Brandon Vogt

Christopher West’s New Book & Mega-Giveaway!

Fill These Hearts
 
This week I’m thrilled to share with you Christopher West’s newest book, Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing (Image, hardcover, 244 pages.)

Fill These HeartsThis book follows At the Heart of the Gospel, Christopher’s last book, which featured a chapter on “The Transformation of Desire.” His aim was to show how Pope John Paul II’s magnificent “theology of the body” is not just an intellectual project. It is deeply practical since it provides a “new ethos of seeing.” Discovering the meaning of about our bodies and sexuality helps us glimpse the object they ultimately point to. We see that our deepest yearnings for pleasure, intimacy, connection, and beauty are signposts showing the way to God.

In Fill These Hearts, Christopher picks up the song but sings in a new language. The book still points to God as the fulfillment of our deepest desires. Yet it explores this fact through art, poetry, music, movies, and popular culture far more than philosophy and theology. It’s a new approach —a new expression—and is just what the New Evangelization calls for. The book should strongly appeal even to atheists and secularists. Here’s the publisher’s description:
 

Fill These Hearts is a book about desire. Not trivial wants or superficial cravings, but the most vital powers of body and soul, sexuality, and spirituality, that haunt us and compel us on our search for something.
 
Weaving life-altering lessons together from classical and contemporary art, pop music, movies, and the Christian mystical tradition, popular theologian Christopher West explores the ancient but largely forgotten idea that the restless, erotic yearnings we feel in both our bodies and our spirits reveal the cry of our hearts for God.

Along the way, West blows the lid off the idea of Christianity as a repressive, anti-sex religion by demonstrating that Christ came to stretch and inflame our desire for love and union to the point of infinity.

 
Fill These Hearts
 
Though the book doesn’t release for a few days, Christopher invited me to share its official video trailer, produced by the talented folks at Spirit Juice Studios. It hasn’t been posted anywhere else online so you’re the first to check this out:
 

 
Christopher has also generously donated SIX of his books for my weekly giveaway—three copies of Fill These Hearts and three copies of At the Heart of the Gospel. Six winners will be randomly drawn so be sure to enter below.
 
Fill These Hearts
 


 
I’m using Rafflecopter to help with the giveaway, which is cool because it gives you multiple entries for commenting, posting on Facebook, sharing on Twitter, etc. Click below to enter:
 

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UPDATE:

The drawing is now closed. Congratulations to the winners who are listed above! Check your e-mail for instructions on receiving the items. If you don’t see an e-mail from me, check your spam box—apparently e-mails with “giveaway” in the title are prone to end up there.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

  • Benoit Meyrieux

    The Passion of Christ…

  • Adlerd

    Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly. I’d love to read his Rediscovering Catholicism too. This book by West sure looks interesting! Thank you both!

  • gcm

    LOTR, as stated by someone earlier in this thread. And I should also add Jean Vanier’s Man and Woman he Made them (1985) – a unique commentary on the T.O.B. from the perspective of people with handicaps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.lesperance David Lesperance

    I’d love a copy of his new book.

  • Shannonabeywardena

    World’s First Love by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

  • Stettkt

    Les miserables which recently came out in theaters really stirred my soul.

  • Lshalosky

    all of JPII’s writings arouse a great longing in my soul for full human life and eternal life.

  • Lshalosky

    JPII is a genius and a saint. You cannot improve on his theology.

  • Mike

    I really like “I believe in Love”, which is a retreat given by Fr. Jean C. J. d’Elbée, focusing on the spirituality of St. Therese of Lisieux. Very good stuff.

  • Christi

    Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis deSales. Life changing!

  • Tom

    The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. Gave me the increased desire to see the shambles of the modern world and modern man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luis.enrique.leon Luis Enrique León Bustios

    Hi, it would be great if for future giveaways international winners could be drawn (Maybe with ebook versions). Greetings from Peru!

  • Gibbons Burke

    Roman Missal (1962) – a complete guide to Catholic teaching, devotion, prayer and worship.

  • niloc329

    I’m excited about the new book.

  • http://1catholicsalmon.com/ Alyson Rodrigues

    Any book recommended by BV going for free, is a MUST HAVE!!!!

  • Dezidaisy

    Preface to Religion or ” You” by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Searched for it for quite a while. Answered a lot of my questions.

  • Mbh1-95

    Carlo Caretti’, Domestic Monastery.

  • JosephandChelsea Meduna

    These look terrific!

  • JosephandChelsea Meduna

    Very curious about both of these books!

