Monday, March 24, 2008

K of C Supreme Knight's New Book - A Civilization of Love - Officially Published on March 25

I received the following press release in an email from the Knights of Columbus:
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson's new book, A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World, will officially go on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, March 25. Published by HarperOne, the book is what George Weigel (Pope John Paul II's biographer) calls "a bracing call to a new American revolution: a revolution of virtue . . . Give this book to friends who say there's nothing to be done to heal a wounded culture."

Veteran Vatican correspondent John Allen says the book is "a rare specimen indeed: a practical guide for idealists." Princeton Professor Robert George says that the book is "brimming with insights into the transforming power of Christian faith."

The United States Ambassador to the Vatican, Mary Ann Glendon, says, "Few elements of Catholic social teaching have been more forcefully stated, or more regularly ignored, that our calling to bring Christian teachings to bear on social, political, and economic issues. Carl Anderson, the dynamic leader of the largest Catholic laymen's organization in the United States, seeks to bring that message home."

Learn more about the book at this special website: http://www.acivilizationoflove.com/.

Order your copy from an online bookseller:
www.acivilizationoflove.com/cl/buybook.html
Also available at leading bookstores everywhere.

Do you live in the Washington, DC area? On Monday, March 24, Supreme Knight Anderson will attend a Mass, lunch and book signing at the Catholic Information Center, 1501 K Street, NW, beginning at 12:00 noon. And on Tuesday, March 25, you're invited to join him for remarks, a reception and book signing at Georgetown University's Riggs Library in Healy Hall, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

He will also sign books at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, CT following Masses on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30.
Here's a summary of the book from the A Civilization of Love website:
A Civilization of Love offers a bold blueprint for the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Church, and all people of faith in the 21st century. Carl Anderson uses his experience as a former White House official, lawyer, educator and leader of the world's Catholic fraternal service organization to show how Church teaching and the Gospel mandate to care for the least among us can help build a better world.

The book draws its inspiration from the thought of Pope John Paul II, and his successor Pope Benedict XVI, who urged those at World Youth Day to follow the Holy Spirit in the "building up of 'the civilization of love'."

All author proceeds from the sale of A Civilization of Love will be donated to the Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.
And here are some reviews of the book from the website:
“A Civilization of Love is a bracing call to a new American revolution: a revolution of virtue. By explaining why freedom must be tethered to truth and ordered to goodness, and by offering eminently practical suggestions for bringing truth and goodness into public life, Carl Anderson does all Americans a significant service. Give this book to friends who say there’s nothing to be done to heal a wounded culture.”
~ George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow,
Ethics and Public Policy Center


“Catholics do have the power to transform the world. ‘They will do so by their actions, by their attitudes, and by their influence. But above all, they will do so by their love. This love is a matter not of mere high-minded sentimentality but of genuine compassion tempered with a well-grounded realism. It is a love that offers hope not only for eternity but for a better way of life on this earth.’ A Civilization of Love invites us all to be part of that transformation. It is up to us to answer the call.”
~ Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
Editor,
The Spiritual Woman

“Carl Anderson performs some intellectual heavy lifting in these pages, but at bottom his message is utterly simple: Christians will make America into a culture of life and love more by their personal example than by political muscle. He artfully weaves theory and practice, giving us a rare specimen indeed: a practical guide for idealists.”
~ John L. Allen Jr.
Senior Correspondent,
the National Catholic Reporter


“Inspired by the life and teaching of John Paul the Great, and drawing on his own experience as a lay Catholic who has devoted his life to serving Christ and his Church, Carl Anderson has written a book brimming with insights into the transforming power of Christian faith. A Civililization of Love, is both a call to personal holiness and a handbook for Catholics who are prepared to take seriously Christ’s command to his disiciples to be ‘salt and light’ in the world.”
~ Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and
Director of the James Madison Program in
American Ideals and Institutions at
Princeton University


“Few elements of Catholic social teaching have been more forcefully stated, or more regularly ignored, than that the task of bringing Christian teachings to bear on social, political, and economic issues belongs pre-eminently to laymen and laywomen. Carl Anderson, the dynamic leader of the largest Catholic laymen’s organization in the United States, seeks to bring that message home in A Civilization of Love. Addressing all men and women who are concerned about what kind of society we are bringing into being, he explains how all of us, wherever we find ourselves on life’s journey, can begin building a civilization of love.”
~ Mary Ann Glendon
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and
Professor of Law, Harvard University

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