A Journey from Desperation to Hope
Author: Fr. Rob Galea
Foreword by: Liam Lawton

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Publication date: February 16, 2018

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“Contemporary culture compels approaches to evangelization that are new in ardor, method, and expression. Fr. Rob Galea’s efforts to reach young people with the saving power of the Gospel exemplify all three, and in his new book, he reveals precisely where his zeal for the mission originates—in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is living, present, and accessible to all people in his Church.”
Most Rev. Robert Barron
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles


Are you disconnected from God? Do you feel that your life has no hope? As a teenager, Fr. Rob Galea's reaction to those painful feelings was addiction, violence, and destructive friendships. When the recording artist and former Australian X Factor contestant finally let God in, his life completely changed. In Breakthrough, Galea shares his journey from scared teenager to passionate priest and invites you to learn more about the Catholic faith so you, too, can find hope in Christ.

Rob Galea was a lonely, miserable teenager. He wanted to feel like he belonged, so he joined a gang. He went clubbing. He drank. He stole things. He lied. His reckless lifestyle ultimately led him to hide in fear for his life from other gang members. He was so desperate in those days spent in his dark bedroom that he contemplated ending his life.

Then a phone call from his grandmother about a youth group at a nearby church—an invitation not originally intended for him—helped Galea turn his life around. When he finally let God break through his loneliness and fear, he began to experience freedom and God’s unconditional love.

In Breakthrough, Galea takes you on his journey to seminary, the move from his home country of Malta to Australia, and the development of his ministry as a priest, speaker, singer/songwriter, and recording artist. Along the way, he’ll help you to see the life-changing journey of discipleship and how to find hope in your Catholic faith.

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Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594718373

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A timely reminder of the hope we are offered in our deepest and darkest times!”

    “In Breakthrough, Fr. Rob Galea invites us into his ongoing journey of encountering Christ and shows us how this encounter can be life-changing and fruitful if we open ourselves to the love of Jesus. A timely reminder of the hope we are offered in our deepest and darkest times!”

    Curtis A. Martin
    Founder and CEO of FOCUS

  • “One of the Church's most effective evangelists and entertainers.”

     “One of the Church's most effective evangelists and entertainers (and those are by no means mutually exclusive categories), Fr. Rob Galea shares his remarkable life with us in his first book. Along the way, we learn lessons about faith and forgiveness, suffering and hope, laughter and tears. Open these pages to find out why he’s one of the most well-known and beloved priests on the world stage today.”

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.

  • “Refreshing and encouraging.”

    “Fr. Rob bears his heart and soul in Breakthrough. His vulnerability and authenticity are refreshing, his story is encouraging, and his love for the Lord is an inspiration to anyone who seeks Jesus and desires to give their life to him. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone, especially young people who want to love the Lord and know where they fit and how God can use them.”

    Katie Prejean McGrady
    Author of Follow

  • “Fills the reader with wonder at God's involvement in human life.”

    “Fr. Rob's personal witness and sincere, passionate, musical message of hope are resonating with teens. This is a book you won't want to put down! It tugs at the human heart and fills the reader with wonder at God's involvement in human life.”

    Sr. Marie Pappas
    Host of Pathways of Learning on SiriusXM Radio

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