“It is the business of the artist to uncover the strangeness of truth.”
Flannery O’Connor

How can Truth be strange? Father Damian tells us how. Sandwiched in the narratives of his story, this book shares with us the surprising story of the intimate encounter of God with us, his people. It is the story of how he demonstrates the power of his love. God’s love is a love that accompanies us in creation, in the mystery of dying and rising, and even through the signs and symbols of our faith, which are always reminding us that “everyone counts and everyone matters.” Father Damian presents the beauty of the Catholic faith to us artfully and skillfully, in a language and through images that are understandable and relatable. He shows how faith enlightens and gives meaning to our lives and the many events that arise in them. Through it all, we are given the opportunity to discover the footprints of Christ, who is and has always been there, right by our side.

“Father Ference’s The Strangeness of Truth is a gift. With pathos and humor, he explores the wisdom and beauty of Catholicism—its faith in the non-competitive God, its embodied character, its transformation of suffering and death through Christ’s cross and resurrection—in light of his own experience as brother, son, student, rock fan, and priest. I warmly recommend it, especially for young people searching for life’s deepest truths.”

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The Book

Perhaps you were raised Catholic but haven’t been practicing your faith for a while. This book is for you.

Perhaps you went to Catholic grade school and high school or even Catholic college but stopped practicing your faith a while back because it didn’t seem relevant to your life anymore. This book is for you.

Perhaps you once had very strong faith and then life came at you with terrible suffering through the death of a loved one, sickness, a break in a most important relationship, or some existential crisis. This book is for you.

Perhaps you are new parents who have decided that your son or daughter needs to be raised in a faith that has greater wisdom and values than the world has to offer. This book is for you.

Perhaps you are a student and your teacher or professor wants you to read something that presented Catholicism in way that ties personal narrative and theology together. This book is for you.

Maybe you are a seeker, a searcher, a man or woman who is on a journey looking for answers to questions about the meaning of life in general and Catholicism in particular.
This book is for you. 

Hallie Lord

The Strangeness of Truth is a stirring call to make our faith not just a place we visit, but rather the very air we breathe, the food we eat, and the home in which we live. I have long been convinced that Father Damian Ference will be remembered as one of the greatest spiritual thinkers of this generation, and this work more than bears that out.”

—Hallie Lord, SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace

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The Priest

Father Damian Ference
Father Damian Ference

As a young man, Damian Ference encountered the Risen Christ in a powerful way. This encounter would eventually lead him to leave behind his youthful dream to be a “rock star” and to give his life to Jesus Christ and all of humanity as a priest in the Catholic Church. He is now a star of a different kind, much like the Star of Bethlehem. Today, Father Damian shows the way to others, the way to a life of faith in the person and vision of Jesus Christ who, after all, is the Way!
—From the Foreword

“Father Damian Ference is one of my favorite people. Like, ever. He’s humble, articulate, and winsome. All of that comes through in this excellent little book that gives the reader an overview of the Catholic faith in a fresh and compelling way. I wish I had it back in my agnostic days.”
—Matt Fradd, Pints with Aquinas

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Fr Larry Richards

“Read this book and fall in love, or grow more in love, with Jesus and His Church!”

—Fr. Larry Richards, pastor of St. Joseph Church and founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation, Erie, Pennsylvania

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