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Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know: The Divine Surprises and Chastisements That Shaped the Church and Changed the World

I recently read Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know: The Divine Surprises and Chastisements That Shaped the Church and Changed the World, by Diane Moczar.

This was a wonderfully easy read, for a history book, that brought to my attention a great many of the flaws in the arguments that my history teachers (usually the G.A.’s) made in my history classes.  It was nice to read a book that was not overburdened with footnotes, and even though I am a historian by training, sometimes I want to just read about history like I did in my youth, before APA citations took over my life.

This book does a great job of combining historical interpretations with theological interpretations of historical events.  I believe that this faith filled review of history helps us to see events in a more well-rounded light.  The book does an especially great job of covering the philosophy of our understanding of events.

This book is one that every Catholic should read to re-inspire our faith in God working in the world.  Academics always say the revisionist histories, like “A People’s History,” should be read, but I think this is a book that would cleanse the pallet of any student of history.  Home schools should incorporate this book into their history lessons.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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April 15, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review | ,

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