Things Worth Dying For

Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

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With a balance of wisdom, candor, and scholarly rigor the beloved Archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia takes on life’s central questions: why are we here, and how can we live and die meaningfully?

Archbishop Chaput delves richly into our yearning for God, love, honor, beauty, truth, and immortality. He reflects on our modern appetite for consumption and individualism and offers a penetrating analysis of how we got here, and how we can look to our roots and our faith to find purpose each day amid the noise of competing desires.

Chaput examines the chronic questions of the human heart; the idols and false flags we create; and the nature of a life of authentic faith. He points to our longing to live and die with meaning as the key to our search for God, our loyalty to nation and kin, our conduct in war, and our service to others.

Ultimately, with compelling grace, he shows us that the things worth dying for reveal most powerfully the things worth living for.

Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., was named archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, he was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and is the first Native American archbishop. Chaput is the author of Strangers in a Strange Land, Living the Catholic Faith, and Render unto Caesar, as well as numerous articles and public talks. Retiring as archbishop emeritus in 2020, he continues his extensive writing and public speaking.


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"Archbishop Charles Chaput brings a lifetime of prayer and immersion in the Bible, decades of pastoral experience, and an inquiring mind to this provocative exploration of the things that should shape a committed Christian life. His words inspire, challenge, and give new depth of meaning to the quotidian choices that will determine how we meet the Lord."
--George Weigel, Author, The Next Pope  and  Not Forgotten

"Archbishop Chaput has distilled all he knows, the experience and insight of a beloved pastor and spiritual father, for a Church and nation in crisis?which makes this book a treasure that will long outlast our plastic, forgetful, distracted age."
--Sohrab Ahmari, Author, From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith

"This is the book we need. Archbishop Chaput, a good and wise shepherd, writes with inspiring clarity at a time when we’ve been so overwhelmed by fear and evil. He brings us to Jesus Christ, to see and feel with the eyes and the heart of Christ himself. Things Worth Dying For is an encouragement, a challenge, and a gift?a gift to help us live our lives in the light of the love of the Trinity."
--Kathryn Jean Lopez, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute

"In these wise and deep pages, Archbishop Chaput offers a wealth of essential truths and pastoral insights about how we as mortal beings, but mortal beings with immortal souls and an eternal destiny, should benefit from reflecting on the inevitability of death. The things we’re willing to die for, as he masterfully demonstrates, are?properly understood?the very things that we should live for. This book is an antidote to much that ails us, as both individuals and communities."
--Robert Royal, Author, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

"Why are we here, what should we be living for, and how should we live? Reflecting a lifetime of learning and prayer, Archbishop Chaput writes with the wise and generous heart of a pastor and with a deep love for the Church and for America. I pray that his book will inspire us to evangelize with new appreciation for the precious love and beautiful plan that God has for every person."
--Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

“Archbishop Charles Chaput does here what few accomplish. He lives up to his own guiding motto: ‘It is not our mission to make truth triumph, but to testify for it.’ He testifies to Jesus Christ, and what impedes our union with him, with passion, the wisdom of a lifetime, and literary, historic, and theological intelligence."
?Helen M. Alvaré, Author, Putting Children’s Interests First in Family Law and Policy

"Archbishop Chaput has done it again: This may very well be his best book yet. And please God may there be more. Anyone who is serious about living well should read it. With Things Worth Dying For, Chaput teaches us the things worth living for."
--Ryan T. Anderson, Author, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom

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