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Snippets of a Young Catholic’s Comical Journey Through Faith

By Matt Weber

Loyola Press, 13.95, 176 pages

Quirky and introspective, Matt Weber’s genuine personality shines in this inspirational narrative. Mirth in the writing accompanies Weber’s ability to divulge his entire thought-process to the reader. His self-confidence is contagious, and his funny experiences as a 20-something Catholic prove to be laugh-out-loud worthy. This book isn’t necessarily meant to give any answers. Mostly it asks questions that allow the reader to take a step back and really think about the topic.

“As the young boy kept reassuring his mother that he was all right, I became acutely aware of our speech. Sometimes it’s not what is said, but how it’s said and when it’s said. This is true from the words ‘I love you’ to any Hail Mary you may recite on a daily basis.”

Weber’s frankness combines with the fresh point of view of being a Catholic in today’s world and as part of a younger generation. Many of the topics discussed will connect specifically to Catholic readers, such as the meaning of the stigmata or the scandal of having a harmonica as part of the music for mass, or bell ringing with too much enthusiasm. But the overall message that each chapter sends out is one that anyone struggling with faith, ethics, or the pressures to conform can relate to on some level.

Reviewed By Isabel Hernandez

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