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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612785905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612785905
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sherry Anne Weddell created the first charism discernment process specifically designed for Catholics in 1993. She co-founded and serves as co-Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, an affiliated international ministry of the Western Dominican Province.

Sherry has developed numerous unique formation resources that are used around the world. She trains and leads an international team of teachers and trainers who have worked directly with over 100,000 ordained, religious, and lay Catholics in over 120 dioceses on 5 continents. When not hanging around airports, Sherry enjoys tending her high altitude Tuscan garden in the Colorado Rockies.

Sherry's speaking schedule can be found at the Catherine of Siena Institute website (www.siena.org).

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It's very well researched and put together beautifully.
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When I started reading this book as part of a summer-long study, I knew it would be a good read and I thought it would be worth the time I was investing in it.
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You will find how to bring your self and others into a personal relationship with Jesus.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan F. Sullivan on July 22, 2012
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Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell is the most important book I've read this year. That is not exaggeration or hyperbole, but a testament to the research, experience, and insight Weddell brings to the question of evangelization and catechesis in the Church today. Weddell's book is a synthesis of every deep conversation about catechesis and evangelization I've had with my local and national colleagues for the past four years.

Weddell begins with a review of the data that should be familiar to all of us: decreasing Mass attendance, Catholics leaving the Church for Protestant communities, and a general "disengagement" from the life of the parish by many of the faithful. But she doesn't just leave us with cold, hard facts. Thanks to her work with parishes across the country Weddell is also able to weave compelling anecdotes that put a human face on the crisis. Most surprising to me were the number of people who have left the Catholic Church not because they were failing to moving closer to Christ but because, as they more fully embraced their call to discipleship, they had no one in their parishes to support them or who understood the sudden fire that had been lit in them. That the Church is losing both unengaged and highly motivated members -- leaking from both ends, as it were -- should alarm all of us.

Weddell's overarching question in reviewing the data and stories is this: How many of our parishioners are truly disciples of Jesus Christ? How many are committed to living a life of faith in an intentional way? Her answer, based on conversations with pastors and parish staff across the country, is that about 5% of Catholics can be described as "intentional disciples." This is shockingly low.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Carole Brown (PhD) on July 28, 2012
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The drama of our times, according to the Second Vatican Council, is the dichotomy between faith and life. This dichotomy is now a full-blown crisis in the Catholic Church. When only 60% of Catholics believe in a personal God, is it any surprise that ex-Catholics if gathered together would comprise the third largest "denomination" in the United States?

Many ex-Catholics who move to another church complain that their spiritual needs were not being met in the Catholic Church. We MUST try to understand how this can be! Through years of pastoral experience with thousands of Catholics in parish leadership, Sherry Weddell has correctly identified the reality: too many baptized Catholics never become true disciples of Jesus Christ. They may attend Mass regularly, and may even be leaders in the parish, but too many do not know what it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, at the grass roots level in many parishes, it wouldn't be regarded as "normal" for a Catholic to speak in this way--to claim to have a personal relationship with Jesus sounds foreign, even "protestant". But "cultural Catholicism" (or the so-called "Catholic identity") is no longer a compelling reason to remain in the Church. The new generation longs for authenticity and integrity. Thankfully, Sherry Weddell brings the good news that what they long for is not only possible, but necessary for every Catholic: a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

Weddell's theme resonates deeply with the direction that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have established in the New Evangelization. A personal relationship with Christ is essential to a living faith, and the renewal of the Church.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M Brown on July 30, 2012
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I won't rewrite what other reviewers have posted, some in great detail and elegance. I agree wholeheartedly with their reviews. I have been in ministry for over 15 years and found myself learning the significance of knowing where people are at in their walk with Christ and how to respond to each person on their journey.

We as a Catholic faith have not done so well with our evangelization. Where is the fervor of the first Christians? Why aren't people converting en masse? Could it be that we have forgotten what it is all about and how wonderful it is? Sherry reminds us of the vast numbers of people who are not being reached by the Gospel message, by the love of a Jesus Christ and we have to be as the first Christians- living it, but also sharing it.

If you are a Bishop, a priest, a youth minister, a catechetical leader, a parent, a volunteer at your church, if you want others to know Jesus the way you do, this is an absolute must read. You will not be disappointed!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan Schudt on July 19, 2012
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I saw Sherry at our Women's Conference 2 years ago. It was the best use of my personal formation time EVER. I care deeply about the Church, believing that She is for all, because Jesus is for all. The Catholic Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, with Jesus at the Head, with His Vicar on earth, the Pope. But how to give this wonderful Grace of Truth God has given me to others? Sherry has some important answers. I have purchased the Kindle version of this book for myself, and purchased two more copies for my Pastor and my DRE. As I read the Intro and the first chapter, I began thinking that our Archbishop should put everything aside and read this book TONIGHT. If you care about the Church, and in particular, if you care about evangelization (and all Christians should!), this book is a MUST READ. Thank you, Sherry, for taking the time to write this. You mentioned at the conference that you don't think writing is one of your charisms. I am not so sure. ;)

-Susan Schudt
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