Are sacraments essential to salvation?

A baptist friend has asked me to read R.J Sproul’s Are We Together: A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism and would like to discuss it with me. I am torn about reading it because while I think it will help me to form answers in defense of my RC faith, I am worried that it will pose questions I can’t answer to her satisfaction. In reading reviews of the book on Amazon, I came across one review that says that the Hail Mary prayer’s theology rests on a big mistranslation. I have no idea what they are referring to. Another review says that Catholics believe that sacraments are essential to salvation. Do we? I feel so clueless. Thanks for any help you can give me on these questions and please advise as to whether this book is worth a read.

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