I’m happy to announce that my second book from Catholic Answers has just been published: Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith.
Origins of the Book
I was sitting at lunch one day with friends: one Catholic, two Protestants, and we were having a series of in-depth discussions about whether Catholicism was true or Protestantism was better.
The debate ranged all over: justification, the canon of Scripture, sola Scriptura, Bible interpretation, authority, perspicuity, Church Fathers, sacraments, and more.
My friend, George, asked me after each discussion how I decided to choose one topic over another, or use one argument to rebut their point versus a different one. We were able to talk one-on-one and I could mentor him in apologetics, not just the arguments but also the soft skills, the psychology, and how to connect one topic to another.
I could sit next to George each week and do this, but I couldn’t replicate that to all the other Catholics who have ever been in a discussion with Protestant friends and family, feeling stumped or confused or scared because the arguments their friends were making sounded so strong.
Navigating the Tiber was born.
This is the book I would give to any Catholic needing help in understanding Protestantism and helping their Protestant friends fairly consider the Catholic Church.
It takes you from defending your Faith to going on the offense and leading Protestants into Catholicism!
The Guidebook for Navigating the Tiber
The Tiber river flows through Rome and has been something of an unruly watercourse in its history with the city. To “cross the Tiber” means to become Catholic.
This metaphor became the book’s overall narrative image. I am helping you to navigate the waters of the Tiber with your friend, so that they can cross over. There are swift currents, dangerous shoals, hidden rocks, sea serpents, enemy ships, and many more obstacles that they (and you) will face. The book guides you through it all.
I actually wrote the initial draft for this book five years ago, before The Protestant’s Dilemma was even published. It was one of those manuscripts that just flowed out once the main idea was settled on. But over those five years I was able to hammer at it, refine it, add more experiences to it, and most of all work on it with my friend Todd Aglialoro at Catholic Answers.
Five years of hard word, whittled down to a concise paperback.
The goal: to equip you to lead Protestant friends to the Catholic Church.
Please do check it out, and let me know what you think!