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Vogt Signs with Ave Maria Press for 'Why I Am Catholic'

October 17, 2016

Bestselling author, popular blogger, and Catholic keynote speaker Brandon Vogt will release his new book, Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too), with Ave Maria Press in the fall of 2017. Ave Executive Editor Jon M. Sweeney acquired and will edit the title.

Vogt, content director for Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, was one of the millennial “nones” when it came to religion—that is until he began a passionate search for truth as a college student, a truth that led him unexpectedly to the Catholic Church in 2008.

Why I Am Catholic traces Vogt’s journey and makes a refreshing, twenty-first-century case for Catholicism. “For most people in our culture, Catholicism isn't on their radar. They're absorbed with other things—work, family, entertainment,” he said. “Millions have fled organized religion, and many more have rejected God altogether (atheists and agnostics are among the fastest growing religious groups). What we need is a fresh, reasonable case for Catholicism, one that leads people to consider it anew or perhaps for the first time.”

Written especially with atheists, agnostics, and religious “nones” in mind, Vogt will present the evidence of how Catholicism is good, beautiful, and true and help any seeker discover why they should be Catholic as well. Vogt also will provide examples from the work of G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Bishop Robert Barron, Michelangelo, and the saints to reinforce his arguments.

“My hope for this book is that it will serve as a compelling re-proposal of the Catholic Church to many jaded people who are disenchanted with religion, while offering current Catholics a much-needed dose of confidence and clarity to firm their faith against an increasingly skeptical culture,” said Vogt, who established the website Strange Notions, the central place for dialogue between Catholics and atheists.

Ave Maria Press is pleased to work with Vogt to make the case for Catholicism to a growing number of people who have left religion behind. “Brandon Vogt brings passion, energy, intelligence, and an entrepreneurial spirit to every project he undertakes,” said Ave publisher Thomas Grady. “From the very first moment that we began talking about Why I Am Catholic, I knew that its message would resonate with broad audience of both seekers and believers.”

Vogt, was named one of the “Top 30 Catholics Under 30,” and is the author of six books, including Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church and Catholicism: The New Evangelization.  His work has been featured by media outlets including NPR, Fox News, CBS, EWTN, Vatican Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today. He is a regular guest on Catholic radio.

Vogt and his wife, Kathleen, live in Oviedo, Florida, with their five children.


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