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Life of Christ

April 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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Life of Christ (Week 1 of 27)

Confession: it's my fault we're reading Life of Christ, that door-stopper of a tome that's been gathering dust on my shelf for a few years.

I received my copy as a gift, part of a box of books that a friend from church donated to the “Sarah loves to read” cause. It's an old hardcover, with a tattered dustcover and two inscriptions in the front: “To my F.F.F.” and “To ‘Patricia,' with best wishes, ‘Anthony' 11-5-58.”

It also has this terrific smell, the smell that books that have been loved and read seem to get.

My introduction to Fulton Sheen came a few years ago, when I attended a women's conference in Peoria, Illinois. Then I realized that he was the guy who my mother-in-law had talked about being on TV and the radio so much. And I remembered this book on my shelf.

And I took one look at it and picked up something else. Like the Catechism, which looked less imposing next to the Life of Christ.

You know, now that I think about it, reading it as part of this book club might be the only way I'll get it read… 🙂

Widely proclaimed a classic work of Christian faith, Life of Christ has been hailed as the most eloquent of Fulton J. Sheen's many books. The fruit of many years of reflection, prayer, and research, it is a dramatic and moving recounting of the birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Christ, and a passionate portrait of the God-Man, the teacher, the healer, and, most of all, the Savior, whose promise has sustained humanity for two millenia.

With his customary insight and reverence, Sheen interprets the Scripture and describes Christ not only in historical perspective but also in exciting and contemporary terms — seeing in Christ's life both modern parallels and timeless lessons. His thoughtful, probing analysis provides new insight into well-known Gospel events.

An appealing blend of philosophy, history, and biblical exegesis, from the best-known and most-loved American Catholic leader of the twentieth century, Life of Christ has long been a source of inspiration and guidance. For those seeking to better understand the message of Jesus Christ, this vivid retelling of the greatest story ever lived is a must-read.

from Amazon's product description

For the last couple of months, I've been working on The World's First Love, Sheen's book about Mary, and I'll be honest: I've loved it. I would even go so far as to say it's been one of the best Marian books I've read (and I do NOT say that lightly!).

I'm looking forward to growing closer to Christ thanks to Sheen's brilliance. How about you?

Reading Schedule:

  • Week 2: 4/19 Discuss Preface; Ch. 1; Ch. 2 to CH. 2: PREHISTORY NOW – Assign PREHISTORY NOW HISTORY to OBEDIENCE AND THE CHILD IN THE TEMPLE
  • Week 3: 4/26 – Discuss CH. 2: PREHISTORY NOW HISTORY to OBEDIENCE AND THE CHILD IN THE TEMPLE – Assign Finish Ch. 2
  • Week 4: 5/3 – Discuss Finish Ch. 2 – Assign Ch. 3-5
  • Week 5: 5/10 – Discuss Ch. 3-5 – Assign Ch. 6-8
  • Week 6: 5/17 – Discuss Ch. 6-8 – Assign Ch. 9-11
  • Week 7: 5/24 – Discuss Ch. 9-11 – Assign Ch. 12-14
  • Week 8: 5/31 – Discuss Ch. 12-14 – Assign Ch. 15-17
  • Week 9: 6/7 – Discuss Ch. 15-17 – Assign Ch. 18-19
  • Week 10: 6/14 – Discuss Ch. 18-19 – Assign Ch. 20-21
  • Week 11: 6/21 – Discuss Ch. 20-21 – Assign Ch. 22-24
  • Week 12: 6/28 – Discuss Ch. 22-24 – Assign Ch. 25-26
  • Week 13: 7/5 – Discuss Ch. 25-26 – Assign Ch. 27-28
  • Week 14: 7/12 – Discuss Ch. 27-28 – Assign Ch. 29-31
  • Week 15: 7/26 – Discuss Ch. 29-31 – Assign Ch. 32-34
  • Week 16: 8/2 – Discuss Ch. 32-34 – Assign Ch. 35-37
  • Week 17: 8/9 – Discuss Ch. 35-37 – Assign Ch. 38-39
  • Week 18: 8/16 – Discuss Ch. 38-39 – Assign Ch. 40-41
  • Week 19: 8/23 – Discuss Ch. 40-41 – Assign Ch. 42-44
  • Week 20: 8/30 – Discuss Ch 42-44 – Assign Ch. 45-46
  • Week 21: 9/6 – Discuss Ch. 45-46 – Assign Ch. 47-48
  • Week 22: 9/13 – Discuss Ch. 47-48 – Assign Ch. 49
  • Week 23: 9/20 – Discuss Ch. 49 – Assign Ch. 50-52
  • Week 24: 9/27 – Discuss Ch. 50-52 – Assign Ch. 53-54
  • Week 25: 10/4 – Discuss Ch. 53-54 – Assign Ch. 55-58
  • Week 26 10/11 – Discuss Ch. 55-58 – Assign Ch. 59-62
  • Week 27 10/18 – Discuss Ch. 59-62 – No Assign

Reading Assignment:

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2 to “Prehistory Now History” to “Obedience and the Child in the Temple”

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you read any of Fulton Sheen's books in the past?

2. What part of this book are you most looking forward to?

Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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About Sarah Reinhard

Sarah Reinhard continues to delight ”and be challenged by” her vocations of Catholic wife and mother. She's online at SnoringScholar.com and is the author of a number of books for families.

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