

In fact, many of the Catholic figures who intrigue and inspire us are the men and women who found the great strength—personal, spiritual, intellectual—to challenge the Church. Some were called heretics, denounced for denying doctrine. Others were condemned for not submitting to the control of the Church. But they have much to teach us in our own efforts to live out our faith.

It is difficult to know what to do when Church doctrine is at odds with cultural developments. From gay marriage to contraception, stem-cell research to required celibacy for priests, Catholics today are struggling with the conflict between tradition and the Church's need to come to terms with modernity. In Not Less Than Everything, some of the best Catholic writers of our time, including Alice McDermott, Ron Hansen, Mary Gordon, Tobias Wolff, and Ann Patchett, share their personal accounts of people who have influenced the way they view the intersection of faith and culture. Not Less Than Everything is a riveting exploration of how to face the challenge of living our faith in the real and messy world.

Author Bio

Catherine Wolff is the former director of the Arrupe Center for Community-Based Learning at Santa Clara University. She is married to author Tobias Wolff. They have three grown children and live in Stanford, California.

Editorial Reviews

Not Less Than Everything is a timely reminder of the power of personal witness, the call of a creative conscience, and the wonder to be discovered in a life well lived. Put simply, it is an invitation to the catholicity of being oneself.”
“A thoroughly engrossing collection of mini biographies of familiar or unfamiliar but always fascinating characters — as seen through the eyes of highly regarded contemporary authors.”
“This compilation of heroines and heroes shines light in our challenging time as we search for fidelity that is deeper that blind obedience.”
“This important book is essential reading for Catholics. It is a timely reminder that, quite often in the church, the excluded become the embraced, the silenced become the prophets, the excommunicated become the saints, and the stones that the builders rejected become the cornerstones.”
“The essays form an affirmation of the faith. They’re stories of various people who, in many different ways throughout the history of the Church, were willing to say ‘I know that I’m right, and they’re telling me that I’m wrong, but I’m going to stay with the institution anyway.’”
“The Church is suffering from a crisis of dissent. This fascinating collection shows us how brave men and women have lived these tensions through the centuries. All these voices need to be heard if we are to become a Church which is unafraid of debate.”
“Pure Gold! What a gift and contribution to put such superb authors and super heroes together in one place. This book could move all of our lives to a much higher level of consciousness—where some have already had the courage to go.”
“What a beautiful experience I had, reading this book. It is deeply personal and engaging, and also full of what I call knowledge-bearing sentences. You will be entertained, believe me, and all the while, too, you will be learning something new, page by graceful page. Don’t miss it.”
Not Less Than Everything is thought-provoking. Although it features the beliefs and challenges of those belonging to the Catholic faith, the basic theme is timeless and crosses religious boundaries.”

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