After several months of delays, we finally have John Zmirak's latest irreverently reverent Bad Catholic's Guide in stock. The topic – the Seven Deadly Sins.
If you haven't read his previous outings in Catholic theology we recommend the Bad Catholic's Guide to Wine, Whiskey and Song as an appetizer followed by the Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living which will make reading at least the chapter on gluttony in the Seven Deadly Sins a requirement. If you make a few of the recipes as you read, it will make the rest of the series much more enjoyable. Just ask Catholic Drinkie over on Twitter.
So who should you send this latest guide to? I'll let Mr. Zmirak give you his thoughts on that:
Think of the person who most gets on your nerves with the scruples he likes to share, who spams you with email sob stories, or sniffs disgustedly at your jokes. You know, the person who makes you bite your tongue for fear of piercing his preternaturally thin skin…Put this book down right away, find some really tasteful wrapping paper, wrap the book up, and give it to him.
Here's a sample from the introduction:
One way of describing the Seven Deadly Sins might be “the seven key areas of life where Jesus ruins our fun.” By this, I mean the categories of normal human experience that make up the bulk of our lives – where our instincts, habits and egos have patched together perfectly serviceable habits of schlepping through, day to day. We'd just as soon our coping strategies weren't disrupted by some fish-multiplying, wonder-working God-Man who speaks in riddles. But hey, thanks for thinking of us.
Get your own Seven Deadly Sins or, if you frown on a humorous look at the Faith you can read our article about the Seven Capital (deadly) sins instead.
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