Friends I’m super excited to announce my next book. The tentative working title is,
CATHOLIC AND SEARCHING
A Guide To Understanding That Protestant Church You Love
This is a book for the lapsed Catholic who visits a Protestant Church for the first time and loves it, but feels guilty for liking it so much. They don’t understand why the church they’re exploring does things the way they do, and the fear of what their family will think (on top of their fear of going to hell for leaving the Catholic Church) makes them feel utterly conflicted.
I want to help.
In this book I’m going to come alongside the reader as a tour-guide of sorts, walking them through the process of understanding what they’re experiencing and how that compares to their Catholic Church experience.
Helping 1700+ people become Christians at CCV in the last 14 years (80% of them from Catholic backgrounds) has given me a deep sense of appreciation for the challenges former Catholics face when they darken the doors of a Protestant Church.
This book will…
- Take Catholics through the process of understanding what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and how that compares and contrasts with what they’ve grown up with.
- Provide insight on such key issues as understanding grace, biblical authority, baptism, etc.
- Help Catholics understand from a historical perspective how the Catholic Church arrived at certain teachings and how they differ at times with what the Bible teaches.
- Deal with the practical issues like family pressure, parents, kids currently attending CCD but coming to the church, “double-dipping” etc.
- Be positive and affirming. There will be no Catholic bashing. In fact, I’m thinking about adding a chapter entitled, “What I Love About The Catholic Church.”
The Book Itself
This book is going to be a fun, quick read, with quizzes, pictures and info-graphics. It will also have questions at the end of each chapter for group study.
It will be the kind of book many former Catholics wished they had in their hands when they were exploring the Protestant church they now love.
It will be the kind of book Protestant churches will give to Catholics at their Welcome Centers and in their newcomer classes and around which their pastors will do short sermon series.
It will be the kind of book you’ll give to a friend.
It will be the kind of book searching Catholics will give to their family members to help them understand why they’re exploring a Protestant Church (and hopefully give them their blessing in their search).
Will You Help?
I want to involve you – my readers, friends, fellow Christians and pastors, and especially those of you who came from Catholic backgrounds and now are a part of a Protestant Church you love. This will be a labor of love.
Posts Every Week
First, over the next four months I’m going to write a post every week specifically for Catholics exploring Protestant Churches. Please give me your feedback in the comment section.
Your Stories And Ideas
Second, I’m going to do a number of surveys over the next few months asking you to share your stories and to help me select the final name of the book, the cover, the chapter titles, etc. I need your participation to make this the most effective resource possible.
Spreading The Word
Over the next few months I will be assembling a team of people who can help me promote the book. Please prayerfully consider being a part of that.
Please be in prayer for me over the next few months as I write in my spare time on behalf of Catholics who are searching. Also be in prayer for my agent that we find the right publisher for this important project. I expect the book to be in bookstores Fall 2015.
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