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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Vost, Psy.D.  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1961 in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Vost was born, raised and currently resides in Springfield, Illinois. He has taught psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois as well as at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kevin Vost, Psy.D. has taught psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, MacMurray College, and at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. A former powerlifter and Highland Games Heavy Events competitor, Dr. Vost has also served as a weightlifting instructor, fitness writer for the International Association of Resistance Trainers, Research Review Committee Member for American Mensa and lector for St. Agnes Catholic Church. He travels the globe sharing themes of faith, philosophy, and fitness on radio, television, and in live presentations.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Fit for Eternal Life
ISBN: 1933184310

Sophia Institute Press. 2007

Is your spirit faithful but your flesh flabby? Has your Temple of the Holy Spirit begun to creak and crumble? Then let Fit for Eternal Life show you how to build it up again.

Most any workout book can help you bulk up or slim down, but only here will you find a truly Christian approach to physical fitness. As Catholic psychologist and veteran bodybuilder Kevin Vost (author of Memorize the Faith!) reveals, God's command to be perfect applies not only to our moral life, but also to our bodies. By Him we were wonderfully made as creatures corporal and spiritual. The stronger and more enduring we make our bodies, the better we imitate Christ in whom perfect physical strength, endurance, and beauty were incarnated.

Best of all: it doesn't take a lot of time, special knowledge, or fancy equipment to do it. Dr. Vost explains the basic principles of strength and endurance training in a way you can understand (even if you haven't been in a gym for years or ever), and then helps you assemble an effective, personalized workout program that can be performed in as little as twenty minutes per week, leaving you plenty of time (and energy) to be an active Christian parent, spouse, and disciple.

Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters
ISBN: 1933184175

Sophia Institute Press. 2006

Yes, I know that memorizing the Faith is no substitute for living a holy life, but even devout people can t live by truths and precepts they don t remember.

That s why, over 700 years ago, St. Thomas Aquinas perfected an easy method for his students to memorize most any information, but especially the truths taught by Christ and His Church.

As the years passed, our need for this ancient art of memorization grew, yet somehow our culture largely forgot it . . . which is why today, when you and I try to remember a list of things, we have to repeat their names over and over. Or, to remember to call the dentist, we tie a string on our finger. And we clutch at any means whatsoever to recall our passwords for ATMs, credit cards, and voicemail, our login names for Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon, and the host of other names and numbers that clog our minds and clutter our days.

Now, thanks to the delightful pages of Memorize the Faith!, you can easily keep all these in mind and learn the Faith! by tapping into the power of the classical memory system that helped St. Thomas become the Church s preeminent theologian, and made it easier for him to become one of its greatest saints.

Here, Catholic scholar Kevin Vost makes available again Aquinas s easy-to-learn method the method Dr. Vost himself has used for decades to recall names, dates, phone numbers, the first dozen digits of pi (3.141592653589) and even whether, when his wife called him at work today, she asked him to bring home ice cream and toffee . . . or was it truffles and coffee?

Indeed, Dr. Vost will teach you to remember virtually anything, but he devotes most of his book to showing you how to improve your memory of Catholic truths so you can live the Faith better.

By the time you finish this book, you will have memorized dozens of key teachings of the Church, along with hundreds of precepts, traditions, theological terms, Scripture verses, and other elements of the Faith that every good Catholic needs to know by heart.

Memory is the foundation of wisdom. It makes holiness easier. To grow wiser in the Faith . . . and holier . . . turn to Memorize the Faith! today.

From Atheism to Catholicism: How Scientists and Philosophers Led Me to the Truth
ISBN: 1592766382

Our Sunday Visitor. 2010

God was dead to Kevin Vost for most of his adult life. Baptized, confirmed, and raised Catholic, at age 17 Vost left it all behind as he immersed himself in atheism for a period that lasted over two decades.

Paralleling a successful career as a psychologist and professor, Vost allowed his clinical perspective to drive his faith perspective as well, falling into a common trap for many Catholics.

