I was rather intrigued when I first heard about John Zmirak’s 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. The book is pretty much a tour of the seven deadly sins, their polar opposites (the neurosis) and the virtue that is the balance.
This book is one that requires the reader to have a sense of humor. If you’re easily offended or lack a sense of humor, this book is likely not for you. That said, I found this book to be incredibly humorous. Zmirak’s wit and sarcasm kept me turning the pages to see what he’d say next. Before I give you the impression that the book is simply there to entertain the reader, let me assure you that there is a certain element of seriousness as well. Throughout the book you will find references to great theological minds such as Thomas Aquinas. Zmirak essentially presents a vice, gives us a few stories that illustrate that vice, and then tosses in solid insight that will get you thinking.
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