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Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization [Kindle Edition]

Scott Hahn
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You can't keep the faith unless you give it away.

That's a fact. To be a Christian is to be an evangelizer. When the Catholic Church calls us to a "New Evangelization," that's simply a reminder to us of what has always been true. The good news is: you can do it - you can evangelize - and Scott Hahn shows you how.

In this this very practical "mission manual" Dr. Hahn equips you with:

  • A guide to understanding what the New Evangelization is, and who it's really for
  • A roadmap that leads you to where it all happens (hint: it's closer than you think)
  • A simple, beautiful message to share - in words and actions

You don't need esoteric knowledge. You don't need to master a new set of skills. Evangelization, for Catholics, is simply friendship raised up to the highest level. Enter a deeper friendship with Christ, and you'll want to share his companionship more and more with a wider circle of friends.



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An excellent, well-written, and comprehensive look at the new evangelization. Lots of good information, inspiration and formation! Indeed, a very useful manual for the new evangelization. --Ralph Martin, theologian, author, and president of Renewal Ministries

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, Buy It! but it's not a "Manual" May 27, 2014
Format:Hardcover
It's awkward to give one of your heroes 4/5 stars, but here is my take:

Scott Hahn is a champion of scripture, apologetics, and is a wonderful and gifted communicator of the faith. Each successive book he writes is a successive lift for the Body of Christ. He played a significant role in my own conversion, when he earned my trust with his open and honest Rome Sweet Home, making me feel free to explore more of the Catholic faith with a sense of curiosity and confidence. I read many of his works early on, was soon converted to the Catholic Church, and have since enjoyed much of his books and other work including radio, articles, etc.

That said, I was anticipating this book for a few months before its release. It was certainly a satisfying read.

The book opens up with a detailed look at the history of the New Evangelization, in such detail that I have not read before. It then points to the need for a renewed vigor for the faith, and sharing of the faith, the New Evangelization. He points out the never too much emphasized fact that evangelism is a "Catholic thing".

In the middle of the book, "Part II", are a few chapters dedicated to the model and methods for the New Evangelization. He he discusses how previous generations evangelized and tell us that each of us is called in various ways to share our faith in our given vocation and situation. The last third of the book, "Part III", calls out the content of the New Evangelization. Following a scripturally sound model, the content contains the need to recognize sin, God's work in atonement for that sin, a life in the Body of Christ, and being transformed but love. Overall, the book, especially the opening chapters, chapters 8 and 9 on the work in a Christian family and the Lay Apostolate, were very good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro to the New Evangelization June 30, 2014
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The New Evangelization is the latest buzz phrase in the Catholic world. Everyone is using it, and it seems like there's always a new Catholic book being written on the subject. Ralph Martin addresses the subject in The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call, and Cardinal Wuerl also had his say in his book New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today. In one of his latest books, Evangelizing Catholics, Dr. Scott Hahn has decided to weigh in on the matter as well.

The book is divided into three parts - The Call, The Response, and The Message. Part I - The Call goes into detail on what the New Evangelization is, including what it is; where/when it started and how its grown; how it is a Catholic reality; and how it is a mission for the whole Church. If you are familiar at all with the New Evangelization most of this information won't be new to you. It was interesting to read his description of three notable byproducts (read conversions) due to the New Evangelization. These three names are Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood worker, Kevin James (Hollywood actor), and Francis Beckwith (former President of the Evangelical Theological Society). Each came to the Catholic Church through different means, but all were results of the New Evangelization.

Part II - The Response shows different models and methods in the New Evangelization. The first two chapters in this section look at the Gospels and the Early Church for lessons. Dr. Hahn says that the "blueprint for the New Evangelization can be found in the Gospels of Matthew and John. These lessons include - 1. Proclaim a Person (Jesus), 2. Proclaim by Words and Deeds, 3. Proclaim the Church, 4. Proclaim the Fulfillment of the Covenant, and 5. Proclaim the Sacraments.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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"Some of us may wish that we had embarked on it earlier, that we had learned about this mission when we were younger or when our children were younger. But there's no going back. We can't change what's past. We can only change what we do here and now. And it is never too late to say yes to this mission. It's never too late to begin the work of the New Evangelization in our marriages and homes. Whatever we give God now and in the days ahead, he will use it to bear great fruit." -- page 97

As Scott Hahn sees it we really have no choice in the matter. Christ has called each and every faithful Catholic not only to live an exemplary life but also to challenge or nudge those people in our lives who may have fallen away from the faith or perhaps do not know God at all. To be sure this New Evangelization is going to be a messy business and success is by no means guaranteed. Prominent Catholic author, theologian and teacher Scott Hahn offers a road map outlining how ordinary lay Catholics might become engaged in this highly important work in his brand new book "Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization". Given the sad state of our world the timing of this book could not be better.

