I’ve asked this question to numerous groups of Catholics, especially catechists, and the number of people who feel they would have the right tools to represent the Catholic faith properly is extremely low.
(Vocus) March 27, 2009
Chicago — The Catechism of the Catholic Church is over nine hundred pages long, so it comes as no surprise that many Catholics think of their faith as complex—and certainly too complex to share with others! In A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe (Loyola Press, 156 pp, $9.95, 0-8294-2757-0), best-selling author Joe Paprocki makes it easy and flat-out fun for any Catholic to know what they believe and to feel confident in sharing those beliefs with others.
This highly practical book is developed around a construction theme, making it accessible to all readers. Following the structure of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Joe takes otherwise difficult topics about the Catholic faith and makes them relevant to the lives of average Catholics without compromising the rich depth of Catholic teaching and tradition.
“Can you imagine your pastor asking you to represent him at a meeting of non-Catholics who wanted to learn more about the Catholic faith?” asks Paprocki. “I’ve asked this question to numerous groups of Catholics, especially catechists, and the number of people who feel they would have the right tools to represent the Catholic faith properly is extremely low.”
A Well-Built Faith serves a broad audience of individuals who want to deepen their own knowledge of the Catholic faith. It can be used effectively with RCIA candidates, catechists, parents, adult faith-formation groups, pastoral council members, and anyone else who is eager to learn more about their faith.
Joe has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than 20 years. His books include The Catechist’s Toolbox, God’s Library, and Living the Mass (Loyola Press). He is the associate director of catechetical services at Loyola Press.