Right off the bat I have a confession to make. I am running way behind when it comes to book reviews, but I promise to get caught up in the next couple weeks. I am getting back in the saddle with reviews with Brandon Vogt’s newest book titled Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too). Brandon is a popular blogger, speaker, and is the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire.
As a self professed theology and apologetics nerd I was excited for the opportunity to review this book. Brandon is a convert and he writes from a convert’s perspective. From the onset describes that becoming Catholic is the only rebellion left. As a convert myself I echo this because, like Brandon, it was the last thing that I wanted to be.
In Part 1 of the book Brandon goes into some reasons for the existence of God. To be fair, many books have been written on this topic alone, but Brandon does a great job in describing the arguments in a truncated amount of pages. Along with those arguments are arguments for the claims of Christ’s divinity and the fact that he started a church. Part II describes the good that the church has done through the ages. This includes the building up of western society in many of the systems that we tale for granted today, such as hospitals and universities. Part III discusses the beauty within the church, not just in the buildings, liturgy, and instruments used. Beauty is also in creation and man created in the image of God. This argument alone is worth the cost of the book in my opinion.
Overall, the book is well written and provides for the basic arguments of the faith. In some spots there isn’t as much depth as may be desired, but Brandon includes a ton of information on the faith in a short period. This book would be good for a Christian who is considering the Catholic church or a catholic that may be doubting some of the claims. It would be beneficial to check out.
[Note: This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]