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PRESS RELEASE: WHY BE CATHOLIC?

Patrick Madrid Makes a Case for Catholicism

Why He Loves Being Catholic (and You Should Too)!

Patrick Madrid is a cradle Catholic. He grew up believing the tenets of the Catholic faith because that’s what he was taught to believe. As he got older he decided he wanted to test the teachings of the Church to see if they held up under scrutiny.

“I determined early on that having a good feeling about the Catholic Church was no substitute for knowing whether or not the teachings of the Catholic Church are true,” writes Madrid. “For me, plausibility was not enough. I needed to know whether these teachings were, in fact, the truth.”

In Why Be Catholic? (Image, June 3, 2014), Patrick Madrid offers biblical and historical evidence for the truth of the Catholic Church as well as personal rational for why he’s Catholic. The result is a compelling case for how to explain, share, and defend the Catholic faith more effectively.

“This book is as simple and clear as its title,” said Dr. Peter Kreeft, author of Handbook of Christian Apologetics. “In ten chapters, master apologist Madrid explains and explores ten good reasons to be Catholic—ten good, true and beautiful things the Church offers us.”

About the Author

PATRICK MADRID is the author or editor of twenty books on Catholic themes, including Search and Rescue, Where Is That in the Bible?, and Pope Fiction. He also hosts Right Here, Right Now, a daily radio broadcast heard on 240 stations coast to coast. He is an adjunct professor of theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and he is president of the Catholic Apologetics Academy. Patrick and his wife, Nancy, live in Ohio along with the rest of their family, which includes the blessing of eleven children and fifteen grandchildren.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Patrick Madrid, contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@randomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.


PRESS RELEASE: ANGELS AND SAINTS

NEW From Bestselling Author Scott Hahn

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones

Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven. Yet they are very near to us in every way.

In Angels and Saints (Image, May 27, 2014), bestselling author Dr. Scott Hahn presents a church that is both heavenly and earthly, one in which the saints are present and available to us.

“It’s the Church where Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and all the angels and saints live today—in glory,” Hahn writes. “And we are united with them—by grace—just as they are totally invested in us—by love, to help the pilgrim Church to live on earth more and more like they do in heaven.”

In Angels and Saints, Hahn sets out to bring Catholics closer to their faith through a considerate examination of two of Catholicism’s most sacred traditions. The result is a rich and thoughtful book that shows how the angels and saints are with us in everyday life: as witnesses, as friends, and as family.

In part one, Hahn thoroughly explains the church’s process for canonizing saints, the scriptural foundations behind the Communion of Saints, and the role of intercessory prayer, among other topics.

In part two, each chapter is a meditation on the life of a particular saint. Included with each meditation are writings by or about the saints under discussion, found under the heading “Ponder in Your Heart.”

Hahn writes that his process for choosing saints was personal, “This book contains not a catalog of saints, but just a tiny sampling. I tried to include a representative variety, including angels and regular folks, characters from the Old Testament and the New, lay and clergy, ancient and modern. But, as I prepare the book for press, I notice that my chosen saints tend to be those with whom I have something in common. Most are teachers, scholars, and writers.”

Part 1 – Overview of Catholic Teaching on Angels and Saints, including:

The canonization process
The Communion of Saints
Purgatory
Intercessory prayer
Veneration
Relics
Guardian angels

Part 2 – A Saint for Every Chapter and a Chapter for Every Saint:

St. Michael and the Angels
Moses
St. Paul
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Irenaeus of Lyons
St. Jerome
St. Monica and St. Augustine
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Josemaria Escriva
Queen of All Saints, Mother of the Church

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 he 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, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (coauthored with his wife, Kimberly), and is editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology. Some of his most recent books are Many Are Called, Consuming the Word, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

 

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

 


NEWS: ON HEAVEN AND EARTH featured in 60 Minutes Special on Pope Francis

photo credit León Muicey

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, co-author with Pope Francis of the New York Times bestseller On Heaven and Earth, was interviewed in a 60 Minutes special titled “Francis” which aired on April 13, 2014.

Skorka, Rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was interviewed because of his longtime friendship with Pope Francis which began over an Argentinean soccer rivalry.

The friendship grew as the two religious leaders discovered common ground among their faiths over hours of dialogue on various theological and worldly topics which were recorded in the book On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century (April 19, 2013).

“While studying the books of the Talmud, I found one that says that friendship means sharing meals and spending time together, but in the end it points out that the sign of a real friendship is the ability to reveal what is in one’s heart to the other person,” wrote Skorka in On Heaven and Earth. “That is what happened over time with the two of us,” he said, referring to the bond he forged with then Cardinal Bergoglio.

Originally published in Argentina in 2010, On Heaven and Earth is an encapsulation of what Skorka and then Cardinal Bergoglio believe on topics including God, fundamentalism, atheism, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and globalization. It is available in English from Image Books, the Catholic-interest imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

On Dec. 2, 2014, Image Books will publish a special edition of Pope Francis’s popular Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).  In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis explores a number of themes that are important for Catholics around the world, including obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, how to foster more faithful and effective communication with God, and how Jesus answers the yearnings many feel in their hearts and souls. The Image Books edition will include a foreword by Father Robert Barron (author of Catholicism), an afterword by bestselling author Scott Hahn, and an exclusive eight page study guide.

Founded in 1954 with the mandate of providing quality religious titles to readers at an affordable price, Image Books is the only imprint from any trade publisher that is exclusively dedicated to Catholic topics. It has a uniquely rich history of publishing leading and classic Catholic-interest authors such as Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Father Robert Barron, Mother Angelica, Mother Teresa, John L. Allen, Jr., Mike Aquilina, Raymond Arroyo, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Bill Donohue, Scott Hahn, Ronald Rolheiser, Amy Welborn, and Christopher West.

