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I've chosen a book that I recommend for at least three good reasons. First, it addresses a topic of great importance to everyone. Second, it is written by a fabulous scholar who has spent most of his life studying, teaching, and writing about the topic and related subjects. Third, it is a "101" text, the sort of introductory work that is perfect for the "ordinary" lay Catholic, but also ideal for catechists, priests, teachers, and bishops. Oh, and let's not forget politicians, newspaper editors, and television pundits.
The book is Marriage: The Rock on Which The Family is Built (2nd Edition, 2009) by William E. May. I first read it—in its first edition—fourteen years ago for a class on family and marriage in my Masters in Theological Studies program. It was the first book I'd read by Dr. May (not the last, thankfully!), and I was impressed by his clarity of style (no words wasted!) and his masterful handling of complex theological truths and philosophical ideas (no words mangled!). Dr. May, who is now retired, taught for many years at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., and he served at one time on the Vatican's International Theological Commission. In other words, he's a smart guy! He has dedicated his great skills as a scholar and educator to explaining and defending the divinely ordained institution of marriage. Or, as he states at the start of the book's first chapter, "I shall show that marriage, the rock upon which the family is built, is a person-affirming, love-enabling, life-giving, and sanctifying reality." And he does. 
The first edition had five chapters with an appendix; the second edition has been expanded to seven chapters plus appendix. The opening chapter expounds on the sentence quoted above; the second chapter is about the complimentarity of male and female, and what it means. Chapter three is titled, "Pope Paul VI: A True Prophet", and is about Humanae Vitae; the fourth chapter discusses the serious moral problems with the "laboratory generation of human life". Chapter five explains why the family is "the domestic church" and chapter six is on Blessed John Paul II's theology of the body. The final chapter is on Pope Benedict XVI's teaching on marriage and family life. The appendix is an overview of John Paul II's "Letter to Families". 
Marriage is, as you well know, increasingly and directly under attack in many ways. For anyone who wishes to understand and appreciate more deeply the truth about the person-affirming, love-enabling, life-giving, and sanctifying reality of marriage, this book is a perfect place to start. And it is available in three formats: in paperback, as an electronic book download, and as a downloadable audio file.

Carl E. Olson is the web editor of IgnatiusInsight.com and the moderator of the Insight Scoop weblog. Carl is the author of the best-selling book Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"? (2003), available as an e-book, and is the co-author, with Sandra Miesel, of The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code. Carl is the former editor of Envoy magazine and has written dozens of reviews and articles for periodicals including Catholic Parent, Crisis, Envoy, First Things, National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Saint Austin Review, and The Catholic Answer.

*Employee Pick of the Week program features savings of 40% off a book, movie, or compact disc personally chosen and recommended by an Ignatius Press employee.  Each week, an Ignatius Press employee will select a favorite book, movie, or other Ignatius Press product and write a few sentences about why he/she thinks customers will enjoy the particular selection. A short bio of the selecting employee will also be included, giving customers a chance to learn a bit more about the people who are Ignatius Press. Email blast items below are not 40% off, but 20% off

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20% off books by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn is the Archbishop of Vienna. The renowned theologian was the primary editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Born in 1945, the Dominican was a student of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. He has written numerous books and articles on faith. Ignatius Press is offering 20% off on a selection of books that were written by Schoenborn.


We Have Found Mercy
The Mystery of God's Merciful Love

The message of Divine Mercy as communicated through Sister Faustina is both a starting point and a recurring theme for Cardinal Schönborn's discussion of God's merciful love. The Archbishop of Vienna explores the presence of God's great mercy in the Scriptures, Tradition, the life of Christ, and the sacraments and works of the Church, while raising important questions along the way, such as, "What is the relationship between mercy and justice?"
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Chance or Purpose?
Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism". In this book, Cardinal Schönborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned "theology of creation".
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The Joy Of Being A Priest
Following the Cure of Ars

This insightful book on the priesthood is based on a series of six talks that Cardinal Schönborn addressed to an international group of priests in Ars, the village where the famed St. John Vianney served as pastor. In these talks, the Cardinal summarized the vocation, challenge, and joy of the priesthood, drawing on the life of the Curé of Ars, the writings of St. Thérèse of Liseux, St. Faustina Kowalska, and many other saints and holy people.
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Happiness, God and Man
The highly regarded teacher, writer and pastoral churchman, Cardinal Schonborn, talks about man's happiness, small and great, about happiness as it is supposed to be and as it is discovered. He explains what it means to say that all human beings are created for happiness. His insightful writings are centered on meditations about happiness and also about the deeper meaning of love and friendship.
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Man, The Image of God
The Creation of Man as Good News

