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Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic Paperback – September 1, 1994
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I've read the few negative reviews, and there are a couple questions posed that are very asily answered. One reviewer asked why, if people found Christ outside the Church, did they see the need to become Catholic. The answer is because the formation of my generation was so poor that we were never introduced the Christ as we should have been. Parents expected Catholic schools or CCD classes to handle that, and the priests, nuns and catechists were too busy "liberating" themselves to pass on the faith.Read more ›
This book was sitting in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at the Catholic Church I was attending with my wife. I was Lutheran at the time, but desiring more time in prayer I signed up for an hour each Sunday night to spend in prayer.
Each week I would read a chapter in this eye-opening book. The book, coupled with who it was that I was kneeling before in the Blessed Sacrament brought me to the Truth so beautifully expressed in the Catholic faith.
Countless others have similar stories to tell. I challenge anyone to confront the Truth expressed in this book.
It features chapters by well known converts Steve Wood, of the Family Life Center and St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers, Marcus Grodi of the Coming Home Network, noted author, professor and apologist Paul Thigpen, apologist James Akin, Tim Staples, and several others. They give moving personal testimonies of finding the historical and Biblical evidence for Christ and His Church. It's not a book you will forget.
For those who have already read the book a sequel is on its way yet this year (2000).
This is the first in the series and caused a sensation (for a Roman Catholic book) when published. The fact that so many moving to Rome cite Surprised by Truth provides some evidence of Patrick Madrid's astuteness in selecting testimonials - a point further confirmed by reading it. The essays blend together remarkably well and Madrid adroitly avoids the danger of stifling uniformity by drawing upon those who approached Rome from across the ecclesial spectrum. Another plus in this regard is an intermingling of those who were initially drawn by different concerns so the approach is not completely one-dimensional.
Protestants often criticize the essays as insufficient to prove the Roman case and highly emotional in character. Both these claims are quite true but this is not the detriment the critics make it to be. One could hardly expect a new convert to prove within twenty pages what the greatest theologians have employed years and many volumes to attempt. As for the emotional content, conversions always have an emotional aspect to them and a presentation that attempts to ignore this is built upon dishonesty.Read more ›
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Absolutely my book on the Catholic faith. I read this book for the first time a few years ago and I'm currently reading it again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tara Cunningham
Enjoyed the book thoroughly. Found good documentation for refuting many of the arguments against Catholicism.Published 7 months ago by Bill Thomson
This is so eye opening. For Catholics that would like to get the perspective of other Christians and learn how to better evangelize. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rebecca
Robert Scarmazzo. Excellent book that I have referred to on many occasions. The research these writers have done already is extensive as they journeyed to find what it truth to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Scarmazzo
Love real life testimonials. Especially those regarding experiencing Truth.Published 9 months ago by DreamProject
Excellent and quick reading. Everyone should read it especially Catholics who need to know more about their faith and anyone interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith... Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. M. Goodell