The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today

The world today is changing rapidly. What was once settled is now questioned, and old traditions are discarded with reckless abandon. What does it mean to be an authentic man in such confusing times? What, if anything, does the Catholic Church have to offer to men today about living a life of true manhood and virtue?

The Catholic Gentleman is a solid and practical guide to manhood and holiness in the modern world. It offers the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church to the many questions of men today on this important issue. In short, easy to reach chapters, you’ll learn:

  • How to know you are an authentic man
  • Why our bodies matter
  • The value of tradition
  • The purpose of courtesy
  • What real holiness is and how to achieve it
  • How to deal with failure in the spiritual life
  • And much more…


“This book is filled with spiritual wisdom based on reason, common sense, and Gospel faith. In a secular world so often constructed on the sand of illusion, here we find the rock of reality upon which life can be built.”
Cardinal Thomas Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

“More than ever we need a book to reflect on, challenge, and guide men in authentic masculinity—and this is it. I highly recommend it!”
Fr. Larry Richards
Author of Be A Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

Spirit and Life: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Note: I am not the sole author of this book, but I contributed two chapters.

With exquisite original photography and refreshing meditations, this stunning coffee table book invites you into the holiest mysteries of the Catholic Church — the Sacraments.

Passages from Scripture, from the Catechism, and from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church are coupled here with beautiful, full-color images and moving reflections from Catholics of different voices and ages — bishops, priests, deacons, and laypeople — all sharing their love for the Sacraments and their healing experiences with them.

Open these pages to encounter the truth and splendor of Christ’s abundant graces poured out to us through the seven Sacraments, His indelible, life-giving gift to each of us.


I thoroughly enjoyed Spirit and Life: The Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church. I found it insightful with fresh and substantial reflections on the Holy Sacraments. For me, Sam Guzman’s reflection on Marriage is particularly wise and helpful for all vocations in life. The whole book is filled with plenty of material for meditation combined with real life stories which provide real life application of the theology.
– Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA
Host of Life on the Rock

Elegantly produced and marvelously illustrated, Spirit and Life is a work of real beauty, both for the pleasure of the eye and the enrichment of the soul; a superb reflection on the sacraments.
– Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Be Not Afraid: A Book of Quotes for Catholic Men

The Holy Catholic Church has produced thousands upon thousands of saints. Among them were countless authentic men who knew that holiness is the highest calling, the supreme vocation of every man.

Some were swashbuckling soldiers like St. Ignatius Loyola. Others were converted Lotharios like St. Augustine. Still others were peaceful hermits like St. Peter Damian. Though they have long since been laid to rest, the heroic lives of these men still shake the world.

And these men still speak to us today. They teach us how to be courageous, how to suffer, how to grow in virtue, and ultimately, how to find God, the true end of every man. These are their words.


Nearly all our social crises can be chalked up to a crisis in manhood. Problems like rampant pornography, juvenile delinquency, and dwindling marriage rates can only be solved if virtuous men rise up and embrace their manly call. Be Not Afraid is the stew to feed this uprising. If you’re a man who wants to live a more noble and heroic life, drink up these quotes and let them saturate your mind and heart.
Brandon Vogt
Author and blogger at

Knowing and following Jesus is not easy. We Catholic men are bombarded from all sides with temptations and distractions, all seeking to derail our path to manly holiness. No one knows Christ better than the saints, and in “Be Not Afraid: A Book of Quotes for Catholic Men”, Sam Guzman has provided us with an invaluable collection of powerful quotes from the great saints of the Church, men like Pope St. John Paul II, St. Augustine, St. Padre Pio, and St. John Vianney. Pick this book up, take it with you wherever you go, read it in a spare moment when you need encouragement to live in a heroically virtuous way.
Devin Rose
Author and blogger at St. Joseph’s Vanguard.

I’ve always enjoyed following the Catholic Gentleman for the wonderful images and inspiring quotes from the saints. Some of my favorite quotes from the Early Church Fathers I actually saw first on his blog. So I’m very excited to have all of these quotes here together!
– Daniel “Bearman” Stewart
Blogger at

3 Replies to “Books”

  1. James slevin says:

    Will a hard back copy be available?

  2. Mark Nielson says:

    I second James’ question, I would love to have it on my shelf. Keep it up Sam, I love what you’re doing.

  3. kate says:

    I would love a hard copy too! Let us know!

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