James G. McCarthy

Recommendation:  5/5

Description of author:  James G. McCarthy is the founder and director of Good News for Catholics, Inc.  He is a former missionary to Ireland.  You can visit his website at www.gnfc.org

Comments:  If you have any questions about how Catholicism differs from the evangelical faith this is the book to read.  Extremely clear, well organized  and well documented, this book compares the basics of Catholic teaching with Scripture.  The book is divided into four sections:  (1) Salvation, (2) the Mass, (3) Mary, and (4) Authority.  In each section he first explains what the church teaches and then gives a Biblical response.  What becomes abundantly clear is that Rome preaches a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-9), a gospel that has no certainty of salvation, that denigrates the completeness of the atonement, that exalts Mary to demigod status, that rests on the authority of men. This is an especially important work at a time when evangelicals are inclined more and more to see Roman Catholics as brothers and sisters in Christ.  McCarthy does not write in an angry or arrogant tone. This is an honest, loving attempt to defend the truth of the gospel.