There is something magical about the holiday season. Maybe it’s the lights, the sounds, the smells . . . but the world just feels different. And there is something about it that brings people back to the Church. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do this Christmas. Can you?
Last week, after I finished filming this year’s Best Advent Ever program, I went back to my office and found a big stack of mail waiting for me. Sitting on top of the stack was a letter from a man in Maryland. Let’s call him Sean.
Sean wrote how he had received my book Resisting Happiness at Mass last Christmas. The book went untouched for almost a year. During a sleepless night, he decided to read it. That book guided him back to God and the Church.
As an author, you don’t get the immediate feedback you do as a speaker. You spend months, even years, writing something, and then you publish it, praying that God will use it in powerful ways. Hearing from people like Sean is incredibly humbling. But it is also no accident.
Nine years ago we stumbled upon the idea of passing out books at Christmas Mass as a way to re-engage disengaged Catholics. We have partnered with more than 5,000 parishes over those nine years through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program. And every year, we get calls, emails, and letters from people who have come back to church as a result.
This year’s featured title is Perfectly Yourself. It’s about discovering God’s dream for us, and it’s probably my best-written book. I invite you to order a copy for yourself or for a friend.
I also invite you to do something big and bold this Christmas: give everyone in your parish a copy of Perfectly Yourself for just $1 (plus 50 cents shipping) per copy. Books really do change our lives, and I suspect you and I will be amazed by what God can do in your parish when you give everyone a copy of a great Catholic book as they arrive for Christmas Mass.
May God bless you and all those you love,