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The Eucharist Is Really Jesus

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When the resurrected Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, they didn’t know him. He was there in the flesh, talking, teaching, but they didn’t recognize him.

Until the breaking of the bread. Then their eyes were open, and everything fell into place.

The same is true today. When we recognize Jesus in the bread of the Holy Eucharist—when we understand that it’s really Jesus—our eyes of faith are opened, and the mysteries of the Christian life are unlocked.

In The Eucharist Is Really Jesus, author Joe Heschmeyer first explains how Catholic belief in the Eucharist is biblical and reasonable. If you’re used to thinking of Communion as a purely symbolic ritual, you’ll find here a compelling defense of the ancient doctrine of the Real Presence.

But even if you already believe it, Heschmeyer shows how that’s not an end, but just the beginning. Knowing that the Eucharist is really Jesus becomes a master key to understanding:

  • The cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter Sunday
  • How to worship God in spirit and truth, according to the Bible
  • The meaning of our own bodies and their immortal destiny
  • How to love God and each other every day, like the saints
  • …and more essential aspects of our lifelong walk with Jesus.

Like those disciples on their way to Emmaus, we don’t truly know Jesus apart from the broken bread, because the fullness of his truth remains locked away. The Eucharist Is Really Jesus will give you the key.

"With his normal clarity and excellent research, Joe Heschmeyer has again graced us — this time with an explanation and defense of the Eucharist from Genesis through Revelation, and from the Apostolic Church until today. This is what is needed to raise nominal Catholics from the doldrums of disbelief and apathy to a passionate love and understanding of God’s greatest gift to his Church, the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist." - Steve Ray, Author of Crossing the Tiber,

"This book by Joe Heschmeyer is a magnificent defense of the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist as the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Heschmeyer's defense is deeply rooted in Sacred Scripture, especially with regard to authentic worship grounded in sacrifice and the covenant of blood. His critique of the Gnostic tendencies of some Protestant views of  the Eucharist is both illuminating and persuasive. The  insights from the saints and the Eucharistic prayers make this book especially valuable for a deeper understanding of the Eucharistic mystery."  - Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D., Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair in Christology and Dogmatic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit







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Joe Heschmeyer
Softcover Book, 176 pgs
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6 Reviews

  • 4
    Great book, but expected something a little different

    Posted by Gerard Morrissette on Aug 6th 2023

    I rather expected a more direct coverage, but it was very well done. I would purchase the book again.

  • 5
    Amazing Read

    Posted by Jacob Cole on Jul 30th 2023

    This book has truly helped me in confirming and sharing the Catholic beliefs on the Eucharist, another incredible work by Joe.

  • 5
    The Eucharist is really Jesus

    Posted by Mark Miller on Jul 24th 2023

    Awesome absolutely awesome should be on everyone's reading list

  • 5
    Excellent and compelling book on the Real Presence

    Posted by Pat L on Jul 21st 2023

    For this Year of the Eucharist, I've been doing more studying about the Real Presence. I highly recommend this book. Clearly written, it presents scriptural proofs about the connection between blood sacrifices of the Old Testament, covenant, the Passover, and the Real Presence. I found it edifying and inspiring. I plan to pass it on to my (Protestant) husband, and I know he will respect it even though it may not change his mind.

  • 5
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    Posted by David on Jul 18th 2023

    Excellent work on explaining and walking through the why(s) of Eucharist and how it confirms and sustains the covenant between God and us

  • 5
    The Eucharist is Really Jesus

    Posted by Steven Stubbs on Jul 14th 2023

    Fantastic book! Scholarly and detailed yet a captivating and easy read. Detailed footnotes on each page for quick reference. I love this book! Great job, Joe!!!

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