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The Didache Bible – A Perfect Combination Of Scripture And Tradition!

 

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

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak endorses the Didache Bible from the Midwest Theological Forum and Ignatius Press

In the Vatican II document Dei Verbum, the Catholic Church makes a powerful statement:

Hence there exists a close connection and communication between sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tend toward the same end. For Sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit, while sacred tradition takes the word of God entrusted by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, and hands it on to their successors in its full purity, so that led by the light of the Spirit of truth, they may in proclaiming it preserve this word of God faithfully, explain it, and make it more widely known. Consequently it is not from Sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of loyalty and reverence.
(Dei Verbum, 9)

Basically, the above excerpt reminds us of the danger of reading the Bible “in a vacuum” or without regard to the teaching of the Church. Since the Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church, it makes perfect sense that it should be read with Catholic teaching in mind. Otherwise, it’s entirely possible that we could derive some erroneous messages from its pages. Far from being a hypothetical danger, this is a real pitfall that happens frequently. Fortunately, we have a great summary of Catholic teaching in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While this can aid us in reading the Bible, however, what if we’re not too familiar with the Catechism? How can we read Scripture without fear of misinterpretation?

I was recently given a complimentary copy of the Didache Bible from the folks at Midwest Theological Forum and I was blown away. I have many different Bibles in my possession, some with excellent Catholic commentary, but I’ve never seen one like this. This version contains an extensive commentary which is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In the Didache Bible, you can read the Ignatius Bible Edition (Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition) supplemented with commentary taken directly from the Catechism. In addition, there are 100 explanations spread throughout the Bible that help to answer common questions about the faith. It doesn’t get much better than that!

If you are looking for a solid Catholic Bible (the RSV-CE is my favorite edition), I strongly encourage you to check out the Didache Bible from Midwest Theological Forum. You won’t be disappointed!

(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.)

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:

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:

Teresa Tomeo On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN personality Teresa Tomeo offers her endorsement for the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How To Know God's Will

“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

Thank you, Teresa, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

Marcus Grodi On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

EWTN Television host Marcus Grodi recommends the new book by Catholic speaker Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

“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

Thank you, Marcus, for recommending my new book – Faith, Hope, and Clarity: How to Know God’s Will. You can pre-order it at a discounted price by clicking on the image below. Stay tuned for more endorsements!

I Stopped Worrying And You Can Too! Let Me Share My Secret…


 

Catholic Speaker Gary Zimak instructing a parish audience on how to overcome anxiety

Are you tired of worrying? There is hope! In conjunction with the release of my latest book, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace, I am now scheduling speaking engagements for 2015 and beyond. I’d be honored to visit your parish or conference and share the method that has helped me to break free from my lifelong worrying habit. My calendar is rapidly filling up, so please contact me today in order to lock in your desired dates.

Here are a few endorsements from people who have heard me speak:

“Catholic speakers don’t usually make me laugh. If they do, they don’t make me think or help me grow in my relationship with Christ. Gary Zimak does both… and more. His unique way of mixing humor with profound insights into the Faith has helped me to go deeper into the mysteries of the Catholic Church.”

Patrick Novecosky
Editor-In-Chief, Legatus magazine

“Gary is a brilliant, insightful, and engaging speaker. His talk at the Catholic Leadership Conference was thoroughly enjoyable and memorable, and his splendid sense of humor caught me completely off guard. I highly recommend Gary as a speaker for any event.”

Kevin Lowry
Chief Operating Officer, Coming Home Network International

“Gary Zimak’s deep faith and light-hearted approach makes him the perfect evangelist for the every-man of today. His gentle soul and self-deprecating humor allow him to connect with people so that his reminder of the Gospel message, “be not afraid” is warmly received and easily believed by those who are blessed to hear him speak.”

Elizabeth Westhoff
Director of Marketing and Mission Awareness, Archdiocese of St. Louis

“Gary was the guest speaker at our March, 2014 Martinus of Northern Michigan (Catholic Business Organization similar to Legatus) chapter event at which he presented his talk titled, “Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry”. The response received from our membership was enthusiastically and genuinely positive. It is with the greatest confidence that I would endorse Gary Zimak for your consideration as a guest speaker at an upcoming Parish Mission, conference, or other Catholic community event.”

Wayne Sterenberg
Program Chair, Martinus of Northern Michigan

“We invited Gary to speak to more than 130 women of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Westfield, Indiana for the 18th Annual Ladies Candlelight Dinner sponsored by our Altar Rosary Society. We couldn’t have been more pleased. Gary’s topic of “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry” was a perfect fit for the women in attendance. He opened our eyes to using our Faith to deal with the anxiety we experience in our day to day lives. His use of scripture and humor was the perfect combination to reach the women of our Parish. We were blessed to have Gary attend our event and recommend him as a speaker for any parish event.”

