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How To Become Friends With Jesus In 10 Easy Steps!

 

Find A Real Friend in Jesus is the latest book from Catholic speaker Gary Zimak.

“As you turn each page, you can almost feel Jesus wrap his arms of loving mercy and compassion around you. If you are seeking deeper intimacy and union with Christ in a simple yet powerful way, Find a Real Friend in Jesus will be your ‘go to’ resource.”

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Author, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

If you are looking for practical advice on how to become better friends with Jesus Christ, my new book Find A Real Friend In Jesus can help. After struggling with the concept for many years, I have discovered the secret. Not only is it possible to become friends with Jesus, but it’s amazingly easy!

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps will be released on February 26, 2016, but you can preorder now from Amazon by clicking on the following image.

Want To Become Close Friends With Jesus?

 

Find A Real Friend In Jesus - The new book from Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak

Coming in Spring of 2016 from Servant Books!

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.)

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:

Talking Books on EWTN!

 

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

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak discusses his books on the EWTN Bookmark television show

While attending the Catholic Leadership Conference in Birmingham last year, I had the opportunity to appear on the EWTN TV program Bookmark and discuss two of my books with host Doug Keck. I shared some information on what motivated me to write A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible and Listen To Your Blessed Mother and what I hoped readers would get from the books. That episode will air this weekend on EWTN TV (the schedule appears below). I hope you’ll be able to tune in!

Catholic Speaker and author Gary Zimak will appear on the EWTN TV show Bookmark this week to discuss two of his books

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!

Father Donald Calloway On Faith, Hope, And Clarity…

 

Father Donald Calloway recommends the latest book from Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak - Faith, Hope, and Clarity

“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

Thank you, Father Calloway, 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 another endorsement tomorrow!

Looking For A Copy Of The Catechism?


 

For those of you who are following my nightly walk through the Catechism of the Catholic Church on my radio show, HERE is the best place to get your copy or view it online. I personally think it’s good to have a paper version of the book, but many people like to read it online (or use both). No matter how you read it, it’s a GREAT book!

Another Great Reason To Go From Fear To Faith!


 

From Fear To Faith, the new book from Catholic speaker and evangelist Gary Zimak is now available at a special discount from Liguori Publications

Great news! From now until September 30, 2014, you can order my new book From Fear To Faith: A Worrier’s Guide To Discovering Peace at a 25 percent discount! Visit Liguori Publications’ website or call 1-800-325-9521 and use special offer code ‘15300’.

While you’re at it, consider ordering extra copies for the “worriers” in your life!