Thursday, November 27, 2008

Your Guide to Spe Salvi- Saved in Hope by Barry Michaels

Spe Salvi means "saved in hope. This month, Barry is hosting a festival of hope on his blog. Learn how other writers use the theme of hope in their books and their lives at

If you are considering a journey through Pope Benedict XVI’s second encyclical, Spe Salvi, you will find no better companion than Barry Michaels. Spe Salvi is a challenging but nonetheless truly rewarding endeavor for any reader. Michaels’ convenient guide breaks down each of the encyclical’s complex topics, providing essential background information and clear explanations. An essential reading companion that makes the profound thought of Benedict XVI simple and accessible for readers everywhere.

What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Is it possible to make the writings of Pope Benedict XVI simple? If not, at least Barry Michaels has succeeded in making Spe Salvi simpler, more user-friendly. Particularly helpful are the guide’s reflection questions, prayer prompts, and suggestions for “putting it into practice” found at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend Your Guide to Spe Salvi to the interested individual reader but especially for use in an Adult Faith Formation small group setting. I hope (which is different from wishing, as the reader will learn) that you enjoy this companion to our Holy Father’s second encyclical letter."
— Rev. Joseph M. Hennessey
Parochial vicar at St. Julia Parish, Weston/Lincoln MA.

“There are two men, two Apostles of Hope, whom Pope Benedict XVI loved, and who enriched his meditations on hope. They are John Paul II and the late Cardinal Francis-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. Indeed, in Spe Salvi Pope Benedict XVI wrote that Cardinal Van Thuan became ‘for people all over the world a witness to hope—to that great hope which does not wane even in the nights of solitude.’ “Barry Michaels’ step-by-step guide through the complex teachings of Spe Salvi is most useful, especially for those of us who attempt to speed-read the encyclical. We would miss everything if we did not meditate on every line of Pope Benedict XVI’s illuminating exhortation to embrace hope.”
— Andre Nguyen Van Chau
Author of The Miracle of Hope: The Life of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

About the author

Barry Michaels lives with his wife and children in central New York state, where he works as a high school teacher. His previous books include Eucharist: The Church’s Treasure, At the School of Mary, and Saints for Our Times.

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