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Why Christianity Has Truths in Common with Heathenism

Now, the phenomenon, admitted on all hands, is this:—that great portion of what is generally received as Christian truth is in its rudiments or in its separate parts to be found in heathen philosophies and religions. [Read more…]

‘Light from Light and Life from Life’: Eusebius on the Son of God

The doctrines handed down throughout history didn’t just magically appear. Our faith is the result of centuries of close Bible reading, of debates and councils, and of rich tradition in the Church. From the Trinity to the New Testament church, we discover the origins of key doctrines by reading the Church Fathers’ writing. [Read more…]

5 Powerful Resources to Deepen Your Study of Scripture

The month of July embraces Ordinary Time. It’s a season of hope and growth, a time to mature in our spiritual life and increase our faith.

Verbum’s July sale is designed for you to do just that, giving you great prices on resources that will take you deeper in your studies of Scripture and the Church and help you grow in your love for both.

Take a look at these five featured resources, and see everything you can save on this month here. [Read more…]

Don’t Miss Out on May’s Discounts!

May is a great time to get scholarly and time-trusted resources that will add depth to your library. Each of these resources is discounted as part of our May sale so you can save money and get more out of your personal studies—and grow in your devotion to God.

Ancient Christian Writers: Nicene Era Collection (12 vols.) – $299.99 (25% off). The Nicene era is often called the Golden Age of Patristic Literature and for good reason. The church fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries made a decisive impact on Christian tradition, defining critical dogmas and doctrines while battling heresies and forming creeds. [Read more…]

Save on Modern Catholic Authors!

Our new Modern Catholic Authors collection is tremendously diverse. Let’s put it this way: whether you’re interested in theology, Scripture study, Christian literature, apologetics, or contemplative prayer, this 243-volume bundle has something for you! This resource represents very best of Verbum’s catalog, including works by:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Joseph Fitzmyer
  • Raymond E Brown
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Thomas Merton
  • Scott Hahn
  • And more!

MODERN CATHOLIC AUTHORS

Get special introductory savings of 20% through October 14th only! If you already own part of this collection, you’re eligible for an additional discount. Visit Verbum.com or call 877-542-7664 to find out how much you can save.

Get a Free Book on Marriage and Annulments!

Just in time for the World Meeting of Families, Jim Blackburn’s book, 101 Quick Questions with Catholic Answers: Marriage, Divorce, and Annulment, is free this month. This accessible format will answer your questions and expand your knowledge about Church doctrine concerning these important issues.

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This book can be yours for free through September 30th—download it now!

Q and A with Author Shaun McAfee

Verbum is proud to feature Shaun McAfee, author of Filling our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization, available on pre-publication now.

We recently interviewed Shaun, who is serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan. Thank you, Shaun, for your service to our country and for your support of Verbum!

1. How did you become a fan of Verbum?

My earliest experience with Verbum was hearing and reading Steve Ray and Scott Hahn praise the product, shortly after I had converted to the Catholic faith. Their positive experience and endorsement of Verbum seemed very genuine. I briefly checked it out and was interested, but I must have put it off for some reason. Months later, I found success in blogging and started a Master’s degree in Dogmatic Theology with Holy Apostles College and Seminary. During my graduate work, I learned that all my writing heroes were not just huge supporters of Verbum, but heavy users. At a Catholic Apologetics Academy with Patrick Madrid in early 2014, I was further amazed by the strength of this product when I met with one of Verbum’s sales representatives. At that point, I had to have it.

I got the product and loved it immediately—no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. I wondered how I worked without it for so long. As a growing academic, writer, and Lay Dominican, Verbum became the best investment I had ever made. It still is, really. My passion to get this in the hands of others swelled, and I approached Holy Apostles Seminary about striking a deal with Verbum to get this product to more students. Verbum was generous, and granted a 30-50% off the software (depending on student status). Even while I serve here in Afghanistan, I have Verbum on all of my media devices, and I constantly refer to them in writing and personal study. I wouldn’t just say I became a fan—I became an ambassador!

2. What’s the thing you like best about Verbum 6?

That’s a tough one. Verbum 6 was not a mere systems upgrade, like Windows, to correct problems—it was an all-out change to the fundamental use and capability of Verbum. That’s one thing I appreciate about the folks at Verbum: they understand that people these days are tired of unnecessary upgrades. We like value-added improvements, features, and innovations, and that’s what Verbum did with 6. Personally, I enjoy the dashboard in 6 a lot more: better reading, relevant topics, great graphics, and share-worthy content every day!

3. How does Verbum help your faith grow?

My conversion to the Catholic Church, and my life since, has been ingrained with study. I studied my way into the Catholic Church, learning the truths and the reasons, and how to tell others about that. Those facts became faith. The intellectual became highly personal, and any aid to that study aided in my personal growth.

