Lenten reading

Perhaps, like me, you like to do a little Lenten reading.  A book about a saint, some Scripture study - something edifying.  Might I make a suggestion?

Go to Amazon right now and buy John Zmirak's The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins.  Lest you think this is all jokes and bluff, Zmirak digs into the seven deadly sins and corresponding virtues in a way that would make the authors of the old Baltimore Catechism proud.  It's all there:  gluttony and lust, envy and wrath.  Not just the old-fashioned stuff either (although there's a lot of Thomas Aquinas' writings thrown around).  No, Zmirak wants to be clear that all this surround us now, in very real and sinister ways.

The great thing about this book is not just the dead-aim, take-a-look-at-your-soul scrutiny, but the incredible amount of fun you'll have doing examining your foibles, sins and shortcomings.  Zmirak is (as my mom would say) "a hoot".  He's got a section on the "Amazing Catholic BS Generator", how skunks are like humility (there are pictures), and a quiz on your "road whore quotient". 

It's vastly entertaining, and yet will still count as uplifiting spiritual Lenten renewal.  What more could you want?

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