Brandon Vogt

Cardinal Dolan Book Giveaway!

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Cardinal Dolan Giveaway

Thanks to the good folks at Image Books, I’m giving away TEN copies of the excellent book-length interview between journalist John Allen, Jr. and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, titled A People of Hope: The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church and the Faith That Can Save It. The book was just re-released in paperback and I previously raved about here.

In addition, I’m also personally giving away TEN Kindle copies of Cardinal Dolan’s new eBook, Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis. Read below to learn more about these two books and how to enter the giveaway!


A People of Hope: The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church and the Faith That Can Save It

by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and John Allen, Jr.

Image, paperback, 256 pages
Released on July 9, 2013

One of the world’s most respected religion journalists profiles New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan, one of the country’s—and possibly the world’s—most important Catholic leaders through lengthy exclusive interviews.

People of HopeUnique among the current leadership of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Dolan shares his insightful perspective in this series of conversations on the present and future of Catholicism. In these pages Dolan shares a perspective which is typically not part of the information an average person would know through today’s media. This omission often leaves outsiders with a terribly flawed grasp of what’s actually happening in the Church. Legitimate stories on, for example, abuse and Church authority can’t be dissolved by reactive conspiracy theories about how the media is out to get the Catholic Church. That said, if these scandals are all there is to the Catholic Church, why would anyone bother being Catholic?

It may not be surprising that there are an estimated 22 million ex-Catholics out there, yet it is revealing that even more people have chosen to remain with the Church. Tens of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions more around the world, still turn to the Church for inspiration, for its sacramental life, for its experience of community and service. In every diocese in America you can find parishes that are flourishing.

The faith represented there is not an exaggerated religious frenzy that feeds an uncritical view of the Church. Catholics are nothing if not sober realists about the humanity of their institutions and leaders. They see the Church not as a debating society or a multinational enterprise, but a family—with all the flaws and dysfunction, but also all the joy and life, of families everywhere. This is why Archbishop Dolan is such an important part of the Church’s emerging landscape.

In A People of Hope Dolan is seen at his best, capturing an upbeat, hopeful, affirming Catholicism that’s the untold story about the Church today. As readers spend time with Dolan here, they may find that his love for people and zest for friendship is what’s truly fundamental about the man, not a PR device calculated to conceal some other agenda. Dolan can and does draw lines in the sand when he believes that core matters of Catholic identity are at stake. He’s well aware that we live in a deeply secular world in the West, in which powerful pressures, both subtle and overt, seek to blur the counter-cultural message of Catholicism on many fronts. One key to Dolan’s character, however, is that changing hearts, not knocking heads, is always his first instinct.

John Allen draws out a picture of future trends by exploring where Dolan wants to lead, and how will a Church that increasingly bears his imprint look and feel? To understand this, what’s really necessary is to get inside his head and then let him speak for himself. To that end Allen frames questions in a way that allows Dolan to expand on the topic himself as much as possible. The result is a book more “with” Dolan than a book “about” him, which is indeed the best way to understand the man. At the end, one can agree or disagree with Dolan’s outlook, but one may at least be better equipped to understand why thoughtful modern women and men might still believe there’s something worth considering in the Catholic message.

Whatever the future may have in store for Dolan—staying in New York until he dies, being called to Rome to work in a senior Vatican post, or something else entirely—he will be a force in the Catholic Church both nationally and internationally for some time to come, and it’s well worth trying to discern what that might mean.

Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis

by Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Image, eBook
Released on July 9, 2013

Praying in RomeThe Archbishop of New York offers his insight on his time in Rome, the Conclave and the election of a new Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Since February 2013, many have asked Cardinal Timothy Dolan to comment about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, his final days in the Vatican, the Conclave, and the excitement and joy of the election of Pope Francis. Those two months–between the time Pope Benedict announced his retirement up until the election of Pope Francis—were a deeply spiritual and important period for the Cardinal.

