First Comes Love
Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity
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Scott Hahn has a true gift for explaining Catholic doctrine in terms that are applicable to modern life and accessible to the lay person. In First Comes Love, he utilizes biblical scripture, historical text, and religious scholarly documents to help define family as an essential instrument of the church. The chapters are short and broken down into very quick and easy to read sections by bolded subject text, making the book an easy read for busy parents and those that can only ingest small amounts at a time. Terms and concepts are defined in a clean and concise manner. The end result of reading this book is a motivation to pursue a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith and to explore additional resources for methods to implement Catholic principles into daily, modern family life.
About the Book:
In First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity, Scott Hahn delves into the Gospels to show that family terminology–words like brother, sister, mother, father, and home–dominates Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers, and that these very worlds illuminate Christianity’s central ideas. Through real-life examples and from the Scriptures, Hahn makes it clear that, no matter what sort of family we come from, we can all find our family in the Church.
About the Author:
Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fifth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.
He has been awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, he held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Some of his newest books are Many Are Called, Hope for Hard Times, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life.
Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1979, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. Scott has ten years of youth and pastoral ministry experience in Protestant congregations (in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Kansas and Virginia) and is a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Virginia. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986.