  • Rueschmike

    Good News about Sex and Marriage

  • http://ourladyslamp.blogspot.com/ Brianna

    Awakening the desire or clarified the desire? I would have to say “World’s First Love” by Fulton Sheen for the latter. As for awakening it…. The Bible? I really don’t know. I’ve read so many great books.

  • Ana H.

    One book that has impacted me though ” Genuine Friendship” by Philip D. Halfacre.

  • aslide

    “Uniformity with God’s Will” by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. It’s a really short book with a simple message, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read.

  • Elizabeth

    Ugh to Christopher West.

    • http://www.brandonvogt.com/ Brandon Vogt

      Sooooo…..I’m guessing I shouldn’t count this as an entry to win one of his books??

  • Onenicemomma

    Catholicism by Matthew Kelley

  • Tyler

    The Life of Gemma Galgani by her spiritual director.

  • Oneeyedsmiley

    Would love to get a copy of these books!

  • Camilla

    Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Luisa Piccarreta
    The revelations made by Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta changed my life

  • Conima29

    Book that enlightened misdirected desires: “Til We Have Faces” by C.S Lewis….awesome book…truly placed a light onto my soul, and some things hiding around in there. After reading it, all I could say was, “Wow. Ohhhhhhh!”

    • http://www.brandonvogt.com/ Brandon Vogt

      Nice! I read that for the first time this year. You’ll see it in my top 5 when the rest of my “Favorite 15 Books of 2012” are posted.

  • Cam1000

    Thanks Brandon!

  • Kevin Cary

    The Fulfillment of All Desire

  • misterheche

    Book that has awakened my deepest desires?

    The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

  • Leila@LittleCatholicBubble

    This is what the world needs! Thank you! And, I want to win a book!! :)

  • Gfincik

    “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.

    A Jewish doctor, imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, writes of hope and purpose under the most inhuman conditions.

  • Jeannepergande

    I got Christopher West’s Theology tapes many years ago and was blown away. Would love to receive these books.

  • Mario Pineda Jr

    Book that has awakened my deepest desires: No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton. I find the writing to be very fluid and poetic and made a sincere impact on me.

  • Daniel Verney

    I would have to say that the most impactful book I have read that has awakened my deepest desires has been: “The Rhythm of Life” by Matthew Kelly. Visit http://www.DynamicCatholic.com – these people are doing their best to incite action on the part of all Catholics to reverse the trends of secular society. It would be a good idea for any Catholic to visit this site and get involved….

  • Stephenbonnette

    Book that awakened my deepest desires: The Lord of The Rings. I have loved fantasy, myth, and good Catholic symbolism ever since

  • Patrick D Gamble

    Brandon, you do awesome book giveaways! I wish I had your library, Sir!! If I had to choose only one book to answer your question it would be, “Men, Women and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility” by Edward Sri. That was a well presented book on deep and complicated topics.

    • http://www.brandonvogt.com/ Brandon Vogt

      Thanks, Patrick! I just picked up that book two weeks ago. Now you’ve made me want to dive in immediately.

  • Lbacoach

    I hope to win!

  • Mj Uebelhoer

    I would love to win a copy of this wonderful book.

  • http://twitter.com/nunblogger Sister Anne

    This is going to sound fake, but it is the absolute truth: Theology of the Body. Only it wasn’t yet in book form; the Pope was giving these wonderful talks and we were reading them in community, and the vision he offered took my breath away. The “sincere gift of self” has become my goal and criteria and evaluation tool and examination of conscience ever since.

    • http://time.eelhost.com/ Matt Weilert

      Sister Anne is right on target. The weekend Theology of the Body sessions in Edmonton (in winter!!) & the weeklong in Black Rock, PA inspired me to write my master’s thesis on Theology of the Body in the Workplace. CW rocks!

  • Stuart

    Only one book? Geez that is a tough one. I’m going to go old school and say The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus. I always enjoy reading your thoughts on various topics, but especially books as I am a book reviewer as well.
    http://stuartsstudy.blogspot.com/p/2012-book-reviews.html

  • Janet Marie Smekar

    Great giveaways here : )

  • Cory Heimann

    I’m really stoked about this book. Have you managed to see his “Fill These Hearts Tour” with music and art incorporated. I highly suggest it.

    • http://www.brandonvogt.com/ Brandon Vogt

      I haven’t, but I so want to. It hasn’t come to my area of town yet though Christopher said they’re doing many more stops in 2013.

  • Raschelle

    Book that has awakened my deepest desires? Life of Christ by Venerable Fulton Sheen

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