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The Eucharist Is Really Jesus

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  • Discover the profound truth of the Eucharist as the real presence of Jesus—unlocking mysteries of faith and worship.
  • In "The Eucharist Is Really Jesus," Joe Heschmeyer reveals how Communion is more than a symbol—it's encountering Christ himself.
  • Explore the biblical foundation and spiritual depth of the Eucharist in Joe Heschmeyer's enlightening book.
  • Joe Heschmeyer's "The Eucharist Is Really Jesus" unveils the transformative power of recognizing Christ in the breaking of bread.
  • Delve into the significance of the Eucharist as the heart of Christian life and worship—explained by Joe Heschmeyer.
  • Uncover how the Eucharist connects us intimately with Jesus, shaping our spiritual journey and understanding of God's love.
  • Joe Heschmeyer's book illuminates the ancient doctrine of the Real Presence, making the Eucharist's significance clear for today.
  • Journey with Joe Heschmeyer to understand how the Eucharist reveals the depth of Jesus' presence and teachings in our lives.


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.

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“Author Joe Heschmeyer opens the Scriptures to reveal deep theological and mystical realities anchored in the Eucharist. Heschmeyer describes how the piercing of the side of Christ during His crucifixion is the tearing of the true Temple veil. Through water and blood (Baptism and the Eucharist), we experience directly--not through any intermediary--the true Holy of Holies. The shocking new Christian message isn’t that we can now ‘pray to God directly.’ The shocking new Christian message is that our God wants to dwell in us—in our bodies—as He once dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem." - Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco

"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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15 Reviews

  • 5


    Posted by Diane L Osborne on Jul 4th 2024

    An easy to read and clear explanation of the Eucharist. I enjoyed this book and was able to share with others.

  • 5


    Posted by Linda Scalabrini on Jul 1st 2024

    Very informative well written book about The blessed Eucharist-Gave me more of an understanding about how special Jesus is to all of us

  • 5

    Outstanding Book

    Posted by William P Pletikapich on Jun 7th 2024

    This book is great as a stand-alone read or in addition to This is My Body, and Eucharist; both by Bishop Barron

  • 5

    The Eucharist is Really Jesus

    Posted by David J. Augustine on Jun 5th 2024

    As a lifelong Catholic, I thought I had fairly good understanding of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Mass. This book taught me so much and tied together so many Catholic beliefs that now I realize how little I knew. I can't wait to share this book, I bought 5 more just to hand out. I wish I could give this book to everyone in my parish, I feel ignorance surrounding the Eucharist may be wide spread. Thank you Joe Heschmeyer and thank you Catholic Answers Press for making the book affordable.

  • 5

    Thank you for putting this book together

    Posted by Gloria L. Castillo on Feb 15th 2024

    This is a gift for our son, surprise gift for my husband, and for the other two men in our family, our son-in-law, and adoptive son. Thank you for putting this book together for all to read.

  • 5

    Well worth it

    Posted by IK on Nov 30th 2023

    Such a fantastic book! I was captivated; it took my understanding of the Eucharist to a deeper level. I bought this as part of a "buy two & get three free" deal, so I'm happy I'll be able to pass on a copy to friends and family!

  • 4


    Posted by Debbie Simpson on Oct 17th 2023

    The most criticized aspects of being a Catholic is the our belief in the Eucharist. This book has provided me with biblical proof of the existence of the Eucharist as the real body and blood of Jesus Christ. I do appreciate this cause a lot of my process and friends do not believe and think we are ridiculous so or even cannibals. Thank you for getting this book into my hands. Sincerely, Deborah Simpson.

  • 5

    The Eucharist is Really Jesus

    Posted by John Koga on Sep 30th 2023

    Very excellent book that helped me understand that Jesus is truly with us. A must read.

  • 5

    Explains the Eucharist the best I ever read.

    Posted by Ed Graveline on Sep 26th 2023

    I wish every Catholic that does not believe in the Real Presence could read this book.

  • 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.

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