Mark Hart is executive vice president for Life Teen International and is affectionately known to millions across the world simply as the "Bible GeekÂ®." An award-winning author and producer, Mark is a popular speaker and regular guest on several Catholic radio shows. His weekly podcast and DVD bible study resources have helped Catholics of all ages read and study Scripture. Mark lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Melanie, and their three daughters, Hope, Trinity, and Faith.
—Scott Hahn, Scripture
scholar and author, The Lamb’s Supper:
The Mass as Heaven on Earth
“Anyone who loves the Mass, and even those who think Mass is
boring, need to read Mark Hart's newest book, Behold the Mystery. Hart's
clarity, humor, and faith will help all Catholics become more engaged, active
participants in liturgy—and in life. And for Mark, that’s one and the same.”
—Fr. Leo E.
Patalinghug, priest, author, TV & radio host, and founder of www.GraceBeforeMeals.com
“You already know Mark Hart as a smart, funny, Spirit-filled
leader and speaker. When you read this book, you will also know him as a
pastoral theologian—in the style of Pope Francis—who can make you, me, and your
non-practicing Catholic neighbor fall in love with God all over again through
—Fr. Jonathan Morris,
program director, The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, Fox News religion analyst,
and author, God Wants You Happy
As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass—its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to “go in peace,” he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ’s mission in the world.
In the last part of the book, Hart provides pithy answers to frequently asked questions, such as “Why can’t I leave right after Communion?” or “Why did the words change?” Finally, Hart offers ten things we can do to get more out of Mass.
What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful?
Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness.
Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth.