How to Make a Good Confession

A Pocket Guide to Reconciliation With God

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How to make your Confessions less difficult and more fruitful

If you still drag your feet about going to Confession, here's the help you need to enable you to overcome your reluctance and open your soul to the vast reservoir of mercy found in Confession.

This down-to-earth, practical guide shows you how to transform your confessions from embarrassing moments in a dark room into profound experiences of God's love. The author, Fr. John Kane, provides solid guidelines for how you can (and must) make the most effective possible use of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Even better, he shows you how to carry the grace of Confession into your daily life, so that you'll start winning - consistently - your battles against sin.

This is a book you can return to again and again in order to renew your sense of God's mercy - as well as to gain Fr. Kane's help in examining your conscience and bringing your life into greater conformity with the light of the gospel.

Get Fr. Kane's help to confess well and avoid sin:

  • One truth you must realize, or you'll never drive sin from your soul


  • Two reasons why God forgives sin, but still punishes the sinner


  • Three characteristics of the truly forgiven sinner: do you have them?


  • Your past sins: startling ways they can help you love God more today


  • True repentance and its counterfeits: three ways to find the genuine article


  • How to tell whether you're sorry for your sins - even if you don't feel sorry


  • The embarrassment of going to Confession - how it can actually help you imitate Christ!


  • The heavy price of your sins: no, you probably don't realize it, and yes, it's worse than you think


  • Why hating sin does not mean hating the sinner


  • Why true saints will always consider themselves sinners


  • Sorrow for sin: how it deepens your compassion for others


  • How to take advantage of Lent each year to overcome your sins


  • And much more that will help you get more spiritual fruit out of Confession than you may even have thought was possible!

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Editorial Reviews

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"It is a great thing to make a good confession, and this is a good book about how to do it."

Fr. George Rutler
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"This magnificent handbook helps you deepen your repentance and make it lasting. Don't go to Confession without it!"

Patrick Madrid
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"This book can help a person get into the salutary habit of a regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation."

Romanus Cessario
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"A marvelous book. Can provide spiritual nourishment throughout the whole process of repentance, confession, and spiritual growth."

Fr. Mitch Pacwa
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"A welcome blessing. It offers a fine examination of conscience, ideally presented to meet today's needs."

Fr. Andrew Apostoli

Product Details

  • Pages: 144
  • Format(s): Leatherette, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-928832-29-4
  • Product Code: 296
  • Availability: In Stock
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Great Self-examine tool
This is a great guide for examining one's conscience in preparing to make a sincere confession. The easy to understand writing style causes one to think carefully about their life decisions both past, present, and for the future.
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Difficult things
Thinking is difficult, and meditation is difficult, and meditative silence over a long period of time is very difficult, because we are in a society which doesn't allow for any of this. Television, movies, sports, all fill our brains and have done so since the 1950s. So to read a book for one's benefit which was written before that time is to enter a privileged world, a deep silence. I highly recommend this to anyone who desires to know God and himself better. I was not upset by either the writing style (which I thought very readable) or the Biblical innacurracies (the Mary things are debatable, and in all else, this was an incredibly Biblical book) but was challanged by the whole premise of repentance. Protestants gave up Confession long ago, and most Catholics only recently. Yet Christ says, "Unless you repent . . ." Maybe that's what's wrong with the world.
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Every practicing Catholic should have this on their bookshelf
I've perused through a few books on Confession. Some too long. Many, too short. This one, just about right. Not only does the author explain the importance of Confession in bite size pieces, but with a certain meaty depth, there is also perhaps the most thorough examination of conscience available in print in the back of the book. Actually, the examine alone is probably worth the price of admission. If you don't have a copy, get one. And while you're at it, get an extra copy or two in order to keep on hand should you ever be inspired by the Holy Spirit to give one to someone else. Also, a quick note on the print quality. For a paperback, the cover is comparatively durable, much more so than the average paperback. I kept it in my car and it got tossed around and still looked good. However, it is still a paperback with requisite limitations to using glue on the binding. In the hot sun in the car, the glue binding WILL melt. Other than that, great quality for a paperback.
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