Writing on the laity's role in the Catholic Church in recent years has brought Father Yves attention in the United States. Now in The Wide World, he to equip the laity for their role with these lucid, penetrating, frequently debunking and often provocative discussions of the problems attendant to the salvation of Christians as well as of ""the others"". While admitting to an incompleteness salvation of Christians as well as of ""the others"". While admitting to an incompleteness for the book to be called ""a theology of salvation"", Father Congar nevertheless succeeds in providing lay people with a handbook of essentials in this important area of concern in a Christian -- his personal salvation. Other catechetical writers have frequently ignored explaining the meaning of salvation on the basis that it is too elementary. Father goes on the premier that this is an area which needs more explaining. This he masterfully and simply. In typical Congar style, the reader shares the author's wide familiarity with what has been written by others including such lights of the past and present as , Kirkegaard, Pascal, St. Paul, Newman, Peguy, and Gheon, among many others. Father Congar's explanation of Heaven and its meaning for the Christian alone in worth the effort to read this book. Throughout, Father Congar is careful to unmask what were flights of the imagination promoted by misguided instructors in religion. In the development of his theme, Father Congar hews to the line that the Catholic Church is a small institution in a big world which nevertheless can effect the realization of the kingdom of God through its teaching. The Wide World My Parish deserves wide attention.