Monday 12 August 2019

Newman: His Life and Legacy - Ian Ker - CTS Biographies

Newman: His Life and Legacy
CTS Biographies
Ian Ker
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860826801 (2010 Edition)
ISBN 9781784696221 (2019 Edition)
eISBN 9781860826801
ASIN B073H2D931
CTS Booklet B774 

With the canonization of John Henry Newman taking place in 2019 there is a renewed interest in the man, his life, his works, and the canonization itself. Newman will be the first British person to be made a saint who has lived since the 17th Century. I already had picked up this book and a different CTS Biography, John Henry Newman Apostle to the Doubtful by Meriol Trevor and Leonie Caldecott, to read even before news of the canonization was announced. They are both from series I am greatly enjoying and benefiting from reading published by the Catholic Truth Society. I have now read and reviewed nearly 100 books from the Catholic Truth Society, and this one in the Biographies Series is an another excellent read. This was the second I have read. I had read a couple of works by Newman about 12 years ago but had not got around to reviewing them. There is also a revised edition of this book due out in the fall of 2019, or at least a rebranded one. 

There are only 4 chapters in this book:

The Anglican Years
The Path to Rome
The Catholic Years

But the sections in the book are:

The Anglican Years
Formative Years
Fellow of Oriel
The Tracts
The Via Media

The Path to Rome
Doubts about the Church of England and Tract 90
The Development of Doctrine
The Essay on Development and Reception into the Catholic Church
The Oratory

The Catholic Years
The Catholic University of Ireland
The Laity
Newman’s Apologia
Against the Ultramontanes
Papal Infallibility
Last Years

The Cause

This final section is likely the one to be updated to include information on the canonization and miracle that was needed for it. Fr Ian Ker is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Newman. This brief volume gives a portrait of the man, and his through. And the events leading up to his beatification and now soon to be canonization. A friend recently posted that Saint John Henry Newman is the only one he can recall that we use all three of his names. In calling upon this saint we will be using his name as a mother upset with her child would. From What I have read to date I think Newman would appreciate that remark, and the humour in it. 

The section towards the end of the book about his burial instructions was especially interesting. If you already have a devotion to this Saintly man, this book will likely have no surprises. But would still be worth the read. If like me you just want to know more about him, this is another excellent resource from the Catholic Truth Society and a great place to start. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Reviews of other books by John Henry Newman:
Stations of the Cross

Meditations on Mary, Our Mother 
Prayers Before The Eucharist

CTS books about Newman:
John Henry Newman: Lead Kindly Light -Dr. Raymond Edwards
Newman His Life and Legacy – Fr. Ian Ker
John Henry Newman Apostle to the Doubtful - Meriol Trevor and Leonie Caldecott
Newman Prayer Book - The Birmingham Oratory (ed)
The Mind of Cardinal Newman: From His Own Writings - Charles Stephen Dessain 

CTS Books by John Henry Newman:
Meditations on Stations of the Cross
Christ upon the Waters - CTS Onefifties Book 3

Reviews of other books about Newman:
Take Five: Meditations with John Henry Newman-  Mike Aquilina and Juan Velez

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