Thursday, January 06, 2011

What Catholics Really Believe Published (I Wrote the Study Guide Portions)

This is a very exciting new book, edited and overseen as a true labor of love by my good friend Stan Williams (of Nineveh's Crossing). The material (minus my study portion) has already been a film series: available on DVD:

Now these wonderful programs with Dr. Ray Guarendi: clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and radio host, and the late Fr. Kevin Fete, have been preserved in written format in a delightful and catchy fashion. The book utilizes an inventive use of different fonts, 127 full color photographs of stained glass windows, and flex-binding, allowing it to lie flat on a table, like a hardcover book. To see several pictures of what it looks like, and for further descriptions, see the feature page at Nineveh's Crossing.

What Catholics Really Believe has ecclesiastical approval for publication, granted by The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, May 20, 2009.

[click on the two page samples (two times) for a much larger image]

The title of Andrew Junker's review in The Catholic Sun (15 November 2010) says it all: "Dialogue makes Catholic apologetics easy for all". He writes:

Guarendi is a convert to the faith and plays the questioner — someone excited about and interested in all the facets of his newfound faith.

Fr. Fete is a great teacher — wise and knowledgeable, but with a humorous and soft touch. He’s the type of person the reader can easily imagine having a long, thoughtful conversation with. . . .

The two authors basically take the reader on a guided tour of the catechism in a lively and interesting manner. Because Guarendi is a former Protestant, he brings an interesting angle to his questions and the discussion in general.

He also helps the reader bring fresh eyes to “Catholic” topics like Mary, the nature and power of capital “T” Tradition and the Eucharist.

Often, Guarendi plays the devil’s advocate to Fr. Fete. This allows the discussion to reach a deeper level than it might otherwise reach.

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