When I returned to the Catholic church, one of the things I noticed right away was the huge increase in Catholic materials. Websites, radio and TV shows, and... books.
Ah, books. Those who know me well are aware that I am a huge bookworm. Nothing is more appealing to me than to sink my brain into a good book as I digest the author's thoughts and conclusions. My reading habit started when I was 7 years old. My teacher wrote on my report card: "Mary is a voracious reader." I loved the sound of that word. Voracious. My mind was on a voracious run through a literary forest, ripe with delight.
So, imagine my utter joy when I started to find good Catholic books that spoke about our faith, the saints, and current events. But one genre I wasn't expecting was apologetics.
I already was a huge C.S. Lewis fan, who is one of the best apologists we have for Christianity. There are others, such as Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and R.C. Sproul. But apologists for Catholicism? I had no idea!
I find it fascinating that our brothers and sisters who have converted to Catholicism seem to have a better understanding of the faith than many of those raised Catholic. It's actually a rather sad state of affairs since I can attest to the fact that the amount of teaching I had during my school days was rather thin. There weren't specifics about our Catholic identity, which is what I wanted. It didn't seem very exciting.
Cue Dave Armstrong and his wonderful Ebook Sale! I have the banner on the side, but basically he is selling 15 of his Ebooks for $25. I can vouch for the density of this lot. There is so much! I am reading his "One-Minute Apologist" and it's great. I also can't wait to read G.K. Chesterton's aphorisms. Dave tackles the typical questions we receive from others who are non-Catholic, curious (or demeaning) about our faith. I'd say load up on them, because I'm anticipating soon a greater need to defend our faith.
I'm not sure how many Catholics are reading my blog, but if you've been a life-long Catholic and haven't thought about witnessing to others about Catholicism, this set of Ebooks would be excellent. And for the price of a large pizza with some garlic sticks and soda - you'll get something that will benefit your body and soul in greater measure!
I know when I was younger, "evangelism" was something I'd assign to those rare visits by a Catholic missionary during Mass. But you know what? It's a big, wide world out there and people are hungrier than ever for meaning. As far as I'm concerned, we have the most meaningful message there is. Get Dave Armstrong's Ebooks and start spreading the word. :-)