The fact that this fantastically good and important book…
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, August 14, 2012 — Over 10% of American adults are ex-Catholics. Only 30% of those who were raised Catholic are still practicing their faith.
To stem this tide, Sherry Weddell’s new book Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012), gives Catholics a renewed sense of spiritual direction.
This is clearly a time of immense challenge for the Church, but, according to Weddell, it is also an immense opportunity for Catholics to rebuild the Church.
Drawing upon 15 years’ experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute — which Weddell co-founded to equip parishes for training lay leaders — she guides readers through steps that help both Catholics and non-Catholics enter into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of His Church.
“There is a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon between the Church’s sophisticated theology … and the lived spiritual experience of the majority of its people,” Weddell says. “And this chasm has a name: Discipleship.”
Forming Intentional Disciples explores the five thresholds of postmodern conversion and how local parish leaders can guide others through the process. The five steps include: how to open a conversation about faith and belief, how to ask thought-provoking questions and establish an atmosphere of trust, when to tell the Great Story of Jesus, how to help someone respond to God’s call to intentional discipleship, and much more.
In Forming Intentional Disciples, readers will learn of places where conversion is active, and where the presence of many intentional disciples is beginning to change everything: spiritual tone, energy level, attendance, almsgiving, and what parishioners ask of their leaders. Because when life at the local parish level changes, the life of the whole Church changes with it.
….has already sold out its first printing and they are scrambling to produce more to keep up with demand. Really. Read it. Hugely important book.