Monday, October 6, 2014

a good book a day for 31 days- Happy Are You Poor

Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom is another good book that I want to share with you. This short book by Fr. Thomas Dubay will open your eyes to Our Lord's words from the Beatitudes and help you to understand was Christian poverty is . . . and is not. To the modern mind, the concept of poverty is often confused with destitution. But destitution emphatically is not the Gospel ideal. A love-filled sharing frugality is the message, and Happy Are You Poor explains the meaning of this beatitude lived and taught by Jesus himself. This isn't a very 'American-style' theology...
"But isn't simplicity in lifestyle meant only for nuns and priests? Are not all of us to enjoy the goodness and beauties of our magnificent creation? Are parents to be frugal with the children they love so much? The renowned spiritual writer Dubay gives surprising replies to these questions. He explains how material things are like extensions of our persons and thus of our love. If everyone lived this love, there would be no destitution. After presenting the richness of the Gospel message, more beautiful than any other world view, he explains how Gospel frugality is lived in each state of life." (
when to read this book: when you need some inspiration when money is tight; when you wonder if the 'prosperity Gospel' is Biblical
what's special about this book:  I love the explanations of how spiritual poverty can look for different states of life and different stages of life.
coming soon....a book giveaway courtesy of Sophia Institute Press!


  1. Fr. Dubay's book was a life-changing read for me & I often recommend it to others. Thanks for the reminder of how wonderful this book is! Blessings & peace!

  2. I received a copy of this book from a family with 14 kids- 3 bio and 11 adopted! Talk about generosity- and spiritual poverty!

    1. Wow...God bless them!! (seems like He already has!) :)


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