Summary: Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or a appeal to ancient writers of the Church. While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold. In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delieneate teh Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion.

In the stories of this pair, one sees both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth (‘cradle Catholics’) and by conversion. Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common “and then a miracle takes place” school of religious experience. Rather than blasts of lightt, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday, the effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven.

What is Catholicism really like? One would be hard-put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own.

REVIEW: The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that because of our human limitations, “we can name God only by taking creatures as our starting point, and in accordance with our limited ways of knowing and thinking” (par. 40). FDor most of us our earliest impressions of God are greatly influenced by the intimacies of family life. In Why God Matters, father-daughter duo Deacon Steven Lumbert and Karina Lumbert Fabian explore the realities of daily living from this unique perspective, reminding us of the awsome responsibility families hare in helping each other all the way the Heaven. –Heidi Saxton, Extraordinary Moms Network, author of My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories.

The entiresw in this devotional are special because they are not grandiose, overblown or Charlton Heston-esque, but rather, thay are small, personal, normal, yet significant.
–Nick Alexander, Catholic comedian, keynote speaker & worship leader.

Reading Why God Matters is refreshing. It get you to think and reflect on what matters most and how our lives should be centered on God. Beautiful stories of actual life events along with Scripture and Catechism of the Catholic Church. –Deacon Marco Vegas, Director of Vocations & Director of Deacons, Diocese of Pueblo.

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