God created man in his own image, and the profound implications of this assertion are the subject of this book. Drawing on philosophy, theology, science, Scripture and art, Cardinal Schönborn reflects on man as the greatest of God's creatures and on the Christian understanding of his incomparable dignity that flows from this truth.
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Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

Developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. What's more, YOUCAT is keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so people can go deeper.
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Who Needs God?
Who needs God? What does God provide? Can we truly live without faith? Why does the Church so often seem not to understand us and our needs? These and many other questions are posed to Cardinal Schönborn in this book.
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My Jesus
Encountering Christ in the Gospel

By following the Gospel of Matthew over the course of a year, Schönborn presents a comprehensive picture of Jesus, showing how the gospel gives help and light in the midst of daily life. Illustrated.
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Behold, God's Son!
Thoughts on the Gospel in the Year of St. Mark
The Cardinal says that no other Gospel writer talks in such a human way about Jesus as Mark. But however human Jesus may appear here, it is also Mark in particular who also strongly emphasizes his divinity.
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God Sent His Son
A Contemporary Christology

Cardinal Schönborn's work moves from the solid conviction of faith that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel, the Son of the Living God, through the development of the Church's understanding of this truth, to the consideration of contemporary issues and the views of various modern theologians.
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Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vol. 1
The Creed

Schönborn presents a profound commentary on the Creed, one of the major pillars of the Catechism. He gives an incisive analysis of the Creed, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year.
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Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vol. 3
Life in Christ

Schönborn provides a profound commentary on the third part of the Catechism, Life in Christ. He gives an incisive, detailed analysis of living the Christian life, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year on how to better live the Catholic faith.
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Loving the Church
Retreat to John Paul II & Papal Household
In this retreat preached to Pope John Paul II and the papal household, Schön born uses the new Catechism and Scripture to lead us to a deeper union with Christ. He uses the methods of St. Ignatius Loyola's famous retreat and the thoughts of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
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Jesus, the Divine Physician
Encountering Christ in the Gospel of Luke

Cardinal Schönborn presents this third book in his series of meditations on the Gospels, in which he seeks to help readers have a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ as seen in the Sacred Scriptures.
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God's Human Face
The Christ Icon

Schönborn, presents the sources of meditation on the mystery of God's human face from the great Masters of early Christianity. An introduction to the meaning and beauty of icons. Includes icon illustrations.
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From Death to Life
The Christian Journey

Schönborn presents profound reflections on the meaning of death, judgment and eternal life, and the Church's teachings on this eschatological dimension of our faith
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Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vol. 2
The Sacraments

Schönborn provides a profound commentary on the second part of the Catechism, the Sacraments, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year on how to better live the Catholic faith with the aid of the Sacraments and the Mass.
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Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vol. 4
Paths of Prayer

Schönborn provides a profound commentary on the fourth part of the Catechism, the Paths of Prayer. He gives an incisive, detailed analysis, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year on how to develop a deeper life of prayer.
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Catholic World Report and Homiletic & Pastoral Review
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here
Hellish conditions in North Korea’s prison camps enable the Kim dynasty to maintain its stranglehold on the impoverished country.

By Brian O'Neel

As far as anyone knows, the gates of North Korea’s notorious gulags, or kwalliso, do not have the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” (“Work makes you free”) emblazoned above them, as the ones to Auschwitz did, or, as did the entrance to hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy, the admonition, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”
No, the gates of North Korea’s gulag archipelago—which imprisons an estimated 200,000 men, women, and children at any given time—don’t have these inscriptions, but they may as well. For the authorities in the kwalliso will work you hard, and the “freedom” this brings is almost certain death. Indeed, for most inmates, there is no hope of seeing the outside ever again.

The First Beatitude: A Blessing to the New Evangelization
Pope Paul VI, John XXIII, Blessed John Paul, and Benedict have all stressed our call to holiness as the new evangelization.
by Dr. Joseph R. Hollcraft
At Vespers on June 28, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI called for another Pontifical Council to promote the New Evangelization, on the eve of the Feast Day of the great Princes of the Church, Sts. Peter and Paul. Aware of the crisis of secularization in our modern era, Pope Benedict XVI stated that such a council would give impetus to a “renewed energy towards evangelization.” Certainly, the goal of such a Council is to not only offer up some systematic rendering of what evangelization means for the 21st century, but also draw out our role in this baptismal call to preach the gospel in word and deed. This quintessential focus, of identifying man’s holiness as the threshold to all evangelization, has been essential to the last four papacies because Pope Paul VI, John XXIII, Blessed John Paul, and Benedict have all stressed our call to holiness as the new evangelization. Let us, therefore, consider first what we mean by the phrase “the new evangelization.”

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