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Bishop Sheen asks readers to stop blaming their subconscious for their ills and examine instead their conscience, to turn away from the psychoanalyst and turn to God. He shows readers that peace of soul cannot come from humankind, but must come through Divine help....

Title : Peace of Soul: Timeless Wisdom on Finding Serenity and Joy by the Century's Most Acclaimed Catholic Bishop
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ISBN : 9780892439157
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Peace of Soul: Timeless Wisdom on Finding Serenity and Joy by the Century's Most Acclaimed Catholic Bishop Reviews

  • Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
    2019-04-24 02:04

    I am tempted to compare Fulton J. Sheen to Gearge Bernard Shaw, the author of Major Barbra. In the book, Shaw stipulates a number of ideologies which he supports. He delves into an array of topics including socialism, economic empowerment, confession, salvation army and religion as a whole. Mr. Sheen also touches on these topics. He investigates them in detail. Also he looks at how man has transformed his behavior around such ideologies. He explores the reality of religion and compares them with secular justifications of the human behavior. The difference between good and evil is studied. The world's indulgence of evil is considered in great detail. He believes that man should judge his behavior through the mirror of the bible. God in His wisdom has recorded a guideline to determine our actions. In contrast, secular education and philosophers also offer alternatives to which our behavior can be judged. Our environment, sexuality, the unconscious mind are some of the factors that determine our actions and destiny. Fulton Sheen disagrees with the propounders of these philosophies especially Freud who argues that our actions are majorly determined by our sexuality. He gets his philosophy from the greek tragedy 'Oedipus'. He kills his father in order to marry his mother. The converse is known as the electra complex where the reverse happens with the daughter killing her mother to marry her father. He also analyses phycoanalysis and the religious equivalent of confession thtouhh the examination of ones soul. He believes that the theory of psychoanalysis should not be limited to the examination of ones unconscious mind but to the examination of the conscious mind. Our actions are to be judged in light of God's word. Absolute freedom means absolute tyranny as stated by Dostoevsky and should be discouraged. All in all, it is clear from Sheen's writings that every man is responsible for his or her actions.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-04-24 01:00

    My "text book" (100 Christian Books That Changed the Century) tells me the author of #37 was 'the most successful TV preacher of the 1950s', though this book was a best-seller even before the TV show. Bishop Fulton Sheen apparently was popular with both Protestants and Catholics - for the 50s that was quite something.His theology and mine don't agree, however. For example, on page 184 he says, "An almost forgotten truth, even among some practising Christians, is that it is never the physical world, but only the spirit of the world that is evil . . ." I'd be interested to actually talk to Sheen to find out what he bases that on - it certainly doesn't come from any reading of the Bible that I have done. It continues to baffle me that anyone should understand the world, which "God saw was good", as having evil in it. Yes, humans have the capacity for evil, but that was the way we have always been - with sentience and the ability to make self-centred choices came everything else that is human nature. But the world itself is neither good nor evil, and likewise its spirit.

  • Keri Daskam
    2019-04-22 21:07

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm certain that much of it was above my head. Some chapters I liked pretty well, but most of the book seemed to drag and drag. Some parts I really disliked. I find myself unable to recommend this book, though I fear my disliking it says more about me than Peace of Soul.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-09 19:05

    Fulton Sheen has the gift of words. He was able to explain many things related to finding peace within our souls.My takeaway is to truly depend on God's great mercy. Yes, we are sinners. We cannot save ourselves, so how do we fulfill our mission of helping others? By first recognizing where we have fallen and what grace we need to ask from our Lord. This first step alone takes so much courage. This is a courage I lack. How to find this courage? Remember that God loves you. There is no prerequisite to "earning" His grace. His grace is freely given; but it is our choice to accept it or not. Many times we want the object of salvation but not the process of sanctification. The journey will be difficult and may not make sense to the limited human mind during the time of trial. But when the suffering has passed and the heart is enlightened, the mind will realise how God uses our experiences to shape us.A great book for Catholics who desire sanctification and to understand its process. Also recommended to any Christian with the same desire... just that I am unsure if this book is able to speak in the language of the other Christian theologies.