In this eBook original, he reflects on that most exciting of times. By turns, witty, provocative, and inspiring Cardinal Dolan gives a first hand account of what happened during those days and what it means for the future of the Church.
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  • Greg Cook

    I don’t do e-books, but i’d happily read the hard copy book by the Cardinal.

  • Kathleen Durham

    People of hope!! I’m a new Catholic and haven’t read any Cardinal Dolan yet, but I deeply admire him and can’t wait to do so 🙂

  • Tom

    Thank you for all the work you put into the site and putting this raffle together.

  • dancingcrane

    People of Hope, but I want to see both! Affirmative orthodoxy on steroids sounds good to me!

  • I am excited for this contest. Good luck to all contestants

  • ThomasSanjurjo

    People of Hope.

    I love Cardinal Dolan’s joy as a Catholic.

  • Luke Arredondo

    I have read People of Hope but I bet that new eBook is fascinating!

  • (2nd of 2 comments)
    Huh! I see that John Allen, Jr long ago identified affirmative orthodoxy as Pope Benedict XVI’s project: “to reintroduce Christianity from the ground up, in terms of what it’s for rather than what it’s against.”

  • I’ve had a look at all the reviews of People of Hope — including yours, Brandon. I’m looking forward to reading more about “affirmative orthodoxy on steroids.”

  • Jean Heimann

    I am most excited about “A People of Hope”.

  • Mike Roesch

    Most excited about Praying in Rome!

  • Amanda

    While I want to read both so badly, I am honestly more excited about Praying in Rome.

  • Madzi

    Anything by the good cardinal is most welcome!

  • Charlene Phillips

    It would be hard to truly pick a favorite! Each has such insights!

  • Rachelle

    Both of these look excellent and I’d like to read both!

  • Cam

    Thanks Brandon

  • Hannah

    I’m most excited about the first, so hard to find hope these days!!

  • Danny

    I’m excited about both books.

  • Tyler

    A People of Hope!

  • JoeWetterling

    ‘Truly wonderful to see our good bishops writing and teaching in this way. I was surprised to see how many faithful and vocal bishops have published, in small and large ways, in the past half-dozen-or-so years. Very heartening!

  • Corey Swope

    I would love to read one of Cardinal Dolan’s books.

  • Chris

    A People of Hope

  • KyApiarist

    A People of Hope. Our world needs hope.

  • JJMed

    Wow these look great!

  • Patrick D Gamble

    “A People of Hope: The Challenges Facing the Catholic Church and the Faith That Can Save It” for sure! I saw John Allen Jr. give a talk at UDMC 2012 and was amazed! I’m interested in anything that has his name attached.

  • fratermater

    Most excited (curious, interested) about A People of Hope by Cardinal Dolan & John Allen, Jr……..hmmmmm

  • Jim

    I already own People of Hope, but I would love to read Praying in Rome! Cardinal Dolan is very genuine.

  • Mary Kate

    Both books look great, but I’d especially like to read “A People of Hope.”

  • Karen

    Praying in Rome.

  • Wahrheitssuchende

    Love reading anything from Cardinal Dolan.

  • Christina Thompson Dyer

    I am more excited about a People of Hope!

  • John Andrew

    People of Hope!

  • Jessica

    I am most excited about a People of Hope!

  • F Barber Jr

    These books look great! Cardinal Dolan is such a holy and wonderful man.

  • Jason

    I am more interested in the book about the Conclave; it will be so interesting to read what he comments on from that experience!

  • James-Brenna LeBert

    I have already read Cardinal Dolan’s “Praying in Rome” and it was amazing. I would love to read “A People of Hope”. Cardinal Dolan is the man.

  • Sr. Theresa Noble

    Yay book giveaways…. 🙂 (and yay Cardinal Dolan!)

  • Elaine

    I am more interested in the book about hope. We can all use more of that these days. I don’t have a kindle, btw. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Susana Guzman

    I am most excited about a People of Hope!

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