Will There be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples

By Thomas H. Groome, HarperOne, 2011.

Thomas Groome advocates for a life to faith to life approach to Christian formation.  He recognizes the challenges and obstacles parents and educators face as they lead people toward lives of faith.  This book is a guide/road map for reenergizing the fiath community and family from the bottom up.


3 Responses to “Will There be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples”

  1. Fr. Larry Gearhart Says:

    The product description for the book on Amazon.com describes his approach as bringing “life to Faith and Faith to life.” Certainly, if that’s not a mere platitude, it makes sense. Of course, that begs the question, how is that different from catechesis in the past?

    In my opinion, what has been missing is not a new advertising slogan, but a failure to engage the challenges of the culture. Those challenges reach into the roots of what it means to be human. The Church has cogent answers to the questions of the culture. Unfortunately, catechists in the past have only too often failed to address those questions with the full power of the Church’s reflections or failed utterly to recognize the questions to begin with. Of course those answers are not mere words or ideas only, but actions, values, principles for living and virtues as well.

    The fundamental challenge for any chatechist of any faith is that we live in the real world, and you can’t pass along what you yourself do not have. If you want smarter or more virtuous children, you have to seek to grow, yourself.

  2. Fr. Larry Gearhart Says:

    Sorry, didn’t mean to misspell catechist.

  3. Archdiocese of Cincinnati Sidney Media Center Says:

    America offers a review of the book at this link http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=13042

    I think it addresses many of the concerns Fr. Larry mentions in his comments.

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