  • Kevin Estabrook
    2019-04-01 20:44

    "Timeless Wisdom on Finding Serenity and Joy" is a perfect subtitle for this insightful tome. The Venerable Archbishop "asks us to stop blaming our subconscious for all our ills and to examine instead our conscience, to turn away from the psychoanalyst and turn to God." As the New York Times Book Review stated: "Peace of Soul shows that inner conflicts can be resolved only through their redemption by God."Contents: "Frustrations", "The Philosophy of Anxiety", "The Origin of Conflicts and Their Redemption", "Is God Hard to Find?", "Morbidity and the Denial of Guilt", "Examination of Conscience", "Psychoanalysis and Confession", "Sex and Love of God", "Repression and Self-expression", "Remorse and Pardon", "Fear of Death", "The Psychology of Conversion", "The Theology of Conversion", "The Effects of Conversion"

  • Daniel Morgan
    2019-04-22 01:42

    I really liked reading Fulton Sheen's reflections on the purpose of life. This helped spiritually center me at a rough time in my life, and I would recommend this to anyone who is vaguely interested in a Catholic perspective on meaning/purpose.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-24 19:06

    This book was first published in 1949, so some of the references are dated.The premise of this book is that atheistic modern psychoanalysis is flawed, as it does not lead to peace of soul; it denies personal responsibility, guilt, God, and the role of faith. The only thing that will bring peace is conversion. Fulton Sheen elaborates on the malady, and proposes what it takes to achieve conversion.This isn't really a book of apologetics. It seeks to approach Catholicism from a psychological point of view. People are looking for psychological wholeness, but the only way they will find it is through Christ. Fulton Sheen explains HOW Catholic ideas lead to peace; how the human person needs to admit their weakness, their guilt and their need for a higher power; how they need to reach out to God for forgiveness, and for a higher purpose. The writing here is very anthropological and philosophy-driven. So you won't get a lot of arguments as to WHY the Church is true, but rather, an appeal to common experience and generalization as to how man is, and what he needs to alleviate his existential frustration.The book has a lot of good insights, especially to the person who's only testing the waters of faith. To him, much of what Sheen writes will be absolutely revolutionary. For the well-read Catholic, there are still quite a few nuggets of wisdom, but they are interspersed between a lot of things they already know, as well as a lot of dated references to Communism and Freudianism. Having to slog through some of those passages (especially those on Freudianism) was quite the pain and nobody believes in it any more and those passages tended to be less relevant. His comments on Communism were penetrating, but still somewhat dated. With this book, you have to put up with reading a lot of description of life 60-70 years ago to get to the good stuff. Luckily the prose is excellent. Sheen has a wonderful talent of communicating theological and psychological truths through every day references (and some of those references were pretty dated, too. Not many people listen to a staticky radio any more!)So this is why I'm giving the book a 3/5. It's not a book I would go out and buy for anyone, but if someone happens to read it, it would be to their benefit, although maybe a little long. Perhaps in a hundred years, those dated references will be mere historical curiosities and people won't mind them so much.

  • Abigail
    2019-04-02 00:52

    The only reason I gave this four stars was because Fulton J. Sheen tends to ramble. Otherwise I enjoyed this book, I was taught new ways of thinking the things I have heard all my life, and I have learned new.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-31 02:45

    I think I could read this book one hundred times and still gain some new insight after each read into life, Catholicism, and morality. It's a tough read, and a book that deserves deep study rather than a quick run-through. I recommend it, but prepare to be challenged.

  • Kim Paczewski
    2019-04-05 22:55

    I was enlightened and completely enthralled by Bishop Sheen's knowledge and mastery of the topic. His writing style is engaging and elevates the reader's. Although written 50+ years ago; timeless advice, life lessons and I would read it again!

  • Laura P.
    2019-04-03 23:50

    How to find peace in our crazy world is what this is all about. It talks about the deepest longings of the heart, why we are often unsatisfied with life as it is, and how we can fix that. Not a quick read, but I would recommend it!

  • Tim
    2019-04-11 21:53

    My favourite spiritual,writer.

  • Rene Olap
    2019-04-20 23:50

    best book i ever read.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-26 03:00

    Wonderful presentation of what's wrong with us and life and the solution.