Surprised by Truth 2

December 12, 2010 by  
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Over 75,000 copies sold!

In this best-selling sequel to Surprised by Truth, Patrick Madrid brings you the powerful stories of 15 more converts to the Catholic Church — men and women who’ve found new life and the fullness of Christianity in the Catholic Church. Like its predecessor, Surprised by Truth 2 is one of the most potent weapons for promoting the truths of the Faith ever crafted. These converts don’t just tell their stories — they also give you an insider’s view of the fatal weaknesses in the creeds and belief systems that beckon unwary Catholics every day: Fundamentalism, New Age paganism, Mormonism, atheism, materialistic hedonism, and others.

You’ll discover why these converts forsook beliefs cherished by their families and friends in order to enter the Catholic Church. Their reasons are so compelling that Catholics can use them to draw their own non-Catholic friends and relatives to the Faith.

These converts will also convince wavering Catholics to stay Catholic, and they’ll bolster the faith of Catholics when anti-Catholic arguments start to make them doubt. Readers will come away with new gratitude to God for the Catholic Faith, and with a strong new tool they can use to stand proudly for that Faith.

320 pages, soft cover

Look what others are saying about Surprised by Truth 2:

“An excellent gift for friends and relatives who have lost their way.” — Ralph Martin, author, Called to Holiness

“Excellent and often moving testimony of how God works through His Church to offer hope, comfort, and, of course, truth.”
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“There’s hardly a better tool for communicating the fullness of the Catholic Faith than this collection of personal stories.”
— Marcus Grodi, host, EWTN’s “The Journey Home” program

Surprised by Truth

December 10, 2010 by  
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Over 300,000 copies sold!

Yes, this is that book you’ve been hearing about. Surprised by Truth, Patrick’s Madrid’s first book, is a powerful collection of 11 testimonies of former Evangelical Protestants who converted to the Catholic Church. These deeply personal conversion accounts are unlike any you’ve ever read. They’re packed with biblical, theological, and historical proofs for Catholicism. Each year, many thousands of atheists, Evangelicals, Mormons, Fundamentalists, Pentecostals, and other non-Catholics are being surprised by Catholic truth, and these converts tell you why. In his foreword, Dr. Scott Hahn described his reaction to Surprised by Truth, saying, While reading each of these incredible journeys I laughed, cried, grunted affirmations, and basically relived my own journey into the Catholic Church. I heard echoes of my own struggles in their words. I relived the anguish I experienced on that lonely and sometimes frightening path of conversion, and I relived the deep, abiding joy of coming home. But enough. Read these stories. They’re prayerful, heavy-on-doctrine, evangelical, scriptural witnesses of people who discovered that what they had once thought was the most ‘unbiblical’ church is really the Church of the Bible.

Contributors include: Marcus Grodi, Steve Wood, Tim Staples, Al Kresta, and Dr. Paul Thigpen

280 pages, soft cover

Search and Rescue

December 10, 2010 by  
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This book is Patrick Madrid’s “manifesto” on how to do apologetics effectively.

You don’t have to become a biblical scholar or a theologian to be an effective spokesman for the Catholic Faith. In fact, even though you don’t know all the answers and can’t explain every aspect of the Faith, you can begin winning souls to the Church right now . . . using prayer, friendship, and common sense.

It sounds almost too good to be true, but in Search and Rescue Patrick Madrid explains why these are among the most effective, time-tested methods for bringing family and friends into — or back into — the Church. As the publisher of Envoy magazine, author of many apologetics books (including Surprised by Truth 2), and a veteran defender of the Faith, Madrid himself has used these methods successfully for years.

But Madrid doesn’t give you only the benefit of his own considerable experience: in Search and Rescue he also includes simple and genial advice from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine, and other great lovers of God. Get Search and Rescue — the book that shows you how you can start winning souls for Christ today!

256 pages, soft cover

Look what people are saying about Search and Rescue:

“How do you bring a friend of relative back into the Catholic Church? First, you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid’s advice inSearch and Rescue.” — Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop emeritus of New York

“A most welcome addition to the resources in evangelization and apologetics, so essential in this new millennium.” — Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., author, The Catholic Response

“An excellent source to help concerned Catholics reach their loved ones. I highly recommend this book.” — Steven K. Ray, author, Upon This Rock

“This is necessary spiritual reading for Catholic apologists.” — Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago

“Even St. Monica would’ve benefited from reading this book in her effort to bring her son, Augustine, into the Church!” — Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author, The Gift of God: The Holy Spirit


Welcome

December 9, 2010 by  
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Hello and welcome! I hope you enjoy your visit here. Among other things, I’m an author of books on Catholic themes, the director of the Envoy Institute, and host of the “Open Line” radio show. I hope you’ll stay awhile and explore. Thanks again for visiting. God bless you.    — Patrick

Hey I Used to Go to School With That Guy

December 8, 2010 by  
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Now this is pretty amazing. Dave Beaumont was in my class (’78) when we both attended “Our Lady Queen of Angels” high school seminary in San Fernando, CA. I haven’t seen or heard from him since those long ago days, though I did hear from some classmates of ours that he had entered the Capuchin order.

