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      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is,
      put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right
      away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Swimming with Scapulars: True Confessions of a Young Catholic
      Author: Matthew Lickona
      Publisher: Loyola Press
      Date Published: April 2005
      ISBN: 082942072X
      Price: 19.95
      Comments: Simply put, it's an enjoyable read.


      From amazon.com:
      From Publishers Weekly
      Starred Review. As personal faith stories go, Lickona's is a breath of fresh
      air, thoughtfully written and happily absent of platitudes and pious
      moralizing. A 30-year-old husband, father of four and writer for the San Diego Reader,
      an alternative weekly, Lickona lives a Catholicism that is orthodox, but also
      dynamic and relevant to modern culture. He reads Salon and the Onion and
      gleans life lessons from contemporary film and fiction even as he embraces beliefs
      and traditions rejected by his parents' generation. He admits to being a
      virgin when he married, and he and his wife practice natural family planning in
      keeping with their church's ban on artificial birth control. Lickona also wears a
      scapular, fasts during Lent and has a statue of St. Joseph in his front yard.
      In writing about these beliefs and practices, he explains how he came to
      accept them, often after a period of questioning. As he navigates the realm of
      Catholic faith in the 21st century, Lickona reflects candidly on his failures,
      foibles and doubts. He confesses to "parish-hopping" in search of a Mass that
      will not disturb his peace of soul, to personal struggles with "constant
      wanting" and anger and to his weakness in communicating his faith. Most readers will
      disagree with Lickona's assessment that he is a poor communicator and will
      find themselves captivated by this winsome story of a soul. (Apr.)
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      rights reserved.

      Book Description
      Dave Eggers meets G. K. Chesterton in this funny, wise, and acutely
      perceptive memoir by a precocious young Catholic. For a wine connoisseur and fan of
      Nine Inch Nails, 30-year-old Matthew Lickona lives an unusual inner life. He is a
      Catholic of a decidedly traditional bent.

      About the Author
      Matthew Lickona is a staff writer and sometime cartoonist for the San Diego
      Reader, a weekly newspaper. Born and raised in upstate New York, he attended
      Thomas Aquinas College in California. He lives in La Mesa, California, with his
      wife Deirdre and their four children.


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