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NEWS: Scott Hahn’s JOY TO THE WORLD Blog Tour

Dec. 1 –11, 2014

To celebrate the release of bestselling author Scott Hahn’s newest book, Joy to the World, we’re hitting the road, ahem web, for a virtual book tour to 11 of the blogosphere’s finest Catholic blogs!
In Joy to the World, Hahn brings the first Noel to new light through his thought-provoking combination of exciting story-telling and penetrating biblical insight.
On each day of the Joy to the World Blog Tour (Dec. 1-11) one of 11 participating bloggers will post a reflection on the book. Some stops on the tour will also feature author interviews and giveaways.
We’re grateful to our blogging friends for sharing their thoughts and hosting stops on the tour. We encourage you to visit their sites (links below) and read their reviews.
If you’d like to learn more about the book NOW and you just can’t wait for the tour to start…check out this interview that Dr. Hahn did with Brandon Vogt for Word on Fire.
Dec. 1: Stuart Dunn – Stuart’s Study
Dec. 2: William O’Leary – Catechesis in the Third Millennium
Dec. 3: Kathy Schiffer – Seasons of Grace
Dec. 4:   Elizabeth Tichvon – elizabethtichvon.wordpress.com
Dec. 5: Rachel Balducci – Testosterhome
Dec. 6: Katie Warner – Catholic Katie
Dec. 7: Lisa Hendey – Catholic Mom
Dec. 8: Peter Atkinson – The Browning Version
Dec. 9: William Newton – Blog of the Courtier
Dec. 10: Pete Socks – The Catholic Book Blogger
Dec. 11: Abigail Benjamin – Abigail’s Alcove

 

About the Book
What could be more familiar than the Christmas story—and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context. Bestselling author Scott Hahn who has written extensively on Scripture and the early Church, brings evidence to light, dispelling some of the mystery of the story. Yet Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child  their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of this “earthly trinity” is to gaze into heaven.

 

About the Author
Dr. Scott Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio. He appears on EWTN often.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Scott Hahn, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

 


My Battle Against Hitler Blog Book Tour

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a virtual book tour to commemorate the publication of My Battle Against Hitler by Dietrich von Hildebrand, translated and edited by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby. From Nov. 12 to Nov. 21, nine bloggers will share their thoughts on the book. Some will also feature author interviews and giveaways. We’re grateful to our blogging friends for sharing their thoughts and hosting stops on the tour. We encourage you to visit their sites (links below) and read their reviews.

 

 

Praise for My Battle Against Hitler

“Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs give us an inroad into the soul of another Germany, a Germany thoroughly different from that of Adolf Hitler and of the Nazis. In the years just after the First World War, he warned against the danger of exaggerated nationalism and pleaded for the reconciliation between European nations. Later he would defend the common Christian and Jewish roots of European civilization. His example warms the hearts of all those who love freedom and are willing to defend the values of our civilization.” –Rocco Buttiglione, Italian statesman and collaborator with St. John Paul II

 

About the Author

DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889–1977), born in Florence, was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. A leading student of the philosophers Edmund Hus­serl and Max Scheler, he took up the “great questions”—about truth, freedom, conscience, community, love, beauty—with a freshness that allowed him to break new ground, espe­cially in ethics, but also in epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics. His conversion to Catholicism in 1914 was the decisive turning point of his life and the impetus for important religious works. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933, and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, both in Ger­man and English. He was a major forerunner of Vatican II through his seminal writings on marriage, on Christian philosophy, and on the evil of anti-Semitism.

JOHN HENRY CROSBY (b. 1978), is a translator, writer, musician, and cultural entrepreneur. He is founder and director of the Hildebrand Project, which fosters deep cultural renewal through publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s thought and witness.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with John Henry Crosby, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

 


PRESS RELEASE: My Battle Against Hitler

One of the Great Overlooked Dramas of the Nazi Era

“Better to be a beggar in freedom than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.”

 —Dietrich von Hildebrand

 My Battle Against Hitler (Image, Oct. 21, 2014), the memoirs and essays of Dietrich von Hildebrand published for the first time in English, offers a glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the 20th century’s most important Catholic thinkers and the Nazi’s public “enemy number one” in Vienna.

