“How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First, you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid’s advice in Search and Rescue.”Edward Cardinal EganArchbishop Emeritus of New York
You don’t have to become a biblical scholar or a theologian to be an effective spokesman for the Catholic Faith. In fact, even though you don’t know all the answers and can’t explain every aspect of the Faith, you can begin winning souls to the Church right now . . . using prayer, friendship, and common sense.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but in Search and Rescue Patrick Madrid explains why these are among the most effective, time-tested methods for bringing family and friends into — or back into — the Church. As the publisher of Envoy magazine, author of many apologetics books (including Surprised by Truth 2), and a veteran defender of the Faith, Madrid himself has used these methods successfully for years. But Madrid doesn’t give you only the benefit of his own considerable experience: in Search and Rescue he also includes simple and genial advice from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine, and other great lovers of God. Get Search and Rescue — the book that shows you how you can start winning souls for Christ today!
“Even St. Monica would have benefited from reading this book in her effort to bring her son, St. Augustine, into the Catholic Church!” Fr. Andrew Apostoli The Gift of God: The Holy Spirit
“This is necessary spiritual reading for Catholic apologists.” Francis Cardinal George Archbishop of Chicago
“Very useful advice on how to prepare yourself and how to lead others to recognize the truth of divine Revelation and join the Catholic Church that Jesus founded. This reading can renew your life — and the lives of many others.”Christoph Cardinal Schönborn Archbishop of Vienna
“Spiritually wise, morally honest, and psychologically sensitive advice about the most forgotten yet the most crucial dimension of Catholic evangelism, the personal. No tricks here, just sound, Catholic, traditional common sense. Don’t evangelize without it!” Peter Kreeft Fundamentals of the Faith
“Conversions could increase tenfold if Catholics adopted the techniques in this book. Pat Madrid’s Search and Rescue shows you how to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis de Sales and bring your friends and family members into the Church using the simple gifts of friendship, prayer, patient persistence, and informed dialogue.” Steve Wood Family Life Center
“An excellent source to help concerned Catholics reach their loved ones. I highly recommend this book.” Steven K. Ray Upon This Rock
“A most welcome addition to the resources in evangelization and apologetics, so essential in this new millennium.” The Very Rev. Peter Stravinskas The Catholic Response
“Madrid’s rich experience shines through in this gem of a book. Worth buying for those new to apologetics and the ‘old hands’ as well.” David B. Currie Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic
This book is an excellent introduction to apologetics, and lays out a very clear and concise list of "steps" one should take in learning, re-learing, and witnessing their Catholicism to others. Madrid leaves no stone unturned and definitely prepares the new recruit for a battle unlike any the world has ever seen. However, I would also recommend this for the more advanced apologists as well that they may remind themselves of what they might have forgotten in the midst of their constant battles.
I highly recommend this book and guarantee you will find it quite informative, not to mention, an excellent reference book when you move from beginner to more advanced.
Search and Rescue is NOT an apologetic or theological work. It is a how-to manual for APPLYING apologetic and thoelogical studies. The author gives lots of great references for where to find good study guides for the faith and apologetics, including a strong emphasis on person daily prayer and scripture reading.
This is an awesome work that will teach people how to evangelize those around us in the world, as well as how to deal with the painful situation of a close friend or family member who leaves the Church over 'issues' or because of a conversion to protestantism. Those looking to become serious about evangelizing people in the world, or those confused about what to do about the family member being wooed by charismatic protestant church members NEED this book.
Surprised by Truth 2
Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur, The
Bible Proofs for Catholic Truths
Reflections on the Christian Life
Rebuilding Catholic Culture
Art of Being a Good Friend
Awakening Your Soul to Presence of God