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    Title: Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments Author: Scott Hahn Publisher: Doubleday Date Published: May 2004 ISBN:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2004
      Title: Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments
      Author: Scott Hahn
      Publisher: Doubleday
      Date Published: May 2004
      ISBN: 0385509316
      Price: Hardcover $19.95
      Comments: Popular Catholic author.

      Editorial Reviews
      From Publishers Weekly
      Hahn, a convert to Catholicism who is professor of biblical theology at
      Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, continues his popular expositions on
      various aspects of the Catholic faith in this treatise on the church's seven
      sacraments. Written in the easy style that has opened the depths of Catholic
      theology to scores of laypeople, Hahn shares how he once regarded sacraments as
      "boring," but reconsidered that view after a challenge from his wife, Kimberly,
      while both were still Protestants. In reading the works of the church
      fathers, Hahn came to see the sacraments as signs of God's covenant with humanity and
      thus more than mere rituals. When Catholics receive them, he writes, they
      make a covenant with God that has weighty implications. He explains how in
      ancient times, parties to covenants would swear a sacred oath, offer a sacrifice and
      share a meal, all elements contained in the sacraments today. Hahn insists
      sacraments are based in scripture and makes a convincing case that they were not
      late additions to Christianity, but were practiced by the early church. He
      offers personal testimony as well, crediting grace from the sacrament of
      matrimony with sustaining him and his wife through the difficult period in which he
      left the Protestant ministry and converted to Catholicism. Catholics in search
      of a fresh look at their faith will find Hahn's enthusiasm inviting. His
      frequent references to the Catechism also should make this a helpful resource.
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      ?This book, easy to read but profound in its implications, draws on the
      Bible, on Catholic teaching, patristic wisdom, and rabbinical learning to explain
      the meaning and importance of sacraments. What the author tells of his own
      discovery and experience of sacramental life is illuminating and heartwarming. It
      will help Catholics grasp better the wonder and necessity of sacraments in
      God?s plan of salvation and allow other Christians to see their significance for
      the following of Christ.?
      ?Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago

      ?As one who has lived with a lifelong realistic understanding of the
      sacraments, especially of the Holy Eucharist, I found Scott Hahn?s journey from
      Calvin?s devout but symbolic understanding to the traditional realism of the Church
      Fathers most enlightening. This book will be a big help to Catholics
      confronted by careless and inaccurate teaching about the sacraments. It will also aid
      Protestants, who have often lost even the sacramental piety of the Reformation
      and who are beginning to rediscover the sacraments instituted by Christ.?
      --Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., author of In the Presence of Our Lord

      ?Dr. Hahn has done it once again: he has given us a crisp, clear and
      compelling look at the very essence of Catholic life, the sacraments. Simply put,
      Scott believes the sacraments really do work. And he believes that the sacraments
      are God?s wok for us, not our work for God.?
      --Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee

      ?In Swear to God, Dr. Scott Hahn provides his readers with a fresh,
      enthusiastic introduction to the theology of Sacraments. His readers will be rewarded
      not only with clear theological information but also with authentically
      Catholic inspiration. His pen continues to be a blessing for all who seek a deeper
      understanding of what the Lord has revealed.?
      --Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York

      Inside Flap Copy

      The most solemn, majestic, and beautiful gifts that Jesus Christ gave to the
      world are His sacraments. He endowed them with unprecedented and unparalleled
      power?power to change lives, save souls, and share God?s very life. The
      sacraments are the ordinary means by which God directs the course of each human life
      and all of world history.
      The Church celebrates seven sacraments: baptism, Eucharist, confirmation,
      matrimony, holy orders, confession, and anointing of the sick. Each was
      established by Jesus for the sake of salvation. When Jesus spoke of the sacraments, He
      made clear that they were essential: Unless one is born of water and the
      Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (Jn 3:5) . . . unless you eat of the
      flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you (Jn 6: 53).
      In Swear to God, Dr. Scott Hahn explores the richness of Christ?s
      sacraments?their doctrine, history, symbols, and rituals. Drawing upon the Bible and the
      Church?s tradition, he shows how God?s covenants?with Adam, Noah, Abraham,
      Moses, and David?became the driving forces in history. When Jesus came to fulfill
      all these covenants, He established a new covenant, with greater power than
      ever before. Christians are God?s children now. Joined to Christ by baptism, we
      can already share in the eternal life of the Trinity, a life we hope to know
      fully in heaven. But heaven is with us, even now, in the sacraments.

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