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Surprised by Truth 3: 10 More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic (v. 3) Paperback – September 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press; a edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832591
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bert Ghezzi, author of Mystics and Miracles & Voices of the Saints
"A superb collection of personal conversion stories, interesting, informative, and inspiring!"

b>Marcus C. Grodi, President of the Coming Home Network
"Pat has done it again! Ten more equally compelling, inspiring and intellectually sound stories of conversion."

b>Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., editor, Shaken by Scandals: Catholics Speak Out About Priests' Sexual Abuse
"The Catholic Church continues to call men and women home! You'll find the reasons why in Surprised by Truth 3."

b>Curtis Martin Founder & President FOCUS Fellowship of Catholic University Students
"You need to read this book!"

--Personal Endorsements

From the Publisher

"Working closely with each and every one of the contributors to this project was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I've had as an editor." T.A. Editor, Sophia Institute Press

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

As collections of conversion stories go, these are excellent.
bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff
This is a great book to read if you want to further understand why it is you are catholic.
annette
The Bible, as well as many great movies and other books. has had sequels.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By PhilVaz on March 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
All three books in the Surprised by Truth series highly recommended. These are personal stories of conversion, and these converts describe the struggles they had with the claims of the Catholic Church. Various backgrounds here: Anglican, former Catholic "reverts", Baptist, Reformed, etc. The apologetics was a little stronger in the first book of the series, but all three are great books. For books with stronger apologetics content get A Biblical Defense of Catholicism by Dave Armstrong, or Steve Ray's book of conversion Crossing the Tiber.

To see and hear many of these converts in person, you can check them out on the Journey Home program from EWTN. Wonderful and impressive given all they had to go through to find the truth.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Laurence A. Gonzaga on November 11, 2005
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I received this book about 6 days ago in the mail. I would have finished it in less time (I read half of it on the first day), but I didn't pick it up for a few days. What an awesome and moving book!

This is a compilation of conversion stories of folks who converted to Catholicism. They tell their personal stories, in detail, through the doubts and inconsistencies they faced in their former traditions, and sometimes, providential introduction to Catholicism. They describe their journey in search for truth, and finally the joyous steps through the doors of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

The individuals include:

1. A former soldier of a nation and present soldier of Christ and priest of God
2. A former Anglican
3. A former "a la carte" contracepting Catholic couple and present defenders of Life
4. A former "Left Behind"-ing Rapturist and present Catholic apologist
5. A former Commune-er and present Communion receiver
6. A seeker of Truth
7. A former Anglican priest
8. A former radical traditionalist (SSPX) adherent, present Canon lawyer
9. A former Baptist lawyer, present Catholic defender
10. A former Anti-Catholic and sister to Catholicism's most formidable anti-Catholic apologist, Dr. James White- now in the most ironic of twists, she and the grace of God are our best hope for Mr. White's conversion.

This book has changed my views of many things. Indeed, it has opened my eyes to the difficulties most Protestants have in accepting the Catholic faith, especially considering the traditions from which they came.

It has also humbled my approach to this process.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Of the ten wonderful and insightful testimonies of Catholic converts, I discovered two to be particularyly moving. (coincidently, the only two written by women)"Lookin for Truth in all the Wrong Places" above all and Patty Bond's "Freed from Anti-Catholic Bonds"It is stories like these that remind me of the incredible gift I've been blessed with--The Catholic Faith!These women went from zealous Protestants to zealous Catholics! Fantastic and uplifting!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Baddick on August 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful, positive format, in which converts to Catholicism speak for themselves! This entire series is such a great resource for any person who is searching for the truth, who is considering coming into the Catholic Church, or even someone who is just "curious." Their testimony helps me to cherish my faith all the more. Thank you, Patrick Madrid, for giving these people a forum to tell their story!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff VINE VOICE on March 30, 2007
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Conversion stories are always a fun read, when one is reading the stories of those who convert to their own faith.

Of course, when the conversion is one away from one's own tradition, that is another thing entirely.

However, fair is fair, and evangelicals have been publishing and telling conversion stories about how people were "saved" from the Catholic Church since the beginning of their movement some 400 years ago. It is remarkable therefore that some would criticize these humble and powerful stories of people who "swam the Tiber" in the other direction as "triumphalist" (whatever that word means) or inappropriate. Yet that is exactly what many evangelicals have done regarding the renaissance in Catholic apologetics that has occurred over the last 20 years.

However, in my opinion, this renaissance is neither "triumphalist" in a negative sense, nor inappropriate. For, in theology, the only way to get at the truth is to use the time honored tool of philosophical reasoning when discussing Divine Revelation. That means making arguments from Sacred Scripture. Arguments invite counterarguments. Reformationists reject the authority of the Church to settle arguments when they get out of hand, or threaten unity. Therefore, we will continue to argue with each other, even while we often work side by side in the trenches fighting things like abortion and so called "gay marriage."

This book clearly shows that ideas have consequences, especially when those ideas are religious ones. Every person whose story is in this book is someone who had the courage to not only challenge received "dogma" but also live their life in a way in conformity with their ideas, regardless of the consequences.
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