This timely book's unique approach gives credit where credit is due, as Vost describes the good elements in the thinking of several famous atheists. But then, from experience and logic, he shows how each of these thinkers falls short.

From there, Vost opens the doors to the philosophers and psychologists whose work, implicitly or explicitly, has paved the way toward belief in God, and even in Jesus Christ.

And finally, from the perspective of a clinical psychologist, Vost unveils how theologians, popes, and Catholic philosophers persuaded him to abandon this atheism and embrace faith in Christ and the Church.

Each chapter ends with a "Truth Box" that spotlights a chink in atheism's armor, adds a cautionary perspective, or highlights an important argument foundational to faith. With patience and perspective, Vost will lead you on a journey that reveals how reason, science, and faith work together to find the truth.

Three Irish Saints: A Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Style
ISBN: 0895557207

TAN Books. 2012

Are you a thinker, a doer, or a lover?

In Three Irish Saints: A Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Style, Dr. Kevin Vost mines ancient and modern sources to reveal what Saints Kevin of Glendalough, Patrick of Ireland, and Brigid of Kildare can teach us about the joys of contemplation, evangelization, and charitable living. Thinking, doing, and loving!

Included is a a simple self-test to find out which spiritual master you are most like.

Would you rather: plop down in your easy chair and enjoy a good book? Celebrate life and the company of others? Engage in long conversations with your close friends?

Vost examines the lives of these three great saints, unearthing the gifts and virtues that made one a thinker, one a doer, and one a lover.

So which one are you?

Read the book. Take the test. And find out.

St. Albert the Great: Champion of Faith and Reason
ISBN: 0895559080

TAN Books. 2011

Even while he was still alive, Dominican friar Albert of Cologne was widely called Magnus the Great. His contemporaries said St. Albert simply knew all there was to know

he was a scientist, theologian, and philosopher

a teacher, preacher, and negotiator

a shrewd shepherd and an unflinching defender of the Faith. The time has come to re-discover St. Albert's greatness, and to profit from his prodigious wisdom and virtue as did his famous student, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Author Kevin Vost presents St. Albert's brilliant scholarly career at the height of the Church's intellectual renewal in the thirteenth century. St. Albert was tireless (and courageous) in his leadership and works of reform as a Dominican provincial and diocesan bishop. Desperate popes pressed him into diplomatic missions, hoping that Magnus might succeed in making peace where lesser men had failed.

These pages not only tell St. Albert's story they share his lessons. Each chapter uses Albertine teachings, and the witness of the saint's life, to instruct, edify, and inspire us to greater holiness and more ardent love. Read St. Albert and see why the greatest man of his age has great things to offer our age as well.

Unearthing Your Ten Talents
ISBN: 1933184418

Sophia Institute Press. 2010

Beginning with the Gospel parable of the talents which were buried in the ground by some, and multiplied by others Kevin Vost here unearths a treasure for those who are struggling to live a life of Christian virtue: the ten particular talents that God has given each of us as our own . . . to bury . . . or to multiply for our own good and the good of the Kingdom.

Guided especially by St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the Church's greatest teachers, as well as by Fathers of the Church and the example of many saints, Vost explains how you can discover, understand, and perfect each of your own ten talents.

In the process, you will develop your noble ability to reason, strengthen your faculties of mind, perfect your physical capacities for beauty of form and grace, nurture your ability to act angelically, and prepare yourself to live that life which is proper to a being made in the image of God.

Do you know what your ten talents are? Do you know what God wants you to do with your life? As He gave ten talents to each of the souls in the parable, so He has given ten particular talents to you. Don't ignore them any longer, or leave them buried.

Let Kevin Vost help you unearth them, and show you how to multiply them a hundredfold.

One-Minute Aquinas
ISBN: 1622821580

Sophia Institute Press. 2014

25 popes consider St. Thomas Aquinas the Church's preeminent theologian because he saw truths about God, our Faith, and the Christian life which had never been seen before.

But do you have time to read the 3,000 pages in his Summa Theologica? Do you struggle to understand the abstract theological terms he uses in On Being and Essence?

Perhaps you, like so many of us, desire to be taught by such a great philosopher as Aquinas, but feel he is well beyond your reach. Not anymore.

In The One-Minute Aquinas, veteran Catholic author Dr. Kevin Vost provides you with simple, readable explanations of St. Thomas's life-giving wisdom.

In these lucid pages, you will read small, digestible portions of St. Thomas's answers to questions such as . . .

  • Why do souls need the sacraments?
  • Why didn't Jesus write the Bible himself?
  • What are simple proofs of God's existence?
  • What is heaven, and what is it not?
  • Why did Jesus allow himself to be crucified?
  • How can I grow quickly in virtue?
  • Who are the angels and what are their powers?
  • What is God's power and its limits?
  • Why did God become man?
  • Why did Jesus allow himself to be tempted?
  • And you'll learn countless, but quick, refutations to the relativistic and secular ideas that are so destructive to our culture today.

    We are not all called to be intellectuals, but we are called to have an ever deeper understanding of our Faith.

    Seven Deadly Sins
    ISBN: 162282234X

    Sophia Institute Press. 2015

    The seven deadly sins are generals leading a vast and deadly army. The soldiers are a variety of sins and misdeeds, and the capital sins are the officers who sent them on their nefarious tasks.

    With the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas as his guide, best-selling author Kevin Vost tackles the deadly sins one-by-one, showing how they take root in our soul and give birth to offspring other sinful thoughts and deeds that help it reach its sinful goals.

    You'll learn how they attacks us, and how they become ingrained habits that prevent virtue from raising us to heaven. Indeed, these sins hold us down to earth and possibly, ultimately, even much lower.

    The deadly sins can be conquered, and in these pages you'll learn the methods employed by saints to vanquish vicious habits and replace them with virtuous ones.

    Follow the advice in this book, and you'll soon strike at the head of sin and walk more positively in the light and love of Christ.

    You'll also learn:

  • Which sin can truly be called the deadliest in the world
  • Why there are only seven deadly sins
  • What takes place within our souls when we grapple with sin
  • The relationship between vices and sins - and how to sever their bonds
  • How each and every deadly sin is outnumbered by several opposite virtues
  • Six deadly dominoes: Do you know the sins that almost always cause us to commit additional sins?
  • How the mother of the virtues dethrones the queen of the vices
  • Seven sacramental and saint-sanctioned strategies to call forth God's graces to grapple with each deadly sin
  • Hounds of the Lord
    ISBN: 1622822897

    Sophia Institute Press. 2015

    They are called Hounds of the Lord, and Stoics on spiritual steroids. For 800 years they have barked out Christ's gospel message, saving countless souls and showing us how to think, do, and love for the glory of God.

    Inspired by the stories of their saints, we join the Dominicans in celebrating the Jubilee of their first 800 years. In these pages, we draw inspiration and spiritual strength from the lives, lessons, and legacies of their intellectual giants and enrapt mystics, the men and women who scrubbed floors, and those who cared for the dying.

    You'll discover countless fascinating and pious stories, prophetic dreams and visions, apparitions of Christ and Our Lady, appearances of the devil in disguise, miraculous healings, episodes of bi-location, stigmata, incorruption after death, and more.

    From St. Thomas Aquinas to St. Martin de Porres, in story after story you'll see how God favored these holy men and women in so many surprising and supernatural ways. Even 800 years later, these Hounds of the Lord are still out there today, roaming the world, seeking out souls to retrieve for Christ.

    Open this book, and you'll be given a taste of that glorious and joyful spirit that animates the Dominican Order a spirit they have so long and so willingly shared with the rest of the world. Let their example serve as inspiration, and let loose the hounds of the Lord within you.


    Awards

    -- International Association of Resistance Trainer's Writing Contest Winner