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"Father Scott has an engaging and pastorally sensitive approach to many of the common issues that cause us to stumble on the journey of faith. A great book even if you feel your faith is strong, and to pass on to those you may know who are struggling."

Kris McGregor, Inside the Pages

"(This book) is a spiritual pep talk that is equal parts entertaining and inspiring. The book is ideal for Catholics who have fallen away from their faith or for anyone who needs a spiritual boost."

-Katie Bahr, The Arlington Catholic Herald

"Written in an engaging conversational style with a healthy dash of wit and humor peppered in, When Faith Feels Fragile is Father Hurd's attempt to help people navigate beyond potential roadblocks or speedbumps on their faith journey."

Kenneth J. Souza, The Anchor
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When Faith Feels Fragile is a very insightful, interesting and fun book to read. It will also refresh and bring your soul, heart and mind to a stronger faith while getting closer to God. (I)f you want to give your faith a little or even a major tune-up, this is the book to read.

Lou Iacobelli, host of "Family Matters" on Radio Maria Canada

This book is pure gem. It seems like light reading, but I think it's really more like my Grandma's bits of wisdom. They make you chuckle at first, but they stick with you and come back when you need them. I've marked this book up so much that not only can I not lend it out but it's already become an old friend. And if I ever get to meet Fr. Hurd, I shall hug him for having written it.

-Sarah A. Reinhard, blogger, columnist, and author of Catholic Family Fun and four other books

About the Author

Father R. Scott Hurd serves as vicar general for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. A priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, he is former executive director of the Archdiocesan Office of the Permanent Diaconate, and has also served in the Archdiocesan Office for Religious Education. Hurd began his professional ministry as an Episcopal priest, entered the Catholic Church in 1996, and was ordained a Catholic priest four years later. He and his wife live with their three school-aged children in Alexandria, Virginia. Hurd s first book, Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach, was published in 2011.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Pauline Books & Media (October 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819883433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819883438
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his book When Faith Feels Fragile, Father Scott Hurd does every Catholic a great service. We all have to admit that at some point in own faith journeys there have been moments of dryness. Father Hurd gives us a book that will help the readeraccept this but more importantly know how to deal with those periods.

The book is divided into four parts: All About Faith, Churchy Things To Do, Practical Things To Do and Fun Things To Do. Each section is filled with little pearls of wisdom to use along your faith journey. I will share some of the points from each section that I found to be very interesting.

Father Hurd states early in the book his intention. “This book is about accepting God’s offer of faith. Together we’ll discover what faith is and consider ways we can open ourselves to this gift and hold it close to our hearts. It will take effort, that’s for certain. But then then that’s true of anything worthwhile.”

In Part 1, All About The Faith, Father Hurd lays the foundation for what lies ahead. As in much of the book he uses everyday circumstances to make a point. One chapter dealt with the fact that we need to work at our faith to have a strong one. “We’re all busy people, there’s no doubt about that! Our time is precious, as it should be. But to cultivate our life of faith, that it might become a beautiful garden, our precious Lord invites us to spend more of that precious time – with him.” He further goes on in another chapter giving us reassurance and making the point that this can be a long process. “Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are God’s saints.” Father Hurd goes on to explain that we must also not give up, we must perservere. “The life of faith is a journey.
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Father Hurd writes and speaks in a special way that is so easy to understand and relate to our everyday lives!
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Mr. Hurd's book was spiritually uplifting. It connects to every-day struggles and the means and ways to strengthen faith when aspects of life seem to weigh us down. It is worth reading and sharing.
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Very understanding book, I was confused w/the author being a priest and talking about his wife, until
at the end I found out he wasn't a Catholic priest....would like to have known that at the beginning.
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I have a Kindle and a paperback copy of this book and enjoy BOTH at every free moment I get! Not only are there clear and articulate articles woven so seamlessly by the author, but I have found his references to other great thinkers such a gem of a gift-hidden in all chapters.
This book will be as relevant in the years to come, as it is to me currently, during this challenging Christmas and new year season. Can't wait to pass on the paperback copy to someone who can use the soothing and calming reassurance this book offers!
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