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How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church

by Brandon Vogt


The statistics are troubling: 6.5 people leave the Catholic Church for every one that joins, and 50% of young people who were raised Catholic are no longer Catholic today. The Catholic Church is hemorrhaging young people.

Behind these statistics are countless stories of wounded families. Millions of mothers and fathers are longing for their prodigal children to come home to the Church, crying: “Where did we go wrong?”

The passive wait-and-see approach is no longer an option. We need a different strategy. We need to understand the real reasons why our young people drift away, and we need a game plan to bring them home. We need Return.

Publisher: Word on Fire

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 216 pages


Brandon Vogt is the Senior Publishing Director at Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He’s the author of ten books, several of which have been #1 Amazon bestsellers and have earned First Place awards from both the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers.

Brandon hosts the weekly “Word on Fire Show” podcast with Bishop Barron, as well as “The Burrowshire Podcast” with Fr. Blake Britton. He also runs several websites, including and

Brandon’s work has been featured by NPR, FoxNews, CBS, EWTN, Vatican Radio, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today. He is on the board of the Society of G.K. Chesterton and serves as President of the Central Florida Chesterton Society.

Brandon lives with his wife and seven children on Burrowshire, a small farm outside Orlando, Florida, with chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits, ducks, and a garden.


If your son or daughter has left the faith, I encourage you not to give up hope and to learn from the advice in this book. Return will serve as an essential resource for the Church’s evangelization efforts and a true game-changer for desperate parents everywhere.

— Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Return is the resource that parents of fallen-away children have been waiting for: it combines powerful spiritual insights with practical tips that you can begin applying right now. It’s like a bootcamp for spiritual warriors who are about to go out on a great search-and-rescue mission.

— Jennifer Fulwiler

Comedian, podcaster, and author of Something Other Than God

Everywhere I go I meet parents who are troubled because their children no longer practice the faith. Finally, here is a practical guide to doing something about that. It’s time we took this problem seriously, and Return can help with that.

— Matthew Kelly

Author and founder of Dynamic Catholic

Brandon Vogt’s Return offers practical and realistic ways to bring lost souls home. And I should know: I was one of those kids who left the Church for over ten years. Return hits home for me. It reveals not just why people are drifting from the Church but how to get them back into the fold of Christ. It’s a true treasure for our times.

— Leah Darrow

Catholic speaker, author, and founder of Lux University


Individual Reflection Guide

Group Discussion Guide


Brandon Vogt and Bishop Barron discuss the book

Interview with Brandon Vogt about the book