About the Book Program

About the Book Program

Why Give Out Books?

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. (See the Epilogue of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic for more information.) Books change our lives. We become what we read. What we read today, walks and talks with us tomorrow.

  • 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 an increase in Mass attendance of 9.4% and an increase in Sunday collections of 9.6%.
    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?

    The tide is going out on Catholicism in the America. Only 29% of Catholics in the United States go to Mass on any given Sunday. Only 17% go every Sunday. The numbers have been in decline for decades.

    Business as usual is not going to turn the tide, or even stem the tide. We need bold, new initiatives that invite people to become more engaged spiritually.

    What is your parish doing to re-engage disengaged Catholics? In too many parishes, the answer is, “Nothing.” The DCBP will help you re-engage disengaged Catholics and make your parish a more dynamic faith community.

COST

  • Q: Q: How much do the books and CDs cost?

  • Q: Is it worth the investment?

    If just one person comes back to church because you give them a book on the way out of Mass this Christmas or Easter, 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/her lifetime. That’s a $20,800 on your $2 investment.

    And the spiritual benefits are priceless.

  • Q: Are there additional charges beyond the $2 or $3 per book cost?

    No, there are no additional costs. Dynamic Catholic also makes a series of support materials available at no cost. These include study guides, bulletin announcements, etc.

  • 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. But many parishes do not have a budget for Evangelization or Adult Faith Formation. If that is the case, here are some examples of how we have seen other parishes fund the program.

    Individual Donor: Parishes that have conducted the program three years consecutively have seen an increase in Mass attendance of 9.4% and an increase in Sunday collections of 9.6%.
    A Group of Donors: If a parish needs 2,000 books (cost $4000), find four parishioners who would contribute $1000 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: Many parishes have had groups within the parish sponsor the effort, such as the Knights of Columbus, Mother’s Groups and Men’s Groups.
    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: You offer many books and CDs through the program, do you suggest starting with a particular title?

  • 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: Do I have to order in quantities of 250, 500, 1,000, or 2,000?

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

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

  • Q: Should we do a book or a CD?

  • Q: Can I order a variety of products available through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program and still receive the $2 price per item?

  • Q: When will my books or CDs arrive?

  • Q: How do I pay for the order?

  • Q: Do you accept returns?

  • Q: Are e-books available through the DCBP?

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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