Von Hildebrand, a German-Catholic philosopher and theologian, was a vocal opponent of Hitler and Nazism from the onset of the political movement in the early 1920s.

Upon Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, von Hildebrand fled from Germany to Vienna, Austria so he could devote himself entirely to the intellectual and cultural battle against the Nazi ideology.

In Vienna, with the support of Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, he founded and edited the premiere German-language anti-Nazi weekly paper, Der Christliche Ständestaat (The Christian Corporative State). For this, he was sentenced to death in absentia by the Nazis.

“It is rare today that an important new story full of vivid detail should come to light from the already much-documented Nazi period,” notes John Henry Crosby, translator, compiler, and editor of My Battle Against Hitler.

“His story might well have been lost to us,” writes Crosby in a letter to readers, “were it not for a memoir, penned near the end of his life at the request of his wife, Alice von Hildebrand.”

“I am honored to present this book to a global audience,” writes Crosby, “first as one of the great overlooked dramas of the Nazi era, and second as a gripping story of one man’s readiness to risk everything to follow his conscience and stand in defiance of tyranny.”

Praise for My Battle Against Hitler
“At this moment in history, no memoir could be more timely than Dietrich von Hildebrand’s account of how and why he risked everything to witness against the spreading evil of National Socialism. With much of today’s world silent as Christians face increasing persecution, many good men and women are asking themselves what they can do.  This remarkable book will challenge and inspire them.”
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University and Former US Ambassador to the Holy See

“There is but one man who can stand with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, both in intellectual brilliance and in bravery toward the Nazis; that man is Dietrich von Hildebrand. I am privileged to strongly recommend this important book as a superb introduction to this great hero of the faith. May it spawn a new generation of devotees and champions of his extraordinary thought and life.”
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Miracles

“Dietrich von Hildebrand, unlike so many European Christians of his time, was an early and vigorous critic of National Socialism; a man of brilliant intellect and articulate pen who spoke out forcefully against Nazi hatred of the Jews; a scholar who defended the Christian understanding of society and the human person at immense personal cost.  This wonderful collection of his writings acquaints us intimately with an extraordinary man of faith.  It’s mandatory reading for anyone interested in a fuller understanding of a profoundly important era.”
—Charles J Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

About the Author
DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889–1977), born in Florence, was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. A leading student of the philosophers Edmund Hus­serl and Max Scheler, he took up the “great questions”—about truth, freedom, conscience, community, love, beauty—with a freshness that allowed him to break new ground, espe­cially in ethics, but also in epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics. His conversion to Catholicism in 1914 was the decisive turning point of his life and the impetus for important religious works. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933, and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, both in Ger­man and English. He was a major forerunner of Vatican II through his seminal writings on marriage, on Christian philosophy, and on the evil of anti-Semitism.

JOHN HENRY CROSBY (b. 1978), is a translator, writer, musician, and cultural entrepreneur. He is founder and director of the Hildebrand Project, which fosters deep cultural renewal through publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s thought and witness.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with John Henry Crosby, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

 


INTERVIEW: Scott Hahn

Q&A with Scott Hahn

author of

Joy to the World

on-sale 10/28/2014

 

 

 

Q. In the 20+ years that you’ve been writing books, this is the first one that focuses entirely on the Christmas story. What inspired you to write about this topic? Why now?

Christmas arrives with a powerful effect on small children and on older folks. In between childhood and grandparenthood, we can temporarily lose our capacity for wonder. But maybe the second wave is hitting me now, as I’m experiencing Christmas with my grandchildren as they grow. Going back to the story in recent years, I’ve discovered complexities, convergences, and moments of stunning beauty, which I had not appreciated before. I’m not the first one to notice these things. In fact, I’m learning from the early Fathers and the most recent scholars. But I can’t help but want to share them with everyone—everyone who’s celebrating Christmas.

Q. In Joy to the World, you write “The events of Christmas challenge us, just as they challenged the original characters—the family—whose history they tell.” What do you see as the biggest challenge of Christmas?

To welcome Jesus. That’s always the challenge. We think our lives are full, and we don’t really trust him to come in and mess with our plans. Even after all these thousands of years, we hang a “no vacancy” sign at the inn.

