“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.
Today, I’m giving away two classic books edited by Patrick Madrid titled Surprised By Truth and Surprised By Truth 2. Together they include over 25 stories of people who have found their way into the Catholic Church.
edited by Patrick Madrid
Basilica Press, 280 pages, paperback
Released on September 1, 1994
These eleven personal conversion accounts are unlike any you’ve ever read. They’re packed with biblical, theological, and historical proofs for Catholicism. Each year thousands of atheists, Evangelicals, Mormons, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals are being surprised by Catholic truth and these converts tell you why.
In his foreword, Scott Hahn described his reaction to Surprised by Truth:
“While reading each of these incredible journeys I laughed, cried, grunted affirmations, and basically relived my own journey into the Catholic Church. I heard echoes of my own struggles in their words. I relived the anguish I experienced on that lonely and sometimes frightening path of conversion, and I relived the deep, abiding joy of coming home. But enough: Read these stories. They’re prayerful, heavy-on-doctrine, evangelical, scriptural witnesses of people who discovered that what they had once thought was the most ‘unbiblical’ church is really the Church of the Bible.”
Surprised By Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons For Becoming Catholic
edited by Patrick Madrid
Sophia Institute Press, 320 pages, paperback
Released on October 3, 2000
This collection of testimonies by people who’ve found new life in the Catholic Church is one of the most potent weapons for the Faith ever crafted! These authors don’t just tell their stories—they also give you an insider’s view of the fatal weaknesses in the creeds and belief systems that beckon unwary Catholics every day: Fundamentalism, New Age paganism, Mormonism, materialistic hedonism, and many others.
You’ll discover why these converts forsook beliefs cherished by their families and friends in order to enter the Catholic Church. Their reasons are so compelling that Catholics can use them to draw their own non-Catholic friends and relatives to the Faith.
These converts will also convince wavering Catholics to stay Catholic, and they’ll bolster the faith of Catholics when anti-Catholic arguments start to make them doubt. Readers will come away with new gratitude to God for the Catholic Faith, and with a strong new tool they can use to stand proudly for that Faith.
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The winner(s) will be randomly selected next Friday and the books will be sent out, free of charge, shortly thereafter.
(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)