The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

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The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

A Vital Look at Virtue and Vice, With Quizzes and Activities for Saintly Self-Improvement

Chock full of hilarious sketches of history’s greatest saints and sinners; cringe-inducing quiz questions to orient you on a spectrum from vice to virtue; and activities, adventures, and insights that highlight the joy, humor, and fun of the Catholic faith.

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This Bad Catholic’s Guide examines the greatest threats to the virtuous life—the seven deadly sins. John Zmirak considers the allure of these sins and the power of the seven virtues that can overcome them.

Solidly grounded in doctrine and morality, this book offers profound insights drawn from Thomas Aquinas and other great teachers of the Church. Andy Warhol, Ayn Rand, and Mother Angelica are invoked as exemplars of the best and worst of human behavior, and a heady blend of serious theology and pointed satire—punctuated by trivia, charts, and vignettes—brings theology into sharp, hilarious relief, and painlessly nudges the reader toward a slightly more virtuous life.

Theology and self-help have never been as illuminating—or as fun.

Reviews and endorsements

"Reading this guide to the Seven Deadly Sins is the most fun you can have without actually committing them!"
Robert Spencer, author of N.Y. Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and Religion of Peace?

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"Wickedly funny and a sound guide to living a life that won’t end in misery but in joy. One of our best writers produces another classic."
Mark P. Shea, author of Mary, Mother of the Son

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"You’re in for a treat: John Zmirak is one of the sharpest, funniest, and most gifted Catholic writers of our generation . . . this is a must-have book. He's at the absolute top of his game in discussing the Seven Deadly Sins."
Brian Saint-Paul, editor, Crisis magazine, InsideCatholic.com

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"John Zmirak is a theological Cyrano de Bergerac. In The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins he engages in wordplay like swordplay—sidestepping error and skewering fuddled thinking with razor edged logic and rapier-sharp repartee. Into his learned content he weaves wacky stories, wild illustrations and wonderful anecdotes. Zmirak writes with panache. He makes theology effervescent and vital, and moves you so much that he makes you think."
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, blogger, broadcaster, and author of More Christianity, Adventures in Orthodoxy and The Gargoyle Code

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"What does one say about a book by a polymath who is at the same time gloriously funny and massively serious? What we have here is a thoroughly orthodox and sane treatment of the Seven Deadly Sins by the Tom Wolfe of Catholic apologetics. He capers through the entirety of Catholic doctrine, hagiology, literature, history and contemporary culture in the course of making his case. The book is serious, weighty, and even encyclopedic—but never sententious, never turgid. 'Frolicksome' is a word that springs into one’s mind here. The reader will be instructed, blessed, and exhilarated."
Thomas Howard, author of Evangelical is Not Enough and Chance or the Dance?

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"If you believe that all moral instruction should be undertaken with a grim face, steer clear of this book. The sins he describes may be deadly, but Zmirak’s prose is lively. He rants and rambles, jokes and digresses, tells stories about himself—in short, entertains. Only gradually does the reader realize how many serious insights were packed in between the laughs."
Philip Lawler, author of The Faithful Departed, editor of Catholic World News

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"This is the kind of apologetics Chesterton used—a blend of logic and ridicule, producing orthodoxy. A funny looking sort of baby, but undeniably effective."
Susan Lloyd, author of Bless Me Father, I Have Kids

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"What a great book. . . . As a non-Catholic I found it most educational and extremely funny. It is so refreshing, in this politically correct era!"
Rabbi Abba Perelmuter, Shul By The Shore, Long Beach, California

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"Reading this guide to the Seven Deadly Sins is the most fun you can have without actually committing them!"
Robert Spencer, author of N.Y. Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and Religion of Peace?

,

"Wickedly funny and a sound guide to living a life that won’t end in misery but in joy. One of our best writers produces another classic."
Mark P. Shea, author of Mary, Mother of the Son

,

"You’re in for a treat: John Zmirak is one of the sharpest, funniest, and most gifted Catholic writers of our generation . . . this is a must-have book. He's at the absolute top of his game in discussing the Seven Deadly Sins."
Brian Saint-Paul, editor, Crisis magazine, InsideCatholic.com

,

"John Zmirak is a theological Cyrano de Bergerac. In The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins he engages in wordplay like swordplay—sidestepping error and skewering fuddled thinking with razor edged logic and rapier-sharp repartee. Into his learned content he weaves wacky stories, wild illustrations and wonderful anecdotes. Zmirak writes with panache. He makes theology effervescent and vital, and moves you so much that he makes you think."
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, blogger, broadcaster, and author of More Christianity, Adventures in Orthodoxy and The Gargoyle Code

,

"What does one say about a book by a polymath who is at the same time gloriously funny and massively serious? What we have here is a thoroughly orthodox and sane treatment of the Seven Deadly Sins by the Tom Wolfe of Catholic apologetics. He capers through the entirety of Catholic doctrine, hagiology, literature, history and contemporary culture in the course of making his case. The book is serious, weighty, and even encyclopedic—but never sententious, never turgid. 'Frolicksome' is a word that springs into one’s mind here. The reader will be instructed, blessed, and exhilarated."
Thomas Howard, author of Evangelical is Not Enough and Chance or the Dance?

,

"If you believe that all moral instruction should be undertaken with a grim face, steer clear of this book. The sins he describes may be deadly, but Zmirak’s prose is lively. He rants and rambles, jokes and digresses, tells stories about himself—in short, entertains. Only gradually does the reader realize how many serious insights were packed in between the laughs."
Philip Lawler, author of The Faithful Departed, editor of Catholic World News

,

"This is the kind of apologetics Chesterton used—a blend of logic and ridicule, producing orthodoxy. A funny looking sort of baby, but undeniably effective."
Susan Lloyd, author of Bless Me Father, I Have Kids

,

"What a great book. . . . As a non-Catholic I found it most educational and extremely funny. It is so refreshing, in this politically correct era!"
Rabbi Abba Perelmuter, Shul By The Shore, Long Beach, California

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9780824525859
Paperback / 320 pages
CROSSROAD, 2010

Dimensions: 6 x 9