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Do You Want To Know God’s Will For Your Life? This Book Is For You!


Faith, Hope and Clarity by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is now available

Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do in a given situation? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear Him speak and know His will? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s a lot easier than you think!

My new book, Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will is a step by step guide which will help you to discern what God wants you to do today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life. Take it from me, God wants you to know His will. The steps laid out in this book have enabled me to do so and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you. Due to popular demand, the book has been released three months early and can be ordered at the bottom of the page!

Here’s what some of my colleagues are saying about Faith, Hope, & Clarity…

“Too many guides offer lofty, theoretical advice that is disconnected from real life’s day to day struggles. Faith, Hope, & Clarity is a refreshing antidote that offers practical advice readers can implement immediately.”

Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God

“Knowing and living God’s will is the most important thing you could ever discover, and Gary Zimak’s book will help you do just that!”

Fr. Larry Richards, Founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation

“The need for clear, orthodox Catholic knowledge is crucial for understanding the truth of Jesus Christ and his way of life. The next step is to discern among many good choices what is conducive to accomplishing the will of God for each of us individually. Gary Zimak shows how knowing God’s will opens up great adventures that give God greater glory and praise in everything we do!”

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, author of The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage

“This earthly life is a continual series of forks in the road, each requiring a decision to proceed in one direction or another. We all know how difficult, even scary, at times, such choices can be. That’s why Gary Zimak’s astute and trustworthy advice in Faith, Hope, and Clarity is so timely and beneficial. In its pages you’ll learn to ask the right questions, seek the best goals, and knock on those doors that God is just waiting to open wide for you.”

Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show and author of Now What?

“Faith, Hope, and Clarity is an extremely helpful and practical guide for discerning the will of God and fulfilling one’s mission in life with confidence and peace. Filled with personal examples and stories from the Bible, Gary Zimak has put together a veritable guidebook for anyone who has ever struggled with knowing the will of God. As a priest, I plan on using this book in my pastoral ministry!”

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author – Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary

“The title of this book really says it all. Faith and hope in the Lord are at the top of the list when we’re searching for and trying to fulfill God’s will in our lives. But a little clarity along the way can’t hurt either. Gary helps you find faith, hope, and clarity indeed. But you’ll also learn why it’s not all about the destination but also the journey itself.”

Teresa Tomeo, Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host

“There has never been a time in history when our lives have been more inundated with voices—the world, the flesh, and the devil—yelling at us, trying to convince us what we must do to be happy. So what is a person to do if in the midst of this cacophony he or she wants to be faithful to God, to one day stand before Him without embarrassment? In Gary Zimak’s fine book, we have a clear and trustworthy road map for discerning the simple and difficult steps of hearing God’s will for our lives.”

Marcus Grodi, President/Founder of The Coming Home Network International

“God cares about you. He cares about the decisions you need to make. He wants to reach you and lead you through the noise and distractions of this life to peace and union with Him. Gary’s book reveals this reality and will help you to gain practical insights into the wisdom of St. Ignatius’ rules of discernment regarding how to better hear and follow the movements of God in your soul.”

Dan Burke, Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register



It’s Never Too Late To Turn Back The Lord


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses forgiveness on his weekly segment on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)

No matter what sin you have committed, Jesus still loves you. There is nothing you can do to ever change that. When we sin we turn away from the Lord and reject His love. We feel isolated and alone, sometimes incorrectly believing that our sins are too great to be forgiven. NOT TRUE!

Jesus misses you and wants you back!

As we begin the holy season of Lent, why not make it a point to take Him up on that generous offer? There is no sin so great that will place you outside of the Lord’s mercy. Jesus is waiting for you in the confessional. He wants to forgive you and give you a great big hug. As long as you’re still alive, it’s not too late. No matter how many years it’s been since your last Confession, make the decision to return during this Lenten season. Jesus is waiting to welcome you home!

I promise you that’s it’s the best decision you’ll ever make!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

A Simple Way To Make This Lent Your Best EVER!


