What Others Say

EDUCATORS

“Other middle and high-school history textbooks lack the qualities that Catholic Textbook Project’s offer… beautifully and clearly presented. Without proselytizing, and without pressing any worldview other than the importance of understanding the past…

“Teachers and students who use the Catholic Textbook Project series will be happy to know that  in college its readers will know more about history than many of their professors as well as most of their classmates.”

— Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor of History, Emeritus, UC, Santa Barbara

“This carefully researched, beautifully written, and elegantly  designed four-volume textbook series at long last gives full weight to the contribution of Roman Catholics across five centuries of North American exploration and settlement.  The saga of France and Spain in this regard is already well known.  These wonderful volumes, however, now bring to light the English-speaking Roman Catholic presence in North America and the contributions of Catholics of many backgrounds to the creation and development of the United States.”   

Kevin Starr, University Professor, Professor of History, University of Southern California (USC), California State Librarian Emeritus, USC Medallion 2005, National Humanities Medalist 2006, Centennial Medalist, GSAS Harvard University 2006

“In the Diocese of Lincoln, the Catholic Textbook Project History textbooks are the recommended texts for grades 5–10, and endorsed by Bishop Conley.” 

Sister Collette Bruskewitz, OSF, Assistant Superintendent, Diocese of Lincoln

“…these books … help us promote our Catholic Identity. The information is well-written and presented in colorful eye-appealing pages that engage the learner.”

Maria Christina Buckowski, principal, Saint Anthony School, San Gabriel, California

“After examining them, the teachers and I concluded unanimously to adopt the textbooks and its instructional support materials at our school for the year 2013-14.”

Federina S. Gullano, Principal, Mary Immaculate School, Pacoima, California

“After reviewing copies of All Ye Lands and Light to the Nations Part 1, we would love to purchase the books for our students. We especially love the manner in which our Catholic faith is evident throughout the lessons. Our students would most certainly benefit from the textbooks.”

M. Teresa Villareal, Principal, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Los Angeles

“As a Catholic school we are eager to integrate the Faith more purposefully into our history classroom, but we were worried that our teacher would find the text inadequate to prepare students for AP testing.  We are very pleased to report that our Honors U.S. History (AP preparatory) instructor was excited about the content of Lands of Hope and Promise.  Impressed with the depth and scholarship, our teacher (who has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from NYU) will be using the book as the primary resource to help prepare students for the AP exam this spring.”

  —Michael Adkins, Dean of Academics, St. Agnes School, St. Paul, MN

“We are very pleased with the high standard of content and the integration of the Catholic Faith component into the textbooks…It was a great idea to incorporate what our Church was doing, saying and partaking of during the different periods in history.”

Edgar Sedano, Principal, Our Lady Help of Christians School, Los Angeles

“As the new principal this school year, I have been assigned to bring St. Alphonsus School back to a viable Catholic learning environment… The acquisition of the beautiful new social studies series from Catholic Textbook Project would be a blessing and a start on the road to recovery for our school….

“We just received our beautiful new Social Studies textbooks and are opening the boxes now. Our office manager, Carmen, and our 8th grade teacher Mrs. Sanchez actually began to cry tears of joy.”

Joe Sera, Jr., Principal, St. Alphonsus Catholic School, Los Angeles

“Our students are thrilled with the new Social Studies books…”

Sister Marita Olango, FDZ, Principal, St. Elisabeth School, California

“We have reviewed the series and look forward to using these wonderful new textbooks that bring a fresh, Catholic perspective!”

Thomas A. Ambriz, MA, MBA, Principal, Saint Ferdinand Catholic School, San Fernando, California

“I wish you could have seen the reactions by the teachers to your textbook samples. There was such joy in their faces when they saw the way the books were formatted and the accompanying materials (CD, teacher workbook). I knew I would be a villain if I exposed them to your books and was unable to secure them for their students. Thank you so much for having a product worth fighting to share with our students and staff…”

Monica M. Lomenzo, St. Gertrude the Great, Bell Gardens, California

“We are speechless here at Saint Sebastian School! We loved the materials.. The books are fabulous and we are more than excited to get them into our students’ hands.”

Dr. Kristine Vardanyan, Principal, St. Sebastian School, Los Angeles

I recommend CTP to any Catholic school that claims to teach and integrate the Catholic faith and/or claims to offer a rigorous academic program.  CTP textbooks are an amazing, game-changing resource in teaching history and geography at Catholic schools.  They are beautifully produced, well written, and most importantly they integrate Catholic thought and culture.  It seems that each day our country and world grow more divided; part of the problem is that we’ve ignored or forgotten the past resulting in a lack of purpose and direction for our future.  CTP textbooks provide the necessary compass to navigate our troubled age and to instill in the next generation the importance of our faith, our heritage, our principles, and whence forth they came.  Catholic educators can once again hand on “our story” for the benefit of students, parents, and future generations with CTP materials.

—Michael Adkins, Dean of Academics, St. Agnes School, St. Paul, MN

“In terms of supplementing content, it makes much more sense to supplement a Catholic textbook to meet specific standards rather than the reverse. No matter what the subject matter.

“If we, as Catholic educators, use a secular textbook for social studies, for example, but must repeatedly tell our students that this book left something out or that it was not accurate in certain fundamental premises, then we send students a mixed message.  

“Why should a student trust a book that has to be corrected?  Why should a Catholic student trust a book that denies the possibility of the supernatural? And yet ironically here is a classic application of the modern educational concept ‘hidden curriculum.’

“No matter how much we try to correct a flawed text to bring it into harmony with the faith, the very fact that we have chosen the flawed textbook as the primary text in the first place sends the students the hidden (and erroneous) message that the secular text is superior to the Catholic alternative. And despite our best efforts to the contrary, the faith is undermined. 

