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A Giveaway to Brighten Your Pathetic, Sad Day

As has been made clear by Protestants and Catholics who have crystal clear memories of the way the the Church was before they were born, Catholics have a worrying problem. They worry about about how sinful they are. They worry about going to heaven. They worry about going to hell. They worry that they aren't worrying enough about going to confession, Mass and bingo.

Making a living as an apologist is easy.

Yes, we Catholics have a thing or twenty to show others about worry. And we're proud of it. With Western civilization slouching towards Gomorrah (r), we Catholics are actually rejoicing. What better excuse to worry more than when Europe is sliding into antiseptic barabarism and America has more debt than the entire world has money?

While you wail and gnash your teeth in the darkness, you would do well to ignore troublemakers like Gary Zimak from the misleadingly named "Following the Truth" blog. This Catholic apologist thinks that worry is not a Catholic thing and has written a new book - The Worrier's Guide to the Bible - that tries, through amazing contortions of scripture, to convince the poor reader that confidence in God is really the Christian way.

 

If you like to worry, don't read this book!

In order to spread this pernicious message, Mr. Zimak is giving away two signed copies of his book. I strongly recommend that you DO NOT leave a comment below about why you trust in God because if you do you may receive one of these books in the mail. On the other hand, if you don't think you have enough to worry about, you could leave a comment and then worry that you won't win a book (even one you shouldn't read) when we announce the winner next Tuesday (12/11/12).

(For the humor impaired, we do highly recommend Gary's book and hope you weren't worrying too much about whether or not we were recommending it.)

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65 comments
Ian
Ian

Debbie Burchins and Ron Rolling are our winners! Please email me your addresses (webmasterATaquinasandmoreDOTcom)

Barbara
Barbara

I trust God because I am a walking disaster without him, but a joyful disaster with him!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I trust in God because I know he is leading me with every step I take and every decision I make. He knows His path for me, and I trust in that.

Leslie
Leslie

I trust that God never intended for me to be such a worrier.

Meredith
Meredith

I joked to the priest who witnessed our wedding this past summer that my husband's vocation primarily consists of telling me to stop worrying :P

Katherine Kemila
Katherine Kemila

Hmmm. The worrying about not worrying enough sounds very familiar - now I have to worry about whether someone's been watching me...

Marlo S.
Marlo S.

I trust in God because I know he will never give me more than I can handle.

Catholic Grammie
Catholic Grammie

I worry so much that I could probably write a book about all the things that I do worry about that I shouldn't. Needless to say, I'm on anti-anxiety meds and pray the rosary daily.

solly gratia
solly gratia

I trust in jesus because he brought me to the Catholic Church after 20 years as a Christian. Amen.

Patty
Patty

Totally confused. I do come from ...on my mothers family of 12 kids ....a family that worry. Pull the plugs its going to storm. Dont take that off you are going to be sick. You cant go to be a nurse....think of what you will see! Over came all of those worries, became a nurse. Tried to live a life free from worries but developed cancer twice within the last 10 years and worry now about that returning. So I do think we all worry because God created that as part of each ones personality. Never met someone that does not worry. Just live everyday to the fullest. Still confused but not going to worry about this.

Susan D
Susan D

I trust in God because he created me in his own image, he knew me before I was born and he loves me.

Kylene
Kylene

I'm very forgetful and I often forget that I don't need to worry, so maybe this book could be a good reminder :)

Kristen J
Kristen J

I trust in Jesus because His plans are always for the good -- and are always better than mine! :)

Erica
Erica

I trust in God because He can never be outdone in generosity.

Debbie Burchins
Debbie Burchins

I'm not worried. Maybe I should be worried about that :)

roxanne
roxanne

Okay I have 10 inch letters stenciled on my wall across from bed so every morning I wake up I can read: "Be Still & Know That I Am God." Ps. 46:10.

Abby
Abby

Hmm...this looks great. I know a number of people, myself included, who would benefit from a study on trust. : )

ppeter
ppeter

I trust God because He is supremely good, all the time. He loves and forgives me. He is always providing for me according to His perfect wisdom and love. I trust Him because he commands me not to worry. I trust Him because He assures me that fear is useless, and that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. He doesn't need me to try to be God in His place, but what pleases Him and is needful to me is that I trust Him.

David B.
David B.

