Book Reviews (New!)

Don’t just take my word for How to Become a Heroic Catholic! Check out what other people had to say: (will update this page as I get new reviews 😉 )

Steven R. McEvoy says;

“This book written by a young adult and intended for teens and young adults has a lot to offer for that intended audience, but also for any Catholic adult wishing to go deeper in their faith. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking I wish I had read something like this in my teens, or even my twenties. I believe that if I had read a book like this, my faith that has bloomed and grown since my thirties would have been much stronger much sooner! This was an incredible read.

The first chapter of this book begins with this quote: “The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident but instead we must be Catholics by conviction.” Fr. Terrence Henry, TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville. With the changes we have seen in the culture over the last few years. For with the changes in Europe and the events here in North America, this statement is truer every day. Catherine states: “We must be heroic in our faith! We (Catholics) need to be filled with our faith, fully immersed in it, ready to show the world what it truly means to be Catholic in today’s society. In order to do that we must be confident in what we believe. We must know all of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of our beliefs. These facts will be questioned and they will be twisted…which is why we must know the Truth.” And it is something that each of us must take seriously to heart. From that beginning of Catholics by conviction Catherine goes on to highlight many key doctrines and characteristics of the Catholic faith. The contents of this book are:

Chapter 1: Catholics by Conviction
Chapter 2: Why the Bible?
Chapter 3: The Pope
Chapter 4: Sola Fides and Sola Scriptura
Chapter 5: The Roots of the Mass
Chapter 6: The Seven Sacraments
Chapter 7: Catholics Don’t Worship Mary
Chapter 8: The Saints
Chapter 9: Purgatory
Chapter 10: The Church is Pro-Life
Chapter 11: Discussing the Faith
Chapter 12: Closing
Recommended Reading

Stewart draws extensively from the bible, the catechism and from church history to argue her points. She writes in a very accessible and engaging manner. In fact it is easy to read through the whole book and immediately want to start reading it again. Her arguments and defences are  based on sound reasons, incredibly well researched, and very well written. Her recommend reading includes what she considers 5 lighter or easier books and 7 deeper books. Ranging from Mike Aquilina and Tomas Aquinas to Kevin Vost and Patrick Madrid.

This was an excellent read, and I hope the author publishes more soon for I will be eager to read it.”


This one is from Sarah:

“I certainly did adore this book! Catherine Stewart weaved advanced apologetics with humor.

This book is meant for debate with other Christians, so therefore, the Bible is the primary source. Since a lot of important issues are discussed, it might confuse people, because of, “How can I explain to my agnostic friend that Mary was a virgin if all the evidence in here comes from the Bible and she doesn’t believe in It?”

But Catherine Stewart wrote a note that said this book was for debate with other Christians (I wrote that up there already, but it still stands).

I believe she said she is writing another book, which will be interesting, since this is the only teen guide to defending Catholicism, and imagine how much we can learn to defend it in debates with a lot of religions, not just other Christians.

It was very helpful on how to address important faith issues, such as the ever-important quote that bestows Peter as the Pope that everyone always tries to derail.”


This one from Joshua, a high-school homeschooler like I myself was:D

“I just started reading this book yesterday, and I have to say that it’s awesome! I’m in high school (homeschool) and I got the book from my cousin. Excellent writing, Catherine Stewart! Keep it up!”

He gave the book 5 stars.

“Wish I was Still a Youth Minister
By K Mullen
I was given this book by my niece who knows the author. As a former Catholic Youth Minister she thought I might enjoy it. I was so impressed!!!!!! Young Catherine has truly been given a gift from God, and is using her gift well!!!!! I wish I was still a YM, I’d teach off this book and try to give every Catholic young person a copy! It is also a great book for adults, who all to often are not very knowledgeable about our faith, and hence, live it solely to the Church. This book will help them & their young people! Excellent! Thank you for this book.”


Here’s a nice one from John: (copied from Amazon)

“Catherine has written a book in defense of the Catholic faith that is very easy to read and understand. Teens as well as older cradle Catholics will enjoy her casual style and fresh insight when examining frequently asked questions about the faith. I particularly loved the way she assures us, with certainty from scripture, that the Eucharist is the real body of Christ, not a symbol. Her brief treatment of each topic along with references for those who wish a deeper study is ideal.
We are blessed to have such a dedicated young woman alive in our time. She is truly a gift.”


One from Sarah Munn: (copied from Amazon)

“Bravo! Very well written and very well organized in thought and reference. Not so much information so that it was overwhelming, but just enough to get started defending the most used objections to our Catholic faith. Your attention to detail shows that you have spent hours researching each question – finding the best explanations and defenses. I will be telling all my friends to get a copy to read and a copy to give away!”


Here’s one from SilverRose: (copied from Amazon)

“I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of this book, and found it to be quite excellent. Ms. Stewart’s HOW TO BECOME A HEROIC CATHOLIC is a comprehensive volume on key components of the Catholic faith, organized according to topic for study and debate. Each chapter is a perfect balance between succinct and detailed and may even serve as a helpful tool for quick reference post-reading. Additionally, it is presented in language that is easy to understand for youth, the target audience.

All in all, very impressive. This young author is certainly one to watch. She has already distinguished herself as a sound apologist. Bravo!”


And one from Anna:

“I absolutely love this book! The way that she answers the questions that many people have is wonderful! I love that she included my personal favorite Bible verse “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet you the nations.'” – Jeremiah 1:4-5. This book captures all of the elements of truly being a Heroic Catholic. Great job, Miss Stewart!”



I love reviews! If you have read the book – take a couple minutes to write a short review for me! I’d really appreciate it, and it would help me to know how people are reacting to what I’ve written.  Post them on Amazon or GoodReads (or both 😉 ) and I’ll add them here!



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