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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Hahn Narrator: Scott Hahn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scott Hahn, the bestselling author of The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe, celebrates the touchstones of the Catholic life, guiding readers to a deeper faith through the church’s rites, customs, and traditional prayers. 

Signs of Life is author Scott Hahn’s clear and comprehensive guide to the biblical doctrines and historical traditions that underlie Catholic beliefs and practices. Devoting single chapters to each topic, the author takes the reader on a journey that illuminates the roots and significance of all things Catholic, including: the sign of the cross, the Mass, the Sacraments, praying with the saints, guardian angels, sacred images and relics, the celebration of Easter, Christmas, and other holidays, daily prayers, and much more. 

In the appealing conversational tone that has won him millions of devoted readers, Hahn presents the basic tenets of church teachings, clears up common misconceptions about specific rituals and traditions, and responds thoughtfully to the objections raised about them. Each chapter concludes with loving, good-natured, inspiring advice on applying the church’s wisdom to everyday life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is genius in Catholicism and once again Scott Hahn unveils it like the masterpiece that it is. Every chapter of Signs of Life is filled with insights and practices that will change the way you live your life and celebrate your faith.”

    Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Rediscovering Catholicism and The Rhythm of Life

  • “In this long-awaited treasure of a book, Scott Hahn reveals the historical and biblical roots of so many Catholic practices. Finally Catholics will not only know what to do but why they do it.”

    Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author of Of Thee I Zing

  • “Lifelong Catholics realize that it usually takes a convert to help us appreciate and better understand the customs and practices we too often take for granted. Scott Hahn does just that in this immensely readable yet substantive loving look at Catholic prayer, devotions, and beliefs.”

    Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York

  • “In showing how Catholic popular piety is scripturally grounded, [Hahn] explains practices that shape Catholic life and help us grow in grace. This is a book that will be helpful to individuals and to the church as a whole.”

    Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of Chicago

  • “This handbook should prove very useful to both individuals and faith-sharing groups seeking a deeper understanding of Catholic devotion.”

    Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington

  • “In Signs of Life, Scott Hahn has provided a wonderful resource of Catholic belief and practice, as well as an excellent reference for Catholics who want to understand their Faith and its traditions more deeply. Once again, Dr. Hahn has masterfully used his great teaching skills to invite his readers to a richer understanding of Catholic faith, tradition, and practice.”

    David A. Zubik, bishop of Pittsburgh

  • “For decades non-Catholics and even some perplexed Catholics have questioned a number of the beliefs and especially the devotional acts of the Catholic Church. Scott Hahn addresses these questions in Signs of Life, producing crystal-clear explanations of the church’s traditional practices.”

    Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel

  • “Scott Hahn has given us a great contribution in connecting the scriptural and traditional foundations of Catholic devotions and practices. This book will enrich both the spiritual life and theological understanding of every reader.”

    Fr. Michael Scanlan, chancellor of Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of What Does God Want?

  • “Scott Hahn gets me excited about my faith. He shares the biblical truth of our deep tradition in a simple way.”

    Justin Fatica, author of Hard as Nails

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Melo | 12/4/2013

    " God is predictable. The Old is in the New, and the New is in the Old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shelby Walker | 11/24/2013

    " This was a great read. Dr. Hahn has a gift for explaining theologically complex topics in an easy and understandable way. I enjoyed this book a ton. It was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan | 10/31/2013

    " I found this dry and also aimed towards those who have more general knowledge of Catholicism that I do. (I was raised Protestant, but have questions about Catholicism and my somewhat Catholic husband usually gives me an answer of "I dunno" to my questions). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Faith | 7/25/2013

    " I'm up to indulgences which I am eager to read as I never understood them! I am enjoying the book immensely. And easy and informative read. I'm reading it on my Kindle! "

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