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  • Title: Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church
  • Author: Kaya Oakes
  • ISBN: 9781619020924
  • Page: 239
  • Format: ebook
  • As someone who clocked time in mosh pits and at pro choice rallies than kneeling in a pew, Kaya Oakes was not necessarily the kind of Catholic girl the Vatican was after But even while she immersed herself in the punk rock scene and proudly called herself an atheist, something kept pulling her back to the religion of her Irish roots After running away from the ChurcAs someone who clocked time in mosh pits and at pro choice rallies than kneeling in a pew, Kaya Oakes was not necessarily the kind of Catholic girl the Vatican was after But even while she immersed herself in the punk rock scene and proudly called herself an atheist, something kept pulling her back to the religion of her Irish roots After running away from the Church for thirty years, Kaya decides to return Her marriage is under stress, her job is no longer satisfying, and with multiple deaths in her family, a darkness looms large In spite of her frustration with Catholic conservatism, nothing brings her peace like Mass After years of searching to no avail for a better religious fit, she realizes that the only way to find harmony in her faith and her personal life is to confront the Church she d left behind Rebellious and hypercritical, Kaya relearns the catechisms and achieves the sacraments, all while trying to reconcile her liberal beliefs with contemporary Church philosophy Along the way she meets a group of feisty feminist nuns, a pray and bitch circle, an all too handsome Italian priest, and a motley crew of misfits doing their best to find their voices in an outdated institution This is a story of transformation, not only of Kaya s from ex Catholic to amateur theologian, but ultimately of the cultural and ethical pushes for change that are rocking the world s largest religion to its core.
    Radical Reinvention An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church As someone who clocked time in mosh pits and at pro choice rallies than kneeling in a pew Kaya Oakes was not necessarily the kind of Catholic girl the Vatican was after But even while she immersed he

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    1. First off, there are at least two errors in this book with regard to Catholic doctrine rules.1 Just because you re marrying a Catholic, you don t have to convert You didn t even have to do so 65 years ago when my in laws got married, so I don t know where Oakes got this.2 Deacons can baptize babies Heck, mothers can baptize babies.There are probably errors, but I didn t read this as a fact checker and it s too bad this book s publisher apparently didn t employ one.Kaya Oakes can write, and this [...]

    2. I am in the midst of my own return of sorts to the church It s neither the church of my youth, nor the Catholic church to which Kaya is returning, but having the story of someone else s process of re entering the world of communal faith made me feel as though I had a compatriot on my own journey As I work out my own calling and my place in both the congregation and the greater church, being able to share in Kaya s story gave me both comfort and inspiration.

    3. A heartbreaking work of heartfelt, hilarious, feminist, inclusionary genius Full disclosure Kaya is my friend, and I even make a very brief appearance under a different name in the book But here s some even fuller disclosure I m a black hearted little agnostic punk, totally comfortable with my rejection of my own childhood faith conservative Judaism , yet still I was moved and inspired by Radical Reinvention Its primary message isn t actually about Catholicism, Christianity, or, really, religion [...]

    4. If you are searching for spirituality, but want one that can encompass St Francis, women s rights, volunteering at soup kitchens and continuing to use f bombs when life demands it, AND secretly want to be Catholic again after leaving because you thought staying was uncool and the Popes have made you crazy since the early 80 s Kaya Oakes gives you permission to return, in a very well written, informative book that isn t devoid of some real fucking funny shit.

    5. This personal narrative of the author s return to the Catholic Church and her spiritual journey was encouraging to me It was nice to read from the point of view of someone who wants to be Catholic but who is also a feminist who is for female priests, for marriage equality, and for access to birth control I want to be this woman s friend.

    6. This midwestern Jew boy thought this memoir about rediscovering faith yet fundamentally disagree with the institutions that claim to guard and foster it by a California Catholic girl was really damn good.

    7. Kaya Oakes resides in my pantheon of literary alterna goddesses She is an award winning poet Telegraph , author of Slanted and Enchanted The Evolution of Indie Culture and teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley She was the co founder of Kitchen Sink magazine a wickedly hip publication that ran from 2002 2007 which featured saucy essays, interviews, reviews and noodlings on media, art and culture In her latest book, Radical Reinvention An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, [...]

    8. I d recommend this to individuals who feel progressive than the faith tradition they adhere to wants them to be It s definitely an alienating feeling It would make a nice companion to Joanna Brooks Book of Mormon Girl which despite, or maybe due to my also being a progressive minded Catholic, I liked a bit I enjoyed an early anecdote which found Oakes as a child testing whether saying I swear to the Holy Spirit would shoot her straight to hell I liked some of the theological ideas presented by [...]

    9. I know Kaya slightly from work, and my friend also at work Stefanie Kalem recommended this book so highly that I had to read it She s got taste, y all See what she reads and recommends and read them.Interesting and intelligent people who write about mystical things like the soul and religion make my life a lot better because I get to share the exploration of those mysteries that live within us the contradictions of logic and spirit, the wrestling with God or is it really ourselves , etc etc I gr [...]

    10. This memoir about a Bay Area writer s return to her religion is interesting, and strangely enough, brave, but for seemingly wrong reasons Throughout the book, Oakes is constantly defending her journey of faith to her so described progressive, punk, alterna brethren, who seem to come off as less tolerant of diversity than the supposedly close minded church going folk she s supposed to be criticizing It s almost as if reading the diary of a guilty soul who constantly needs to explain herself, or a [...]

    11. Perhaps it s unfair to review a book before I ve totally finished it so close , but as I look forward to recommending this to some of the women in my life, I want to ensure that they, and anyone else picking up the book, do not get discouraged if it doesn t begin the way they want The story is about an unlikely return to the Catholic Church by a woman who has spent significant time away Moreover, she doesn t look like the stereotypical Catholic she has tattoos, short hair so you can almost see h [...]

