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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2009
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This is the best book I have read that chronicles such pilgrimages. And it is full of godly commonsense. D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School A refreshing change [Castaldo] shows respect for the tradition from which he departed Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University. Author of Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. Very important [and] very helpful! J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College Do you dread conversation at Christmas dinner with your Catholic family? At weddings, funerals, and holidays? Chris Castaldo has wrestled personally with this question and many more. Perhaps you have too. Whether you are a former Roman Catholic or know someone who is, youll find helpful answers and encouraging support within these pages. Like: how can Evangelicals and Catholics reach such different conclusions from the same Scripture? When I talk about my faith with my Catholic family, why does someone always get upset? How does my Catholic background still influence my views of God and salvation? And how should I talk with my Catholic friends about Jesus? More than providing historical perspective, theological reflection, and practical lessons, Holy Ground is a dynamic exploration of how to emulate both the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ in relation to the Catholic people you love.
Chris Castaldo (PhD) was raised on Long Island, New York, as a Roman Catholic and worked full-time in the Catholic Church for several years. After eight years as pastor of outreach and church planting at College Church (Wheaton, Ill.), followed by three years as Director of the Ministry of Gospel Renewal at Wheaton College, Chris currently serves as Lead Pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, IL. He is the author of Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic and Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals. Chris blogs at www.chriscastaldo.com
IreneUnited States3 Stars Out Of 5March 2, 2011IreneUnited StatesQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a very informative book about Catholic families and the Catholic religion. You will put the book down understanding what being a Catholic is all about.
The idea behind this book is for Evangelicals to understand the Catholic religion so they can better witness to them about their views of what being a Christian is all about.
Whether you want to witness to a person in the Catholic church or just better understand what Catholics believe, this book will help. The stories that are used for examples are easily understood. The author's personal examples are well placed and written. The end of the book has a section filled with discussion questions for each chapter.
I was given this book by christianreviewofbooks.com to review.
Randy Carruthers4 Stars Out Of 5April 21, 2010Randy CarruthersIt was good to read about the journey of someone who came out of Rome and about the reasons why many are becoming disenchanted with the RCC. Castaldo gave some good insights into what it like to live under the authority of the Magisterium and how we Evangelicals can help others come out from under its shadow in a redemptive manner. I agree that one of the key issues is Rome's claim to be the only infallible authority to interpret the Scriptures, a claim which is contrary to the biblical truth of sola Scriptura. However, I think the more critical issue is the heart of the gospel, justification. The imputation of our sin to Christ and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to us (2 Cor. 5:21), the "blessed exchange," is denied by the RCC and,consequently, Roman Catholic teaching negates the Word of God.