Adena Vaughn and Laura DuVall
Co-Chairs, Ladies Candlelight Dinner, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church (Westfield, IN)

“Gary Zimak is an outstanding speaker. He speaks at the “level of the people” without watering-down the teachings of Scriptures and the Church. Having served as a pastor of a parish struggling with a merger and closing of a school, my parishioners found his message refreshing and uplifting — reminding us of God’s Divine Providence and presence in all the events of life. I have also known Gary personally for many years. He is a prayerful father and husband and a faithful witness of the Gospel. I highly recommend Gary to any pastor or church community wishing to hear the message of the Gospel and how it applies to the dealings of everyday life.”

Fr. Allain Caparas
Director of Catholic Identity, Gloucester Catholic High School (Gloucester City, NJ)

From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace Is NOW Available!


 

From Fear To Faith, the latest book from Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak is now available

Are you tired of worrying? Do you long for peace in your life? I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace is NOW available for purchase! This book contains the method that helped a lifelong worrier like me to break free from anxiety. It is a simple step by step approach that focuses on establishing a closer relationship with Jesus. Do you think that you’re too weak to stop worrying? I am too. That’s why I let Jesus help me. Purchase your copy today (by clicking on the Amazon image that appears at the bottom of this post) and consider buying copies for the “worriers” in your life!

“Given the many challenges facing believers today, this book is a must have for any one serious about becoming the person the Lord wants them to be.” (Teresa Tomeo)

“This book is a must read for anyone who wants to take their faith to the next level—who is stuck in the abyss of fear and yearns to ascend toward the summit of enduring peace.” (Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers)

“Zimak offers solid no-nonsense proof of why worrying is detrimental to the health of body and soul and provides a doable step by step plan to overcome worry and fear. Great for laity, priests, religious, and ministries—highly recommended.” (Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle)

“You’ll come to treasure this book, but don’t just keep it to yourself. Buy copies for your friends and family members who need it.” (Mike Aquilina)

“Gary Zimak has created a masterpiece.” (Kevin Lowry)

“In From Fear to Faith Gary Zimak gives both practical advice and biblical examples for helping us to have total confidence and trust in the goodness of our loving God. I highly recommend this book to all!” (Fr. Donald Calloway)

Click on the image below to order your copy today!

Allison Ricciardi On “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book, From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Allison Ricciardi!

Catholic Therapist Allison Ricciardi endorses From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace, the latest book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

“From Fear to Faith” is a must read for anyone plagued by worry. Gary’s confidence and enthusiasm for the truth of Christ’s love, power and desire to release us from fear are contagious. Combining his own experience with sound psychological wisdom and solid spiritual insights, Gary gives us clear steps to journey out of the prison of fear and into a life of faith and joy!”

Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Founder of CatholicTherapists.com and TheRaphaelRemedy.com

You can order From Fear To Faith by clicking on the following image:

Staci Gulino on “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Staci Gulino!

Staci Gulino endorses From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

“Though scripture teaches us to avoid fear and be at peace, we are surrounded with a world that brings fear and anxiety, causing tremendous mental (and physical) suffering. Some attempt to “white knuckle” through it on their own. Others dabble, or go headstrong into New Age modalities to obtain relief, but ultimately find more suffering and complexity of the problem. Many seek out secular mental health treatment where anxiety and fear are viewed as a biological/genetic and psychosocial problem, and are treated with multiple medications and/or various types of psychotherapies very likely devoid of the Christian spiritual component so necessary to authentic healing. Seeking remedy itself can be very anxiety and fear provoking! What are we to do?

In conversational style, Gary masterfully weaves his personal experience with significant anxiety/fear with the gifts of the Catholic Church to forge a path to healing in From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace, showing us how to “…let Jesus do most of the work.” Whether you are an anxiety/fear sufferer, or a health care provider, or a priest/religious seeking resources, this book is for you! From Fear to Faith is definitely my newest go-to aid to bolster my professional practice, and to help those in need!”

Staci Gulino, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
On-Air Host, Faith & Good Counsel/Wake Up Louisiana (Catholic Community Radio)

You can preorder From Fear To Faith at a limited time discount by clicking on the following image:

Teresa Tomeo On “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the latest endorsement for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. Thank you, Teresa Tomeo!

Teresa Tomeo endorses From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace, the latest book by Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak

“Scripture tells us that ‘fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ But what kind of fear and how much fear is too much when it comes to our relationship with God and our efforts to live our lives as Catholic Christians? Drawing from his own personal struggles Gary Zimak combines experience with the expertise of solid Church teaching and God’s Word to address these important questions and more in this book. Given the many challenges facing believers today, this book is a must have for any one serious about becoming the person the Lord wants them to be.”

Teresa Tomeo
Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author
Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host
www.teresatomeo.com

You can preorder From Fear To Faith at a limited time discount by clicking on the following image: