Book Program – 2016 Featured Offerings
2016 Featured Titles
There are now dozens of books and CDs available through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program, but each year we highlight a handful of titles as our featured selections. These are usually a combination of the old and the new. Some of these titles have been bestsellers in the program for years and others are emerging as the next generation of bestsellers. Each title is selected because it meets people where they are and leads them to where God is calling them to be.
We hope this year’s Featured Selections will change many lives in your parish.
Over the past 20 years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read Catholic book of our times. From the spellbinding opening story, Kelly grips his readers and takes them on a life-changing journey to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics?
Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic Church. If we truly want to engage Catholics and reinvigorate parish life, we must first discover what drives engagement among Catholics. Matthew Kelly explores this question in his groundbreaking new book, and the simplicity of what he discovers will amaze you.
How well do you know Jesus?
I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization. I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there, but life gets in the way. There are times when I seem to be making great progress, and other times when I wonder if I know him at all.
But I always arrive back at the same inspiring and haunting idea: If there is one person that we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus – the carpenter from Nazareth, the itinerant preacher, the Son of God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Lamb of God, the new Adam, the Messiah, the Alpha and the Omega, the Chosen One, the Light of the World, the God-Man who wants good things for us more than we want them for ourselves, the healer of our souls.
The best time to rediscover Jesus is right now. You are holding this book in your hand at this very moment for a reason. I don’t know what God has in store for you, but I am excited for you. There are some questions that we all ask ourselves in different ways: Who am I? Who is God? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least? What are my unique talents and abilities? What will my contribution be?
We discover the answers to these questions most completely by encountering Jesus. He longs to help us discover deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions.
Giving people the right book at the right time can be life changing. Resisting Happiness is that book. It was written to specifically re-engage disengaged Catholics and to increase engagement among those who are at church each week but don’t really get it. It is light and inviting—there is nothing deeply religious about the cover or the table of contents. The short chapters were designed for busy people. And the reality is, we are all on a quest for happiness.
In a deeply personal way, Matthew Kelly’s new book helps readers discover that only by unmasking resistance and defeating it in their own lives can they really experience the happiness God created them to experience.
Joy of the Gospel
What on earth are you chasing? We are all chasing something, and always for the same reason: we want something or someone to give us the joy we yearn for at the very depths of our being. All too often we are searching for joy in all the wrong places. Pope Francis calls this the feverish pursuit of the frivolous.
What brings you joy? We live busy lives and in the midst of all the chasing it is essential that we slow down from time to time, and not just slow down, but pause, to reflect on who we are, where we are, and what we are doing. Is all the chasing bringing us the joy that God created us to experience?
Jesus Christ, the undeniable, inescapable, unavoidable God, wants to fill you with joy. The Gospels are the most complete record of his life and teachings, and they hold the key to the joy we never stop yearning for.
Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all chasing Jesus. In this book, Pope Francis explains how and why embracing the Gospel is the source of this joy. Through his personal passion, he brings to life the Gospels for the people of this age, by taking the reader on a journey exploring many of the challenges facing the people of God today, while at the same time inviting the reader to whole-heartedly embrace the Gospel like never before.
Matthew Kelly & Twenty-six other Incredible Catholic Authors
Giving and receiving mercy is central to living the life God calls us to. We all need mercy at different times in our lives, and we all have an obligation to give mercy to others at different times in our lives. If you think about it, God’s mercy is overwhelmingly generous. He calls us to respond with the same spirit of generosity.
The perfect companion for the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, Beautiful Mercy provides an encounter with the heart of God. By focusing on the seven spiritual and seven corporal works of mercy, it inspires readers to realize that extraordinary acts of love are possible for us all—no matter where we are in life.
Once again bringing to light the genius of Catholicism, bestselling author Matthew Kelly has enlisted the help of twenty-six incredible authors who witness to the power of God’s mercy, provide simple, practical tips on how to be an instrument of that mercy, and bring hope to anyone searching for deeper meaning in life.
This book will touch the core of who you are. In the end, we all need God’s mercy. So, no matter who you are, no matter what you have been through, there is no better time than right now to rediscover the incredible power of God’s mercy.
Beautiful Mercy is an invitation to rediscover God’s unconditional love so you can share it with others