Much has been said about why Jesus died. This book focuses on why Jesus lived.

God with Us: Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew shows that Jesus didn’t just come to be our teacher, a miracle worker or prophet, or even just Israel’s savior and redeemer. Jesus is

Emmanuel, God with us. Notable Scripture scholar Edward Sri leads readers on a faithful exploration of Jesus’s kingdom-building mission and how it revealed God’s presence, which remains with us today. Helpful discussion questions are provided for personal and
group study.

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Edward Sri has moved us beyond the typical modern limitations in reading Matthew. Read this book attentively, then, and you’ll come to a deeper love of the people and the religion of Israel, the people and the religion of our Messiah and King.”—Scott Hahn, Bestselling Author of The First Society

You won’t find a better guide than Edward Sri to take you by the hand and walk you through the Gospel of Matthew. A trained scholar who writes like a popular novelist, Sri explains the Jewish background and Old Testament context that makes Matthew come alive!”—John Bersgma, Author of Bible Basics for Catholics

Through this dynamic Bible study, Sri shows us why his courses are overflowing with excited students—he makes the Scriptures come alive.”—Curtis A. Martin, Founder, FOCUS

Edward Sri has uncovered and clearly presented the Old Testament background needed to flesh out our understanding of Matthew’s Gospel. The result is a better understanding of Jesus’ life and mission—and ours.”—Stacy Mitch, Author of the Courageous Women Bible study series

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No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, No Greater Love is a five-part video series and full-length book that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life in this biblical pilgrimage.

While taking this study or reading this book, you will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Mount of Calvary.

Every step of the way, biblical experts reveal how Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death.

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With these insights, Catholics can come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love—drawing closer to Jesus than ever have before.

Authored and presented by Edward Sri, No Greater Love also features: Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins, Jennifer Fulwiler, Curtis Martin, Teresa Tomeo, Fr. Josh Johnson, and Elizabeth Sri.

In this study, Catholics discover…

  • The Biblical background to each scene in Christ’s passion.
  • What was Jesus going through at each moment?
  • How did the Old Testament foretell of Christ’s death?
  • Why did Christ die for us? What did it accomplish?
  • What was the meaning behind of the tearing of the temple veil, the crowning with thorns, and other events during Christ’s Passion?

Edward Sri also unpacks commonly misunderstood sayings of Jesus, such as…

  • “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass?”—Was Jesus thinking of backing out at the last minute?
  • “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?”—Was Jesus really abandoned by the Father on the cross?
  • “You have said so.”—What does that mean?

Most of all, Catholics who take this study will encounter God’s love to the fullest.

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Rethinking Mary in the New Testament

What the Bible Tells Us about the Mother of the Messiah

Scholars often have questioned how much the New Testament can tell us about the Mother of Jesus. After all, Mary appears only in a few accounts and speaks on limited occasions. Can Scripture really support the many Marian beliefs developed in the Church over time?

In Rethinking Mary in the New Testament, Dr. Edward Sri shows that the Bible reveals more about Mary than is commonly appreciated. For when the Mother of Jesus does appear in Scripture, it’s often in passages of great importance, steeped in the Jewish Scriptures, and packed with theological significance.

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This comprehensive work examines every key New Testament reference to Mary, addressing common questions along the way, such as:

  • What was Mary’s life like before the Annunciation?
  • Is there biblical support for Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Perpetual Virginity?
  • Does Scripture reveal Mary as our spiritual mother?
  • What does it mean for Mary to be “full of grace”?
  • How is Mary the “New Eve,” “Ark of the Covenant,” and “Queen Mother”?
  • Can Mary be identified with the “woman” in Revelation 12?

Rethinking Mary in the New Testament offers a fresh, in-depth look at the Mother of Jesus in Scripture—one that helps us know Mary better and her role in God’s plan.

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Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ

What Does It Look Like to Really Follow Jesus?

In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow the rabbi so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up from his rabbi’s feet. Thousands of years later, though we walk on roads of pavement and not dust, we are still called to be disciples–to follow our Rabbi, Jesus Christ, so closely that we are covered with his life, changed, and made new.

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Into His Likeness provides an approachable but in-depth exploration of how to live as a disciple and experience the transformation Jesus wants to work in our lives. We might desire to live more like Christ, but we know we fall short. This book simply helps us follow those initial promptings of the Holy Spirit, so that we may more intentionally encounter Jesus anew each day and be more disposed to his grace changing us ever more into his likeness

“Too many people have a cold, impersonal faith. In Into His Likeness, Edward Sri shatters this view and leads us on a breathtaking journey into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus.”   – Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream

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Praying the Rosary Like Never Before: Encounter the Wonder of Heaven and Earth

Do you have 2.5 minutes you can give to God?  This is the beauty of the rosary.  You don’t have to pray it all at once. And you can pray it anywhere.

