In this new book, Patrick Madrid uses the example of St. Francis de Sales to illustrate the zeal, spiritual principles, and attitude of one who sets out to live and share the faith. Christ sent his apostles into the whole world to make disciples of all nations, and by virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to be apostles on this same mission. But how do we start? How can we accomplish in today’s culture? In this book, Patrick shares his own time-tested methodology for teaching Catholics how to prepare themselves to: Explain their faith more intelligently; Defend it more charitably; Share it more effectively. His methodology, derived from more than twenty-five years working in the field of apologetics, involves both practical techniques and theological truths revealed to us in Scripture and exemplified in the lives of the saints. It includes emulating the apologetics techniques of the original apostles, as well as the Fathers and Doctors of the Church in ensuing centuries. More importantly, it details the sanctifying process of cooperating with God’s grace as he lovingly forms an apostolic heart for others within each of us.
Patrick Madrid is a best-selling author whose books include Search and Rescue, Pope Fiction, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series. A popular presenter of parish seminars on Catholic themes, he is the host of four EWTN television series and is the host of EWTN Radio’s Thursday live show “Open Line.” Patrick and his wife, Nancy, have been blessed with 11 happy and healthy children. They live in central Ohio.