About the Book Program

About the Book Program

 

“The Book Program set my parish on fire!”

Why Give Out Books?

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.


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How Much Does It Cost?

We believe in keeping things simple and affordable. Order 500 copies or more of one title and pay just $2 per copy (free shipping)! Order 6–499 copies of one title and pay just $3 per copy (free shipping).

Interesting Facts

Nationwide Reach

Each year, more than 5,000 parishes across the country participate. And 99.7% of those parishes say they would do it again!

Impacting Millions

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.

Measureable Results

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.

Book Program FAQs

BENEFITS

  • Q: What is the Dynamic Catholic Book Program?

  • 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.

COST

  • Q: How much do the books cost?

  • 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.

TITLE SELECTION

  • Q: This is my first time doing the Book Program. Do you suggest starting with a particular book?

  • Q: If a parish was going to do the program five years in a row, which titles would you suggest?

  • Q: Should we offer more than one book at a time?

PLACING YOUR ORDER

  • Q: How do I order?

  • Q: How many books should I order for my parish?

  • Q: What quantities can I order?

  • Q: Can I get a free copy of the book my parish is considering?

  • Q: Are the books available in languages other than English?

  • Q: What if my parish prefers CDs to books?

  • Q: Can I order different titles and still receive the discounted pricing?

  • Q: Can I order hardcover books for my parish?

  • Q: When will my books arrive?

  • Q: How do I pay for the order?

  • Q: Do you accept returns?

  • Q: Are e-books available through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program?

DISTRIBUTION

  • Q: What is the best way to distribute the books?

  • Q: When is the best time to distribute books?

FOLLOW UP

  • Q: What if I need more books than I ordered?

  • Q: What follow-up do you recommend after we distribute the books?

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