Published in five volumes between 1953 and 1957, Life Is Worth Living contains the scripts of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen’s discourses from his television series Life Is Worth Living. In these volumes, Sheen reveals numerous nuggets of wisdom, words of advice, and insights about truth, salvation, and spiritual guidance that he wrote in response to inquiries from letters sent to him by television viewers. During each broadcast, Sheen would choose a topic from viewer letters that was common to his audience and to himself. He would discuss the subject for twenty-seven minutes, proceeding from the known to the unknown, often concluding with moral and Christian philosophy. He spoke without any notes and used jokes and personal stories to enhance audience interest. His only television prop was a blackboard. The illustrations he drew on the blackboard were enhanced and included in Life Is Worth Living.
Among the more than sixty books published by Sheen, Life Is Worth Living is the only one devoted to describing his Christian philosophy. Throughout the five volumes, Sheen demonstrates his understanding of people and the human mind. He frequently reinforces his teachings with texts from the Bible and thought-provoking, comedic stories from his own life. The range of topics covered by Sheen in Life Is Worth Living is extremely diverse and includes his insights into marriage, motherhood, handling teenagers, character building, tolerance, loving, pain and suffering, psychiatry, psychology of the Irish, fears and anxieties, fatigue, art, aviation, science, relativity, the atomic bomb,...
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