When Faith Goes Viral
When Faith Goes Viral

When Faith Goes Viral

11 Success Stories of the New Evangelization from Alabama to Vladivostok


216 Pages, 5.375 x 8.25

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9780824549824

Price: $24.95
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Spreading the word in a post-modern world

Reporting on several grass-roots projects undertaken in America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America—and other regions where “faith” is a new word—journalist Philip F. Lawler offers a realistic report on the strategies and techniques used by activists to deliver the Catholic message. Reporting on both the failures and successes across a vast array of evangelist organizations—including schools, parishes, pro-life groups, and home schools—Lawler ultimately creates a portrait of a solid, active, and inspiring segment of fervent believers who walk the path of the apostles to speak the word of God.


"Effective evangelization is a crucial question for the Church and it's good to see that Philip Lawler, an experienced and fair-minded journalist, has turned his attention to studying and highlighting programs that actually work."  —Robert Royal, president, Faith & Reason Institute, author, The God That Did Not Fail

"Phil Lawler is a man of many talents, and among them is the ability to dig out the truth even when it hurts. But this latest work is quite the opposite—it is the kind of book that makes one want to run out and celebrate all that is new and exciting in the world of evangelization. A real shot in the arm, this book is a must-read."  —Judie Brown, President, American Life League

"Phil Lawler is one of the most trusted Catholic journalists in the world today. Without fear or favor, he reports what is troubling in the Church, but he also pursues, as in this book, her points of light."  —George Neumayr, Contributing Editor, The American Spectator, co-author, No Higher Power

"Phil Lawler has specialized for so long in bad news, it's nice to see that he's found some good news this time. And his reputation for accuracy makes the reader more confident that these encouraging stories are the real thing."  —Jim Holman, Editor, San Diego Reader, and Publisher, California Catholic Daily

"His own writings show Philip Lawler to be an exceptionally lucid and graceful essayist. Events in the life of the Church have shown him to be one of the most perspicuous analysts of the contemporary situation. This latest work will advance his reputation both as a writer and as an observer of extraordinary shrewdness."  —Rev. Paul Mankowski, SJ, Fellow in Residence, Lumen Christi Institute

"Few U.S. Catholics have written with as much balance and insight as Phil Lawler about what's wrong with the Church in America. That's why he just might be the best person alive to help the faithful see what the Church is doing right."  —Rod Dreher, Senior Editor, The American Conservative

"Philip Lawler, one of the steadiest Catholic journalists alive and author of Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture—the best book on the priestly abuse crisis … has put together a valuable collection of essays on things that are going right in the Church: When Faith Goes Viral: 11 Success Stories on the New Evangelization from Alabama to Vladivostok. This is not a book to read and forget, but an invitation to action in whatever way you might feel moved to make something happen in the Church – and the world. Pick up this little anthology for your pre-Christmas reading. Its inspiring chapters may help you, despite all temptations to Scrooge-like cynicism about our postmodern world, to welcome the commemoration of the birth of the Savior with greater joy and, who knows, maybe even a greater hope." —Robert Royal, TheCatholicthing.org

Author Biography

Phil F. Lawler is the editor of Catholic World News and the author of The Alternative Influence: The Impact of Investigative Reporting on American Media and The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture. He lives in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.