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 Post subject: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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One of my co-workers has a daughter who married a Catholic man. The kids are being raised Catholic. She recently told me that, since the grandkids are Catholic, she feels like she should know more about Catholicism. She is Baptist.

I feel bad, but I'm drawing a total blank here. All I can think of are convert books, which are almost guaranteed not to be read by this lady once she realizes the angle they are coming from. What's a good resource that just lays out the truths of the Faith? It will need to be short so the CCC is out. It should also not be overly technical.

Should I just give here a Baltimore Catechism maybe?

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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Maybe the compendium of the CCC? The Baltimore Catechism, great as it is, does in places have a polemical tone.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I would not give the Catechism at this stage.

I would chose a more easy to read but sound book.

e.g. Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Robert Barron (now a Bishop)

What Catholics Really Believe: Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Faith by Karl Keating

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I don't think Karl Keating knows how to write a non-polemical sentence.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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That's an interesting question. Most basics-of-the-faith books are written by and/or for converts.

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I recommend the quick, easy reads put out by Gus Lloyd as a "Catholicism for the Casual Beginner" series. Each pamphlet has a brief explanation of why Catholics do what we do and believe what we believe. It's not deep by any stretch of the word, but then again, it's not meant to be. https://guslloyd.com/store/books.html

I've read A Minute in the Church, Volumes I and II and I think it might just be what you're looking for.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I don't think Karl Keating knows how to write a non-polemical sentence.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I'm currently reading The Light of Christ by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP. It's supposed to be an introduction to Catholicism (I believe, Fr. Thomas Joseph is a convert, but I could be wrong). I haven't read anything that could come across as exceedingly polemical towards Protestants yet. However, I can't give an unqualified recommendation since I haven't finished reading the book yet.

In general, Fr. Thomas Joseph White is pretty solid, so my guess is that will be doctrinally faithful, but not having read the whole thing, I don't know if his tone remains consistent.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I think I'd go with sending her the DVD "Common Ground" along with the study guide. http://www.ninevehscrossing.com/CommonG ... GOrder.php

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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It has been years since I've looked at it, but I remember the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Catholic Catechism being helpful. All these years later I can't tell you how it would strike me (or how it would hold up under the scrutiny of those more knowledgable than me), but I recall it being broad in scope without being overly detailed or straying into debated topics.


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That's an interesting question. Most basics-of-the-faith books are written by and/or for converts.

Way back when my screenname used to be baptist bumble I read quite a few of these books. Thinking back on it I agree with Fr. I'm struggling to think of any of these books not written by or for converts. There are plenty of books in that convert category that do a good job of explaining a rough outline of Catholic belief and life and don't have the... aggressiveness... of Karl Keating. But they do write for a convert audience... or at least an audience that is slightly sorta kinda somewhat interested and wouldn't be offended being addressed along with that crowd.

Out of that group David Currie's Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic is irenic and I think the way he explains Catholicism is very relatable to a Baptist. That said it is clearly a work aimed at persuasion, and while his positive descriptions of Catholicism could be helpful his charitable criticisms of evangelicalism take up a large portion of the book and may not be welcomed by the reader at this stage.

If she is of the variety that appreciates C.S. Lewis then Evangelical is Not Enough could also be a help; I found it extremely helpful early on. It isn't strictly Catholic being written in Howard's Anglican days, but he does do a good job illuminating the imagination toward a Catholic vision of sacrament and ritual. It didn't answer all of my specific questions but it did break down my barriers and prepare me to accept the answers. That said it is still a persuasive piece; not towards Catholicism per se, but towards liturgy, sacrament, beauty, and ritual.

Neither book is perfect and it doesn't sound like your friend is quite in the target audience at this time, but they could be useful down the road.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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Honestly, it is impossible to recommend a book for anyone unless you know the person intimately and know exactly what kind of questions he is asking. This is why I always refuse to answer the question 'what book do you recommend for....?' some individual. I don't know the person, therefore I don't know what book to recommend.


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What about Catholicism for Dummies by Frs. Trigilio and Brighenti?

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I read it years ago and don't remember being upset by it, so it's probably pretty good. The Idiot's Guide I bought 17 years ago was wretched, a guide to cultural Catholicism, but it's been completely redone since and is a better book.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I read it years ago and don't remember being upset by it, so it's probably pretty good. The Idiot's Guide I bought 17 years ago was wretched, a guide to cultural Catholicism, but it's been completely redone since and is a better book.

Was it the guide to Catholicism or the Catechism?

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Guide to Catholicism.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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I think Catholicism for Dummies is a great book. I, myself, have not read it completely, but I sat next to my wife in bed several years ago as she did. The questions it raised for her in each chapter (like a cliff-hanger) were picked right up in the next, so it became a page-turner for her. And I don't recall her ever having any sort of questions or thoughts that were out of the range of orthodoxy. In fact, it was probably a very influential book for her personally and she is likely a better Catholic than I am today.

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I recommend the quick, easy reads put out by Gus Lloyd as a "Catholicism for the Casual Beginner" series...

I am not familiar with the content, but it's a GREAT title.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Topic- book for a Protestant?
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"Catholicism for the Casual Beginner"? Heck, I just made that category title up on the fly. Gus Lloyd's books are called "A Minute in the Church."

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