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About the Author

Dave Nodar is the founder and Director of ChristLife, headquartered on the grounds of the Shrine of Saint Anthony of Padua (Endicott City, Maryland). He has primary responsibility for the development of ChristLife's teaching courses and seminars, and has been a speaker at conferences in dioceses, parishes, and other Christian organizations in the USA and abroad.

Bert Ghezzi is a popular author and speaker. He has written over twenty books, and his articles have appeared in the Catholic and religious press. For over three decades Ghezzi has been involved in all levels of religious education. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and has had an active career in publishing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592760309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592760305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subtitle of Discover Christ: Developing a Personal Relationship with Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 120 pages) might grate against some Catholic ears. But it shouldn't. As Pope Benedict XVI reminds, a personal relationship with Jesus is at the very heart of Christianity:

"Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction."

The preparation document for the upcoming Synod on the New Evangelization puts it even more simply:

"The goal of the transmission of faith is the realization of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ."

With that end in mind, Bert Ghezzi and David Nodar have written a superb guide. The chapters in Discover Christ are arranged in question and answer format, and are designed to walk non-believers into a relationship with Jesus. It tackles some of the biggest questions many non-Christians have like:

- What is the meaning of life?
- Why does Jesus matter?
- Why do I need a savior?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?

The book also covers basic elements of Christian discipleship like spiritual formation, celebrating the sacraments, participating in community, and spreading the Gospel themselves.

In short, Discover Christ is a compact guide to living the Christian life. Those strong in their faith might find it a bit simplistic, but Discover Christ is the perfect book for the new seeker or anyone wading in the shallows of faith.
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In the Fall of 2012 several hundred bishops, cardinals and lay leaders converged on Rome for a historic Synod on "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith". After a few weeks of meetings the Synod created over 50 propositions that act as a road map for Catholics (clergy and lay) to follow. If you study the Synod propositions (they can be accessed online), at the very core of the New Evangelization is personal friendship with Jesus in the power of The Holy Spirit. Discover Christ is written to encourage readers to discover Christ. After I read Discover Christ I bought 20 copies. I can't wait to give them to friends and family who need a personal encounter with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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I started out reading this because our Church is following this program and I needed to be better informed. As I read I became more and more inspired by they message and I felt that the Holy Spirit was tapping me on the shoulder. This is not being written by a flighty naïve non-church goer but by a dedicated, active, Catholic. My Faith has been enlarged and hugely improved by reading this. I am really looking forward to helping with this instruction with my Church.
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Just what I was looking for! Excellent read. I have been looking for discipleship training material for our parish. This book was written by the guys who developed ChristLife, which is a three part discipleship training program. The parts are Discover Christ, Follow Christ and Share Christ. Highly recommend!!!
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This book is a good introduction to the Christian faith, and to the basics of Christianity. I thought at times it was too simplistic, but for someone wanting to get a feel for who Jesus is, why He matters, and how you can have a relationship with your Creator and Savior, this book is excellent. I also think the tie between a personal relationship and the Church could have been expounded upon more fully, as Christianity is meant to be lived in communion with the Body of Christ and in submission to its leadership, strengthened by its teachings and nourished by its sacraments. This wasn't as developed for Catholics as it could have been. Overall, though, the passion the authors have for discipleship and sharing the Gospel overflows onto this book's pages, and is an inspiring reminder for Catholics.
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I found it useful as part of the team to read it in preparation for the group discussions at the Discovering Christ events at my parish. It does not have everything the video series; its about 90%. I enjoyed reading it.
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