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Strange Gods : Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
by Elizabeth Scalia


Overview - Identifying idolatry in a number of everyday experiences, from friendships that become needy or possessive to intense political and religious commitments, Scalia points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Identifying idolatry in a number of everyday experiences, from friendships that become needy or possessive to intense political and religious commitments, Scalia points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594713422
  • ISBN-10: 1594713421
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publish Date: April 2013
  • Page Count: 168


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Books > Religion > Christian Life - Spiritual Growth
Books > Religion > Christianity - Catholic
Books > Religion > Christian Life - Social Issues

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

False gods are everywhere, and even those who hold a staunch religious faith worship them. So says Scalia, best known on the Internet for her popular religion blog, The Anchoress. While there may not be any literal golden calves as in Moses' time, a plethora of obstacles stand today between believers and God. These can disrupt the spiritual life and slowly guide people on paths toward despair, unhealthy solitude, and desolation. Among the laundry list of idols include technology, desires for wealth, casual sex, and a warped sense of patriotism. Everyone, according to the author, can be tricked to contort that which is good into something that saps the spirit and breeds cynicism. Scalia does not write as though she is above her readers—she knows she wrestles with the same idols as everyone else. Her thoughtful and often witty anecdotes pepper her analysis and serve to lighten a very serious topic. This is a welcome invitation to self-reflection that many spiritual seekers will find edifying. (Apr.)

 
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