I read the book… in fact, it only took me about two hours to read.
It made me think about a lot of things… what really came to my attention, though, was the references to Billy Graham and Mother Teresa towards the end of the book. It was interesting to note why Billy Graham, even though certainly a disciple of Christ in many ways, was not truly in tune with the message because he did not understand the true meaning of the Eucharist, as many Protestants miss.
I had always been under the impression that people like Billy Graham and other televangelists, although usually evangelical in terms of theology, really got the message… and that’s why they could supersede all the theological technicalities of Christianity and achieve salvation like the rest of us… but Martin’s simple explanation of the nature of the Eucharist helped me out. The idea of transubstantiation is a central belief of Catholicism and has been since the Last Supper… to reject it would be rejecting a core truth. How can you fully accept the duties of discipleship if you don’t totally get the message?