Giveaway for St. Augustine’s Day

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; 

To seek him, the greatest adventure; 

To find him, the greatest human achievement.”

                                                                                           - St. Augustine of Hippo

The feast of St. Augustine of Hippo is a special day for CTP’s general editor, Christopher Zehnder. When he was received into the Catholic Church 30 years ago, he took St. Augustine as his Confirmation patron. Reading the Confessions of St. Augustine during his teenage years was instrumental in Mr. Zehnder’s conversion. Further, CTP’s president, Michael Van Hecke, is also headmaster of a school named after St. Augustine. 

In honor of the great bishop and theologian, here is our Giveaway:

The DVD “Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine” 
AND St. Augustine and His Search for Faith by Milton Lomask (an out-of-print children’s book from the Vision Series)

To enter, please leave a comment. Entries will be taken through Sunday,  August 31st and the winner will be announced on Monday, September 1st. Please make sure you leave your contact information.

Additional Resources:
On this day you may want to read these words from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he comments on his special attachment to St. Augustine.

Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Augustinum Hipponsensem
The Restless Flame: A Novel about St. Augustine by Louis de Wohl
coloring page of St. Augustine.
Another coloring page

Why Use a Catholic Textbook for History?

Fr. Norbert Wood, O. Praem, a member of the Order of St. Norbert and an educator in southern California explains why:

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.”

Back-to-School Discount!

Special Offer with Great Savings 

Choose one of these packages:
1) For $79 get one CTP textbook and teacher’s manual (worth $95).
2) For $149 get any TWO CTP textbooks and teacher’s manuals (worth $190). 

This sale runs until September 30th and is not available at the normal CTP website. 
For more information or to order go to: or call 888.610.3354

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