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Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic Kindle Edition

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"For the RCIA participant, or one wanting to learn more about the Church, you will find Chad to be an eager and confident traveling companion." -John C. Connell, Author of Catholics Mean Business

"You feel, as you read it, as though you're having a conversation with a friend, one who's there to explain things and not necessarily sell you on anything. He doesn't shy away from explaining things clearly, but there's no 'you have to believe this' sledgehammer." -Sarah Reinhard, Snoring Scholar

"Similar to Matthew Kelley's Rediscovering Catholicism, I've already recommended this book to one friend and plan on recommending it to both seekers and those who are Catholic but want to do more than attend weekly Mass occasionally and shrug when asked tough questions about Catholicism." -Anthony Baratta, Evangelical to Catholic

"My one regret with this book is that it wasn't around when I was embarking on my journey toward Catholicism. This is the perfect book for those considering becoming Catholic, already in an RCIA class, those looking to come back to the Church, or just someone who wants to understand what they believe better." -Stuart Dunn, Stuart's Study

"Torgerson weaves an account of his search for a faith that matters into discussions of Catholic beliefs... Despite saying that he wants to pull at your heart strings, Torgerson focuses on what being Catholic means: not sentimental excursions." -Brian Gill, A Catholic Citizen in America

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"Theology is a matter of the mind, but faith is a matter of the heart. With that in mind, my goal is to teach the basics of the faith in a way that is easy to understand - yet still pulls at your heart strings. Your mind will grasp the information, and your heart will thirst for more. By blending my own personal struggles during my faith journey with the basics of Catholic theology, I hope that you will build the foundation that you need to grow and mature in faith."

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  • File Size: 2167 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
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  • Publisher: Assisi Media (July 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DR9OS3Q
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Chad R. Torgerson works as an IT Analyst for a Catholic publishing group. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and sharing his faith on his website,, and is also the Co-Founder of Assisi Media, a new Catholic publishing company focused on using new media to reach everyday Catholics.

Assisi Media focuses on bringing creative products to the market, and Chad is the driving force behind that. He is the author of Assisi Media's first release, Waking Up Catholic (named after his website), and is in charge of managing the creative side of the business. From creating products himself to acquiring new products, Chad's primary objective is to bring quality materials to the Catholic public.

Chad regularly writers for and's Tech Talk. He has also been featured on a number of other sites, inlcuding,, and the Coming Home Network.

He is currently pursuing a Master's in Education with a focus in eLearning and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University with a degree in Information Technology.

Chad lives in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with his family.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2013
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Waking up Catholic, by Chad Torgerson, is the story of one man's journey to Catholicism and the MANY objections he had to the Catholic faith along the way. However, his story is not unique to him. Many people, myself included, had these same objections and misconceptions before we finally made our way to Rome. Chad just had the good sense and spiritual gift to write about these points and help others along their journey.

In this book one will find some of the major stumbling blocks people have with the Roman Catholic Church, including, Tradition, Mary, the Saints, the Eucharist, etc. Each chapter follows a specific pattern. Chad mentions a subject that was a stumbling block for him. Next, he talks about his feelings on the subject before he was Catholic. He then explains the actual Catholic teaching on the particular subject using Scripture and the Catechism. Lastly, he explains his new viewpoint and appreciation of the matter at hand. This definitely was like re-living my conversion as I went through practically these same steps on each such subject.

On face value, this books comes off as an introduction to Catholic Apologetics. Depending on your point of view, it is either a nice defense of your core beliefs or a reinforcement of them. However, the author wants us to not only know our faith; he wants us to live it too. He mentions the 80-20 rule, which says that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. In reality, and according to Matthew Kelly in "The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic," 7% is a more accurate approximation of the number of Catholics who are active in their parish. ("Active" means more than just showing up to Mass once a week.) Chad designed this book to be a call to evangelization, particularly the New Evangelization.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Seagriff on September 13, 2013
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Although I have an insatiable reading appetite, I have not often ventured into the realm of writing book reviews. When Chad R. Torgerson asked whether or not I would read and write a review of his book, Waking Up Catholic - A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic, I decided to say "Yes".

For unknown technological reasons, I was unable able to get my "free" copy to download properly. So I just purchased the book. I am glad that I did.

This book fills a real need that Catholics, former Catholics and non-Catholics share - providing basic, clear conversational explanations of some fundamental and often misunderstood Truths of the Catholic Faith.

This is a need that has only increased over time. When I read the book's introduction, I immediately recalled what the late Venerable Fulton J. Sheen once observed "There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church -- which is, of course, quite a different thing." I think the good Archbishop would be pleased with this author's attempt to address that issue.

This is not a heavy theological tome. It is a starting point. What makes this book so useful is that it is written from the perspective of a man who disagreed with what he thought the Catholic Church taught - issues, for example, like Sacred Tradition, the Eucharist, the Blessed Mother, the communion of saints, and intercessory prayer. Now with God's grace he has come to understand and embrace those Truths, and in doing so, has been given a gift to share those Truths with others on spiritual journeys similar to the one he made. I found the details of his journey to the Catholic Church inspiring. You will too.

Highly recommend this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Korsman on July 21, 2013
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In his new book, Waking Up Catholic, Chad Torgerson describes his journey into the Catholic Church. He discusses how his faith in Christ developed over the years, from Lutheran, to agnostic/atheist, to born-again Protestant, and finally Catholic. Specifically, he brings in how his relationship with Christ was influenced by his study of Catholic teachings and practices, and shows how they can bring one closer to Christ. The book is easy to read, but gets to the point of complex issues remarkably well without becoming too complex on the one hand, or being too simple on the other.

Chad discusses several important topics that non-Catholics find problematic and often misunderstand, and shows how he overcame that misunderstanding, how these issues eventually made sense to him, and how he saw that there was indeed no conflict between Catholicism and the Bible. The important topics he covers are Tradition vs Sola Scriptura, the continuous transmission of Christ's teaching through the authority of the Church from the first century till today, the priesthood and the hierarchy of the Church, the Trinity, Mary and the saints, the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ, and prayer.

He goes on to a discussion of what it means to be Catholic and live one's life as a Catholic and why we have "obligations" and what their purpose is, and ends off discussing the difference between apologetics (my forte, not unnecessary) and evangelisation (what the Church badly needs).

In particular, I found his discussion of the saints as prayer warriors particularly enlightening - I hadn't thought of putting it the way he did, and it's a particularly powerful explanation.
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