Do you struggle with praying the rosary? Do you have trouble finding time, fighting distractions, or feeling you’re just going through the motions? In this powerful book by Edward Sri, you’ll discover practical ways to encounter Jesus and Mary more in the rosary and incorporate it into your daily life.

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“The rosary is a simple prayer–a simple way to pray that has been available for hundreds of years. And yet many people are intimidated by this simply prayer. Dr. Sri has written this book to reconnect Catholics with their inheritance given to them in the rosary. This book can help the most inexperienced beginner or the most regular pray-er of the rosary deepen their experience of this great gift.”   – Fr. Michael Schmitz, speaker and director of youth ministry, Diocese of Duluth

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Who am I to Judge? – Responding to Relativism

  • “Don’t be so judgmental!”
  • “Why are Christians so intolerant?”
  • “Why can’t we just coexist?”

In an age in which preference has replaced morality, many people find it difficult to speak the truth, afraid of the reactions they will receive if they say something is right or wrong.  In Who Am I To Judge?, Edward Sri helps us understand the classical view of morality and equips us to talk effectively with our secular friends, appealing to both the head and the heart. Learn how Catholic morality is all about love, why making a judgment is not judging a person’s soul, and why, in the words of Pope Francis, “relativism wounds people.”  Purchase Book at Lighthouse Catholic Media

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Also: 8-Week Video Study for Your Family, Parish or Small Group

Finally, a program to form your parishioners in a Catholic moral worldview!

  • Catholic moral formation made simple
  • 8 episodes
  • Leader’s guides & participant guides available
  • Small group discussion questions. Personal application.

You’ve Watched the Symbolon Videos…

Now Go Deeper with the Book

Because Every Catholic Deserves to Know His Story

Based on the acclaimed film series Symbolon, this book by best-selling author Edward Sri gives adult Catholics something many of them didn’t receive growing up: the “why” behind what we believe as Catholics and the “how” we need to put our faith into practice each day. As Dr. Sri walks you through the Catholic Church, he does so addressing the common questions we face living in a secular culture.

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Questions such as…

  • Why do I need the Church—can’t I be spiritual on my own?
  • Isn’t one religion just as good as another?
  • Aren’t Chistians being judgmental when they talk about morality? Shouldn’t each individual be free to make up his own moral truth?
  • Why do Catholics and Protestants disagree?
  • Must Catholics worship Mary and always obey the pope?

More than an intellectual enterprise, this work is also a deep spiritual reflection and a practical guide to living out our faith in Christ. It aims to form both the head and the heart, not only helping us to understand Jesus and his plan of salvation, but inspiring us to love God and our neighbor better. Follows chapter-by-chapter the Symbolon film series. Excellent for parents, families, RCIA, catechist formation, parish leaders, small group leaders and individuals seeking to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

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Men, Women and the Mystery of Love

This updated and expanded edition of Edward Sri’s classic meditation on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility includes a new introduction, new chapters for singles and engaged couples, and more stories of people whose lives have been transformed by Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author, and well-known Catholic speaker. He has written several bestselling books, and serves as professor of theology and vice president of mission at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. He is the content director for the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained and Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage.

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Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross

Do you know the human Mary? Do you know what was going on inside her step-by-step throughout her life – what St. John Paul II called Mary’s “interior pilgrimage of faith”?

In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri explores what Scripture tells us about nine key moments in Mary’s life when God was inviting her to take that next step as a disciple: to trust more, love more, give more, surrender more.

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Even with her unique graces and vocation, Mary was still a human being–a woman who made a journey of faith through various trials and uncertainties, and who endured her share of suffering. Mary remains a woman we can relate to and from whom we have much to learn.

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Rediscovering the Heart of the Disciple: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel

The call of Christ to each of us is as heart-stopping as the moment captured by Caravaggio in his painting, The Call of St. Matthew. Jesus points, he invites—and Matthew the tax-collector must make a decision. “The Lord does not disappoint those who take that risk” and choose him, Pope Francis tells us in his Apostolic
Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel.

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Dr. Edward Sri, theologian, author, and speaker, unpacks The Joy of the Gospel, making it accessible and actionable. In these brief reflections Sri explores those things that hold us back, how we can open ourselves to God’s love, and the difference this can make to our joyful proclamation of the Gospel.

Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel reminds us that when life weighs us down, “the Lord is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

Great for use by individuals or groups, each chapter concludes with questions for reflection or discussion, moving readers further into a renewed personal relationship with Christ.

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