A Time to Build Anew
Publication Date: May 3, 2021
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How to Find the True, Good, and Beautiful in America
A Time to Build Anew: How to Find the True, Good, and Beautiful in America is a book that helps readers take inspired action amidst the nation's current crisis. Written by two All-American brothers, this text is full of real, raw examples illustrating how we can live during difficult times. By touching on subjects such as writing beautiful poems, making art, helping the poor, and forming strong families, A Time to Build Anew seeks to provide tangible ways for Catholics and all persons of good will to create anew. Through this book’s sage advice and moving stories, you will discover how to best navigate these chaotic and uncertain moments while connecting with your values and beliefs. A Time to Build Anew provides us with the tools we need to shift away from criticism and toward meaningful action that strengthens our society – and ultimately rekindles hope in one another. If you’re ready for a new beginning that honors your unique capabilities and relationships, then it’s time to reclaim what is true, good, and beautiful through A Time to Build Anew.
“This is important eyewitness testimony to real life examples and models of how to live the faith effectively in secularized America today. There’s much to lament in our times, but more to emulate. Todd Hartch sees new oases of renewed Catholic culture arising. This is a book to inspire its leaders, and cheer those whose spirits are sad.”
co-author of It Is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion
“One of the great stories of the last century was the Catholic Church’s critical response to the intellectual and spiritual impoverishment of modernity. The Church saw through it all with the help of Thomas Aquinas and its own rich tradition. But a knowing criticism, however clever, is not enough. In fact it is nothing in comparison with setting out in hope to build something new, good, true, and beautiful. In this marvelous history, Todd Hartch sketches a handful of modern success stories, moments where recovering classicism in sculpture, founding a new school or religious order, gave the world images worthy of emulation. Our task is to learn from them and build new institutions capable of attractively handing on the truth for the sake of future generations.”
—JAMES MATTHEW WILSON
author of The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition
“In a time of division and negativity, Todd Hartch’s A Time to Build Anew offers American Catholics a much-needed dose of hope. Not an abstract theological hope—even if rooted in God’s goodness and providence—but a practical hope grounded in real stories of good work being done right now. The author not only reminds us that we are called to build for the common good in the here and now, no matter how adverse the conditions may seem, but shows us how to do it.”
author of The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception