Confessions of a Catholic Street Evangelist by Frederick W. MarksConfessions of a Catholic Street Evangelist by Frederick W. Marks

Confessions of a Catholic Street Evangelist

byFrederick W. Marks

Paperback | January 6, 2017

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Citing Scripture, papal documents, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Marks explains why every Catholic must be an evangelist.  Next, he provides the tools needed to fulfill this obligation regardless of one's level of training or knowledge.  He gives specifics on how parents, pastors, and bishops can lead souls to God.  A fair portion of the book is devoted to Marks' experiences as a coordinator for St. Paul Street Evangelization and a speaker for the Catholic Evidence Guild.  There are sections that offer advice on how to deal with different groups such as atheists, lapsed Catholics, Evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, Mormons, and Jews.  The appendices contain: (a) lists of proof texts arranged by subject that facilitate evangelical give-and-take; (b) the Messianic prophecies side by side with evidence for their fulfillment in the New Testament (chapter and verse); (c) a list of over a hundred classic films that are both decent and entertaining; (d) a compelling account of the greatest miracle of our time; and (e) recommended reading.  Central to the book is Marks' demolition of myths that stand in the way of evangelization -- i.e. relativism (situation ethics); the idea that religion is a private matter; the notion that one mustn't argue; that one mustn't "impose" one's values on others, and so forth.  Finally, he points up the fact that the mainline media does all it can to hide the connection between closeness to God and creativity on the part of the world's greatest achievers in fields such as painting, literature, and musical composition.  A good alternate title for Marks' Confessions would be "Apologetics Made Easy." 

Title:Confessions of a Catholic Street EvangelistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Frederick MarksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940777704

ISBN - 13:9781940777702


Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: Evangelization is for EveryoneChapter 2: The Evangelical ParentChapter 3: The Evangelical PastorChapter 4: Barries to EvangelizationChapter 5: Taking to the StreetChapter 6: The Approach to Atheists, Muslims, and JewsChapter 7: Conversing with Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, and MormonsConclusionEnd NotesAPPENDICESAppendix A: Proof TextsAppendix B: Six Questions for Jehovah's WitnessesAppendix C: Fatima: The Greatest Miracle of Our TimeAppendix D: Messianic PropheciesAppendix E: Letter to a Lapsed CatholicAppendix F: Recommended ReadingAppendix G: Classic Films that Are Both Decent and EntertainingAppendix H: Additional "Works" Proof Texts

Editorial Reviews

Ronda Chervin (convert to Catholicism, professor of philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut, prolific writer, TV and radio commentator):"Marks exhibits the best of the old evangelization - razor-sharp apologetics - with the best of the new evangelization, teaching us "how to speak the truth with love." A terrific book."Thomas Howard (convert to Catholicism and highly acclaimed author):"This is a magnificent piece of work! I would dearly like to see it distributed, first to all bishops; then to all priests and deacons; then to all Catholic pedagogues; and lastly to the laity."Peter Kreeft (convert to Catholicism, widely published author, and popular lecturer):"This book is very much in the spirit of Frank Sheed, Fulton Sheen, and Mother Angelica. Its contents are not "Catholicism lite" (seventies secular psychology with a little religious veneer) or "Catholicism heavy" with abstract philosophy, but "Catholicism straight.""Steve Wood (convert to Catholicism, president of Family Life Center International and founder of St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers): "Marks has managed to convey a wealth of truth regarding preparation for marriage in a single page! Countless other pages contain treasures waiting to be discovered."Anne Carroll (founder and director of the Seton School in Manassas, Virginia, as well as author of Christ the King: Lord of History):"Confessions of a Catholic Street Evangelist could not be timelier. Whether you are a parent or a pastor, whether you're talking to an atheist, a Mormon, or a Protestant, whether you're outgoing or introverted, this book has what you need."Steve Dawson (founder of St. Paul Street Evangelization):"Frederick Marks' Confessions is great ... an important work that offers hope to a dying culture by giving real-life examples of evangelization drawn from on-the-street encounters."