Friday, February 22, 2013

If I might be so bold....

... As to brag about myself and my father, Michael Novak, just a bit.


But, it was recently brought to my attention by a dear friend that apparently my father and I keep some very very good company....

It seems that Ignatius Press and and the Catholic Truth Society get together each year to publish booklets to help Catholics with their faith. This year, in honor of Pope Benedict's call for a Year of Faith, they created a booklet called "Companion to Faith" (more information here). This booklet includes lists of 12 "must do" for Catholic faithful -- everything from films to see to books to read.

My father and I wrote a book about religion back in 1998. This book, Tell Me Why: A Father Answers His Daughter's Questions about God, is the first book my father and I wrote together.

It is also, according to this year's Companion to Faith, one of their "Twelve Must Read Books".
In the company of books by Pope Benedict XVI, St. Francis de Sales, CS Lewis, and St. Augustine.


You can read even more about our book, as well as purchase it, here:

Or, because if I'm already bragging, I might as well really pile it on, you may read these glowing comments about it:

“Michael Novak is a national treasure, and this book reminds us once again why. In the finest tradition of C.S. Lewis and other great defenders of faith, Tell Me Why is a stirring and stimulating discussion of every person’s need for a relationship with God and His church in a secular age.”
Ralph Reed
Century Strategies
“One of the most entrancing and absorbing conversations in the long history of the human dialogue about God. Michael Novak shows how theology can be a searchlight illuminating the truths not just of faith, but of the whole rich range of human relationships and experiences, in language that is both eloquent and uplifting. Jana Novak is an interlocutor tougher than Socrates’ star pupil, who challenges her father to marvelous heights of inspiration and insight. Tell Me Why is nourishment for the soul—a book to cherish and share with your loved ones.”
Patrick Glynn
Author, God: The Evidence
“I cannot think of a more agreeable way to acquire an education in religion, philosophy, and morality.”
Gertrude Himmelfarb
“Michael Novak takes on the honest and probing questions of his daughter, whose doubts are those of many young and sophisticated Americans. His answers—sympathetic, wise, and lucid—exemplify an unflinching faith that is hospitable to reason and argument. The book adds a new milestone to the tradition….”
Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J.
Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society
Fordham University
“Read this book, ponder it, grapple with it. It is well argued and well worth arguing with. There are not enough books like this anymore.”
Michael Cromartie, Senior Fellow
Ethics and Public Policy Center
“… a classic of Christian apologetics and faith exploration. It is a model dialogue of honesty and respect.”
Rev. Robert A. Sirico
The Acton Institute
“Tell Me Why is a splendid book which rebels against any conventional classification. Obviously, it is a superb apologetic work. But it is also an interesting photograph of the perplexities of an age—our age—that Jana knows how to isolate, define, and propose. The merit then of Michael Novak is to enter fully into this era with the sensibility to illuminate, correct and improve it. Tell Me Why is a classic of good sense. It deserves to be read.”
Joaquin Navarro-Valls
Director, Holy See Press Office
“‘Tell Me Why’ offers a priceless experience to discerning readers… All parents—and children—of every religious community can gain from this wise and eloquent book”.
Michael Medved
Author, Film Critic


 Not bad for a chick living in the mountains, eh? 

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