I love this book!Fr. Romero has put together Catholic answers to common Protestant objections to tennents of the Catholic faith in a clear, easy to follow, meaningful format. He uses a chapter of his book to focus on a subject. He first shows us what the Catholic Church teaches about that subject, he then presents the common objections (misunderstandings) Protestants have on the subject, clears up those misunderstandings using Scripture and finally shows what the early Christians (those who followed the Apostles) believed about those subjects.This book was an excellent source for developing and teaching a class on "Understanding Your Catholic Faith".I recommend it to Catholics and Protestants alike.Read it then decide for yourself.
I have spent a lot of time searching for a book that encompasses a defense of all the common objections raised against the Catholic faith. Having used several other books of this type in the past, this book is by far the best I have seen on the subject. It is very thorough in its defense, quoting many other popular Catholic apologists, and neatly pulls all of these sources together in one easy to read volume. The defense is laid in in a clear Q&A format with many helpful diagrams. It is the perfect book to buy for inquring minds into Catholicism. I myself have purchased several copies just for that very purpose.
This book is a very practical guide to what Catholics believe. It is written is practical style, setting forth in each chapter a basic tenant of Catholic faith, followed by a series of Protestant objections and Catholic Responses to each objection. This format makes the book easy to follow and a great source for quick research or for group study discussions. As a protestant, I am trying to educate myself on what Catholics genuinely believe, and I've concluded that the best source for that information is not from Protestant critics but from those who are themselves Catholic. The author, a Catholic priest whose ministry emphasizes teaching about what it means to be Catholic, quotes from much Scripture in this book and provides citations and footnotes to numerous Church documents to support the points made.
For purposes of gaining a better understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches, I highly recommend this book. It is also beneficial for developing a mutual sharing of faith between Protestants and Catholics so that each can better understand what they have in common as well as their actual differences. From that point, a more meaningful, productive and spiritual conversation may follow.
This is a well-organized, informative and solidy orthodox presentation of common Protestant questions regarding Roman Catholicism with reasons why Catholics believe as they do. Protestants may be quite surprised to learn the background and history of Catholic worship styles and customs, it is not necessarily what their pastors have taught them. Catholicism is NOT anything near the so-called "pagan religion" that some Protestant pastors/teachers say it is. Far from it. Catholics that want a solid support against the New Age/Liberalist/Revisonist trends that are scandalizing the faithful will find this book very refreshing. Father Romero has done a great service to both Protestants and Catholics with this book. I will recommend it to all my Christian friends, both Catholics and Protestants.
If you're a Catholic you MUST own this book and read it so that you can defend your faith. If you're a non-Catholic Christian, you must read it to learn about your heritage. When I was a protestant, I one day wondered, "Just what am I protesting against? Why should I assume that the Catholic Church is wrong without looking into the matter myself?" It's been my experience that most people don't really know what they believe or why they believe it, much less what or why anyone else believes. If you are an "Anti-Catholic" protestant who thinks that the Roman Catholic Church is the [..] of Babylon' then, with all due respect, PARK YOUR PRIDE, remove the chip from your shoulder, get comfy and open your mind and heart and read this book. Of course, before you do, offer a prayer to the Holy Spirit for guidance. God Bless all of you on your journey.
If you have questions about what the Catholic Church really believes and why you should buy this book. It answers so many real questions people have, especially, Protestants. If you think you know what the Catholic Church teaches, even if you are Catholic, you may be surprised by the truth. There is so much misinformation out there it is refreshing to find answers explained in an easy to understand way.
The author is well experienced with christian apolagetics, and knows the common misconceptions and accusations of the catholic faith. His main reference is the Bible, with early church fathers, and the catachism close behind. He does not contradict the magisterium (as too many catholics do on these issues).
I became Catholic this past Easter Vigil. While going through RCIA I was told about this book. I am very much a "why?" kind of person. Fr. Romero answers questions in ways that are easy to understand. I love this book so much that I have read it about 8-10 times. I'm still learning and this has been a great source of research and information for me -- thanks!