Excerpted from Catholics Come Home by Tom Peterson. Copyright © 2013 by Tom Peterson. Excerpted by permission of Image, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
SCOTT HAHN, an internationally renowned Catholic lecturer and theologian, is professor of Biblical theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the director of the Institute of Applied Biblical Studies and president of the St. Paul Center for Applied Biblical Theology. His books include A Father Who Keeps His Promises; Rome Sweet Home, coauthored with his wife, Kimberly; The Lamb's Supper; and Hail, Holy Queen, among others. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife and their six children.
“We are in the midst of a New Evangelization; and I believe this book is a signal moment in its success. It is also a sign that will lead many folks back home to the family of God, which is Catholic Church.”
—Dr. Scott W. Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Signs of Life
This book’s powerful message contains both a heartfelt invitation — “Catholics, come home!” — and an encouraging statement of an often overlooked fact — “Catholics come home!” With enthusiasm, humility, and wisdom born of his own lived experience Tom Peterson lays out the salient reasons for both.
—Patrick Madrid, host of the “Right Here, Right Now” show on EWTN’s Global Radio Network, author of Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist
“Catholics Come Home is a powerful sacramental, a means of grace. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from Home, the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.”
—Dr. Peter Kreeft, author of Handbook of Christian Apologetics
“The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this new evangelization project.”
—Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
"Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God's love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!"
- Roma Downey, actress and co-producer of the History Channel series The Bible
“[Tom Peterson] has a statistically verifiable program of bringing people back to the Church.”
– Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“I highly recommend Catholics Come Home, no matter what your faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. This book is destined to be a classic. What Tom and Catholics Come Home have done for Catholicism is far above and beyond the call of duty. You can’t take your money to heaven with you, but you can take your children!”
-Coach Lou Holtz
“This is an important book at an important time. Readers need to come home to Catholics Come Home.”
-Michael Coren, Author & broadcaster
Reader of Catholics Come Home book, below. His amazing testimonial:
First, I want to say thank you for putting pen to paper in a way that was beyond compression! I literally could not stop reading your book until it was over, and even then I was wanting more! Well done sir!
I lost my Faith roughly 25 years ago. Father Stan was comforting me about losing my high school sweetheart. I was suddenly alone. Father Stan said to me, "It was God's will." I couldn't understand that, I couldn't accept it. I got mad and said to hell with God and my family and moved to Vancouver never to look back.
5 years ago, I was hit by a car as I crossed the street on my way to work. I didn't know it, but that day, my life changed. I was okay, no broken bones, nothing damaged internally. However, what I didn't know until several months later was while in the hospital, I managed to contract MSRA, an infection in my legs that left me quarantined from almost all of society. My only companions during this time were nurses covered from head to toe in plastic and face masks. My friends, gone. My work, gone. Honestly, I felt very much alone in this world. Then the infection turned for the worse, the pain was unbearable that I ended up on Morphine in order to just move my legs. Honestly, I lay in a hospital or in bed, and I cursed and swore at God and hated every moment of being alive. I blamed God for not just killing me; instead he had to torture me. I spent nights in tears cursing God and my heritage; I was raised as a traditional Italian Catholic. I remember those nights, cursing God and Jesus like they were yesterday. I remember I was in so much pain and being all alone I was sad and upset. Even today I still teary eyed thinking that I could have been full of so much hate for God and Jesus. Fifteen months later, my legs healed, and I was finally able to start looking for work again. I still felt bitter towards God for leaving me all alone in this world.
What changed? In the fall of 2012, I started to see the Catholics Come Home commercials on TV. At first I was not interested or the least bit curious about getting back to my Faith. Then at Christmas something "snapped." I don't know what it was, but I knew, I knew that I had to come back to God. I saw several of these ads on TV and inside something was stirring in my soul. In February I managed the courage to purchase the Catholics Come Home digital book, and since then, I have not been able to put the Gospel down. First thing I did, I prayed for forgiveness at my foolishness for what happened after the car accident. I begged for mercy, I cried I was so ashamed and so sorry for bringing so much pain to God and Jesus. I pray every morning and every night, and when I can remember, mid-day as well. I have read the book Catholics Come Home, then I read "Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence" and that's when everything lit up. I understood what Father Stan was trying to tell me all those years ago. I understood what and why the car accident. The pain and suffering. I will admit, I cried. I cried and begged for forgiveness for not understanding and being so foolish. I have been a hermit for over 5 years, meeting new people is something of a challenge for me. But I am thankful, that one day very soon; I will be in mass again. (Hopefully very very soon!)
Now you know my story. I think if Catholics Come Home had not been there, I probably would have continued to drift and disappear.