I'm an absolute worry-wart, but the prayer "Jesus, I trust in You" has helped alleviate the stress. Thanks for the post!

Karen
Karen

I'm a complete worry wort, but I'm game for reading the book even if it might give me cause to worry more. Who knows, there may be something out there that I'm not worrying about that I should be.

George Roberson
George Roberson

I'm not worried at all. Should I be worried about my lack of worry?

chinookmt
chinookmt

I sometimes worry that I am not smart enough to be worried about some things?

Margaret
Margaret

Me me me me!!! Pick me! Actually, seriously, I have a college-age child with anxiety. This would be lovely.

Mel
Mel

I liie this blog entry and I wish I could have that book.

Nicole
Nicole

How interesting. Trust and anxiety were the subject of my prayer journal this morning. Is God trying to tell me something now? Oh dear...

Andrew
Andrew

I trust in God because he continues to love and forgive me, despite my providing plenty of reasons for Him not to on a consistent basis.

Ryan M.
Ryan M.

I'm worried that I spend too much time on websites that tempt me to covet after new books, when I already accumulate books at a rate that's faster than any human being could be expected to read them...

Paula
Paula

There's no way I'm reading this book. Worrying is the best calorie-burner I know.

thomas tucker
thomas tucker

I trust in God because no one else, including myself, is completely trustworthy.

Maria
Maria

Wow. I'm worried about you. Really.

Allison Ochoa
Allison Ochoa

I worry about what will happen if I don't comment right away on this worriesome post.

Karen
Karen

I worry that if I win this book, my ever-worrying husband (for real, he worries - a lot!) might read it and stop worrying so much! What would that look like? I worry that I might not find out! ;)

David
David

I'm not worried a bit about winning a free book.

Bob LeBlanc
Bob LeBlanc

I worry, oh I worry. I'm worried that I don't trust in God enough.

GK Student
GK Student

My Grandma says if we don't were worry, then we're zombies. Personally, I do not know why reading scripture is supposed to be support when I want to trust in God. My worry is, that, when I do trust in him, something bad will happen, leave me helpless and into despair, and then I will only fold-in and trust in myself rather than God. That, I will reject God and only accept myself. I'm afraid I will not truly believe, trust, hope in him, and will not have my faith firmly planted in him. I'm afraid I will have no trust in his real presence in the Eucharist and find myself left with counterfeit beliefs, my own self, and any other quackery quasi-religious fashions of the time. Meaning, I will end up so deceived and fallen from grace. I wish God would simply provide a miracle and save me at all times. I apologize about my rant. But, I cannot help but worrying since God does not tangibly and really take it away as he turned water into wine.

Julia
Julia

I'm worried about graduating college and finding a job. Maybe the book will help! (or make it worse? Should I be worried?)

Gretchen
Gretchen

I worry about my kids...what mother doesn't?

Karen
Karen

I really need this book because I worry too much, but I'm worried that if I win it I won't read it and that would really worry me.

Barb S
Barb S

I have a master's degree in anxiety. I would love to read this book so I could learn to BELIEVE the verse, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God..."

JP
JP

I worry that my FB friend Teresa B. might win this book instead of me :-) (not really). But I won't worry about S&H to Canada! I have a marked predisposition to worry. It is something I work on, and perhaps worry about, all the time. God has had such wonderful way of providing for my family over the years, I should have nothing to worry about.

Geoffrey
Geoffrey

Winning this book will literally ruin my life. If I can't worry about stuff, then what else is left for me to do in this world?

Michelle
Michelle

I trust God because He loves me and wants the best for me....of course sometimes I have a lapse of memory and think I need to worry about things, but eventually I come to my senses...

Cheri Dusek
Cheri Dusek

I'm worried that 50 verses is 306 verses short of my needs. Because I seem to worry every day. What will I do for the other days of the year? Should I just repeatedly read the book until my worries cease? And what if it doesn't work and I keep worrying, despite the book? What if I wear the book out? Will I have to buy another copy? And what about my husband? Maybe I should buy a copy for him, too. But wait, my best friend probably needs one, too! I wonder how many copies should I buy? Hmmmm.

Christine Hebert
Christine Hebert

I try to trust in God in all things. I worry that he trusts me too much.

Ian
Ian

With good cause, I'm sure.

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