This clear and unequivocal call for personal reform as the basis of authentic renewal in society and in the Church is rooted in several sources. The work of an internationally recognized Biblical scholar (Rudolph Schnackenburg) is woven in with the observations of contemporary social critics as well as behavioral scientists. The author does not spare anyones feelings in an attempt at a critical and objective analysis of the serious problems of the Catholic Church and "mainstream" religious denominations in America.
This book definitively places the onus for reform on the individual Christian striving to follow the Gospel in our materialistic and selfish culture. Because of its roots in Scripture and in the long history of reform in the Church, this book offers the reader a well-founded hope that the first signs of real renewal in the Church are beginning to appear. Includes index.
A priest for fifty years, Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, C.Rr., is one of the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. His numerous books include Healing the Original Wound, Tears of God, The Virtue Driven Life, and After This Life. Fr. Groeschel also hosts the weekly EWTN program Sunday Night Live with Fr. Benediet Groeschel."
Father Groeschel has written *the* book for the Church in the 90s. He is right on target! He has said clearly and prophetically what must be said before it is too late: namely, that all true Christian renewal must be rooted in personal, on-going conversion. I found reading the book as valuable as making a retreat.
, Father Richard Roach, S.J., Marquette University
"By his frequent use of appealing concrete examples and comparisons, Groeschel shows conclusively that true, lasting renewal in the Church can only happen by continual repentance and reform in our individual lives."
, Father Kenneth Baker, Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review