The Catholic Hipster Handbook
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication Date: September 22, 2017
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Being a Catholic Hipster is all about an attitude—an attitude grounded in being part of a countercultural community of believers dedicated to something bigger than themselves in a world dominated by self-centeredness. It’s about yearning to learn more about the faith by seeking out “Catholic cool”—overlooked saints, forgotten prayers and feast days, and traditional practices long set aside by mainstream believers. The Catholic Hipster podcaster Tommy Tighe will help readers rediscover everything awesome about the Catholic faith.
The Catholic Hipster started out in 2014 with a little bit of fun—the Catholic Hipster of the Year contest—on Tighe’s blog. But Twitter is where—in all its 140-character glory—that Tighe’s “The Catholic Hipster” movement really took root. That’s where a group of cool and funky countercultural Catholics gather to swap one-liners, hilarious hipster memes, and all things authentically Catholic.
Tighe even met comedienne Jeannie Gaffigan, who wrote the foreword for The Catholic Hipster Handbook, on Twitter. She said what drew her to the feed was that Tighe was “an embarrassingly Catholic dude who knew he was embarrassingly Catholic and was not embarrassed by it” and that he was “not preachy or judgey or divisive.” Catholic hipsters in a nutshell.
Tighe and a group of hipster friends—including Sarah Vabulas, Anna Mitchell, Fr. Kyle Schnippel, and Lisa M. Hendey—explore the beautiful weirdness of the Catholic Church and invite others along for the journey. They share their love for extraordinary saints, offer up obscure prayers, provide short reflections on something quirky and Catholic they’ve rediscovered, and dare readers to put their faith into action with some cool and challenging practices they can do on their own.
- Wearing a scapular
- Applying Laudato Si' at your local farmer's market
- Hanging with priests, monks, and nuns
- Learning to see Christ in making beer
- Praying the Rosary everywhere you go
- Loving the Latin Mass
- Making the Liturgy of the Hours a daily part of your routine
" The Catholic Hipster Handbook is an alt-culture journey into the mysticism, joy, and general weirdness of some new, and some too-often-forgotten and unconventional Catholic practices of faith." --From the foreword by Jeannie Gaffigan, Comedienne, actress, and writer
"The voices in The Catholic Hipster Handbook put Catholicism firmly in touch with our present world. The book speaks to the real need for a Church culture that is not only fully Catholic but also culturally authentic. It is also downright hilarious, painfully honest, and appropriately weird at times, too." -- Sam Rocha, Editor of the Patheos Catholic channel
"Tommy Tighe strikes gold with The Catholic Hipster Handbook. Funny, provocative, and serious while not taking themselves too seriously, you'll love the contributors for their delight in the Lord and their pursuit of the quirky joys hidden in a 2000-year history of devotion and prayers in the Catholic Church." -- Maria Morera Johnson, Author of My Badass Book of Saints
"Funny, informative, intriguing, creative and surprising . . . all the things you expect a hipster book to be." -- Allison Gingras, Reconciled to You
This book was not exactly what I was expecting. I had seen it mentioned by so many people that I was certain it would be something I would like and purchased it without realizing that it is an anthology with 12 contributors when you included Tommy. Sort of a modern-day group of apostles.
Each chapter follows the same format, the main article, cool saint, forgotten prayer, and activity. When I first started reading this book I could not tell if it was satire, sarcastic, or real devotion. My wife often comments that sarcasm is lost on me so it took me a few chapters to figure it out. In the end I found I really enjoyed the book at took it at face value. I give it a solid 4/5 stars. And it took a few days to settle on that rating. I read fairly widely, and I read a lot, but I was unfamiliar with most of the contributors prior to reading this book. I have started following a few of the contributors on social media because of their contributions to this book.
This book comes across for the most part as a fun playful read. It pokes a little fun at certain traditions or practices but not in an irreverent manner. It has some interesting activities to try, either personally or in a group. It would be really intriguing to work through this book with a group of friends and find where it really connects with readers and where it misses the mark.
This is an easy read and very accessible. I would say it is even accessible for teens and tweens. So, could be a good study for a youth group. What I loved most were the prayers and saints presented. Overall a very refreshing read, particularly during this time of conflict within the church. So give it a read and figure out where you end up on the hipsters scale or tribes.