And just now, I see Dave turn up in, of all places, the Washington Post as Fr. Dave Beaumont, O.F.M., Cap. I’m not surprised at all to learn that he’s a dedicated friar engaged in some wonderful, grueling, sacrificial, and quite dangerous work, ministering to his flock in rural northern Mexico — right in the heart of where the drug-related violence is raging. I doubt you’ll ever see this post, Dave, but you sure can count on my prayers for protection and guidance. May God reward you. Siempre adelante!

Tom Peterson of Catholics Come Home Talks With Fr. Ben

December 7, 2010 by  
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Many of you are familiar with the wonderful media outreach to fallen-away Catholics that has been conducted for several years by the good people at Catholics Come Home. Their television commercials, which air around the country on secular television stations and networks, have proven to be quite effective in helping many thousands of people come into, or back into, the Catholic Church.

Tom Peterson, the president and genius behind Catholics Come Home and Virtue Media was recently the host on Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s EWTN television program, “Sunday Night Live,” explaining the behind-the-scenes work of the apostolate. It’s well worth the watch.

Hey! I used to go to school with that guy

December 7, 2010 by  
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Now this is pretty amazing. Dave Beaumont was in my class (’78) when we both attended “Our Lady Queen of Angels” high school seminary in San Fernando, CA. I haven’t seen or heard from him since those long ago days, though I did hear from some classmates of ours that he had entered the Capuchin order. 


And just now, I see Dave turn up in, of all places, the Washington Post as Fr. Dave Beaumont, O.F.M., Cap.  I’m not surprised at all to learn that he’s a dedicated friar engaged in some wonderful, grueling, sacrificial, and quite dangerous work, ministering to his flock in rural northern Mexico – right in the heart of where the drug-related violence is raging. I doubt you’ll ever see this post, Dave, but you sure can count on my prayers for protection and guidance. May God reward you. Siempre adelante!

You can't always get what you want

December 7, 2010 by  
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My grandson Patrick was not happy today when my daughter Bridget and her husband Al broke the news to him that their new baby on the way is a little girl. As you can see, though, his kid brother Joey wasn’t the least bit bothered by the news. And neither were Nancy and I and the rest of the family!



Tom Peterson of "Catholics Come Home" talks with Fr. Benedict Groeschel

December 6, 2010 by  
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Many of you are familiar with the wonderful media outreach to fallen-away Catholics that has been conducted for several years by the good people at Catholics Come Home. Their television commercials, which air around the country on secular television stations and networks, have proven to be quite effective in helping many thousands of  people come into, or back into, the Catholic Church.


Tom Peterson, the president and genius behind Catholics Come Home and Virtue Media was recently the host on Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s EWTN television program, “Sunday Night Live,” explaining the behind-the-scenes work of the apostolate. It’s well worth the watch.




A Catholic College Girl's Lament

December 6, 2010 by  
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So, you think it’s safe to send your children to (at best) a nominally Catholic college or university? Think again. Meet Emmy Cecilia (her pen name), a young Catholic woman who made the uninformed and greatly regretted decision to enroll in a prestigious, four-year “Catholic” university out West. She explains what it’s like for a student who believes what the Church teaches to attend a school where practically no one else does, especially her professors, who seem bent on expunging any traces of Catholic orthodoxy in their students before they graduate. P.S. I should mention that I know this young woman personally, and I can vouch for her credibility, sincerity, and honesty.

Being at a CINO (Catholic in Name Only) college is hard and getting harder. I’m beginning to see certain assignments marked down. The tension between professors and certain students (myself included) is beginning to increase. My anxiety’s also beginning to get a lot worse. . . .

On Friday I was talking to another faithful Catholic and she was talking about leaving the school as soon as the semester was over… and she’s not the only one. Many of us who do not agree with the “teachings” that happen at that school are considering transferring elsewhere, even if it means losing this semester. I had the good fortune of meeting a former student and she said she left after a year because she went through the same that I went through with the professors . . . and she had the same professors, years ago, that I have now.

You can just imagine how bad things are. I don’t 100% regret going there only because it’s taught me a valuable lesson, but I wish I would’ve really looked at the school before even applying. I knew things were bad but I didn’t know the extent of it until I actually got there. I think I can withstand the abuse (and I feel like it is a form of abuse) for another semester or even until I graduate but I am not 100% sure. As I said, my anxiety is getting worse (so much worse) so I am really thinking about what to do. . . .

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