Forming Intentional Disciples

When I started reading this book as part of a summer-long study, I knew it would be a good read and I thought it would be worth the time I was investing in it.

It was way more than worth it. It was transformative.

There’s something in the air right now, and Forming Intentional Disciples captures part of it.

We’re all looking around us in our pews, under the kneelers, around the parish, and wondering, “what the heck do we do now?”

This has been one of the best handbooks I’ve read, and it’s going on the special shelf I have for books that not only have I marked up so much I can’t ever share them, but that I have to reread in large sections. No, it’s not more important than the Bible or the Catechism (different shelf), but this is a book for our times.

This is a book for those of us in the pews. It’s a book for those of us who’ve wondered why we bother, who hang onto whatever thread of “why” we’ve found (for me, it’s the Eucharist) and try to squelch the hunger for more.

This book has been something that has seeped into me and made me think and consider and examine. I feel like I’ve internalized it but also that I could reread it next week and learn even more.

Even more importantly, I feel like this book has given me a mission of sorts, a direction and a way to look. Yeah, I did have that before, but it wasn’t so well articulated.

I consider this book part of a small pile that anyone serious about their faith should read and share. Highly recommended.

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About Sarah Reinhard

Looking for Sarah Reinhard? Chances are she's hiding from her kids with her nose in a book...which is just too bad for the housework and cooking. Her greatest delight of late is how her kids are becoming bigger bibliophiles than she is. (And she's really only a beginner and a hack at that.) She’s online at,, and is the author of a number of books.