Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

Holt. Mar. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781250239785. $25.99. REL
In this pertinent collection of meditations, Chaput (archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia; Strangers in a Strange Land) explores the idea that the things in life we believe are worth dying for are, instead, the things most worth living for and which should give us meaning and purpose. To Chaput, who retired last year, it is a theme that becomes more important with each passing year. According to Chaput, true and proper love that comes only from the heart of God can help us to better understand the things many consider worth dying for: family, friends, honor, and integrity. While the chapters revolve around a central theme, each may be read independently. During the pandemic, when lives were disrupted and many have suffered and are continuing to do so, chapters reflecting on death and its meaning, as well as on the nature of our lives, are particularly poignant. Other chapters explore things some may feel are worth dying for, such as country, beliefs, families, loved ones, and the Church.
VERDICT Written with passion and erudition, this title will appeal to Catholics and Christians searching for meaning during this time.
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