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About the Author

MARK HART leads conferences, retreats and missions for teens and adults around the world. He is vice president of Life Teen International, a Catholic youth ministry, and is the author of Ask the Bible Geek®: Answers to Questions from Catholic Teens (Servant). Mark and his wife Melanie have two daughters and live in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Servant Books (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867166770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867166774
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Hart serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry, Mark Hart is one of the most sought-after speakers serving in the Catholic Church, today. His newest DVD study - "Altaration" - is receiving praise across the globe as a revolutionary and vital work for the young Catholic Church.

The author (or co-author) of over a dozen books, including best-sellers "Blessed are the Bored in Spirit", "Behold the Mystery", "Ask the Bible Geek", "100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know" and "The "R" Father", Mark's writing style is humorous yet deep, accessible to and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Mark has a weekly spot on The Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129 and is a Research Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Additionally, his weekly audio podcast (Sunday, Sunday, Sunday) and HD video spots (Beyond Words) are helping youth groups, families and classrooms in over two dozen countries enter more deeply into the Sunday Mass readings.

Mark's sense of humor and his passion for Scripture - as experienced in his DVD Bible Study Series, "T3" and "Encounter" - are helping hundreds of thousands of young Catholics, begin to read and study the Bible in engaging and relevant ways.

Mark and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters (Hope, Trinity and Faith) and one son, Josiah. They live in Phoenix, Arizona.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Todd Lemieux on August 16, 2006
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Conversion is a funny thing. Literally. Mark Hart brings that to light in his most recent book. Capturing the essence of the meaning of conversion, Hart takes the reader through the different aspects of being a Catholic Christian in the postmodern world. Through humorous and touching stories from his own life, Hart is able to capture the simple nature of Conversion: surrender of self.

The Story: Beginning with the apology to God, "I'm sorry for the person I have been since I have known you," Hart looks back on the all too common experience of the average Roman Catholic of the last 30 years. Blind obedience to rules not understood, confessing sins that don't strike one as wrong, and going through the motions in order to please Grandma and Grandpa watching from Heaven. Something must change within the believer. For, "If you say that Jesus is not God then we have nothing to talk about." However, if we say that Christ is God then that is the beginning of conversion for everything must change.

I could go on and on and give away the entire book, summing it up and throwing quotes out there, but that would take away from the experience of actually reading the book yourself. I cannot recommend this book more. No matter where you are in your faith, Hart brings to life struggles at every level and how God works through them and how we are called to see through these struggles to a faith that is alive, vibrant, and fulfilling.

The strength of the book is that it is so readable. To every Catholic who wallows in their own mediocrity of faith because they "don't understand" have run out of excuses with this book. There is more than a confession of a man who has fallen and returned to grace more times then he can count. This is a challenge to all Catholics. A choice that is offered.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jen Kendall on August 17, 2006
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This is a book that can (and should) be read by all Catholics, no matter where they are in their faith. It challenges both the Catholic who is apprehensive about his faith and the Church and the Catholic who embraces the Church in her entirety because this is book about developing a real relationship with Christ. The challenge is always there for the reader: go deeper, go deeper. Regardless of what your spiritual life and relationship with Jesus are like, Mark shows us that we can always go deeper and know Christ better. Furthermore, Mark reveals to us that we must go deeper with every day that passes and that we must never become "comfortable" or complacent in our faith.

Mark is a gifted writer who is able to engage the reader. "Blessed are the Bored in Spirit" reads like a novel - it's a page-turner. You'll be tempted to read this book in one or two sittings because of its captivating style and humorous anecdotes. But you'll get more out of this book if you approach it as a spiritual guide and keep a bible and journal handy.

One of the best qualities Mark and his latest book have to offer is honesty. Mark doesn't play around or beat around the bush; he gives it to you straight. It's ironic that such a funny book is meant for the Catholic who is ready to be serious about his faith. Instead of offering the reader in-depth theological refutations the misconceptions that plague our culture, he challenges the reader to be honest with himself, sit down with Jesus and pray - we'd be surprised by what a little bit of honesty can do in exposing some of the outrageous claims of society. One of my favorite examples of Mark's challenging and eye-opening honesty is in the chapter "Recreational Sex: Living in the Flesh:"

"I urge you to stop right now and pray.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By BookerMom on March 26, 2007
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I LOVE this book. I've read it a couple of times, I've written in it, I've taken notes, I've highlighted, I've passed it on. It's one of my favorite books ever. It's so inspiring and encouraging that I just love to read it over and over. Even though it's written for young Catholics it's been helpful to me, a 50 something mother and high school religious ed teacher. I'm thinking about purchasing copies for all of the graduating seniors this year. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Deepa Kingry on March 8, 2007
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As a high school Youth Minister, I am always on the look-out for books that my teens will enjoy and learn from. This book was brought to my attention by another youth minister in my area.

I purchased a copy. Read it all the way through in less than two days. And, then promptly purchased enough copies for my graduating class. We are using it as a book study for our Senior Series this year.

The teens LOVE Mark Hart. He is inventive, creative, and in-tune. He relies on the Holy Spirit. He practices what he preaches. Which says a lot in today's society.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kate Ernzen on August 16, 2006
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Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit is a must read for anyone striving to live the Catholic life in today's world. Hart writes to challenge and motivate without overwhelming the reader, and uses both personal experience and Catholic doctrine to drive home his points. Comical stories, honest perceptions, and practical advice make this book an easy read that will change your perspective on "walking the walk." As a young adult in the Catholic Church, it's often difficult to get straight answers without feeling judged, stupid, or intimidated. Mark clearly "tells it like it is" but also offers realistic help on how to avoid and overcome the common sins we fall into. Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit shares the timeless message of God's love in a relatable, non-threatening, and highly entertaining way.
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