"Unique among books released by Mormon publishing houses, Eric Shuster's "Catholic Roots Mormon Harvest," will appeal to Catholics as much as it will interest members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book's very design is to highlight the similarities and differences between Mormonism and Catholicism, and consequently much of the book will be review from a reader familiar with either. The decades he spent as a non-Mormon give Shuster a distinctive vernacular, though, that gives even the most well-known doctrines a fresh makeover.
Throughout the 261 pages, Shuster makes clear his love for both faiths. As he writes on page 83, "...I wasn't giving up anything in becoming a Latter-day Saint and was in fact gaining so much more in reaping the harvest."
About the Author
"Eric Shuster is the fifth of six children born to George and Patricia Shuster. He is a graduate of Saint Lawrence Catholic College Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and a Masters of Science degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a veteran of the information technology industry and the President and CEO of IntelliClear Inc., a Colorado-based market research firm. Eric is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Christian Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of Christianity. Eric was born into the Catholic faith and was an active member for twenty-seven years. During this time, he served in a variety of lay leadership roles relating to music, youth ministry, and young adult ministry. Eric s wife, Marilyn, is the third of eight children born to Bruce and Bettie Williams. She is a graduate of Nathan Hale High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saint Thomas (magna cum laude). Like Eric, she was born into the Catholic faith and was an active member for thirty-four years. During this time, she served in a variety of lay leadership roles, including certified Catholic youth minister, and Franciscan nun. In 1989 Marilyn and Eric converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have been active Latter-day Saints ever since. They have served in a many ward and stake leadership roles. The Shusters have three children and make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado."