The other day I heard a knock on the door, who was it?
Now I will be honest, in the beginning of my homeschool journey, all too often, I shied away from any encounters to defend my faith.
However, through my personal growth as I homeschool parent, I learned apologetics first hand, right alongside with my children. So now I welcome the opportunity to talk with others about our my faith. In turn, I have witnessed my children, now as young adults, engage too with neighbors, co-workers, and even parishioners, on all sorts of matters pertaining to our beautiful Catholic faith.
Is Homeschooling worth it? You bet it is on so many levels, including knowing our faith, to be able to serve Him in this world and spread the GOOD NEWS!!!
Back to that knock on my door…
This year two sweet ladies showed up at my door and they actually asked about the Lenten season and Easter.
I told them how I had been studying the Catechism of the Catholic Faith this year, and they actually never even knew what catechism was, or heard anyone discuss it with them. Praying to the Holy Spirit, I answered their questions and thanked Jesus for that sweet encounter to share my JOY in the Risen Lord.
It made me think about how homeschooling, opens the doors to not only you and your children BUT the WORLD at large!!!
Praise Be Jesus Christ!
So I now offer to you my go to book review for Apologetics the homeschool way:
THE PROVE-IT SERIES
By Amy Welborn
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor
These books are excellent, well grounded in truth, but also fun, funny, and simply marvelous! So many apologetic books are simply too dense for those of us who are not experts. This series speaks to teenagers in a way that inspires, and gives dialogue that is personal and real. It defends basic truths in a way that everyone can understand. These books are full of charming illustrations and quips such as “An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident.” It also contains more serious arguments, such as Isaac Newton’s statement that, “the existence of a Being endowed with intelligence and wisdom is a necessary inference from a study of celestial mechanics.” Each chapter dissects a separate argument against the Faith. Now teenagers and others can defend themselves with confidence – and a little humor, too! Five different volumes available; God, Jesus, Church, Prayer, and You. (Gr. 7+, approx. 115 pages, PB)
Friendly Defenders: Catholic Flash Cards
by Matthew Pinto, Katherine Andes
Publisher: Ascension Press
Fifty full color flashcards that can help you build a sturdy foundation for the faith in yourself as well as your kids. The five lovable characters make learning about the faith entertaining as well as beneficial. You’ll quickly be able to answer questions like “Why pray to Mary when you can go directly to Jesus”, and “How can you believe a piece of bread is really Jesus?” with simple short answers! Comes in two volumes, 1 & 2. (Ages 8+, 50 full color flashcards, $)
A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’s Court
By Martin de Porres Kennedy
Publisher: Lilyfield Press
An extremely fun way to learn Apologetics! We recommend assigning this book before your high-school student begins their Apologetics Religion course. This novel will engage you as you learn to explain the Faith alongside our story’s hero. Set on a horse-powered farm in Kentucky, 17 year-old Michael visits evangelical relations. Over the summer, Michael joins the Bible studies at his uncle’s non-denominational church and is challenged by many, to defend his faith, using only the Bible. This book covers commonly discussed doctrines such as the Papacy, Mary’s role in salvation, and the Eucharist. The book is charitable, and entertains while it informs. Perfect for teens and adults. Used by hundreds of parishes and groups for RCIA, religious education, book discussion groups, and Bible studies. Don’t miss the dramatic and surprising conclusion.
*Study guide is also available!!
††A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court (Ages 14+, 323 pages, PB, $)
††Study Guide: A Philadelphia Catholic in King James’ Court (53 pages, PB, $)
Surprised by Truth
By Patrick Madrid
Publisher: Basilica Press- Tan Books
When I received this book as a gift from my husband, little did I know that soon we would both be fighting to read it! It is absolutely an amazing, hopeful, and inspiring collection of 11 conversion stories. You will be touched, moved and motivated to evangelize, while furthering your own knowledge of our glorious faith. Many of the stories have numerous Scripture references, and therefore making it perfect to be used by homeschoolers for the study of Apologetics. Simply amazing! (High School to Adult, 269 pages, PB, $$)
Surprised by Truth 2
By Patrick Madrid
Publisher: Sophia Press
Two Cardinals, five bishops, and scores of Catholic leaders love Surprised by Truth 2—you will, too!
This collection of testimonies by people who’ve found new life in the Catholic Church is one of the most potent weapons for the Faith ever crafted! These authors don’t just tell their stories — they also give you an insider’s view of the fatal weaknesses in the creeds and belief systems that beckon unwary Catholics every day: Fundamentalism, New Age paganism, Mormonism, materialistic hedonism, and many others.
You’ll discover why these converts forsook beliefs cherished by their families and friends in order to enter the Catholic Church. Their reasons are so compelling that you can use them to draw your own non-Catholic friends and relatives to the Faith. These converts will also convince your wavering Catholic friends to stay Catholic, and they’ll even bolster your own faith when anti-Catholic arguments start to make you doubt. You’ll come away with new gratitude that God has given you the Faith, and with a strong new tool you can use to stand proudly for that Faith. (High School to Adult, 320 pages, PB $$, .epub $)
SAN JUAN CATHOLIC SEMINARS—BEGINNING APOLOGETICS SERIES
By Fr. Frank Chacon, Jim Burnham and Steve Wood
Publisher: San Juan Catholic Seminars
Keep your family and friends Catholic! We keep a set close by our front door and have used them for those door-to-door evangelists, especially Books 2 and 3 on how to answer Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons. Each booklet in this fabulous series is so well distilled into clear language on each important truth of our faith. We turn to them time and time again for reference in high school religion, especially in our semester of Apologetics. The topics presented in each booklet can be used to form essay topics or debate topics too! I usually require the first in the series to give a general overview of the most essential truths of our faith and a practical way to articulate these truths to others. Then we devote time on the booklet for Eucharist, the Bible and Mary. (High School to Adult, approx. 40 pages each, PB, $)
Concordance – One double-sided laminated sheet with Bible references
Beginning Apologetics 1: How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith
Study Guide for Beginning Apologetics 1
Beginning Apologetics 2: How to Answer Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons
Beginning Apologetics 2.5: Yes! You Should Believe in the Trinity:How to Answer Jehovah’s Witnesses
Beginning Apologetics 3: Discovering the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Beginning Apologetics 4: How to Answer Atheists and New Agers
Beginning Apologetics 5: How to Answer the Tough Moral Questions
Beginning Apologetics 6: How to Explain and Defend Mary
Beginning Apologetics 7: How to Read the Bible
Beginning Apologetics 8: The End Times
Beginning Apologetics 9: How to Answer Muslims
Now it’s your turn…How are you adding apologetics to your homeschool?
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