Catholic Christmas gifts for Protestants-Rec'd pls


#1

I need three book recommendations. As Halloween is not quite here, that means the Christmas stuff is about to be clearanced. I am thinking about what to purchase for the family.

The in-laws are very anti-Catholic, so I was thinking a polite (not in your face) book about the beauty of Catholicism or why we do certain things or the basis of Catholicism in scripture, etc would be a good stocking stuffer. Mind you, the point is not to convert them, but to help them appreciate the Church and dispel many of the myths they have been taught. (They’ve been taught those of the Jack Chick variety.) They are rational and appreciate logic, but I don’t want something “heavy.” Any recommendations for them?

Second on the list is the adopted-in set of in-laws. They aren’t so much anti-Catholic, but just weary of it as they’ve heard a lot of bad things, but they’re just fully entrenched in their church. They believe in that whole “name it and claim it” fad, and are big on the Holy Spirit (and charisms) and spiritual warfare. They are not “thinkers” but “feelers.” I was thinking something sympathetic to the charismatic side of Catholicism would help them to see that their church emphasizes one small aspect of a much larger faith. Devotionals or picture books or books on a particular subject instead of didactic books are fine. I’m totally open to suggestions here.

Last on the list is a 20-something (with the typical no-attention-span of her generation) who is Catholic and knows the most basics of the basics, but not the WHYS on any of them. Could you please help me shop?


#2

How about the new Mother Angelica book? It’s very good, very interesting, a fast read, and not too heavy-really at all- on theology or whatnot. It DOES get into Church politics a bit, which is the only thing you may be wary of- it’s a quick read, you may read it yourself and see what you think.


#3

For the 20-something year old, I highly recommend Catholicism for Dummies by Father John Trigilio. It is written in very easy to understand language – almost like reading a magazine. You can pick it up and read a little, and put it down and later get right back into it. I read it cover to cover, but it’s also great for looking up certain aspects and using it as a reference. Everything is explained, and it’s very faithful to the Church.


#4

Here are my recommendations:


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1)ANSWER ME THIS!

Patrick Madrid

“ So why do Catholics …”

… “Say Mary remained a virgin?” “Refuse to rely on Scripture alone?” “Teach papal infallibility?” “Worship saints and bow down to their graven images?” “Claim the wafer is really Jesus?”

And, bottom line, again and again: “Where in the Bible does it say … ?”

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2)Why is That in Tradition?
[left]When non-Catholics insist that Catholic practices are just man-made doctrinal aberrations that have been added on to Scripture, reach for this convincing explanation and defense of Catholic Tradition!
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By Patrick Madrid

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What Catholics Really Believe-Setting the Record Straight: 52 Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Catholic Faith by Karl Keating


What Catholics Really Believe addresses fifty-two of the most common misconceptions about the Catholic Faith that are held by many Catholics and Protestants. Drawing upon Scripture and the Catholic tradition, Karl Keating shows the logical errors in these positions and clearly spells out Catholic teaching, explaining the rationale behind frequently misunderstood doctrines and practices. What Catholics Really Believe is an excellent guide to what Catholics really believe – and why.

Hope that helps!

Malia


#5

I believe your heart is in the right place, but would your anti-Catholic and wary of Catholic in-laws really appreciate books about Catholicism? Would they accept them but never read them, or worse, take such gifts as an insult? How about getting them some things that have no religious affiliations, such as a nice board game or something like that? You can always be there to answer their questions as you live your Catholic witness before them, but if you put them off at Christmas you might find them even harder to reach than before. Not saying the worst will happen but just raising a red flag to alert you to a potential disaster. :wink:


#6

[quote=Della]I believe your heart is in the right place, but would your anti-Catholic and wary of Catholic in-laws really appreciate books about Catholicism? Would they accept them but never read them, or worse, take such gifts as an insult? How about getting them some things that have no religious affiliations, such as a nice board game or something like that? You can always be there to answer their questions as you live your Catholic witness before them, but if you put them off at Christmas you might find them even harder to reach than before. Not saying the worst will happen but just raising a red flag to alert you to a potential disaster. :wink:
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DH and I have discussed it and agree they would be receptive to it. The exact book to get is the key. We have other relatives that are anti-Catholic that are not on this list as it would cause problems. That’s why the list is so short with only 2! Thanks for the concern, though, it is a valid point. One we have weighed.


#7

Sigh. No Rapture Trap or a compendium of Jimmy Akin’s articles on Jack Chick, I guess.

How about

http://www.shop.com/op/aprod-p17492526?sourceid=13

It’s called Why Do Catholics Do That? It is humorous, yet has very clear explanations and makes no excuses.


#8

[quote=OutinChgoburbs]Sigh. No Rapture Trap or a compendium of Jimmy Akin’s articles on Jack Chick, I guess.

How about

http://www.shop.com/op/aprod-p17492526?sourceid=13

It’s called Why Do Catholics Do That? It is humorous, yet has very clear explanations and makes no excuses.
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Ha ha! When I click that link it redirects me to a page with Harley Davidson stuff! Is this the book?


#9

Do any of them like baseball? There is a really good book “And God Said ‘Play Ball’”. It’s really light and enjoyable while at the same time relating lessons from the Bible to baseball (and life). It was written by a Catholic but my mom (Baptist) loved it. It just came out earlier this year and you could find it on Amazon. :stuck_out_tongue:


#10

[quote=koda]Do any of them like baseball? There is a really good book “And God Said ‘Play Ball’”. It’s really light and enjoyable while at the same time relating lessons from the Bible to baseball (and life). It was written by a Catholic but my mom (Baptist) loved it. It just came out earlier this year and you could find it on Amazon. :stuck_out_tongue:
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Hey! That would work for a different person! Thanks!


#11

I know many non-Catholics who are very respectful of Mother Teresa and John Paul II. Maybe something written of their life, or some of their prayers and meditations. You can’t read anything from either of them without going “Hmmm, this Catholic faith just might have something to it.”


#12

[quote=Forest-Pine]Ha ha! When I click that link it redirects me to a page with Harley Davidson stuff! Is this the book?
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Yes, that IS the book. No, I was not recommending Harleys.:o

So you don’t think I’m nuttier than you already do, Shop.com DOES carry the book:

shop.com/op/~Why_Do_Catholics_Do_That_:_A_Guide_to_the_Teachings_and_Practices_of_the_Catholic_Church-prod-11469872


#13

[quote=OutinChgoburbs]Yes, that IS the book. No, I was not recommending Harleys.:o

So you don’t think I’m nuttier than you already do, Shop.com DOES carry the book:

shop.com/op/~Why_Do_Catholics_Do_That_:_A_Guide_to_the_Teachings_and_Practices_of_the_Catholic_Church-prod-11469872
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LOL! I didn’t think you were nutty. You would be if you paid Shop.com’s $13.46, though. Amazon has it for $10.17.


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