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Biblical Wisdom for the Journey Home


by Scott Hahn & Brandon McGinley

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Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979; they have six children and twenty-one grandchildren. The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hope to Die.
Brandon McGinley
Brandon McGinley is the deputy editorial page editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His work in politics included pro-life and pro-family advocacy with the Pennsylvania Family Institute. McGinley’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, First Things, The Catholic Herald, The Lamp, and Plough, among other venues. He is the author of The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception and co-author with Scott Hahn of It is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he met his wife Katie. They have five young children.


The message of this book is at once bracingly realistic and hopeful. Christians today are living in exile.

From the day the Gospel dawned in the World, Christians have occupied a remarkable place—citizens of heaven, but heirs to the world; loving the world, yet persecuted by the world. A second-century author remarked that Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body. It was people of faith who transformed Greco-Roman civilization and empowered it to thrive.


This is the way of believers in every age, “always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested” (2 Cor 4:10).

In this book, Catholics in Exile: Biblical Wisdom for the Journey Home, authors Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley demonstrate that the same power that converted the world in the first century is still converting the world today. Providence is not like a sporting event, or the stock market, or the battlefield, where progress can be measured. But it is more reliable than any measurement we have.


Christians have always lived as strangers in a strange land—and have nevertheless prevailed. It is a timeless message, but calibrated here precisely for our time.


“The people of God are in a time of historic crisis, but that doesn’t mean it’s a time devoid of joy, purpose, and new identity. Quite the opposite. It’s a time when we need to lean in to all of the above. Catholics in Exile shows us the way.”

- Chris Stefanick
Founder and President, Real Life Catholic



A Pilgrim’s Ascent

Chapter 1

The Violence of Envy

Chapter 2

Away From Home

Chapter 3

The Exodus as Liturgical Pilgrimage

Chapter 4

The Jeremiah Option

Chapter 5


Chapter 6


Chapter 7

The New Reality

Chapter 8

On The Move

Chapter 9

Traveling Together

Chapter 10

The Long Game

Chapter 11

The Perfection of Love

Chapter 12

Liberation and Liturgy

Chapter 13

Come to Me

Chapter 14

All Who Labor and Are Heavy Laden

Chapter 15

And I Will Give You Rest


Bishop Fernandes

“I highly recommend this latest work from Scott Hahn and Brandon McGinley, Catholics in Exile. As believers experience themselves as ‘strangers in a strange land’ amid increasing secularization, these reflections offer practical advice and inspiration, drawing on the biblical narrative, to help disciples on their pilgrimage toward our true homeland, which is heaven itself.”


-Bishop Earl K. Fernandes
Bishop of Columbus (Ohio)
Sohrab Ahmari

“This book is a storehouse of spiritual insight and natural wisdom for Christians facing the stresses of our age of extremes. Don’t miss it.”


-Sohrab Ahmari
Bestselling Author of From Fire, by Water and The Unbroken Thread 

“The City of God grows when we who live in the City of Man convert. When we do, we will still be in the same city, but we will be a small part of transforming it when we begin to change our own habits and lifestyles to reflect the Holy Trinity. Hahn and McGinley offer us hope and direction on this path of revitalizing our culture in, by, and for God.”


Jacob Imam, Founder, College of St. Joseph the Worker