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak announces the start of his annual Lenten radio retreat which begins on Ash Wednesday on The Gary Zimak Show

It’s hard to believe, but Lent is once again upon us. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and so it begins. Unfortunately, many people view the season in a negative light and try to grit their teeth and muscle through the next forty days. Here’s a little secret – that’s the way I viewed Lent for most of my life. Over the past few years, however, I began to see it differently. I now look at Lent as a tremendous opportunity for growing closer to Christ. With that in mind, I’d like to help you view Lent in the same way.

Starting on Ash Wednesday (February 18), I will once again be leading my annual Lenten Radio Retreat every Monday – Friday on The Gary Zimak Show. I would be honored to have you join me for 30 minutes each night as we journey together through the Lenten season. We’ll read and discuss the daily Mass readings and I’ll share some other tidbits that will help you to grow closer to Jesus. By popular demand, I’ll also lead you in my “super duper” examination of conscience. The theme for this year’s retreat is, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30) and that’s exactly what we’ll do. There is no cost, no book to purchase, no hidden costs or obligations – just an invitation from me to have a seat at my table as we discuss the “Good News” of Jesus Christ each night.

Interested? Here’s how it works:

Every Mon-Fri at 8 PM Eastern , the podcast will be available on the radio page of my website. You can listen to it directly from the Blogtalkradio player at the top of the page. You can also go to The Gary Zimak Show page on Blogtalkradio and download or listen to the show there. Finally, the podcast will appear in iTunes on the day after the show airs. You can download it free of charge.

Tonight at 8 PM Eastern on The Gary Zimak Show, I’ll talk more about the retreat and Lent. I’ll save a chair for you and I hope to see you then. As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have. Get ready, my friends…

this is gonna be powerful!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Here’s The Secret To Get You Through Any Problem Imaginable…


Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak announces the annual Lenten Radio Retreat which begins on February 18 on Blogtalkradio

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak discusses the joy of heaven on his Be Not Afraid segment on Catholic Community radio in Louisiana

Here’s the Bible verse that I shared on my weekly Be Not Afraid segment on Catholic Community Radio‘s Wake Up! program this morning:

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)

There’s no doubt that we will encounter problems and suffering in this life. Some of our suffering will be big and some will be small. No matter how hard we try to escape, it’s inevitable that we will face some form of suffering every day. Even minor problems such as traffic jams, cold weather (it’s currently 3 degrees as I write this) and tiredness are all forms of suffering. There is something that every form of suffering has in common, however…

It will not last forever!

When we die, our earthly problems die with us. No matter how bad you are suffering, your pain will end one day. It may be in this life or it may be in the next life.

In the above Bible verse, Saint Paul reminds us of the importance of thinking about Heaven. What awaits us is so good, that it’s not even worth comparing to what we face in this life! That’s an amazing statement and something to think about as go about your daily business today. Try thinking about Heaven as you deal with your earthly struggles today. While you’re at it, ask the Lord to help you get there. He won’t let you down!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the United States and Canada giving inspirational talks and leading parish missions and retreats. Click HERE to invite Gary to speak at your parish or conference or to inquire about his availability.)

Here’s How I Came To Know And Love Jesus Christ


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak tells how he met Jesus on the EWTN program The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi

My name is Gary Zimak and I love Jesus Christ! Even though I went to church every week for all of my life, I never had a personal relationship with Jesus . I didn’t know Him and, furthermore, I didn’t think it was possible to know Him personally. All of that changed in 2004, when a medical scare got my attention and motivated me to seek the Lord. I now can say that I not only know Jesus personally, but I love Him and we speak every day! I recently sat down with Marcus Grodi on the TV series The Journey Home to share the my conversion story. You can watch the episode by clicking on the image below.

I hope you enjoy the story of how I found Jesus Christ. You know what’s funny? As I look back now, I realize that He was there all along!

Change Is A Part Of Life, But One Thing Never Changes…


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak shares his weekly Bible verse on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio.

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my mercy shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)

It’s very easy for us to forget just how much the Lord loves us, especially when we’re faced with many problems. As we struggle to deal with change and suffering in our lives, we sometimes lose sight of the fact that Jesus is right with us. This verse acknowledges a few important facts:

1. Change is a part of life.

2. The Lord cares about us.

3. He wants us to turn to Him daily and He will share the gift of peace with us.

4. His offer will never expire or be revoked.

Today, as you struggle to deal with the difficulties in your life, make it a point to turn to Jesus and ask for help. I guarantee that He won’t let you down!

Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak announces the annual Lenten Radio Retreat which begins on February 18 on Blogtalkradio

40 New Ways To Get The Most Out Of Lent


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak will host his annual Lenten Radio Retreat beginning on Feb 18

I have to admit that for many years, I was stuck in a rut for Lent. On those occasions when I did try to do something (not all that many), I generally gave up sweets. While there’s no doubt that it was a sacrifice (those who know me will realize just how big of a sacrifice!), I found myself focusing more on what I was giving than the one for whom I was giving it up. As Lent progressed, I could sometimes be seen drooling (I would like to say that I’m not speaking literally, but I’m not sure I can) over supermarket displays of donuts and pastries. As the season drew to a close, I was so happy to be able to indulge in sweets that I often forgot about my relationship with the Lord!

In recent years, I’ve modified my Lenten practices and now try to include some spiritual practices. I try to do things which will lead me closer to the Lord. I’m happy to report that it has worked out well. This year, I’ll once be leading my annual Lenten Radio Retreat nightly on The Gary Zimak Show and will make it a point to include some of these concepts in my discussion. Sometimes, however, I’m not the most creative person in the world and could use some help in coming up with new ways to get the most out of Lent…

In an answer to a prayer, I was contacted by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio who offered to send me a complimentary copy of his book, 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent.

Catholic speaker Gary Zimak reviews a great book for Lent - 40 Days 40 Ways by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Well, the book came in the mail yesterday and I honestly haven’t been able to put it down. This is just what I was looking for! D’Ambrosio offers 40 Lenten practices, many of which would never have occurred to me. Some of his suggestions are committing to daily prayer, examining your media consumption, praying the Our Father slowly and thoughtfully, initiating a family rosary, reaching out to the least popular person you know, spending time with the Lord in Eucharistic adoration or devoting the first 10 minutes of your day to thanking God for the blessings He has given you. Each of the recommended practices is supplemented with a brief meditation and explanation. Every one of his suggestions is not only spiritually beneficial, but very doable.

If you’re looking for a great book to help you get the most out of Lent, check out 40 Days, 40 Ways – A New Look At Lent by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio. I plan to use some of his suggestions over the next several weeks – possibly on my nightly radio show!

You can order the book from Amazon by clicking on the following image:

Finally…A Catholic Retreat For Worriers!


Catholic speaker and retreat leader Gary Zimak will be leading a Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA on August 14-16,2015

Are you tired of worrying?

Would you like to feel greater peace in your life?

Do you sometimes wish you could get to know Jesus better?

Does the idea of getting away for a few days of peaceful reflection and relaxation sound good to you?

I am thrilled to announce that on Aug 14 – Aug 16, 2015, I will be leading the first ever Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry retreat at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA! Located in the Philadelphia suburbs, the Malvern Retreat House is the oldest and largest Catholic retreat center in the United States. I have a great deal of respect for the work that Msgr. Marino and his staff do and I am honored to be working with them on this retreat.

So what will we do on the retreat? Simply put, we’ll get to know Jesus and Mary better and ask them to help us to stop worrying. We’ll have Confession, Mass, Eucharistic adoration, quiet time and lots of great food! I’ll also be giving several presentations and will be available for questions or consultation. We’ll begin on Friday evening with registration, dinner, a talk and night prayer. On Saturday, I’ll be giving several talks and we’ll have confession, adoration and time for meditation. On Sunday, we’ll conclude with breakfast, followed by a short talk and Mass. The event will wrap up at approximately 11 AM.

Open to both men and women, this retreat will help you to finally break away from worrying by growing closer to the Lord. The cost for the weekend retreat (including meals and lodging) is $240. Please email me if you have any questions or need additional information.

Click on the following image to register for the Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry retreat. Space is limited, so make it a point to register today!

