The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins
The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins

A Vital Look at Virtue and Vice, With Quizzes and Activities for Saintly Self-Improvement

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320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: November 2010

ISBN 9780824525859


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"John Zmirak is one of the sharpest, funniest, and most gifted Catholic writers of our generation . . . this is a must-have book. He's at the absolute top of his game in discussing the Seven Deadly Sins." —Brian Saint-Paul, editor, Crisis Magazine,

The latest installment of the Bad Catholic’s Guides examines the greatest threats to the virtuous life—the seven deadly sins. Theological and historical insights, tongue-in-cheek vignettes of history's greatest saints and sinners, and cringe-inducing quizzes entice readers to tally their scores on the virtue and vice index and calibrate to what degree they have imperiled their immortal souls. Andy Warhol, Ayn Rand, and Mother Angelica are invoked as exemplars of the best and worst of human behavior, while a heady blend of serious theology and pointed satire—punctuated by trivia, charts, and vignettes—brings theology into sharp, hilarious relief, and demonstrates that religious education need not be boring.


"John Zmirak's Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins is both wickedly funny and (surprise!) a sound guide to living a life that won't end in misery and bitter regrets, but in joy. One of our best writers produces another little classic."  —Mark P. Shea, author, Mary, Mother of the Son

"Silly some of the time, respectful most of the time, and hilarious all of the time, even the squirrel recipes sound delicious and will have me driving slower through the red states, chumming for low-cost snacks on the two lane all the way to Mardi Gras."  —Mario Batali, author, The Babbo Cookbook on The Bad Catholic's Guide to Wine, Whiskey, & Song

Author Biography

John Zmirak is an editor, a journalist, a college teacher, and a political commentator. He is the author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins and the coauthor of The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living; The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Wine, Whiskey, and Song; and The Grand Inquisitor. He has contributed to Investor’s Business Daily and the National Catholic Register. He lives in New York City.