“Instead, if we use a Catholic textbook for social studies; one that tells the story of history from a perspective that is open to discover and present whatever is true—the good and the bad alike—students benefit.  Then, if we supplement a textbook that is fully accurate, we enhance rather than destroy a child’s trust — and our presentation has integrity in both senses of that word. I think Jesus put it much more succinctly: ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you.’”

Fr. Norbert Wood, O.Praem., seasoned educator

BISHOPS

It is with great appreciation for your much-needed work that I send this communication to verify the Catholic Schools Textbook Project (also known as Catholic Textbook Project) is a DBA Entity of the 501(c)(3) corporation, Institute for Catholic Liberal Education, and in good standing with the Catholic Church and her teachings.

The Catholic Textbook Project operates within the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and sells its textbooks to dioceses and homeschoolers throughout the United States.

I am pleased to say that over forty schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been using these textbooks. It is anticipated that an additional twenty Archdiocesan schools will start using the textbooks in the 2013-2014 school year.

May God grant you continued success and may He richly bless your good work for our future Catholic leaders.

Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

It was a pleasure to see you at the Knights of Columbus Convention in Anaheim during the summer. Thank you also for sending the latest textbook you have introduced. I have had occasion to read through it, and I find it most impressive. I wish it a wide and attentive readership, and I will be happy to share it with the Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

With gratitude for all your work to bring the light of truth to young minds and hearts, and with kindest personal regards…

—Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

The Catholic Textbook Project is a gift to Catholic students across the United States.  These history textbooks offer students the richness of the accomplishments and challenges which have faced our country from its inception, and those which have affected the history of the world .  The textbooks  portray events from a factual, historical and, most importantly, Catholic perspective. The quality of scholarship and the use of noted authors and expert consultants, introduce the student to primary and verified sources of recorded history in a refreshingly coherent and appealing way.  

The importance of an historical perspective that is written with unapologetic truth in an academic format is of great significance for the classrooms of our Catholic schools.  It is gratifying to know that such a textbook series exists, and continues to publish the editions which will serve all the elementary and high school levels.  

It is worthy of daily use by all and especially by Catholic teachers and students. I wholeheartedly endorse the Catholic Textbook Project for the Diocese of Lincoln and recommend it to dioceses across the country. 

Most Reverend James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln

Please receive my sincere appreciation for the Catholic Textbook Project Sampler CD and brochure; I am grateful for the materials, and will share the information on this valuable resource with my staff in the Catholic Schools Department.

May Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, strengthen your faith, renew your hope, and fill your heart with joy and peace.

 — Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland

PARENTS

Wonderful. … Finally a good, Catholic high school level American History text!

Debbie Rackers, Missouri

I have always been impressed with your books but I am overwhelmed by the Teacher’s Manuals. They are the best I have ever seen. I find most teacher’s manuals to be filled with unnecessary tactics, etc. and, personally, have used them only as answer keys. You are giving parents a wealth of information that will aid them in teaching the material in the books.

Dianne Muth, Academic Advisor, Kolbe Academy, California

They look great! I’ve had the pleasure of being able to look through All Ye Lands and Light to the Nations, Part l, back in 2013… My only regret would be not buying the books sooner and using them for the 2013-14 school year.  However, I am definitely using All Ye Lands for my son’s World Geography requirement this year and we will be using Light to the Nations, Parts 1 and 2 and Lands of Hope and Promise for World History and American History and Government in the coming high school years.

—Joy Foster, Indiana

My oldest has completed Light to the Nations I & II . My 5th-grader will be using From Sea to Shining Sea this upcoming year. We liked them so much that we have purchased the whole series. I am very pleased to see workbooks for the texts now. Great Catholic textbooks! Keep up the good work!

Laura G.

I am so pleased to have met you and see what you are doing for the sake of all of us, and truth. I had no idea that Catholic schools have – or rather had – no reliable options for textbooks options. It is no wonder we continually hear and read falsehoods in the news and in our conversations, since our population is so ill-educated. But now we have Catholic Textbook Project. I know that pulling together the content and images alone was Herculean. Now, I wish you tons of good luck putting your work to work!

—Lee N.

Keep up the great work! I have all the series for my children. I can’t wait until Lands of Hope and Promise come out on Hardcover! Don’t know if I can wait. Maybe I’ll get it on PDF.  God bless,

—Tania Costigan

We love the story-like language which makes it so pleasurable to read. History books can be so thick and heavy… and full of scattered text bits students already know you’ll never get through! Students invariably end up never reading the book and relying on notes that are even more scattered. “Lands of Hope and Promise” reads like a real book, in a coherent, chronological sequence. The few insets with a curious/interesting focus on a character or episode are wonderful gems! I believe this book may bring a student to fall in love with our history.

—Ana B., South Dakota

History is sort of a ‘family thing’ for us: one sibling and in-law are archeologists; I was a research assistant for years for an ‘historian’s historian’ who is too humble to allow me to name him. Your treatment of the Missouri-Kansas border wars really cinched it for me: the sibling archeologist I mentioned is one of the leading experts in that field and works on occasion for the State of Missouri, and has a Civil War dig site or two specifically from that branch of the conflict. To my knowledge, yours is the only high school American history text [Lands of Hope and Promise] to give any appreciable mention — let alone summary — of the ‘war before the war’ fought between Kansas and Missouri. While there is always more to any branch of history than can be put into a textbook (that is one reason we have teachers), this text has fewer gaps to fill than most, on this and many subjects. Well done, and thanks.

—Theresa Koch, Missouri