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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: December 2009 ISBN: 9780307714275
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 3/7/2013

    " I really got a lot of great information out of this book. I wish some of the sections had been a little longer and some could have been a little shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/22/2013

    " Scott Hahn always does a good job of explaining the Catholic truths from a deep Biblical and historical basis. The traditions and customs outlined in the book show the richness of the Catholic faith and help us to live out a faith that has many dimensions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/17/2013

    " This is a book I will reference and return to often. I enjoyed this author and will look for more by him in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/24/2012

    " Very interesting, but a slow read. It is really meant to be read slowly over a period of time. Interesting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/9/2012

    " This book was okay but didn't get as deep into various Catholic customs as I was hoping for. That said, I did learn a thing or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 6/17/2012

    " Just an OK book for me. The chapters are short and leave you wanting to know more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AJ Conroy | 11/21/2011

    " Reading for Lent. 40 chapters. One a day. Perfect. But actually, kinda disappointing. The author's approach was to provide a quote or two to prove his thesis instead of exploring the catholic customs. There didn't seem to be much critical thought-- which is what I was seeking. I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hirtho | 11/12/2011

    " A lot of amazing stuff in here, some of it so simple and some confusing but all fascinating (and useful? to me now at least...) and very inspiring as well. I'm looking forward to reading more Scott Hahn... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 She-Rah | 8/23/2011

    " This book provides a quick overview of Catholic customs. It was a little dry, but had good info. I've heard good things about Hahn, I'll likely try another of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 casey | 6/29/2011

    " I thougt this book was okay, not as insightful as I thought I would be, but no hard to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby | 3/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/28/2010

    " This book was okay but didn't get as deep into various Catholic customs as I was hoping for. That said, I did learn a thing or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 She-Rah | 11/30/2010

    " This book provides a quick overview of Catholic customs. It was a little dry, but had good info. I've heard good things about Hahn, I'll likely try another of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 10/21/2010

    " I really got a lot of great information out of this book. I wish some of the sections had been a little longer and some could have been a little shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 8/27/2010

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 casey | 1/3/2010

    " I thougt this book was okay, not as insightful as I thought I would be, but no hard to read. "

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About the Author
Author Scott HahnScott Hahn is a famed speaker and professor of theological studies. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb's SupperReasons to Believe,Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly), The Catholic Bible Dictionary, Covenant and Communion, Kinship By Covenant, Signs of Life, and Spirit and Life