In "Evangelizing Catholics" Dr. Hahn points out that the overwhelming majority of faithful Catholics tend to shy away from discussing their faith not only in the public square but also on a personal level with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We really do need to get past that. Many of our Protestant friends have no such inhibitions. Because we are so reluctant to stand up for our faith and profess what we believe in all too many of us have a difficult time expressing even the most basic tenets of our Catholic faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read to understand better the New Evangelization
I read this as an ebook, but will buy the actual book as there is much to review, remember, take to heart and use! Lots of highlighting done but need to take notes. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Alicia G. Bradshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written as usual for Scott Hahn. I think everybody would learn from the book.
Published 1 month ago by Loretta Waller
5.0 out of 5 stars Time not to be waisted
I love the straightforward human expressions teaching me very lofty ideas. Keeps me reading and gives me hope. teach Eucharist is the summit of Jesus.
Published 1 month ago by thomas struzzieri
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title says it all: "A Mission Manual for The New Evangelization"
If you will, a further, historical background and theological buttress for the "New Evangelization". It and "Rebuilt. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph J. Doane
5.0 out of 5 stars Catholics
It was a wonderful book to read.
Published 2 months ago by KCfromCA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful & thought-provoking book!
Published 2 months ago by Andy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 months ago by Daniel E. Siepker
5.0 out of 5 stars best book on the subject
as usual, scott hahn nails it. best book on the subject.
Published 3 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Hahn is an intelligent, insightful
Hahn is an intelligent, insightful, experienced theologian who has written/edited many great books. Evangelizing Catholics is a wonderful roadmap to carrying out the New... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Makalei
5.0 out of 5 stars ? ReallyExcellent
How. Do I add words to what I have written I really liked the types of families in chapte re 12.
Wonderful read for everyone. Ok

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Published 3 months ago by Diana Faulhaber
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Dr. Scott Hahn is the author (or editor) of over forty books, including best-selling titles like Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb's Supper, Hail Holy Queen, A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Lord Have Mercy, First Comes Love, Swear to God, Understanding Our Father, Scripture Matter, Spirit and Life, Understanding the Scripture, Catholic Bible Dictionary, Many Are Called, Signs of Life, Reasons to Believe, Answering the New Atheism, Ordinary Work Extraordinary Grace, and Living the Mysteries. His academic publications include Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God's Saving Promises (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library), The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles, Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy, along with a forthcoming title, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture (1300-1700). He is the editor of the academic periodical, Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology, and co-editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.

An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Scott Hahn has delivered thousands of popular talks and academic lectures, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics related to Scripture, Theology and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these presentations have been recorded and distributed by Catholic Lighthouse, The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and St. Joseph Communications. He has appeared on hundreds of television programs on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), where he has also been the regular host and presenter on several popular 13-week series (including Our Fathers Plan, The Lamb's Super, and Genesis to Jesus).

In 2012, Dr. Hahn was awarded the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was awarded the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe PA), which he held through 2011. In 2002, he was awarded Pio Cardinal Laghi Chair of Catholic Theology at the Pontifical Seminary Josephinum (Columbus OH), which he held through 2004.

Scott graduated from Grove City College in 1979 with his BA in Theology, Philosophy and Economics (magna cum laude). He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982 with his M.Div (summa cum laude). Scott received his Ph.D. in Theology from Marquette University in 1995 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia (1975-85), and is a former Professor of Theology at the Dominion Theological Institute (Dominion, VA, now Chesapeake Theological Seminary). He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Fairfax VA). He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.

Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville Ohio and have six children and seven grandchildren.


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