    12. This book was so thoughtful, tentative, cautious, skeptical, and yet somehow optimistic and hopeful After nearly 15 years outside of religion and in the punk scene , Oakes decided to return to back to the church where she was baptized I really appreciated the descriptions of her RCIA journey, spiritual direction with the Jesuits, and her trip to Rome Homegirl rejects indoctrination and really seeks to find her own personal connection with the divine described as relational energy This is truly t [...]

    13. My original review as I finished the book was this As another believer who feels called to place herself in exile from the mainstream of the church , I find Oakes telling of her story deeply nourishing, comforting, and encouraging It s this kind of storytelling that will sustain the newest and most transformative growth in the body of Christ A few months later, I still wish I could articulate of what I like about this book But I don t think I can get very far It speaks to me on an intimate leve [...]

    14. I really liked this irreverent, heartfelt memoir of someone coming to terms with what they believed and what they did not I would love to have a chance to hang out with Kaya and talk theology with her some time I too am a teacher with what seems to me to be a similar teaching style and have asked many of the same questions of the church, although I think I may have arrived at some different answers, I truly respect the path she has chosen and her ability to share that path so clearly with others [...]

    15. I was fortunate enough to share in reading an advance copy This work of non fiction is a loving mix of research, insight and personal evolution I enjoyed the conversational style mixed with observations and biblical references supporting elements the current leadership of the Roman Catholic church might disagree with If you ve ever wandered away from religion, this will help you realize we can always come home while providing a good laugh and just enough touching moments.

    16. I hope to write about this extensively in my blog, but for now I ll say that it meant a lot to me to read a whole book about someone struggling with having a lot of the same issues with their Catholic faith as me The book made me feel less alone.

    17. An honest, achingly real voice that made me laugh out loud This book was than entertaining and interesting as the author s personal journey back to the Catholic church It was about cutting through centuries of BS to get back to the heart of what the church is really about Loved this book

    18. This was a giveaway that I found pretty hard to get through It was well written and I appreciate the story, but I guess it just wasn t the type of book that appealed to me Unfortunately I didn t find it overly engaging, however I m sure others will enjoy it.

    19. Just the book I needed to not feel so alone I m hurtling toward Easter and my entrance into the Catholic Church I never, EVER, saw myself here in my 40s, yet here I am with my 17 year old son This book reflected my own journey in several ways, including having an understanding, agnostic husband I really enjoyed it.

    20. This was an interesting, irreverent, readable, book I could relate to In happening upon this book I was extremely curious as to how exactly someone raised in the Catholic Faith and who fell away from the Church in her adult life, could possibly reconcile her dislikes distaste for the hierarchy of the Church and its dogma about abortion, gays and women and the Priest abuse scandals enough to actually come back to the faith in any meaningful way As the journey of this book began, I was struck at o [...]

    21. I loved this book I ve found myself becoming interested in Catholicism again after a Catholic friend had given me a prayer to say in regard to something I am currently dealing with The prayer, the Canticle of Daniel, apparently can be found in the Roman Catholic and Greek Bibles, are part of the Apocryphal, but is not something you will find outside of these particular books, and when I started saying the prayer every morning something about the flow of the prayer resonated with me in some place [...]

    22. Radical Reinvention is a memoir by a Bay Area practicing Catholic with some pretty non traditional ideas about the church so, yeah, than one person thought I should read it Oakes s writing is clear, her winding path through Catholicism and spiritual struggle are compelling and the balance of personal and philosophical was about right for my tastes So the question is why didn t I adore this book The answer, I think, is that it s like so many other topical memoirs that cut too close to my life wh [...]

    23. Not sure where I read about this book, but it looked like something I was interested in However, my initial response in the first 50 pages or so was frustrated disappointment I knew it was just me I struggle with the snarky, cynicism of younger writers Oakes herself says, A lot of my writing is heavy on irony and sarcasm, laden with self effacement, and frosted with a layer of bitterness YEP That s exactly what was turning me off, BUT I hung in there, and I m glad I did Her tone didn t change, [...]

    24. Like Kaya Oakes, I have taught college English for years, and like her, I attended an RCIA program, went through spiritual direction in a religious order, and struggled with my love of a church that most of my academic peers considered medieval and oppressive So, I was probably the perfect reader for this book I thoroughly enjoyed her brave and unguarded narrative about returning to the religion of her childhood in heart and spirit, even if her committed liberal and feminist mind maintained a he [...]

    25. Thank God for Oregon, and especially for its oppressive weather, which forces people to read Maybe the cure is really a lesson in trust Heaven doesn t have to be angels tooting around on clouds Christ is teaching us that faith is about trusting that God will be with you at your very worst, and that when you die you ll feel a sense of great love Doesn t Jesus tell us that every hair on our heads has been counted, not that he s going to burn them all off

    26. I won this from First Reads It was not what I expected at all I had expected it to be quite boring actually I really enjoyed it, the authors tone throughout keep me entertained and wanting to read She is very relatable to most religious people, those who lost or questioned faith and came back to it at some point in their life This is fairly common in fact and it was great reading about it from someone else s point of view No one is perfect, we all sin I would recommend this book.

    27. I can t honestly say I read this I had to skip over so much of it because of the profound profanity and narrow minded suppositions There isn t a lot of story value to it and I am truly sorry that some are so bitter and angry.I unfortunately will not add this to my library I do love a diversity of subjects with true literary value I won this in a giveaway so I feel consolation that the price of the book was not a personal loss.

    28. I didn t especially connect with Oakes s voice in this memoir, but I learned some really neat things through her encounters with underground movements in the Catholic Church For example, I had no idea some Bishops have been ordaining women romancatholicwomenpriests So definitely a worthwhile read.

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