Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life

Why God Matters How to Recognize Him in Daily Life Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church While both are legitimate approaches the average reader looking to

  • Title: Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life
  • Author: Karina Lumbert Fabian Steven Lumbert
  • ISBN: 9780982256534
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith asMany times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion In the stories of this pair, one see both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth cradle Catholics and by conversion Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common and then a miracle takes place school of religious experience Rather than blasts of light, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday The effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven What is Catholicism really like One would be hard put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own.

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    1. I know Karina Fabian best from her speculative fiction–tales of dragon detectives, spacefaring nuns, superhero misfits, and zombie cookery, filled with engaging characters, sly puns, and wry observations on human nature. While her faith informs all her writing (her tagline is “Fiction, Faith, and Fun”), that faith is front-and-center in this very non-fiction collaboration with her father, Steven Lumbert, a Catholic deacon.There’s still plenty of fun. Why God Matters is primarily a devoti [...]

    2. I was not sure what I would think about this book when I began reading it. I am a Christian but not a Catholic. In fact, I know virtually nothing about Catholicism. I was not sure how much this book would relate to me.I was so happy to discover just how much I enjoyed this book. Each chapter was written like a mini-devotional, and it hit me right where I was living. Advice was practical, heartfelt, and Biblically sound. It gave me hope for the desperate situations in which I find myself lately. [...]

    3. There are so many wonderful things in this book I’m not sure where to begin. So I guess I’ll start at the beginning. I’m one of those cradle Catholics. For a long time I mistakenly believed I knew all there was to know about being a Christian. A few years ago, through some life-changing events, I learned that was not the case. In fact I discovered how little I did know. Ms. Fabian and her father, Deacon Lumbert’s book “Why God Matters” reinforced this message and will serve to guide [...]

    4. This was an amazing little book. The physical book is almost 120 pages. The eBook comes in around 40 pages. But while reading the book, I went back and forth and reread many sections. I probably read the book about 4 times through. I read this as an eBook. The nice thing about it was having it with me all the time, on my iPhone, on my iPad, on my MacBook Pro, on my Desktop or on my Kobo eReader. What made it nice to always have it with me was that often I went back and reread sections a few time [...]

    5. In this short book, authors Fabian and Lumbert invite readers along on a journey to discover through their experiences how God can be seen in our daily lives. From Deacon Steve's story of being a reluctant convert to Fabian's story of how she stopped being a martyr for the trivial, each chapter brings the reader that much closer to seeing how God impacts our lives, as seen through the eyes of two devoted Catholics.Books such as these are of interest to me because I'm always searching for that nu [...]

    6. God may whap a few of us upside the head with a spiritual two by four, but the vast majority of us will only come to a radical conversion of mind, heart, and spirit through the small, everyday choices we make in classroom, kitchen, or cubicle.This idea is the major thrust of Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life. This is not a book about figuring out what to believe -- though both authors had to do that at different points in their lives. (Deacon Steven Lumbert is a convert; Karina [...]

    7. You see, I deeply believe that God does work in our lives in little ways that make big differences. You can see how he has done this for others in the book, Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life by Kariana Lumbert Fabian and her father Deacon Steven Lumbert. This has the Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writers Guild. Another lil thing for Dear Hubby and I. You see he is Catholic and I am Baptist, yet we do not have any discourse in our religious beliefs. We come together in all [...]

    8. I truly enjoyed this book. There are 14 chapters in total (told back and forth from Karina and Deacon Lumbert). Each chapter is a very quick read that holds a huge lesson: how with love and faith, you can lead and help spread a wealthy, healthy life. I was a bit concerned this book would be preachy like what I see from TV preachers, but this book has taken a different approach. The authors tell personal stories. REAL stories. The kind of stories that we can all relate to and begin using in our o [...]

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