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About the Author

John Salza was born on November 30, 1967, and is an apologist, author, and speaker. He became an attorney after being raised Catholic, but joined the Freemasons in 1996 for several years before giving up his membership. He is the author of Why Catholics Cannot Be Masons, The Mystery of Predestination, Masonry Unmasked, and The Biblical Basis for Purgatory. He has also appeared on Ave Maria radio and hosts the radio program Relevant Answers.
John Salza is held as a leading defender of the Catholic faith, and is devoted to apologetics. He also holds a Magnum Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin and is the creator of ScriptureCatholic.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935302175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935302179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Giavani Funicellio on March 13, 2010
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For someone that keeps looking for new books on purgatory let me say. i am well pleased with this book. it has good infornation for those who desire to know what purgatory is all about.
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Amazing book. It gives the biblical basis for purgatory. Oral history is where the bible orignated. Naturally, some oral history was so widely known and accepted and it wasn't written - but it was referred to in the natural course of conversation. This book is for every Catholic. Don't pass this one up.
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Purgatory is real.

Buy this book and

1) Wake up.

2) Knock off centuries of time you would have otherwise been burned and tormented there.

3) It is scriptural

4) A must read for every human being. (most people will sadly go to hell, and of the few who go to heaven, most go to Purgatory first).

5) For all of those who wondered where God's justice, and mercy meet, it is here: PURGATORY!

pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease buy this book, you will have the opportunity to take time off from that dreadful place (state of existence), really!

Since Purgatory is a state of existence, there is no measure of time, and seconds there feels like years, minutes feel like centuries, and some people are there until the end of the world (then Purgatory ceases to exist, and then it is just Heaven) (those in hell stay in hell forever, READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

God bless you, and take time off of your Purgatory time, this is SO SERIOUS.
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I like this book and do recommend it as a book to buy when searching for information on Purgatory.
SO many people do not believe in Purgatory today and I can understand that reasoning. But, this book gives good reasons why it does exist.
We all commit sins and ask forgiveness...but we all have to make amends for those sins so we feel worthy of even seeing the face of God.
Purgatory is a temporary place to stop and make up for those sins on our way to Heaven. You might be surprised at how many people are still sitting in purgatory over decades and centuries. All they need are our prayers and sacrifices offered for them. They cannot pray for themselves, but they can pray for us.
And Yes, there really is a hell and a Satan. This is something else people do not care to know. But is surely obvious by all the evil in the world.
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I grew up in a Protestant church with no belief in or any knowledge of Purgatory. As a convert to Catholicism over 45 years ago, I was poorly catechized and other than a brief mention of the "concept" of Purgatory I continued to know little about it until reading this book.

I recently read The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, translated by John Ciardi (which is available on Amazon and which I highly recommend because of the very helpful interpretations of each Canto, section, and part). It was my best introduction to Purgatory yet and it drove my curiosity to buy Salza's book and read more about it.

I love John Salza's lawyerly presentation of "the argument" for Purgatory, which leaves no doubt in the mind of this juror that it is not only real, but a place we can actually be grateful for on the one hand, (there is, after all, a worse place one could go) , and a place if we are better prepared on the other, to avoid, by greater obedience and a faithful life well led.

You would be very stubborn indeed if you read this book and held any doubt about the existence of Purgatory. This is a wonderful reference for all those Catholics who believe, but have difficulty convincing others in the truth about this interim destiny for so many souls who leave here with unrepented sins.
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By Sonshine39 on February 8, 2014
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Since the title of the book is Biblical Basis for Purgatory, I should have expected several quotes from the bible but, I thought there were far too many. If you don't believe in its existence after 20 or so excerpts from each, the Old and New Testaments and Fathers of the Church, you will never believe it.
I did, however, learn much from the section on Indulgences since the Church has neglected for so long any mention of them and their benefit especially to the Holy Souls suffering in Purgatory. Also, the information on the Apostolic Pardon granted when the Sacrament of the Sick is administered at the time of death was very important especially for those caring for a critically or terminally sick person.
I would recommend the book to Catholics and non-Catholics who are not sure and are open to learning the truth of what the Church teaches and why.
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I was taught by Nuns, Christian Brothers and Jusuits. I have always believed yet I find this book to be not only a great review of the teachings but a clear explanation of purgatory. One thing is for sure - I do not want to miss out on heaven!
Happy Easter!
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This book is very thorough and informative. I like how he lays everything out and shows you just where to look in the bible. Well worth getting and reading. I bet you will learn a lot!
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