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By an Unexpected Way

By an Unexpected Way

Gwen Adams, PhD

Denver, CO: Augustine Institute Press, 2019

$16.95

By an Unexpected Way explores true stories of modern men and women living and sharing their faith against remarkable odds. Through the grace of Christ, they have embraced the tasks of evangelization where they are, with the tools they have.

“The heroic men and women whose labors of charity are described in these pages chose to stay in their communities and work for their renewal. That’s the Catholic option.”

Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers

From the founders of adventure camps, festivals, and coffeehouses, to the architects of Catholic mental health networks, parish renewal, and transformed neighborhoods, learn how to sustain your faith and renew your community. With replicable ideas and further reading, By an Unexpected Way not only inspires, but offers the concrete guidance you need to build Christian culture in your own circumstances.

Volume I & II

Denver, CO: Augustine Institute Press, 2019

Volume I contributors: Michael Augros, Michael Barber, Christopher Blum, Tim Gray, Daniel McInerny, and John Sehorn.

Volume II contributors: Gwen Adams, Christopher Blum, Tim Gray, Daniel McInerny, Randall Smith, and Edward Sri.

Why Believe?

Volume I & II

Denver, CO: Augustine Institute Press, 2019

Volume I contributors: Michael Augros, Michael Barber, Christopher Blum, Tim Gray, Daniel McInerny, and John Sehorn.

Volume II contributors: Gwen Adams, Christopher Blum, Tim Gray, Daniel McInerny, Randall Smith, and Edward Sri.

Today, many Catholics confront daily the implicit claim that our secular culture provides fully for human happiness. Why Believe? responds directly to that claim by a compelling argument that faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, is the only adequate answer to the human heart’s desire for happiness. That argument unfolds over the 30 chapters of the two-volume textbook.

Although Why Believe? was created as a high-school level textbook, most people who have read it rave about the explanations, examples, and clear teachings its authors present. This book makes a perfect gift for Catholics of any age who want to dive deep into the fullness of the Church’s teachings.

Written by expert theologians in language easily understood by teenagers, Why Believe? challenges readers to understand the current cultural challenges and the Church’s authentic response rooted in joy, truth, and Jesus Christ. 

Vocation Lessons

Vocation Lessons

A K-12 curriculum from Vianney Vocations for Catholic schools and parish religious education. Inspire Catholic students to appreciate each vocation and become open to God’s call! High school program developed by Gwen Adams.

Lighting Hearts on Fire Consecration Curriculum I

Consecration Curriculum

A K-12 curriculum for Catholic schools and parish religious education to help students understand Marian consecration and its connection to life in Christ and evangelization. Developed by Gwen Adams for the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ and the Lighting Hearts on Fire initiative.

Pitch your story

That’s right! Gwen Adams is looking for more stories to include in a future book like By an Unexpected Way. We’re especially interested in the following:

Stories connecting faith and art, literature, music, theater, etc.

Stories connected to Catholic therapy.

Stories illuminating providence and the mystery of suffering.

Stories illuminating the nature of prayer, discernment, and relating to God.

Stories about ministries or service to others, especially by or about “founders” of such ministries.

Stories of conversion or renewal of faith; vocation stories.

Know a story which demands to be told? Pitch it here!

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