 

Praise for On Heaven and Earth:

“Whether or not they agree with everything that is said, readers of all religious backgrounds will be impressed by the substance and frankness of these conversations between Cardinal Bergolio and Rabbi Skorka. They clearly enact the call of the Second Vatican Council for ‘fraternal dialogues’ between Catholics and Jews. This is how religious leaders should speak to one another: on the basis of sincere friendship and respect.  This book will also encourage anyone who wondered if a pope from a non-European country could be personally committed to the Catholic Church’s new relationship with Jews.”

Philip A. Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

 

“This remarkable book wonderfully demonstrates the warm and positive relationship Pope Francis has developed with Jews and Judaism. These honest and respectful exchanges between then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio and Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka on a wide range of sensitive and complex topicsGod, religion, fundamentalism, politics, and the Holocaustis a model not only for Jews and Catholics but for all those seeking productive interfaith dialogue in helping to repair a broken world.”

 — Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, Director, Department of Interfaith Affairs Anti-Defamation League

 

To request a review copy of On Heaven and Earth contact Katie Moore, publicist, at kamoore@randomhouse.com or (719) 268-1936


Essential Resources for John XXIII and JPII Canonizations

On April 27, 2014 – Divine Mercy Sunday – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be declared saints in a historic double canonization ceremony. It is speculated that over 1 million people will flock to St. Peter’s Square to witness this significant moment.

We’d like to invite you to learn more about these two devoted and world-changing men by reading the following books about them.

The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II – The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy

The End and the Beginning is the thought-provoking biography of John Paul II by internationally renowned author George Weigel. In it, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced.

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor at The Boston Globe and author of The Global War on Christians called it “essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the man and the Church he led for a quarter-century.”

The book is the result of fifteen years of conversations with John Paul II himself and previously unrevealed communist secret police files. The author gained access to a number of secret Soviet-era police files which show how spies had infiltrated not only the Church in Poland during the Pope’s early years as a priest and Bishop, but the Vatican itself during John Paul II’s papacy.

“This book is the Rosetta Stone of John Paul II’s life and legacy,” said Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer of the Knights of Columbus. “Only George Weigel’s masterful combination of rare opportunities and rarer intuitive skill could do justice to John Paul II’s epic life that changed the world.  If you really want to know John Paul II and his legacy, The End and the Beginning is indispensable reading.”

About the Author
GEORGE WEIGEL, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Catholic Church. The Vatican analyst for NBC News, Weigel is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

 

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII

Journal of a Soul is an inspiring reading experience that records this pope’s thoughts and traces his spiritual development from adolescence to the seminary to a career as a priest, a European papal diplomat, Patriarch of Venice, and finally Pope John XXIII. 

This Image Books edition features a biographical portrait of Pope John by his personal secretary, Monsignor Loris Capovilla. It also includes several of his most moving prayers, sixty brief thoughts and aphorisms, his “Rules for the Ascetic Life,” many of his letters, even his last will and testament.

The New York Times Book Review called it “indispensable for those who would understand the mind which originated the updating of the Roman Catholic Church.”

About the Author
POPE JOHN XXIII (1881-1963) is celebrated for convening the Second Vatican Council, commonly regarded as the most important event in religious history since the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.

 

Journalists wishing to request review copies should contact Katie Moore, publicist, at kamoore@randomhouse.com or 719-268-1936.

 


NEWS: CATHOLICISM Virtual Book Tour, March 31 – April 9, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a virtual book tour to celebrate the paperback release of Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron. Each day from March 31 to April 9, one of 10 participating bloggers will post a reflection on a chapter from Catholicism and what it means to him/her. A BIG “thank you” to all of the incredible bloggers who will be hosting stops on the tour. Please support them by visiting their sites and reading their reflections.

March 31 – Chapter 1: Stuart’s Study
April 1 – Chapter 2: Seasons of Grace
April 2 – Chapter 3: A Good Measure
April 3 – Chapter 4: Snoring Scholar
April 4 – Chapter 5: The Catholic Book Blogger
April 5 – Chapter 6: Prints of Grace
April 6 – Chapter 7: Catholic Bibles
April 7 – Chapter 8: Team Whitaker
April 8 – Chapter 9: Single Catholic Girl
April 9 – Chapter 10: The Curt Jester

 

And don’t forget about the Catholicism Sweepstakes…

 

How would you like to go to Mass at Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris, explore the home of St. Therese of Lisieux, and attend a Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Basilica? One lucky winner and their guest will have the chance to do all this and more with Catholicism Sweepstakes sponsored by Image Books and Word on Fire.

Fr. Robert Barron’s book Catholicism has sold over 100,000 copies and has deepened the faith of Catholics around the world. To celebrate, Image Books and Word on Fire are partnering to send two people on the trip of a lifetime.

One winner and a guest will travel to Rome and Paris with 206 Tours to view firsthand some of the marvelous places explored in the book.

The sweepstakes runs from March 11 to May 2, 2014 and is open to legal residents of the contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico), who are the age of 18 or older at time of entry.

Twenty-five (25) runners-up will each receive a copy of Father Robert Barron’s DVD box set, Catholicism (valued at $99.00).

Official sweepstakes rules can be found here. To view package specifics, visit the 206 Tours website.

To enter the Catholicism Sweepstakes, visit: http://www.imagecatholicbooks.com/catholicism-sweepstakes/

 



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