- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Assisi Media (July 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989531902
- ISBN-13: 978-0989531900
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"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
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"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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Torgerson writes each of the easily-digested chapters like a blog post. They are short, but have the right amount of insights. What I like most is that he does more than give the references to the Catechism and the Scripture - he actually inserted the text so you can read it for yourself. I read the entire book the first time in about 4 hours (and I am not an exceptionally fast reader) then read it chapter by chapter in ten minute increments over a few days, and I find my faith fortified.
Whether you are a new convert, a cradle, or wondering what Catholics believe, I highly recommend this book. It gives you just enough information to be dangerous without being "preachy" and gives everyone a baseline review of apologetics.
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.