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Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers 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, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers!

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers recommends From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

“From Fear to Faith is an insightful and challenging look at how fear keeps us “running in place” in our faith, afraid to take that next step toward greatness. The reader will discover how worry and fear keeps us as lukewarm Catholics and not spirit-filled proclaimers of the Gospel. With vivid clarity, honesty and thoughtfulness, Gary Zimak draws from Sacred Scripture, practical wisdom, endearing personal stories, and timeless devotions to show how unwavering trust in the power of God’s love casts out all fear, heals wounds of sin and division, and opens our hearts to God’s will in our lives. 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,
EWTN series host, author, and director of Dynamicdeacon.com

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Mike Aquilina On “From Fear To Faith”


 

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

Catholic author Mike Aquilina endorses the latest book from Gary Zimak, From Fear To Faith: A Worrier's Guide To Discovering Peace

“Jesus said that fear is useless and what is needed is trust. Yet how do we move from ordinary life in our age of anxiety to that trusting life of faith? Gary Zimak shows the way in steps even I can follow. 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
EWTN Television Host and author or editor of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion.

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Kevin Lowry On “From Fear To Faith”


 

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

Catholic author Kevin Lowry recommends From Fear To Faith, the new book by Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak.

“Gary Zimak has created a masterpiece. This book is a sincere, energetic, and practical source of encouragement to all of us who have ever struggled with self-doubt or fear. It’s an indispensable resource for the journey of our lives. Read it and allow yourself to be transformed. The peace of the Lord awaits!”

Kevin Lowry
Chief Operating Officer, The Coming Home Network International and author of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck

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Father Donald Calloway on “From Fear To Faith”


 

Here’s the first of several endorsements for my new book (coming in August), From Fear to Faith: A Worrier’s Guide to Discovering Peace. I’m grateful to Fr. Calloway for his recommendation!

Father Donald Calloway endorses From Fear To Faith, the new book from Catholic Speaker and Author Gary Zimak

“One of my favorite passages in the New Testament is when Jesus tells his apostles the following: “In the world you have troubles; but be of good cheer, I have conquered the world” (Jn. 16:33). There is no doubt, as Jesus affirms, that we live in a troubled world that could give us much to worry about. Yet, our faith in the promises of Christ gives us the ability to overcome our fears and anxieties. 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, MIC, STL
Author – Marian Gems: Daily Wisdom on Our Lady

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Struggling To Live Your Faith In The Workplace? Here’s A Book That Will Help!


 

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak reviews Faith At Work by Kevin Lowry.

As someone who worked in the corporate world for thirty years, I understand the challenges of integrating faith and work. Despite the difficulties, however, it’s something that must be done if we are to authentically live out our Catholic Faith. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Kevin Lowry. I emerged from our meeting a better man, as he is one of the kindest and most genuine individuals I’ve ever met. In addition to being the Chief Operating Officer of The Coming Home Network International and a popular Catholic speaker, Kevin is the author of Faith At Work: Finding Purpose Beyond The Paycheck (published by Our Sunday Visitor).

If you are looking for concrete suggestions to live your Catholic Faith in the work place, you need to read this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Kevin has a great deal of experience as an executive manager and has developed effective methods of integrating faith and work. Each chapter ends with a series of action steps and reflection questions, making it perfect for today’s busy worker. You can find out more about Kevin Lowry (and order the book) by visiting his website.

Do it today. You WON’T be sorry!

Book Review: Learning To Pray With Jesus


 

Catholic speaker, author and radio host Gary Zimak reviews Shane Kapler's new book about the prayer life of Jesus

“Since the center of the person of Jesus is prayer, it is essential to participate in his prayer if we are to know and understand him.” (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later known as Pope Benedict XVI)

Who doesn’t want to get to know Jesus better? As Christians, a closer personal relationship with the Lord should be a daily goal. As the above quote from Pope Benedict XVI points out, however, getting to know Jesus involves participating in His prayer life. Unfortunately, many individuals are confused by the prayer life of Jesus. In fact, many people question why Christ (who was Divine) had to pray at all. I have struggled with this question myself and, while I now understand why Jesus prayed, I need to learn more about how He prayed.