We’ve built a culture on the illusion of control, and Christ is a threat to that illusion. Maybe that’s why he came as a little baby. In my own experience, however, it’s been my babies—my children—who taught me what little control I really have.

If we’re open to life, if we’re open to Christ, we come to trust God’s providential plan. That’s a lesson of the Christmas story. Just ask Zechariah. Just ask Joseph.

Stepping out in trust is scary, and the Christmas story confirms that at every turn. But what’s the alternative? To cling to the illusion of control, just because it’s our familiar illusion? Herod is the Christmas character most like our modern-day control freaks; and his life is completely out of control. Joseph, on the other hand, entrusts himself to the angels and goes from one trial to another. Yet today we can see Joseph’s life as heroic and true, and Herod’s as just plain crazy.

Q. How did you come up with the title Joy to the World?

I’ve been thinking a lot about joy—ever since Pope Benedict declared the Year of Saint Paul. I remember I was in Jerusalem that summer and reading the Letter to the Philippians, and I was overwhelmed by his exhortation to joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Go read that letter and count the number of times you see the words “joy” and “rejoice.” Well, Paul’s words took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Now we have a pope, our beloved Pope Francis, who speaks to us of the “Joy of the Gospel.”

Joy is a quality that belongs to Christmas. We sing it in our Christmas carols because in Christmas we celebrate the reason for Paul’s rejoicing: the advent of the Messiah, the salvation of the whole world. We have good reasons to celebrate. We have good reasons for our joy.

Q. What is your favorite part of the Christmas story?

It depends on the day you ask me. Today I’m caught up in thinking about the angels, and how different they appear after the advent of our savior. In the Old Testament, they are frightening and intimidating to human beings. Think of the Prophet Daniel, who falls on his face in dumbstruck fear. In the Christmas story, however, they appear as guides and companions. Jesus changes everything in the order of the universe. He changes the way heaven relates to earth and the way people relate to angels. I marvel as I consider what else has been changed so profoundly—what else have I missed?

 


PRESS RELEASE: Pope Francis Extends an Invitation to a Life of Joy

This Special Edition of The Joy of the Gospel Includes a Foreword by Father Robert Barron and an Afterword by Father James Martin, SJ

“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
– Pope Francis

 In his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis extends an invitation to let the joy of faith back into our lives, an invitation to a “renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”

This beautifully designed hardcover edition of The Joy of the Gospel (Image, Oct. 7, 2014) includes both a foreword by Father Robert Barron, popular author of the bestselling book and series Catholicism, and an afterword by bestselling author Jesuit Father James Martin.

“It would be foolish to try to summarize this masterpiece of theological and ecclesial thinking,” writes Father Martin in the afterword. “Instead, let me focus on those first few important words, which give this letter to the Church its theme.”

“Pope Francis wants us to understand that the Gospel brings us joy,” continues Father Martin. “His exhortation tells us this.”

In the introduction to The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis remarks “there are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter.”

Although he is quick to point out the many challenges to the faith, Pope Francis’ primary focus throughout his teaching is the theme of joy.

“I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty,” writes Pope Francis. “Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.”

Another important theme expressed throughout the exhortation is the mission of the Church to evangelize.  Father Barron writes about this point in the foreword.

“When we find something that is good or beautiful or compelling —whether it is a movie, a work of art, a book, or a person —we don’t keep it to ourselves,” writes Father Barron.

“This principle applies, par excellence, to our experience of Christ Jesus risen from the dead. We want, with a reckless abandon, to give this supremely good news away,” adds Father Barron. “This energy, this compulsion—“woe to me if I do not evangelize”—is, for Pope Francis, the beating heart of the Church.”

In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis explores additional themes that are important for Catholics around the world, including:

A)     the reform of the Church in her missionary outreach;

B)     the temptations faced by pastoral workers;

C)     the Church, understood as the entire People of God which evangelizes;

D)     the homily and its preparation;

E)      the inclusion of the poor in society;

F)      peace and dialogue within society;

G)     the spiritual motivations for mission.

 

POPE FRANCIS is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on February 28, 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

For press inquiries please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.



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