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Pope Francis Book Giveaway

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Pope Francis Book Giveaway
A couple weeks ago we posted an excerpt from a new book-length interview with Pope Francis. The book is titled On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century and presents conversations between him and an Argentinian rabbi and biophysicist. We shared the book's chapter on atheism.

Shortly after we posted the excerpt, the publisher, Image Books, asked if I'd like to give away some copies at Strange Notions. At first I was hesitant, thinking the book would only appeal to our Catholic commenters, but the more I thought the more I realized it would be helpful for our atheist commenters, too. Understanding the Pope's background and thinking is crucial to understanding the Catholic Church today, so even atheists should find this book interesting and insightful.

Thanks to Image Books, I have FIFTEEN copies to giveaway. Whether you're a Catholic or an atheist, read below and learn how to enter!

On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century

by Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Image, 256 pages, hardcover
Released on April 19, 2013

On Heaven and EarthFrom the man who became Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio shares his thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges the world faces in the 21st century with Abraham Skorka, a rabbi and biophysicist.

For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka were tenacious promoters of interreligious dialogues on faith and reason. They both sought to build bridges among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world at large.

On Heaven and Earth, originally published in Argentina in 2010, brings together a series of these conversations where both men talked about various theological and worldly issues, including God, fundamentalism, atheism, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and globalization. From these personal and accessible talks comes a first-hand view of the man who would become pope to 1.2 billion Catholics around the world in March 2013.

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Pope Francis Book Giveaway

The winners will be randomly selected next Friday and the books will be sent out, free of charge, shortly thereafter.

In the future we'll be giving away more books and resources, so subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

(Since we're covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

Brandon Vogt

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Brandon Vogt is a bestselling author, blogger, and speaker. He's also the founder of StrangeNotions.com. Brandon has been featured by several media outlets including NPR, CBS, FoxNews, SiriusXM, and EWTN. He converted to Catholicism in 2008, and since then has released several books, including The Church and New Media (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011), Saints and Social Justice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2014), and RETURN (Numinous Books, 2015). He works as the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron's Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. Brandon lives with his wife, Kathleen, and their five children in Central Florida. Follow him at BrandonVogt.com or connect through Twitter at @BrandonVogt.

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  • Bobby Bambino

    I would like to read the book! (Is this how one enters for a chance to win? I don't understand technology...)

  • Jill Finnerty Ricardo

    I would like to read the book to get to know my Pope!

  • joekalange

    Brandon, I want to read the book because I want to know more about the ideas that Pope Francis' is going to continue to make more present in his pontificate. Also, a lot of his writings are in Spanish and I no speaka. Finally, I co-facilitate a Young Adults ministry here in Altamonte Springs and I'd love to be able to do a "Pope Francis Night" or even maybe get some of my cohorts to do a book club thingie. Hook me up!

  • Angela Record

    I would love to a copy of this book!

  • Michael Mannan

    Grazie Mille!

  • Bobby

    I commented.

  • Cam

    Would love to read this book

  • Nathan718

    I'd love to learn more about our new Holy Father.

  • Mary Jo Lemming Paquin

    Looks like a good read

  • Beth

    I'd love to read this book just to learn a bit more about Pope Francis and his thoughts about the Church!

  • Dcn Harbey Santiago

    I would love to add this book to my collection. I find Pope Francis a fascinating choice to succeed the great apostle Peter. This man's theology was not tempered in the Vatican's halls or in the great scholastic centers of Europe but in the slums of Buenos Aires, which gives him a unique perspective, badly needed in our world today. I think this is a great thing you and Image Books are doing. Blessings.

    "Viva Cristo Rey!!"
    Deacon Harbey Santiago

  • Sr. Theresa Noble

    Have this in Spanish, would love to have it in English!

  • Sr. Dorcee

    We would LOVE this for our convent library.

  • Erick Chastain

    Having read a bit on the website from the book, I'm curious to hear more about the holy father's views on science and religion.

  • Lissa Untalan

    I love that Pope Francis is a breathe of fresh air! God bless him!

  • Kim Whelan

    I would like to read this and then share it!

  • Nolan McBride

    I'd like to learn more about the new pope.

  • Mary Martha Moss

    I'm very interested to read what Brandon has to say and to know Pope Francis better. Francis of Assisi was a gift to the world in his own time, Francis of Argentina is likewise a gift to us. There is nothing quite like a man of peace.

  • Vuyo

    As a protestant I'd love to read it.

  • Lionel Nunez

    Nice! I've been itching to catch a glimpse into the mind of Pope Francis!

  • trentsintense

    I want to know what made this Holy Father who he is today

  • francis

    I found the interviews with Pope Benedict very helpful, I would like to continue the tradition

  • Teresa Buonafede

    Need to start a new shelf of books by and from Pope Francis.
    We have a shelf ready!

  • singleCatholicgirl

    When the Pope was elected, I googled his name frantically looking for something to read. Heaven and Earth was only in Espanol and mi espanol es muy mall. So, I am thrilled that an English translation has been made available! Can't wait to read it!

  • perpetualmin

    Love it. We have been talking about doing some Lectio Papum at some of our youth meetings!

  • John Cowlin

    I love Pope Francis

  • podmandan

    Sounds like an interesting read. I'd like to read this book to read this book to learn what Pope Francis says about faith, family and our Church in the modern day.

  • I'd be interested to see what the new pope has to say. My first impression is that he's more pastoral than B16.

    • Michael Murray

      It will be interesting to see if he can get his message past the Vatican minders. They seem to be "clarifying" for him when he goes off script. Reminds more of a wonderful BBC programme called Yes (Prime) Minister.

      • Dcn Harbey Santiago

        Is not the message, is how badly the message is communicated. Just do a Google search for "Francis said atheists hell" and you will know what I'm talking about.

        "Viva Cristo Rey!!"
        Deacon Harbey Santiago

  • Monica

    Hope I win!!

  • Sandra VanderKaay

    Thank you Brandon. I am looking forward to learning more about the the thinking of our new Pope Francis :)

  • Kevin Reiner

    I would like to get it for free and read the book because i think it might help me and my faith and my friend's. Anyway i'm so far away i might get the book from the stores months after this giveaway.

  • Friar Matt Foley

    I have a vow of poverty so a free book would be great! I teach HS
    religion and some students are dabbling in the new atheist and because
    I'm a nice person!

  • Janisse Flores

    I really would like this book because I have many protestant friends who are always questioning me about the Pope and his position, and this book can help me be able to defend my faith more. :)

  • Emily

    I would love to read this book because our Holy Father has so much beautiful practical knowledge about the natural and supernatural world surrounding us.

  • Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your article and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your article posts.

  • Alexander Frain

    I would love to read this book. I've been wanting to know more about our new Holy Father, and with so many books that have appeared seemingly overnight, it's hard to know which one to start with...that StrangeNotions has 15 copies of this particular book to give away free seems to be a good starting-place!

  • tmirus

    I want to read this book to get to know the Pope better. Having been born in 1990, this is the first new Pope who's been elected after I became an adult, and for whatever reason I seem to connect him with him on a more personal level than I did with our previous two - so I'm especially excited to see what he has to teach me!