Category Book Reviews

CCO Discovery: An Exciting Tool for the New Evangelization

The Canadian based Catholic Christian Outreach is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world.  They have created an initial Bible study resource which helps lead students to accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, and to […]

Chosen: A New Resource for Youth Evangelization

Ascension Press has just released a new Confirmation resource authored by Chris Stefanick and Ron Bolster.  I was able to review the all the components of the program: 8 DVD Set, Student Workbook, Leader’s Guide, Sponsor’s Guide, and Parent’s Guide.  I was especially impressed with 8 DVDs with 24 video segments by an impressive array […]

The Social Dimension of Evangelization: EG Review (part III)

Pope Francis opens the final section of his exhortation by steering between two false extremes.  Earlier he noted that, “there can be no true evangelization without the explicit proclamation of Jesus as Lord” (EG 110) and now he emphasizes that the first proclamation of the Gospel has immediate moral implications which are centered on charity […]

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, Tools for Rebuilding

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better (Ave Maria Press, 2013). In this follow up book to the extremely popular Rebuilt, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran offer a series of 75 practical ideas for building a better Parish.  These ideas […]

The Proclaimation of the Gospel (EG Review Part 2)

In the previous section of his exhortation Pope Francis emphasized a need for a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ and for a transformation of the Church in light of a new missionary impulse.  In the next section, Pope Francis outlines some of the challenges of today’s world such as our “throw away” culture which […]

Pope Francis: A Dream of Missionary Renewal (Evangelii Gaudium Review Part 1)

This is the first installment of a three part review and summary of Pope Francis’ latest Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) is truly an inspiring manifesto for the missionary reform in the Church. Pope Francis wishes firstly to “to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a […]

Book Review: Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor: 2012).

Book Review:  Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor: 2012). As a Protestant Christian who later journeyed into the Catholic Church, I remember my frustration in conducting Protestant campus evangelization with non-practicing Catholics.   When I shared the Gospel with such people they would invariably repent with tears and […]