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Get Serious Book


With endorsements from:

  • Michael Brown – editor of Spirit Daily
  • Matt Abbott –  Renew America columnist
  • Judy Brown – President of American Life League
  • Fr. Sam Medley, SOLT
  • Steve PokornyTOB Ministries Director

Foreword by Deacon Keith Fournier – editor in chief of Catholic Online

Preface by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyleauthor and EWTN contributor

Epilogue by Jennifer HartlineCatholic Online author

From the Foreword by Deacon Keith Fournier – Father James Farfaglia just lit a match with this wonderful book entitled “Get Serious! A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics”.

It is an inspiring yet practical, catechetical yet simple, and substantive yet understandable manual for all Catholic Christians who want to grow in their faith by encountering the Lord in a continual relationship of conversion. These kinds of Catholics are the new missionaries whom the Lord is calling into the harvest at the beginning of the Third Millennium. They are the sleeping giant to whom Fr. James has dedicated this book.

I have stood at the intersection of faith and culture for decades, committed to this New Evangelization. It is an honor to stand with priests such as Father James Farfaglia. As the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online, it is a privilege to bring his homilies and writing to our global community.

When I was a child, my father used to sing an old song “Stouthearted men” whenever he was happy, filled with energy and inspired. Fr. James is a “stouthearted man”, a “priest’s priest”. That is why I dubbed him the “Happy Priest” in his regular columns.

To this day, I recall the chorus of that song when I am challenged to act courageously in ministry. It describes Father James Farfaglia and the mission of this book:

“Give me some men who are stouthearted men, Who will fight, for the right they adore, Start me with ten who are stouthearted men, And I’ll soon give you ten thousand more. Shoulder to shoulder and bolder and bolder, they grow as they go to the fore. Then there’s nothing in the world can halt or mar a plan, When stout-hearted men can stick together man to man.”

Of course, the appeal is to both men and women, in fact to all who hear the call of the Lord into this new missionary age. “Get Serious! A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics” will help you prepare for the work and reap the harvest. Read it and give it way to others, spread the flame!

Read this review by Fr. Dwight Logenecker

The cover of this book has a picture of the Titanic sinking and the sub title–A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics. Just right. Too many Catholics in America are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic when they should be planning their spiritual survival.

The author–Fr James Farfaglia– is one of those passionate, gung ho, happy warrior priests. He used to be in the Legionaries of Christ and traveled the world working with them. Then the Spirit led him to Texas where he has founded and built up a couple of parishes. He blogs, writes books, smokes cigars, likes the Three Stooges, plays basketball, swims and likes movies. My kind of guy.

He starts out by telling how he got started in life, and how, in his freshman year of college a mentor took him and a room mate aside and suggested they get up off their tails and get serious about life. It was the kick start he needed. He began physical training, spiritual training and intellectual training–drinking deep of all that life had to give.

The book progresses in a very practical way. Fr James encourages you to get serious, and he starts with teaching you how to pray. A long chapter on how to examine your conscience and make a good confession follows. There’s a wise, moving and profound chapter on sexual sins, chapters on the Mass, how to enjoy life and how to stay sane in an insane world follow. The good thing about this book is that it is short, punchy and easy to read.

Fr Jim weaves together practical advice on the Catholic life with solid theological insights, great personal illustrations and inspiring stories of the lives of the saints. You’ll get up from reading this book feeling that you’ve had a great breath of fresh air and just finished a decent work out.

Anyone can benefit from this book, but it is especially good for Catholic men. I’m going to get some extra copies to hand out to men in my parish. I recommend you do the same.

From Arnie Garcia,  a reader –


I’m the Latin Mass guy from San Diego…
I’m in graduate school write now writing an 80-page business strategy plan.  I have a full time job with a lot of community outreach. I’m a Director on my Town Council.   I have a wife along with a 3 year old & a 5 year old!
However, I made time and read your book.  It was well-worth it!  I plowed right through!  It was very substantive, powerful yet practical and best of all you provided easy to follow but wisdom rich steps on how to grow in holiness! Most of all, respectful to His Church.