Register today for the Pray, Hope and Don't Worry retreat led by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak at the Malvern Retreat House

(NOTE: Be sure to watch Msgr. Joseph Marino, Duane McCarthy and Jacqueline Delaney on EWTN Live on Wednesday, Feb 11 at 8 PM Eastern as they discuss the programs offered at the Malvern Retreat House.)

Dear God, I Don’t Get It…A Book Review By A Special Guest Blogger!


Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak presents a special guest book review of Dear God, I Don't Get It by Patti Armstrong

My daughter Elizabeth is a big fan of Patti Maguire Armstrong (me too!) and she is especially fond of her Dear God, I Don’t Get It book. Rather than me tell you about how much she likes the book, let me turn you over to today’s guest blogger – Elizabeth Zimak!

Dear God, I Don’t Get It – Patti Maguire Armstrong

Elizabeth Zimak writes about her favorite book by Patti Maguire Armstrong - Dear God, I Don't Get It

A Book Review by Elizabeth Zimak

When twelve-year-old Aaron Ajax discovers that his family will be moving from Kalispell, Montana to Bismarck, North Dakota, he can hardly believe it. Aaron has to leave his old friends, school, and lifestyle behind…how could God do this to him?

Aaron struggles to adjust to his new life in North Dakota, and he is faced with several obstacles. One of these obstacles is a boy named Josh who acts like a bully towards everyone. At first, Aaron has trouble making friends, but eventually befriends several boys while playing football at recess. Aaron’s new friends encourage him to join the boys’ football game after school and he excitedly agrees to participate in the game. Finally, he is fitting in at his new school!

During the football game, however, Aaron accidentally stumbles over Josh. The other boys, thinking Josh tripped Aaron on purpose, are tired of this boy’s nasty behavior. They kick Josh out of the game, and Aaron has to decide whether or not to stand up for this bully and put his new friendships at risk.
I won’t give away the ending, but I will tell you that things do work out well.

I really could not put this book down the first time I read it. I’ve read it several times since and never tire of it. It is a wonderful book for all ages. It is filled with great lessons for people to learn, as well as several humorous scenes. The characters in the story seem very real to me, as if I know them. Patti Armstrong is a very talented writer, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!

You can purchase the book at the following link:

Learning The Difference Between Our Needs And Our Wants


Catholic speaker Gary Zimak appears each Wednesday on The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio with his series "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

Here’s the Bible verse I discussed on EWTN Radio’s The Son Rise Morning Show today:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

In an especially comforting part of His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34) for those of us who tend to be anxious, Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t be anxious about our material needs. Our Heavenly Father knows what we need and will provide. Do you believe Him?

In the above Bible verse, we’re once again encouraged to trust that the Lord will provide for our needs. We’re also told to be “content with what we have” for it’s often what we don’t have that causes us to be anxious. That sounds good, but let’s be honest…we all have material needs. Even Jesus acknowledged that. Furthermore, He told us to ask for what we need. How can we ask God for our needs if we’re supposed to be content with what we have?

Basically, this verse is warning us of the danger of greed. It’s the same message delivered by St. Paul when he wrote that “the love of money is the root of all evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). Very often, we confuse our needs with our wants and we dwell on what we don’t have rather than what we have. By doing this, we often become sad and anxious. So, what’s the solution?

I believe that incorporating thanksgiving into our prayers is a step in the right direction. While the Lord wants us to ask Him for what we need, it’s always a good idea to begin our prayers by thanking Him for the blessings that we already have. In your prayers, do you ever thank Him for giving you another day? Do you thank Him for loving you unconditionally? Do you thank Him for redeeming you? Do you thank Him for the many blessings in your life? If you’re like me, you probably forget sometimes and start right in with all of your needs. In the words of EWTN’s Mother Angelica, “God wants to hear us, but He wants to hear something more than ‘Gimme’”!

Today, let’s all try to be thankful for our blessings and make it a point to ask Jesus to help us to avoid greed. When we do this, we’re bound to be much more grateful…

and peaceful!

(Gary Zimak is a Catholic speaker and author who travels throughout the US and Canada proclaiming the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. In addition to being the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety, Gary is the author of the soon to be released book – Faith, Hope, & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will.)

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is available to speak at your parish or conference