The Essential Catholic Survival Guide - Answers To Tough Questions About The Faith

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Being Catholic isn’t easy. In fact, it’s just gotten harder.

This new book will help, with answers you need to tough questions facing faithful Catholics today.

With the recent election of our current pope, a new wave of attacks is under way by the enemies of the Catholic Church. From this point forward, every Catholic will come face-to-face with the vicious anti-Catholic attacks that are being launched against the faith.

Here at Catholic Answers, the most effective products for countering attacks and clearing up misunderstandings have been our tracts. They’ve been around since the beginning of the apostolate, and have resulted in many thousands of conversions. These tracts provide a real point of contact for someone in discovering the truths of the Catholic faith.

We’ve decided to compile seventy of the best tracts into one cohesive, comprehensive book that can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere to defend the Catholic faith.

The Essential Catholic Survival Guide is indexed according to topic in a unique “question and answer” format that allows the reader to find the right answer to any question instantly.

It covers the questions and misconceptions people have about the Catholic faith on a variety of topics, including:

  • The Church and the papacy
  • Scripture and Tradition
  • Mary and the saints
  • The sacraments
  • Salvation
  • Last things
  • Morality and science
  • Anti-Catholicism
  • Non-Catholic churches and movements
  • Practical apologetics

It’s the essence of Catholic apologetics—all rolled up into one attractive, easy-to-use manual that is destined to become the most effective tool of its kind. 

Table of Contents

The Church and Papacy

1. Peter and the Papacy
2. Peter the Rock
3. Was Peter in Rome?
4. Papal Infallibility

Scripture and Tradition

5. Scripture and Tradition
6. Proving Inspiration
7. "What's Your Authority?"
8. Can Dogma Develop?
9. Bible Translations Guide

Mary and the Saints

10. Praying to the Saints
11. Saint Worship
12. Do Catholics Worship Statues?
13. Relics
14. "Brethren of the Lord"
15. Immaculate Conception and Assumption
16. The Rosary


17. Infant Baptism
18. Baptism: Immersion Only?
19. Christ in the Eucharist
20. The Institution of the Mass
21. Who Can Receive Communion?
22. Anointing of the Sick
23. Call No Man "Father"?
24. Celibacy and the Priesthood
25. The Forgiveness of Sins
26. Primer on Indulgences
27. Myths about Indulgences
28. Grace: What It Is and What It Does
29. Are Catholics Born Again?
30. Assurance of Salvation?
31. How to Become a Catholic

Last Things

32. Purgatory
33. The Rapture
34. Hunting the Whore of Babylon
35. The Whore of Babylon

Morality and Science

36. Birth Control
37. Homosexuality
38. Adam, Eve, and Evolution
39. The Galileo Controversy


40. The Anti-Catholic Bible
41. Anti-Catholic Whoppers
42. Catholic "Inventions"
43. More Catholic "Inventions"
44. Is Catholicism Pagan?
45. The Inquisition
46. Exposing Catholicism: Crisis of Faith

Non-Catholic Groups

47. The Great Heresies
48. Eastern Orthodoxy
49. Fundamentalism
50. Fundamentalist of Catholic?
51. How to Talk with Fundamentalists
52. Seventh-Day Adventism
53. History of the Jehovah's Witnesses
54. Distinctive Beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses
55. The God of the Jehovah's Witnesses
56. Strategies of the Jehovah's Witensses
57. Are They Awake on the Watchtower?
58. Stumpers for the Jehovah's Witnesses
59. More Stumpers for the Jehovah's Witnesses
60. Distinctive Beliefs of the Mormon Church
61. The Gods of the Mormon Church
62. Problems with the Book of Mormon
63. Mormonism's Baptism for the Dead
64. Mormon Stumpers
65. Iglesia ni Cristo
66. The Lost Tribes of Israel

Practical Apologetics

67. Starting Out As an Apologist
68. The Apologist's Bookshelf
69. Common Catholic Prayers
70. Scriptural Reference Guide


Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 5 stars overall. No Apologist Should Be Without this Resource

I ended with this book somewhat by accident.  I remembered seeing a comprehensive apologetics book and I assumed this was the one.  When I opened the plastic wrap I was at first disappointed but once I read the index and started reading a chapter my mistake became a windfall.  Aside from a Bible, this is the one resource EVERY APOLOGIST MUST HAVE.

A typical apologetics book will have a number of common objections to Catholicism with scripture-based replies that explain Church teaching.  The Essential Catholic Survival Guide has this as well, but this 70 chapter, 533 page book is much more well-rounded than other similarly styled works. 

If you want need to understand the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception there's a chapter for that. 

If you're having trouble explaining the Inquisition or the Galileo controvesy this book can help. 

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This item received 5 stars overall. My Review Of The Essential Catholic Survival Guide

When I received The Essential Catholic Survival Guide in the mail, I couldn't imagine what I got myself into. The book by the Staff of Catholic Answers was huge. It's a 533 page book, and I kept thinking "how am I ever going to get through this."
But this book is very easy to read. And it has answers to all the questions you ever wanted to know about the Catholic faith. It starts out with "The Church & the Papacy" & ends with "Practical Apologetics". There is so much more to t
his book though.
There are questions and answers to some of the most common questions like "Do Catholic Worship Statues?" to more complex ones like "Where is Purgatory found in the Bible?"
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