 4. What do you think is the best way to spread the word about Verbum Catholic Products?

What is Verbum not doing to spread the word?! They just dropped a huge sum of money to support Lumen, their high school curriculum, they sponsor giveaways, and they seem to be at every major event. I suppose the MBA in me is thinking that the real nuggets of growth come from word-of-mouth referrals. I call this Chatter Marketing. When the product is good, and that company does everything it can to support and entertain its users, they’re going to talk. I’ve talked, no kidding, 10 close friends into buying Verbum, and worked for 5 months to attain the deal for my beloved college, Holy Apostles College and Seminary. When people really believe in something, they want others to know about it. Users of Verbum should share this great product with their peers.

Get a Verbum library today, and be sure to lock in introductory pricing on McAfee’s Filling our Father’s House!

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Save on Theology of the Body Collection

Would you like to have a better understanding of Saint John Paul II’s masterpiece, A Theology of the Body? Let Verbum’s Theology of the Body Collection inform you!

John Paul II’s theology is strikingly innovative, yet rooted in Scripture and Catholic tradition. As Cardinal Chrisoph Schönborn’s foreword explains:

It may seem strange to some, but it is a fact that in his theology of the body the Bishop of Rome upholds the dignity and truth of the Bridegroom’s cry of joy against scientific rationalism. The beauty of the body, which is the cause of this cry of joy, is not a mere veil, a deceptive mask behind which one must see the prosaic scientific truth of a mere chance mechanism that has no intrinsic meaning. The body is real and reliable. Its light can be traced back to God’s original guiding intention for man and woman. Human reason can apprehend this light and see the deep reasonableness of God’s design. The Catholic tradition has always upheld human reason. In John Paul II’s theology of the body it upholds human reason in the ordinary experience of spousal love between a man and woman: “You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride, you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes” (So 4:9)

Cardinal Shönborn goes on to predict that Saint John Paul II’s ideas “will occupy theologians for a long time and lead to a renewal of theology as a whole.”

With the best scholarship and commentaries from several perspectives, this collection has everything you need. Take advantage of special savings on this collection and the other deals in the Verbum Monthly sale until the end of the month!

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Sheen, Sheed, and Shea—all in 1!

We couldn’t wait to tell you about the Ignatius Press Theology and Discipleship Collection, with special introductory pricing! This collection includes the following:

  • Verbum’s first title from Fulton Sheen, The Priest Is Not His Own.This beloved classic brings to light the real meaning of the priesthood: priests carry on the sacrificial mission of Christ.
  • Frank Sheed’s Theology and Sanity. Sheed explores the Faith through such down-to-earth topics as “God,” “Creation,” and “Oneself.” Sheed was clearly ahead of his time, and this classic speaks directly to the current imperative of the New Evangelization. (Along with another book by Sheed!)
  • Mark Shea’s extremely popular account of his journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism, which places his narrative in the center of contemporary Biblical scholarship. Learned and engaging, By What Authority? is not to be missed.

Also included in this impressive collection, Cardinal Christophe Schönborn’s God Sent His Son: A Contemporary Christology is a scholarly yet accessible examination of the Church’s understanding of Christ through “the pillars of faith”—Scripture, Tradition, and Experience—and the challenges they face now.

Take advantage of this truly extraordinary collection—on pre-publication now!

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Verbum’s $5 Million Giveaway

Verbum’s $5 million dollar grant to Catholic high schools is well under way and we’ve had amazing success in connecting to great Catholic schools. Today, we want to turn the spotlight onto two of our grant recipients: Benet Academy and Hackett Catholic Preparatory High School.

Founded in 1887 and staffed by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Benet Academy has a long history of academic and spiritual excellence. Freshman theology teacher Kevin Clemens advocated for Benet to apply for the Verbum grant and is looking forward to spearheading the use of our curriculum in the fall. Students will begin to use the Lumen curriculum on iPads, and Mr. Clemens is looking forward to being able to introduce students to the riches of the faith in new and exciting ways:

The ability to move seamlessly within Verbum from the Scriptures to the Catechism to the writings of the popes and Church Fathers has greatly improved my ability to develop dynamic lessons. My hope for using Verbum more widely in the classroom is that my students not just study about Jesus Christ, but rather encounter Him in the living word as we receive it from the Church.

It doesn’t hurt that Benet alumnus, Fr. Robert Barron, is featured throughout the Lumen curriculum in his popular Word on Fire videos. This partnership between Verbum and Benet Academy fits right in to the solidly Catholic ethos of the school.

Another notable grant recipient is Hackett Catholic Prep in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Deacon Kurt Lucas teaches in the Theology department at Hackett and has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Lumen program. Deacon Kurt has been a faithful Verbum user since 2006 and is very excited that Verbum has launched a high school program. He hopes to expand use of the curriculum to the higher grade levels ASAP. We look forward to working with Hackett Prep and all our Verbum grant schools.

It’s not too late for your school to take advantage of our grant program! Visit www.verbum.com/education/5million and contact us today to get your share of $5 million dollars in curriculum software.

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