I‘ve been a fan of Catholics Come Home for quite a while, so when I saw that the founder had written a book (called, appropriately enough, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life), I was interested.
It was a fast read–11 chapters that have advice and insight that, while not earth-shattering or exactly new, are needed.
This is a book that I think you could give to a friend who’s not practicing or questioning the faith as easily as you could share it with a family member who’s lukewarm.
Peterson shares his story and how his life was transformed. His business background shows in his writing style–that’s part of what makes it a fast read.
The foreword is by Scott Hahn (no small feat!), and Hahn sets the tone for the book’s purpose in one of his final paragraphs:
It is sad that we can speak of many once-Christian lands that have drifted from their former ardor. And what America becomes largely depends on what Americans do for the New Evangelization. This is the work God has created us to do. It is work that can give greater meaning not only to the lives of those who help, but to our own as well.
The important work we do is in our own parishes, our own families, our own homes. Though Peterson has a glittery story, that’s the heart of his message and of the call to the New Evangelization. Sharing the love of Jesus and the invitation to the Eucharist starts with the faces you see every day:
Jesus is asking you now to tell others about our Father’s love. Are you ready to join the New Evangelization? Are you willing to serve in the irreplaceable role that only you can fulfill? Are you prepared to help invite nearly one billion souls into the largest family reunion in history?
Not a bad book, all in all. One I’ll be sharing, that’s for sure, and one that has made me really think about the affect an intentional invitation can have on others.