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Surprised by Truth [Paperback]

Patrick Madrid , Paul Thigpen , Marcus Grodi
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Jan. 1 2008
Powerful testimonies of Evangelicals who became Catholic These eleven personal conversion accounts are unlike any you've ever read. They're packed with biblical, theological, and historical proofs for Catholicism. Each year thousands of atheists, Evangelicals, Mormons, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals are being surprised by Catholic truth and these converts tell you why. In his foreword Scott Hahn described his reaction to "Surprised by Truth":

"While reading each of these incredible journeys I laughed, cried, grunted affirmations, and basically relived my own journey into the Catholic Church. I heard echoes of my own struggles in their words. I relived the anguish I experienced on that lonely and sometimes frightening path of conversion, and I relived the deep, abiding joy of coming home. But enough, Read these stories. They're prayerful, heavy-on-doctrine, evangelical, scriptural witnesses of people who discovered that what they had once thought was the most 'unbiblical' church is really the Church of the Bible."

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Patrick Madrid is the editor-in-chief of Envoy Magazine. For over 10 years, he has been active in the full-time apostolate of Catholic apologetics. His other books include "Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine" and "Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars soup kitchen Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
Entering the Catholic Church in my early teens, I remember our youth group volunteering at the soup kitchen, collecting baby supplies for the local crisis pregnancy center, and raking leaves for the elderly. I never waived my hands in the air at a church service, attended a conference or listed to an audio tract-nothing wrong with that, I guess. When I got to college, some students informed me that I needed to find Jesus in my life. One student even accused me of praying to dead saints, and worshiping statues. Super! I hear that she is now home schooling. Those kids should be great.
Well, thanks to this book, if some co-ed accuses me of leaving Jesus nailed to the cross, I can now answer them at their own high level, and I guess that there is something earthly appealing about that. Honestly, though, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith from books like this-things that I probably should have known. But, in the larger picture, I think that I was way ahead in my faith journey back when I was a silly kid in youth group, then at any period during my time spent studying apologetics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great evangelization tool Dec 17 2002
This book tells the stories of 11 converts to the Catholic Church. While conversion stories can by edifying in and of themselves, what sets these stories apart are the reasons behind their stories. What happens is that while we are strengthened in our faith by reading about another's conversion we also get an implicit dose of apologetics. Each person has their own personal reason for converting and each is coming from a different background; atheist, protestant, new-age, etc. This book is a quick and easy read and would make a great gift to give to a non-Catholic as an introduction to the Church.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come On In - the Water's Fine! June 10 2003
By Labarum
With the possible exceptions of Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism and Scott and Kimberly Hahn's Rome Sweet Home, no recent works of Catholic apologetics have been as instrumental in winning converts to Rome as the Surprised by Truth series edited by Patrick Madrid. Consisting of conversion stories by prominent Roman Catholics who originally were part of other Christian (or non-Christian) traditions, it takes as its theme the "surprise" (or shock) many Evangelical Protestants experience when they encounter the early Church and are faced with beliefs and practices that vary considerably from what they see regularly in their own Churches.
This is the first in the series and caused a sensation (for a Roman Catholic book) when published. The fact that so many moving to Rome cite Surprised by Truth provides some evidence of Patrick Madrid's astuteness in selecting testimonials - a point further confirmed by reading it. The essays blend together remarkably well and Madrid adroitly avoids the danger of stifling uniformity by drawing upon those who approached Rome from across the ecclesial spectrum. Another plus in this regard is an intermingling of those who were initially drawn by different concerns so the approach is not completely one-dimensional.
Protestants often criticize the essays as insufficient to prove the Roman case and highly emotional in character. Both these claims are quite true but this is not the detriment the critics make it to be. One could hardly expect a new convert to prove within twenty pages what the greatest theologians have employed years and many volumes to attempt. As for the emotional content, conversions always have an emotional aspect to them and a presentation that attempts to ignore this is built upon dishonesty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by Truth July 20 2004
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This book is an easy read that I couldn't put down until I finished.The eleven converts that tell their stories are easy to relate to and interesting. This book started me on a path of Catholic Apologetics that I am still on today. I have bought several and I cannot keep them in hand since once I lend them out they end up in the hands of friends and relatives of those who borrowed the book. I found the book enlightening and now I can say why I choose to be a Catholic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT TITLE FOR AN EXCELLENT BOOK! Jan. 13 2004
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This book is EXCELLENT! I'm so thankful there's a book out there that explains everything that I've known and felt, but could not put into words to defend. So many good 'bible christian Protestants' think that their way is the true way, but how can one honestly believe this when so many Protestant religions totally disagree on scripture passages?How can one think it acceptable to interpret the bible however they want to??! Gee, what an awesome thing if it were actually true that we could do anything we wanted on earth, commit any sin we like, and that when we die, we'll just automatically go to heaven! It's sad that so many people are deceived by this (by the devil, no doubt...the Master of Deception!) Boy, are they in for a surprise on Judgement Day! If one would just be open and pray for GUIDANCE, one would most definitely come Home to the One, True Church...the church Jesus HIMSELF started...The Catholic Church...not some church started by a human in the 1500s!!!!
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