Surprised by Truth
Publication Date: April 7, 2016
If you're looking for comprehensive evidence of the truth of Catholicism, look no further. Surprised by Truth is an eye-opening collection of 11 personal conversion accounts from atheists, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals. Each account contains thorough biblical, theological, and historical proofs that together paint a compelling picture of the Catholic faith.
This book opens with a powerful preface by Chief Editor Scott Hahn about the importance of conversion to Catholicism and why it should not be feared. He emphasizes how biblical truths are visible in many forms if one prepares to experience God's grace. The eleven stories that follow go on to demonstrate this very point.
Each author deals with a variety of topics pertaining to faith from strengths in Catholic doctrine that were recognized by Protestants like sola scriptura and apostolic succession; studies in religious history including church councils such as Nicea and Trent; Scriptural analysis including discussion around topics such as original sin and justification; as well as deep exploration into contemporary issues including ecumenism, feminism, evolution theory and abortion among others.
The authors provide evidence that ranges from historical documentation taken out of context to highly irrefutable interpretation or revelation based on lyrical literacy — all offering special insight into their journey towards becoming Cathoic while bringing readers along for the ride.
Surprised by Truth covers numerous topics which demonstrate just how concretely the Bible speaks truth when viewed through the Catholic lens next to other interpretations presented throughout its text. This enlightening collection is sure to surprise readers at every page turn, letting them discover a newfound knowledge completely rooted in history, scripture—and ultimately Truth!
“These converts, coming from varied backgrounds, converged on the Catholic faith because their intellects were enlightened by divine grace to accept its truth…They bring apologetics to life in an exciting way.”- Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, author of The Bible and the Mass
“I’m privileged to know personally several contributors to Surprised by Truth. Each is deeply committed to Jesus Christ; each relentlessly sought Him and was amazed at where he found him.”- Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J., host of EWTN Live
“These eleven stories of conversion merge into a sustained argument for the truth of the Catholic faith. The converts’ anxieties, doubts, reasons, and affirmations are reported candidly – nothing is held back.”- Karl Keating, author of Catholicism and Fundamentalism and What Catholics Really Believe
“The apostles preached the Catholic faith regardless of the cost. These converts have accepted that faith – in each case at a great cost. What they learned is here distilled in a masterpiece of Catholic apologetics.”- Most Reverend Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver, Colorado
“Conversion involves many strands of theological and personal struggles. Surprised by Truth weaves those strands in a tapestry of great beauty.”- Kimberley Hahn, co-author of Rome Sweet Home