Adult: Memorize the Faith
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Title: Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else)
Author: Kevin Vost
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Date Published: July, 2006
Comments: Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Masters
Fun and Edifying, September 11, 2006
Being fairly new to the Catholic faith, I love this book. It's not a
substitute for the Bible and Catechism, but certainly helps with learning the faith.
I had never heard of the Method Loci and think it is great for memorizing
lists. It can be applied to any list, whether studying for an exam, going grocery
shopping, or making a to do list while talking with your boss.
I agree with another review in that may not be so great with poetry or prose.
However, he does provide 30 "memory master tips and facts" on the art of
memorization, which may transfer over to poetry and prose.
This book is fun to read. The author comes across as brilliant, but has a
wonderful ability to bring it down to my level. It's the best book I've purchased
in a long time.
Title is an exageration, July 28, 2006
This book is helpful for learning the Method of Loci as a memory tool. It
will allow you to memorize lists of things, however it does not really help you
to memorize "Most Anything Else" as the title states. It will not be helpful
for learning catechism q/a, for example or passages from poetry or prose. It is
limited. If the title had not been misleading I would have given it 4 stars,
but as far as memory books go this really is just average and not as far
reaching as some other books. The method is not an old, lost method as is implied by
the publishers blurb. Any good website that teaches memorization techniques
covers exactly what is in this book.
An unforgettable book!, July 27, 2006
I was somewhat skeptical this book could deliver the claims it made. I had
read other memory books in the past and was unimpressed with the methods they
proposed. There seemed to be something missing that kept me from fully realizing
my potential. This book provided that missing part. I don't want to give away
what it is but, I can assure, if you apply the methods the author outlines in
this book you will definitely increase your ability to retain and recall at
will almost anything you can imagine. It took only two, 45 minutes sessions for
me to memorize all 73 books of the Bible, in order, and backwards!
Mr. Vost writes in a breezy style that entertains while informing. His book
will be especially useful to anyone tasked with teaching others be they child
or adult. If as a teacher you have struggled for a way to make a dry list or
technical term memorable, this book will give you everything you need to make
that happen. I plan on stealing...err... using (wouldn't want to violate the
seventh commandment) the vivid memory anchors described in this book when
teaching adult religion classes.
Some might be turned away by the content Mr. Vost concentrates on, namely the
basic tenants of the Catholic faith. Don't let it. Even if you are not
Christian, you should read and apply the methods taught in this book.
From the publisher:
"They laughed when I said I could name
all 27 books of the New Testament . . .
...but after I named them all in order,
plus the 46 books of the Old Testament,
they begged me to show them how I did it.”
Yes, I know that memorizing the Faith is no substitute for living a holy
life, but even devout people can’t live by truths and precepts they don’t
That’s why, over 700 years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas perfected an easy method
for his students to memorize most any information, but especially the truths
taught by Christ and His Church.
As the years passed, our need for this ancient art of memorization grew, yet
somehow our culture largely forgot it . . . which is why today, when you and I
try to remember a list of things, we have to repeat their names over and
over. Or, to remember to call the dentist, we tie a string on our finger. And we
clutch at any means whatsoever to recall our passwords for ATMs, credit cards,
and voicemail, our login names for Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon, and the host of
other names and numbers that clog our minds and clutter our days.
Now, thanks to the delightful pages of Memorize the Faith!, you can easily
keep all these in mind — and learn the Faith! — by tapping into the power of
the classical memory system that helped St. Thomas become the Church’s
preeminent theologian, and made it easier for him to become one of its greatest saints.
Here, Catholic scholar Kevin Vost makes available again Aquinas’s
easy-to-learn method — the method Dr. Vost himself has used for decades to recall names,
dates, phone numbers, the first dozen digits of pi (3.141592653589) and even
whether, when his wife called him at work today, she asked him to bring home
ice cream and toffee . . . or was it truffles and coffee?
Indeed, Dr. Vost will teach you to remember virtually anything, but he
devotes most of his book to showing you how to improve your memory of Catholic
truths so you can live the Faith better.
By the time you finish this book, you will have memorized dozens of key
teachings of the Church, along with hundreds of precepts, traditions, theological
terms, Scripture verses, and other elements of the Faith that every good
Catholic needs to know by heart.
Memory is the foundation of wisdom. It makes holiness easier. To grow wiser
in the Faith . . . and holier . . . turn to Memorize the Faith! today.
* * *
Memorize the Faith! will teach you and your children how to remember
anything, but it’s particularly useful to those involved in religious education:
catechists and converts, CCD teachers, RCIA members, and homeschoolers of all ages.
Here, Dr. Vost and St. Thomas Aquinas show you easy ways to memorize the
following truths and precepts of our Faith, plus many more:
The 9 Beatitudes
The 12 Apostles
The 7 Virtues
The 7 Sacraments
The 4 Last Things
The 7 Capital Sins
The 10 Commandments
The 4 Marks of the Church
The 14 Stations of the Cross
The 5 Precepts of the Church
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
The 20 Mysteries of the Rosary
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
The 10 Holy Days of Obligation
The 6 Sins Against the Holy Spirit
The 5 Proofs for the Existence of God
The 27 Books of the New Testament
The 46 Books of the Old Testament
And anything else you want to remember, from the 14 items on your grocery
list to the birthdays of your 7 nephews and nieces!
Kevin Vost, Psy. D. (b. 1961) has taught psychology at the University of
Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, and MacMurray College. He
is a Research Review Committee Member for American Mensa, which promotes the
scientific study of human intelligence
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