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Richard Nosewell wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What Catholic book can I recommend to a non-Catholic, Presbyterian who does not practice their denominational faith anymore to try to bring them into the knowledge of the full Truth of the Catholic Faith?

Thank you in advance!


  { What Catholic book(s) can I recommend to a Presbyterian who does not practice their faith? }

Bob replied:


There are so many good books it is hard to say. How about having a conversation about some area of religion and get a book (you could both read and talk about).

Try any of Scott Hahn's books. He was a convert, has a great theology background, and was a good witness for becoming Catholic: Rome Sweet Home.

It is tricky now in choosing some current books, so I would go back to writings of the great Saints and thinkers as well. Fulton Sheen, To Know Christ Jesus, comes to mind.

I always share what I am reading (or something we have discussed) that I know the material relates to. That way there is a relevance to the subject matter.

Sorry, I don't have much more at the moment.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi, Rich —

Sorry for the late reply. In addition to what Bob said and to strengthen your faith, check out my CAR resources:

(CAR) Catholic Apologetic Resources to defend your Catholic faith:

Web sites that assist beyond basic Catholic Catechesis and help answer common misperceptions, objections, and distortions to the Catholic faith. Knowledge base
  AskAQuestion Today!
  Our Recommended Reading page
  Good Apologetic and Catechesis Sources from my Non-Wiki page
Catholic Answers: Catholic Answers
  Catholic Answers Forum
Jimmy Akin The Nazareth Resource Library
Dr. Taylor Marshall Phd. The new St. Thomas Institute
Well-known and reliable Catholic Apologists who can help you.
Scott Hahn: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Patrick Madrid: Patrick Madrid
  Envoy Magazine
James Akin: The Nazareth Resource Library
Tim Staples: Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Speaker
Steve Ray: Defenders of the Catholic Faith
Scott Hahn Rome Sweet Home
Books by Catholics that will help you defend the faith
Karl Keating
Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians"
Mark Shea By What Authority? an Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition
Books about converts to the Catholic faith
Patrick Madrid Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
  Surprised By Truth 2: 15 Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons For Becoming Catholic.
  Surprised by Truth 3: 10 More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
Web sites that provide Catholic Catechetical, Informational, and historical information about the faith.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on-line Catechism of the Catholic Church
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia The New Advent 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia — An excellent resource for the current Catholic hierarchy within the Church down to the diocesan level.
Web sites and books on the Early Church Fathers
Web sites
  The Early Church Fathers on New Advent
Books Faith of the Early Fathers: Three-Volume Set
by  William A. Jurgens (Translator)

The Fathers Know Best by James Akin

On-line Catholic stores which provide good material
  San Juan Catholic Seminars
  St. Joseph Communications
  Ignatius Press

I'm always open to adding to it.

I would also recommend he read and consider the views of Scott Hahn, seeing he was a former Presbyterian.

Hope this helps,


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