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Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will Paperback – September 16, 2011
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Richards holds the answer to some of life's most profound questions. He speaks from
experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counselor and
evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of Retreats, Parish Missions and
Conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks and presentations, always
authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds, and lives of millions of
listeners worldwide. He continues to accept invitations for speaking engagements all over
the United States and in Canada and has recently traveled abroad to continue his mission
Father Larry Richards was born on March 26, 1960, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He
entered St. Mark High School Seminary, Erie, Pennsylvania, at the age of 17. After high
school, Father Larry attended the college Seminary at Gannon University and received
his Bachelor of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1983.
Continuing his studies at the Major Seminary at St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania,
Father Larry Richards received his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987. He will soon
conclude his studies and be awarded a Master of Arts degree in Liturgy from the
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
Ordained to the priesthood on April 21, 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania,
Father Larry Richards has served as Pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life
Community, also in Erie, since July 1, 2002. In addition, Father is the spiritual director
of the TEC (To Encounter Christ) Retreat Program for the Diocese of Erie.
On August 30, 2004, in the midst of his many commitments to his parishioners, to the
TEC community, and to traveling around the United States for Parish Missions, Retreats,
and Conferences, Father Larry founded and is president of "The Reason For Our Hope
Foundation," a non-profit organization dedicated to 'spreading the Good News' by
educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs and DVDs, as
well as promoting Catholic speakers who are effective instruments of evangelization. In
turn, the foundation will support charities that strive to make real the Gospel of Jesus
He has recorded many talks on all aspects of the Catholic Faith for individual and smallgroup
instruction, all of which are available on The Reason for Our Hope website at
www.TheReasonForOurHope.com. Since the inception of the Foundation, Father Larry
has also recorded CDs and DVDs entitled "The Truth", "Confession", "The Mass
Explained", "Knowing God's Will", "Prayer", "Living in the Holy Spirit", "Be a Man",
and "What More Could He Do For You". Father Larry's live presentation of "What
More Could He Do For You?", a dramatic explanation of the Passion of Jesus, is riveting;
the DVD of this presentation is, without a doubt, the most moving re-enactment of the
Passion one can view. Father Larry will be adding to the list of available presentations
on a regular basis. These CDs and DVDs may also be secured on the foundation
website at www.TheReasonForOurHope.com.
Father Larry's first book, "Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be" was
published by Ignatius Press in October of 2009, and was the #1 best seller by Ignatius
Press in 2010. In "Be a Man!" he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well
as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men
how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to
acknowledge one's faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love
and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to
pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father
Larry challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or
machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to
find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults.
Father Larry's second book, "Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will"
was published by Our Sunday Visitor in September of 2011. Fr. Larry Richards
challenges you to let go of attachments, assumptions and excuses that hold you back from
giving yourself more fully to God, in order to receive everything God wants to give you.
Father Larry Richards hosts a radio show called "Changed Forever with Father Larry
Richards". It can be heard nationwide on Relevant Radio on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
ET/7:00 p.m. CT, and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. CT. For more information,
or to listen on-line, go to www.relevantradio.com.
Top Customer Reviews
There is so much useful information packed in this book of 155 pages. Fr. Larry pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. I highly recommend this book!
His catchy little remiders, "no bible no breakfast no bible no bed", or "don't let your feet hit the floor until your knees hit the floor" will ring in your head throughout the day. His style is direct and to the point. It also is funny, thought provoking and extremely challenging.
Get a copy for everyone you know. It will be life changing.
steps of your mind, knocking on your soul--he wants to tell you about
surrendering to God, and he explains how. After you've read his book
up to the passage that starts at the middle of page 35, if you have grown-
up kids you'll probably have tears in your eyes; I did--not from feeling
bad but from understanding. Keep reading; maybe you'll have more
tears but you'll laugh, too, and you'll love it. When you get to page 114,
take your pen and circle the middle paragraph starting with, "Take five
minutes..." including the three points; if you do what it says, you'll
realize a great change in you--you'll also realize what Father Larry is
all about. If you don't want him knocking on your soul, just close the
If you are not familiar with Fr. Larry's approach, you will find this book to be honest and refreshing, thought provoking and entertaining. He's from Pittsburgh after all! He tells it like it is and uses real world examples from his life and ministry. He is not one of those holier than thou sorts of priests, and reveals his human weaknesses in the book to assure the reader that we all must strive for holiness and to surrender to God's will more and more each day.
While the book is easy to read, it also has depth. I'm about halfway through now and probably need to stop at this point (where God hit me in the head with a 2x4) to reflect more on the need to forgive myself and those who have hurt me.
As the back cover asks, "What is it in your life that you hold on to so tightly that you can't surrender in order to receive everything God wants to give you?" We're all holding on to something that we should really let go. If you hands and your heart are already FULL, you don't have any capacity to receive the abundant grace God longs to give you!
Buy two copies of this book. . . one for yourself and one for someone you love enough that you want them to understand the truth about what it means to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Fr. Richards' newest book, Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 155 pages), packs a similar punch. In the book, Fr. Richards explains that the first step to discovering God's will is obvious: converse with Him daily through prayer and ask Him what He wants. But after we discover God's will, which in many cases is the easy part, we're faced with the difficult question of whether we surrender to it or not.
"It's as simple as that," says Fr. Richards. "Are we going to do God's will, even if we don't want to? That's the real question, isn't it? It goes beyond knowing what God wants us to do--to being willing to carry through and do it."
Reading Surrender! is like having a wise spiritual director walk you through one of Christianity's murkiest questions: "what is God's will for my life?" Fr. Richards provides sharp advice to help cut through our paralyzing fears and stubborn self-wills, the resistances we build to carrying out God's plan. Surrender! would be an especially good book for young Christians who are discerning their path in life, but all can benefit from Fr. Richards' powerful advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is strictly for Catholics although other faiths may find it interesting. Fr. Larry tries to instill his steadfast beliefs on how one can obtain Heaven by ones actions... Read morePublished 9 days ago by harold plucienik
Love this book. Changed my life by reading it. I've read it 3 times already.Published 3 months ago by Denise
I usually go for the apologetic or history type of books and leave the spirituality and motivational themes to worshipping in church. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark
I loved Fr. Larry's perceptive. I look forward to reading more of his works.Published 4 months ago by Ben