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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Original edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062037282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062037282
  • ASIN: 0062037285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An amazing tour de force covering the terrain of Christian doctrine and practice....This book is a valuable resource for reviving and refreshing the faith of Christians of all ages.” (U.S. Catholic)

About the Author

Thomas H. Groome is chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and professor of theology and religious education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and author of What Makes Us Catholic?


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan F. Sullivan on August 30, 2011
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Whenever I engage in conversation with my catechetical colleagues, certain questions and themes arise again and again:

- What would catechesis look like if it followed the pedagogical model used by Jesus?
- What if we sought to not just teach about the faith, but help the faithful (both young and old) learn from and be transformed by our rich Catholic tradition?
- How can parents be more intentional about passing on the faith?

Thomas Groome's new book, Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples, seeks to answer these questions by proposing a life to Faith to life model for catechesis and Christian religious education.

By life to Faith to life Groome means a methodology that begins with the life experience of the faithful, invites them to consider that experience in light of the wisdom and practices of the Church, and then to bring those new insights back to their lived experience. This intuitive, praxis-based approach builds off of Groome's earlier body of work in the field of Christian religious education.

Groome's aim is to take catechesis away from the strict classroom-based model that has became prevalent in many places in the Church. This model, although popular, has led to the compartmentalization of catechesis. As Groome writes:

"The emergence of denominational schools, Sunday schools,' and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) all greatly enhanced the effectiveness of religious education. The disadvantage, however, was that they removed the family from its central position as educator in faith and gave the impression that the school -- of whatever kind -- could educate better than and instead of parents. Even the Church helped to convince parents of this schooling paradigm.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thom Bower on December 10, 2012
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Of all of Groome's writings, I find this one to be the most difficult and least engaging. (Consider that statement in light that Groome's writing were part of my dissertation, where I treat him as an educational philosopher.) It appears he is attempting to re-establish himself as a preeminent voice in revising Roman Catholic catechism(s), so this the focus feels more forced: rather than a reflection on the future of Christian Religious Education, it comes across as presumptive authority defending normative standards. Worthwhile for someone trying to map the span of Groome's thinking, but not an extension of previous theory & praxis.
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By Helen H Schuler on February 15, 2014
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As a retired Director of Religious Education, I see this book as a must-read for every teacher, director, and parent. It is well written and easy to read and follow.
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