Born Only Once has 65 ratings and 3 reviews. Siobhain said: I will definitely reread this at some time and update this review with more details. For now. This timeless classic, Born Only Once, describes the emotional turmoil of many persons and Baars, Conrad W., Born Only Once: The Miracle of Affirmation. Born Only Once, Third Edition [Conrad Baars] is 20% off every day at This timeless classic, Born Only Once, describes the.
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As Christians, we are called to love God and neighbor Cf.
In this book, Dr. Born Only Once is more of a booklet than a book and is short enough so that every Catholic can probably find the time to read the whole thing in spite of our often busy lives. One main oncce that sets this book apart from secular self-help books is that it has a proper view of the human person.
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It is obvious from what Dr. Baars wrote in Born Only Once that he believes in what is referred to by moral theologians as the imago Dei. That God is the source of human dignity is at the foundation of all Catholic moral theology. This inherent dignity is why we are called to treat one another well.
Baars also references twelve places in the Gospel that support this truth. Right now, you might be thinking that there is something missing from the message that Jesus loves us as we are.
Catholic Book Review of Born Only Once by Conrad W. Baars, M.D.
You may believe that He loves us too much to let us stay as we currently are. Indeed, it is true that we are called to more. One Biblical proof supporting this position is in 1 John 2: In Born Only OnceDr.
Baars does an excellent job of equally honoring both of these truths. While holding the position that we are lovable as we are, Baars, at the baaars time, stresses that it is contrary to love when we enable the bad behavior of others. A couple of examples of the latter can be found in Chapter 3: The Opposite of Affirmation, where he writes that false-love can be seen:. In another article on this blog, I have previously explained how St.
Thomas Aquinas holds a top place of honor in the Church among Her philosophers and theologians. Any work that is largely based on the writings of Aquinas, if it is done with honesty and integrity, is likely to be in accordance obce Sacred Tradition. Born Only Once is one such work. The psychological thought of St.
As with the philosophical and theological thought of Aquinas, Thomistic psychology is an essential and highly-respected part of Sacred Tradition. Thankfully, Conrad Baars has already done the sifting for us in Conard Only Once and many of his other books. It is not accurate to call Born Only Once a self-help book.
Affirmation […] is not primarily a matter of doing something to another, but a state of being. But do not lose courage, you need only to onpy less and to be more, for your own sake as well as that of others. While Born Only Once is technically not a self-help book, it is an extremely helpful introductory guide for those wanting to find greater emotional wholeness and a better understanding of the emotional development process.
The brn is too long to include here, but here is a partial list of those to whom the book is dedicated. He dedicates the book to each person who feels:.
Born Only Once: The Miracle of Affirmation by Conrad W. Baars
The book does a good job describing what people with these problems need from those of us who may generally feel more calm and confident. I have written a summary of the book in another article on this blog. The summary is structured such that it lists each section of the book and summarizes the contents of that section. I did not include it in this article, because the purpose here is to offer a Catholic review of the book, not to merely describe the contents.
In summary, there is nothing in the book that is contrary to Sacred Doctrine and Sacred Tradition. The book offers insight into why some people have trouble loving others from the heart and how they can ultimately improve in this area.
Conrad Baars is a credible Catholic writer on psychological matters, having relied largely on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Scripture to understand the human person. Reading the book should not only benefit therapists and their clients, but every Catholic.
I explain why this book is relevant to this blog at the end of the article provided in this link. I invite you to tell me what your biggest problems are so that I can address them in future articles. Did this article reassure you that the book is consistent with Church teachings? If not, why not?
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He is also the creator of the Healing and Peace Blog: Your email address will not be published. Born Only Once, Third Edition: The Miracle of Affirmation by Conrad W. Christian View of the Human Person One main thing that sets this book apart from secular self-help books is that it has a proper view of the human person.
Enabling Is Not Love Right now, you might be thinking that there is something missing from the message that Jesus loves us as we are.
The Opposite of Affirmation, where he writes that false-love can be seen: He dedicates the book to each person who feels: Summary of the Book I have written a summary of the book in another article on this blog. Conclusion In summary, there is nothing in the book that is contrary to Sacred Doctrine and Sacred Tradition.
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