Book Review: Catholic and Confident: Simple Steps to Share Your Faith

Catholic and Confident by Henry Libersat

From the back cover description:

“Pope John Paul II called for a New Evangelization, with everyday Catholic sharing the Good News. But evangelization can be a scary word. Catholic and Confident will help you embrace the call to spread the message of salvation to everyone in your life. Real-life examples of Catholics – a plumber who prays for his clients, an attorney who stuns his coworkers with the truth about the Church – show you it can be done. You don’t have to be a saint or a sermonizer, you just need a little confidence.”

My comments:

I recently became a reviewer for The Catholic Company, and when I saw Catholic and Confident  by Henry Libersat on the available list I knew it was the first book I wanted to read and review.

I’ve known for a long time, like many of us, that we are called to evangelize. I’ve read On Evangelization in the Modern World (which is actually mentioned in the book). I’ve seen the need to bring Christ to others in today’s world. And over the last several months I’ve felt a call from the Lord to share my faith in a deeper and personal way. Still, I’ve been hesitant.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you might not get the impression that I’m shy – but I am, painfully so. I have a tendency to hold things in and not speak up so the idea of talking to someone about my faith petrifies me. Besides that, I never knew how to share my faith with others. My practical nature has kept me hung up on the “how-tos” of evangelization. What if I do it wrong? What should I say? My story is “boring” so how could it possible make a difference?

Those questions were answered in a big way in this book. Catholic and Confident is a small (95 pages) book full of practical suggestions, stories and motivation designed to help us Catholic get the Good News out to others. It has inspired me and challenged me and I know it will do the same for you.

Catholic and Confident is broken up into three parts: The first part deals with why we Catholics need to share our faith and as the title aptly indicates, it lays “the foundation for sharing faith.” The second part gets practical and as its name implies, Mr Libersat tells us “how it is done.” In the third and final part, we are encouraged and shown how to “let the spirit act.”

One of the things I love about this book is that it deals directly with sharing to family members, especially with the teens and young adults in our lives. It also talks about sharing within one’s own local church community. We are encouraged to use our talents and gifts within our own life experiences. This isn’t something new, it’s a reminder of what many of us already know, but what Mr. Libersat does differently, is that he actually shows us how to do this, which appeals to my practical nature.

Another thing I love about this book is the end of chapter reflections. Mr. Libersat asks pointed, thought-provoking questions that help to deepen our understanding of what is read in each chapter and gets us started in actually putting it into action.

I highly recommend this book for all Catholics, especially those feeling the call to share their faith and I give this book four (4) stars.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Catholic and Confident. This is also a great Catholic gift store for all your seasonal shopping needs, such as Christian wedding gifts and Catholic Garden Gifts.

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Comments

  1. Carol, I think you do a good job of sharing your Faith through your blog – by example. We are each called to witness in different ways based on our talents.
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  2. Great review. Books sounds good. We all need to share our faith more. God bless!
    Colleen…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – July 8My Profile

  3. Don’t forget that this blog is a method of evangelization
    RAnn…recently posted…Review: River’s EndMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      You are right, RAnn. Sometimes I feel like I post about trivial things here, but I guess just sharing our Catholic lives can be a way of evangelization. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  4. Sounds like a great book, Carol! The other commenters are correct to say that you evangelize through your blog. Another way to evangelize is through writing fiction (which is what I do…) God bless…
    Ellen Gable Hrkach…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – July 8My Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      Thanks, Ellen. You are right, Catholic fiction is a subtle, yet great, way to evangelize. (Which you do a great job of, by the way!)

  5. Sounds like a great book! My hangup with “evangelization” is the way it’s done too often–getting in people’s face–which is ineffective at best and turns them off forever at worst.
    Kathleen Basi…recently posted…The danger of absolutismMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Kathleen. In my experience, I’ve come across some Christians whose method of evangelization was decidedly UNChristian. Not a good way to spread the Good News, that’s for sure!

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