In his new book, Through, With, and In Him (The Prayer Life Of Jesus and How To Make It Our Own), author Shane Kapler does a great job unpacking the mystery of Jesus’ prayer life. He also explains that, since we are part of the Mystical Body of Christ (the Church), we are all called to participate in the prayer of Jesus to His Father. Fortunately for us, Kapler not only explains how this is possible, but he does it in very understandable language.

Using Scripture and history, Shane Kapler explores Jesus’ prayer and demonstrates how Catholic liturgy, sacraments, devotions, and practices allow us to not only understand it, but enter into it. I found the in-depth explanation of the Our Father to be especially helpful and I will never look at the Lord’s Prayer in the same way again. This book is definitely a “keeper” and one that I’ll refer to again and again. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to grow closer to Jesus.

For more information or to order Through, With, and In Him by Shane Kapler click HERE.

Win A FREE Copy Of God’s Bucket List By Teresa Tomeo!


 

“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another” (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman)

What does God want me to do with my life? All too often this question gets ignored and we simply do what WE want to do. While sometimes our will is united with God’s will, there are occasions when this is not the case. As Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman reminds us above, God has a unique plan for each of our lives. How much effort have we put into discovering that plan?

Based on her own experience, Teresa Tomeo will guide you through the process of discerning God’s will for your life. In a very open and revealing manner, she’ll explain why true peace can only be found by following God’s will in your life. Best of all, Teresa backs up her assertions with Bible verses and citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Furthermore, I am honored that Teresa includes my own personal discernment story in her book! If you truly care about discovering God’s will for your life, I HIGHLY recommend that you read this book.

Would you like to win a copy of God’s Bucket List? Simply comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered in a drawing. Five winners will be chosen at random to receive a free copy of Teresa’s book. The contest closes at 12 midnight Eastern on November 30, 2013. Don’t miss out on the chance to discern God’s bucket list for YOUR life!

Listen to Gary and Teresa discuss God’s Bucket List on Following The Truth on BlogTalkRadio. To listen live at 8 PM Eastern on Nov 26, 2013 or to download the podcast, click HERE.

Trusting God…Even In The Storm!


 

“Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you today and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.” (St. Francis de Sales)

Those of us who have a tendency to be anxious almost always have one weak spot. Mine has always involved death. Ever since I was a young child, I have spent many hours worrying about death…either my own or that of a family member. As I’ve struggled to overcome my anxiety, it has been necessary to face this fear multiple times. When my twin daughters were 3 years old, my wife began experiencing some unusual symptoms which required her to undergo a battery of tests. I remember thinking repeatedly, “What will I do if she dies?” I couldn’t imagine how I would be able to raise my children alone. Sadly for me at the time, I was so worried that I forgot all about God’s Divine Providence. As the saying goes, and what so many of us need to remember is “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!” In his new book, It Is Well (Life In The Storm), Chris Faddis offers a powerful testimony reminding us just how true those words really are!

In 2011, Chris’ wife Angela was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. At the time, their children were 2 and 4 years old. Over the next 17 months, the family faced the ups and downs associated with a life threatening illness. On September 21, 2012, Angela Faddis died while holding the hand of her husband. On the surface, the story of the Faddis family appears to be a painful tragedy. In reality, however, nothing could be further from the truth. The story of their cancer journey, as told by Chris Faddis, is one of the most UPLIFTING stories that you’ll ever read. Why? Because it illustrates how faith in God can bring you peace and get you through the most difficult situations imaginable. It is a story that we all need to read!

How can a couple with two small children find peace in the midst of a cancer battle that threatened to (and ultimately did) take the life of a young wife and mother? It was possible due to their strong faith, even in the storm! I do a great deal of speaking about overcoming anxiety and this book perfectly sums up the message that I deliver…

God will always be there for you, EVEN in the storm!

If you are anxious about the future, this book will provide the perfect antidote. You’ll read a first hand account of what it means to trust God at all times. Through the writing of someone who’s “been there, done that” you will learn that it is possible to face an uncertain future with the Lord by your side. Even if you’re not someone who tends to worry, this book will inspire you. I HIGHLY recommend it!

To order the book, visit the IT IS WELL website.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle on “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”


 

“In Listen to Your Blessed Mother, using Scripture and personal stories, author Gary Zimak takes us by the hand and unambiguously leads us to a greater appreciation of our Mother in heaven so that we might strive to imitate her virtues while allowing Mary to take us by the hand to her Son Jesus. Highly recommended!”

(Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host and author of sixteen Catholic books including The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions)

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Listen To Your Blessed Mother – She Has A Message For You!


 

For most of my life as a Catholic, I was confused about the role of Mary. While I accepted the fact that she was important to Catholics, I didn’t understand WHY she was important. That changed BIG TIME for me a few years ago when I finally saw the light and accepted her as my spiritual mother. As a result, my life changed drastically and she has brought me closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible. I’d like to tell you about my “Mom” by looking at what is recorded about her in the Bible. I think you’ll agree that she has a powerful message for you!

Here’s what other Catholic authors are saying about my new book, Listen To Your Blessed Mother:

“Biblical, personal, engaging, and thought provoking are just a few words that come to mind when reading this wonderful book! The Virgin Mary truly is our BLESSED Mother, and listening to her words in Scripture can help us to become blessed, too. Gary Zimak has done a great service for both Catholics and non-Catholics in offering a book that unpacks the biblical words of Mary in a very conversational and easy-to-follow style. The reflection questions and points to ponder at the end of each section will be of great benefit to the reader, too! I highly recommend this book!”

(Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, STL, Author – Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest)

“Listen to your Mother! How many times did we hear those words growing up? How many times did we roll our eyes and ignore the sage advice only to find out later on that Mom indeed did and does know best, especially our Blessed Mother. Now, straight from Scripture, Gary Zimak has given us even more reason to pay close attention to what our Mother, as in Mary has to say about living a grace filled life in this world so we can be with her and her son in the next. This book will definitely bring you closer to the heart of Christ through the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God.”

(Teresa Tomeo,Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host,Best Selling Catholic Author)

“In Listen to Your Blessed Mother, using Scripture and personal stories, author Gary Zimak takes us by the hand and unambiguously leads us to a greater appreciation of our Mother in heaven so that we might strive to imitate her virtues while allowing Mary to take us by the hand to her Son Jesus. Highly recommended!”

(Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host and author of sixteen Catholic books including The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions)

“With candor and simplicity, Gary Zimak reveals the power of Mary’s words in Sacred Scripture. No matter where you are in your spiritual life — or in your relationship with the Blessed Mother — this book will help you find new meaning and guidance in her words: words that Zimak shows are applicable to any of the problems or decisions you face each day.”

(Vinny Flynn, Author of 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, 7 Secrets of Confession, and 21 Ways to Worship)

“When I was given an opportunity to review Listen to your Blessed Mother, I hesitated only because of the full plate I was dealing with at the time. When I finally dove into this wonderful book, I realized that Gary Zimak has written a beautiful love story about our Blessed Mother and one which needs to be shared with everyone. His description of his growing love of Mary from his childhood to the powerful impact her intercession has had on his life as an adult is riveting. His use of scripture about the Blessed Mother and the few words spoken by her helps the reader share in her life and purpose. The reflection questions at the end of each chapter challenge us to grasp the role of the Blessed Mother in our own lives. I strongly recommend this book!”

(Randy Hain, author of Along the Way: Lessons for an Authentic Journey of Faith and co-founder of Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine)

“Jesus is our brother, and so his Father is our Father, his mother is our mother. How sad that so few Christians know the perfect maternal love that God has given us in his family. Jesus tells us beloved disciples, ‘Behold your mother.’ What a sweet command! And Gary Zimak has made it sweeter still.”

(Mike Aquilina, EWTN host and author of more than 30 books on Catholic history, doctrine and devotion)

“Gary has given us great insights about our Blessed Mother Mary in Scripture which makes this not only a wonderful book for Catholics but also a great resource for evangelizing those outside the Church. This is definitely a book you can share with your evangelical friends to help them come to know and love our Mother Mary.”

(Gail Buckley, Founder & President. Catholic Scripture Study International)

“It’s such an obvious way to follow Jesus through Mary, that I’m surprised this book was not written before. While some think going directly to Jesus is the fastest and surest way, Gary shows us how wrong that thinking is. He shares his own zig-zag journey to Mary as a way to grow closer to Christ. Though Mary in the Bible, Gary helps us to relish her role in salvation history, reflect on her life, and embrace her love for us.”

(Patti Maguire Armstrong, award-winning author and managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s Amazing Grace Series)

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