Each year, more than 5,000 parishes across the country participate. And 99.7% of those parishes say they would do it again!
“The Book Program set my parish on fire!”
Almost one-third of the people in the pews at your parish on Christmas and Easter will be making their annual pilgrimage to church. It’s your best opportunity to re-engage them.
In our research on the difference between engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics, we discovered that books were one of the main triggers that led to a conversion experience or higher levels of engagement.
Giving people the right book at the right time can be life changing. That’s why we purposefully offer books specifically written to re-engage disengaged Catholics and help all your parishioners grow in their faith.
Each year, more than 5,000 parishes across the country participate. And 99.7% of those parishes say they would do it again!
More than 15 million books have been distributed. In 2016 alone, more than 2 million people received a copy of Resisting Happiness at Christmas Mass.
Parishes that have participated in the program three years consecutively have seen an increase of 9.1% in Mass attendance and a 10.4% increase in Sunday collections.
Want to learn more? Check out the FAQs
“The books meet the needs of parishioners. They are understandable . . . they meet people where they are and inspire them.”
Q: What is the Dynamic Catholic Book Program?
The Dynamic Catholic Book Program is a way to evangelize and educate your parish. It is very easy to implement: order a bunch of books for a very low price, pass out the books at Christmas or Easter, and encourage your parishioners to read them.
Q: Can passing out books really have that much of an impact?
Yes. Research conducted by Dynamic Catholic showed that books were one of the main triggers that led to a conversion experience or higher levels of engagement. The right book at the right time can be life-changing. (See the Epilogue of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic for more information.)
Q: How will this program benefit my parish?
Your parish will benefit in many ways, some measurable and others immeasurable. Here are some examples:
1. Parishes that have conducted the program three years consecutively have seen a 9.4% increase in Mass attendance and a 9.6% increase in Sunday collections.
2. Adult Faith Formation: If you hold adult education events, many people will be too busy to come. Those that come will grow spiritually, but those that don’t, won’t. The Book Program is a mobile adult faith formation experience. People can participate anywhere on their own time.
3. Evangelization: The last three popes have made the New Evangelization the primary initiative for the Church. The Book Program is a simple and practical way to evangelize the people of your parish.
Overall, as your parishioners learn more about the faith, they will become more engaged and involved, which will lead to a more vibrant parish. This, in turn, attracts more people to give the Catholic faith another look.
Q: Why should a parish participate in this program?
We all know Christmas and Easter Masses mean record attendance and a packed house. And almost one-third of the people in the pews at your parish on those days only come to church once a year. It’s your best opportunity to re-engage them!
Imagine if a business knew their previous customers were coming together on the same day in the same place. What would they do? Businesses would stop at nothing and overcome every obstacle to find ways to re-energize those customers. For your parish it’s as simple as handing each person a great Catholic book.
Every year more than 5,000 parishes participate in the Dynamic Catholic Book Program—because it works. People all over the country are coming back to church. Parishes are seeing an increase in Mass attendance, and parishioners are becoming more involved in their faith communities. When you bring the Book Program to your parish, you’ll be amazed at the results.
Q: How much do the books cost?
We believe in keeping things simple and affordable. For limited times throughout the year, we offer featured books for as little as $1 (plus 50 cents shipping) per copy when you order 500 copies or more. All year long, select titles are available for $2 per copy when you order 500 copies or more. Orders of 6–499 copies are $3 per book (includes shipping).
These offers are available for shipping addresses within the United States. Canadian residents: Books are available for $3 each (includes shipping) for orders of 500 copies or more.
Note: These books usually retail for $10 to $17.95.
Q: Is it worth the investment?
If just one person comes back to church because you give them a book as they arrive for Mass, and that person is 40 years old, lives to be 80, and puts just $10 in the collection each Sunday, that returning Catholic will contribute $520 over the next year and $20,800 over the rest of his or her lifetime. That’s $20,800 in return for giving just one book. And the spiritual benefits are priceless.
Q: Are there any costs in addition to the discounted prices?
No, there are no additional costs. Our discounted prices include shipping unless otherwise stated. Dynamic Catholic also makes supplemental resources available at no cost. These include study guides, pulpit announcements, bulletin ads, a letter for your pastor, and a fundraising form.
Q: How do parishes usually fund the program?
If your parish has a budget for Evangelization or Adult Faith Formation, this is a perfect way to use those funds. If not, here are some examples of how we have seen other parishes fund the program:
Individual Donor: At some parishes, an individual donor or small group of donors give generously to fund the Book Program.
A Group of Donors: If a parish needs 2,000 books ($4,000), find four parishioners who would contribute $1,000 each, or eight donors who will contribute $500 each. Give people a chance to do something great for their parish and many will sacrifice to make it happen.
Parish Groups: Often, parish groups like the Knights of Columbus, mothers’ groups, and men’s or women’s groups fundraise to support the Book Program.
If you find another way to fund the program, please let us know so we can share the idea with other parishes.
Q: This is my first time doing the Book Program. Do you suggest starting with a particular book?
Consider starting with our featured title. At Christmas and Easter, we purposefully offer books that are simple, practical, powerful, and transformative—books that will help your parishioners become the-best-version-of-themselves.
You can also start with our most popular Book Program title, Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Thousands of people have come back to the faith through this book.
Q: If a parish was going to do the program five years in a row, which titles would you suggest?
There are many titles in the program, and we add new titles every year. Here is a suggested five-year plan; however, there may be something happening in your parish that makes one of our other titles more suitable at a particular time.
Year One: Rediscover Jesus or Rediscover Catholicism, both by Matthew Kelly
Year Two: Rediscover Jesus or Rediscover Catholicism, both by Matthew Kelly
Year Three: Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor by Allen Hunt
Year Four: Made for More by Curtis Martin
Year Five: The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality (CD) by Matthew Kelly
Year Six: Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft
Q: Should we offer more than one book at a time?
We recommend that you offer just one book each time you participate in the Book Program. This allows you to read the book together as a parish and talk about it in various forums, from informal social conversations to more formal small group discussions.
Q: How do I order?
You can order online or call our Mission Team at (859) 980-7900.
Q: How many books should I order for my parish?
We recommend that you order enough books for 75% of registered families. For example, if you have 2,000 registered families, we recommend you order 1,500 books.
Q: What quantities can I order?
At $2 per book:
Order 500 or more copies in any increment.
Pre-order 500 or more copies in increments of 250 (this applies to special $1 book pricing as well).
At $3 per book:
Order 6–499 copies in any increment.
If you would like to order a quantity that you don’t see available online, please call our Mission Team at (859) 980-7900.
Q: Can I get a free copy of the book my parish is considering?
Absolutely. Call (859) 980-7900 to request a free copy to review.
Q: Are the books available in languages other than English?
Yes. Some of our titles are available in Spanish. Take a look at this year’s featured Spanish titles.
Q: What if my parish prefers CDs to books?
Books contain a lot more information than CDs, so if you can encourage people to read it, a book is probably better. But CDs are available as well, and many parishes that have participated in the program several times like to use a CD occasionally to include people who don’t like to read.
Q: Can I order different titles and still receive the discounted pricing?
If you order more than 500 books total, you will pay $1 (plus 50 cents shipping) per book or $2 per book, depending on which book it is and when you order. If you order 6–499 books total, you will pay $3 per book.
Q: Can I order hardcover books for my parish?
Only paperback books are available at our discounted prices.
Q: When will my books arrive?
Please allow 1–6 business days for orders of 44 or more, and 7–10 business days for orders of less than 44. If you have placed a pre-order, the books will ship on their advertised date.
Q: How do I pay for the order?
You can pay for your order with a credit card either online or over the phone. If your parish needs to be invoiced for accounting reasons, please call (859) 980-7900 to place your order. Payment must be received within 14 days of placing your order.
Q: Do you accept returns?
We currently are not able to accept returns except for the following circumstances.
1. NON-DELIVERY OF THE PRODUCT, due to an issue caused by Dynamic Catholic’s internal fulfillment, such as delivery of the incorrect product(s) and/or delivery fulfillment to incorrect mailing address as it was submitted and appears in “Ship To” section of the order.
2. DAMAGED OR DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS. Although our products have been manufactured to meet highest quality standards, occasionally a product will be shipped that does not properly function, or is damaged during shipping. If you have experienced such an issue please contact Dynamic Catholic at the number below and we will coordinate a replacement of the product ordered.
To initiate a return or refund, please contact us at info@DynamicCatholic.com or (859) 980-7900. Thank you for your support of our efforts at The Dynamic Catholic Institute.
Q: Are e-books available through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program?
At this time, e-books are not available through the program, although we are exploring possibilities to include them in the future.
Q: What is the best way to distribute the books?
Gather friendly volunteers to personally hand out the books to people as they arrive for Mass. We’ve discovered that people give more generously during the collection if they receive a gift on their way into church.
Q: When is the best time to distribute books?
We recommend you hand out books at Christmas and Easter Masses. Your church will be packed, and almost one-third of the people there only come to church once a year—it’s your best opportunity to re-engage them!
Q: What if I need more books than I ordered?
Many parishes find that they did not order enough books. If you ordered more than 500 copies in your original order, we will honor the $2 per copy price for 30 days after your distribution. Just give us a call and we will place your order for extra books.
Q: What follow-up do you recommend after we distribute the books?
Many parishes organize small groups to discuss the book. (We provide free study guides for select titles.) It is also important to keep encouraging people each Sunday to read the book. This can be done with bulletin announcements or by sending out emails to your parish email list.
Nothing is more powerful than your priest mentioning the book in his homily and encouraging people to pick it up and read it if they have not already.
Additionally, we use some of our featured titles at Christmas as the companion to Best Lent Ever the following Lent. With their own copies of the featured book, your parishioners can have an even more powerful experience of Best Lent Ever.