From Publishers Weekly
This laudable effort to make the Catholic faith understandable and appealing to young adults labors mightily to sound hip and cool, but it suffers from an oversimplified style that could alienate more thoughtful young seekers. In their attempt to take the Catholic faith down to the basics, Stoltz and Tomkovicz, both deacons in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, write in a way that may strike some readers as rudimentary. For example, in the introduction, they use a footnote to explain their subsequent use of footnotes. The authors also seem uncertain about the age group they are addressing. While young adult typically refers to collegians and recent college graduates, the introduction at one point suggests the audience may be raising children and thus would be slightly older. The book's positive features include its organization into short chapters with sidebars, the inclusion of a glossary of terms and treatment of questions like I read The Da Vinci Code
. Don't the facts in this book show Christianity is a lie? The authors also effectively use cultural references to convey some points. This book will work best for those who know lots about culture and little about Catholicism. (Nov.)
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Anyone who picks it up will find it hard to resist, given its broad scope and lively writing coupled with solid grounding in Scripture.
--2010 Catholic Press AwardsFrom its inclusive, ecumenical language to its stunning graphic design, creative use of typography, evocative profiles, and beautiful photographs, Ascend is clearly intended to communicate with a contemporary audience
--Catholic News Service
The authors, both permanent deacons from Los Angeles, write in clear, concise language meant for a time-challenged and technology-oriented generation. --The Evangelist, newspaper of the Diocese of Albany
Finally something for young adult Catholics that actually speaks their language--blunt, personal, authentic and visual. Ascend's groundbreaking new way of presenting simple Gospel truths is a bold new invitation to the faith addressed directly to the future of the church. --James Martin, S.J., author, My Life with the Saints
Everything about this book the design, structure, content, style is geared to an audience nurtured on visual appeal, technology and rapid assimilation. The content succeeds extremely well in the premise of its subtitle: the Catholic Faith for a New Generation. Anyone who picks it up will find it hard to resist, given its broad scope and lively writing coupled with a sold grounding in Scripture. --The Catholic Journalist June 2010