Surprised by Truth
Publisher: Basilica Press
Publication Date: April 7, 2016
11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
These eleven personal conversion accounts are unlike any you've ever read; they're packed with biblical, theological, and historical proofs for Catholicism. Each year thousands of atheists, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and Pentecostals are being surprised by Catholic truth - and these converts tell you why.
“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
Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 books on Catholic theme. Since 1996, Patrick has published Envoy Magazine, and he also serves as the director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively. Commenting publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick's approach to doing apologetics, Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, said, "How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid's advice in [his book] Search and Rescue."