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The Very Rev. Peter Stravinskas, author, The Catholic Response
"A most welcome addition to the resources in evangelization and apologetics, so essential in this new millennium."

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

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

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, author, The Gift of God: The Holy Spirit
"Even St. Monica would've benefited from reading this book in her effort to bring her son, Augustine, into the Church!"”

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York/b>

"How do you bring someone back into the Church? First, you pray. Then, you follow Madrid's advice."

--Personal Endorsements

About the Author

Patrick Madrid is the founder and publisher of the award-winning Envoy Magazine, a Catholic journal of apologetics and evangelization.

His books include Surprised by Truth, Surprised by Truth 2 (Sophia Institute Press), Pope Fiction, Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine, Where Is That In the Bible?, and Search and Rescue (Sophia Institute Press). He's a contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Apologetics and is a co-author of Not by Scripture Alone.

He is the host of the popular EWTN television and radio series "Pope Fiction" and is the co-host of "The Truth About Scripture and Tradition", a new EWTN apologetics television series.

Patrick has published articles and essays on apologetics in Catholic and Protestant journals such as Catholic Dossier, New Covenant, This Rock, New Oxford Review, Regeneration Quarterly, Sacerdos, Catholic Extension, Credenda/Agenda, and Lay Witness. In addition to his writing projects, he has conducted hundreds of apologetics and evangelization conferences in English and Spanish across the U.S., as well as throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

He is a veteran of numerous formal public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen.

Patrick and his wife Nancy live with their eleven children and two black Labradors in the countryside of central Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; First edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192883227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832270
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PATRICK MADRID is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 books on Catholic themes, including Search and Rescue, Where Is That in the Bible, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series.

In the fall of 2012, he will release four new books with four different publishers: Our Sunday Visitor, Servant Books, Saint Benedict Press, and Random House.

Since 1996, Patrick has published Envoy Magazine, and he also serves as the director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.

Commenting publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick's approach to doing apologetics, Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, said, "How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid's advice in [his book] Search and Rescue."

Prior to launching the Envoy apostolate, Patrick worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (1988 to 1996), where he served as vice president.

A veteran of a dozen formal, public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen, he has presented over 2000 seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at parishes, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and around the world.

Patrick hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN's "Open Line" radio broadcast (3-5 p.m. ET), heard on approximately 195 AM & FM stations across the country, as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 130 and globally via shortwave.

Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business at the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH).

He teaches theology and apologetics as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

His website is www.patrickmadrid.com.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Absolutely phenomenal work. Patrick Madrid gently takes you by the hand and shares his experience and wisdom in sharing the Gospel. Addressing the unique scenarios of people who 1) have never been in any church, 2) are in a Protestant Church and are hostile to the Catholic Church, and 3) used to be in the Church, but are now "ex-catholics" who fall into either category (1) or (2) above, Madrid equips you to handle almost any situation, to be able to interact with almost any person.
In each chapter, Madrid looks in depth at each unique situation, shares his experiences, practical wisdom, suggested reading, and a few spiritual exercises to boot. Each chapter ends with a time of reflection for you, a time of prayer (with specific printed prayers at the end of each chapter), and a list of "next steps," which cover such things as "pray the rosary once a day for a month for the person you're witnessing to," or "spend one hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament, praying for your potential convert." He also provides examples from saints, such as St. Francis DeSales, who were successful in the work of evangelization.
Madrid places the focus where it should be: not on impressing your potential convert with head-knowledge, but on personal holiness that will allow you to exhibit a loving, caring attitude towards this individual, so that your very life, not just your words, will be an invitation to join the Church.
However, Madrid does not forget the intellectual side of the preperation, and he gives a very helpful step-program, with a list of books at the end of his book that you should read for further study. He breaks this up into several phases, reading lighter material in the early phases, moving into heavier theology in the later phases.
All in all, a very practical, very helpful book. All it needs is a support group for people using Madrid's methods... (...)
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 22, 2004
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Search and Rescue is a practical, hands-on style, guide to evangelizing. Patrick Madrid takes the reader into the specific steps that they need in learning how to DO evangelization. He deals with using opportunities to talk to strangers, friends, family, door-to-door evangelists, and especially the bitter ex-Catholic person that most will deal with eventually. Madrid shows you that in order to evangelize you needn't be a theological expert, but that you MUST have a proper mindset towards evangelization and the people that you are trying to evangelize. He warns that our pride and arrogance can get in the way of the best laid arguements. In fact, there are entire chapters of this book dedicated to: making sure that we are doing it for God and not for glory, not treating people like scalps to be won for the faith, making sure that we ARE sincerely friendly and loving to people (and not just trying to come across that way), and recognizing that the Holy Spirit does the true converting and that we are but tools of that conversion.

Useful ideas that will be especially gleaned by the reader of this book: making sure that you talk more to God about the person you are trying to convert than you talk to the person about God, be constantly aware of the tendancy to pride and the subsequent need for consist visits to the sacrament of confession, and being reasonably prepared to deal with common arguements.

Search and Rescue is NOT an apologetic or theological work. It is a how-to manual for APPLYING apologetic and thoelogical studies. The author gives lots of great references for where to find good study guides for the faith and apologetics, including a strong emphasis on person daily prayer and scripture reading.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2002
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Patrick Madrid takes you step by step, situation by situation, into the nuts and bolts of what it means to witness to others. He teaches with a gentle prodding to stop making excuses and get out there to bring the true faith to others. He systematically breaks down all the requisites one needs in order to be an apologist who is "always ready to make an account of the faith that is within him." If all of that were not enough, at the end of the book he compiles a comprehensive reading list from beginner to advanced so that one may slowly become familiar and acquainted with both theology and the prevailing anti-Catholic, anti-God, and secular humanist arguments that most Catholics are faced with at one time or another in their life.

This book is an excellent introduction to apologetics, and lays out a very clear and concise list of "steps" one should take in learning, re-learing, and witnessing their Catholicism to others. Madrid leaves no stone unturned and definitely prepares the new recruit for a battle unlike any the world has ever seen. However, I would also recommend this for the more advanced apologists as well that they may remind themselves of what they might have forgotten in the midst of their constant battles.

I highly recommend this book and guarantee you will find it quite informative, not to mention, an excellent reference book when you move from beginner to more advanced.

God Bless
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Maine on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this, Patrick Madrid's newest book, the author gives some practical advice from personal experience, the wisdom of the saints, and the Word of God itself.
Some of the things which are dealt with are preperation, examination of personal motives and conscience, and different situations one will deal with in the field of apologetics. Moreover, Madrid instructs the reader in dealing with frustrations, remind them always that it is the Holy Spirit, not the evangelist, who does the actual conversions, and therefore trust must be put first and foremost not in self, but in Him.
One of the better features of the book is the recommended reading list at the end. Divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced, it should prove to be very useful to budding apologists and those who simply have a desire to learn.
My only gripe is this: the text is poorly formatted. The right-hand columns are not justified, which makes the book look unprofessional, and this is really unheard of from professional publishing houses. Hopefully they will fix this for the next printing.
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