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Catholic Religious Education 101

M. Hernandez
The list author says: "Contemporary religious education is in a state of crisis, one need only look at the empty pews every Sunday. Yet, youngsters are more miserable than ever before. Only the good news of Jesus Christ can provide hope. The following books are absolutely necessary reading for anyone aspiring to teach CCD, RCIA, or run youth ministry."
What Americans Really Believe
What Americans Really Believe
"America's top sociologist of religion paints a thought provoking picture of Ameican religiosity."
The Closing of the American Mind
The Closing of the American Mind
"One of the Twentieth Century's top sociologists exposes the deep rooted problems with American culture and education which affect the souls of every American."
Leisure: The Basis of Culture
Leisure: The Basis of Culture
A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning (Isi Guides to the Major Disciplines)
A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning (Isi Guides to the Major Disciplines)
Teacher in America
Teacher in America
"One of the best cultural historians gives remarkable insight on authentic teaching."
Teaching the Catholic Faith Today
Teaching the Catholic Faith Today
"Msgr. Kevane complies the Catholic Church's modern statements on catechesis and evangelization. Kevane's Introduction, "The Credo of the People of God," "Evangeli Nuntiandi," and "Catechesi Tradendae" are essenental reading."
General Directory for Catechesis
General Directory for Catechesis
"The Vatican provides the essential framework for catechetical instruction."
The New Catholic Answer Bible: The New American Bible
The New Catholic Answer Bible: The New American Bible
"This is by far the best bible for religious education; it contains the translation used in the liturgy and articles answering essential questions about Catholicism."
Jesus the Divine Teacher: What the Prophets Really Foretold
Jesus the Divine Teacher: What the Prophets Really Foretold
"Msgr. Kevane remained faithful to the Church's teaching while others were abandoning it; in this, his Magnum Opus, Kevane explains the nature of divine pedagogy and how it applies to us."
02. St. Augustine: The First Catechetical Instruction (Ancient Christian Writers)
02. St. Augustine: The First Catechetical Instruction (Ancient Christian Writers)
"St. Augustine gives his advice on how reglious education should be conducted."
Handing on the Faith in an Age of Disbelief
Handing on the Faith in an Age of Disbelief
"Pope Benedict heads up this collection of essays on contemporary catechesis."
Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism: Sidelights on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism: Sidelights on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
"Pope Benedict discusses the relationship between the Gospel and the Catechism."
Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis
Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis
"With the promolgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, catechesis had to incorporate this valuable tool into its instruction."
The Good News and its Proclamation: Post Vatican, 2nd Edition
The Good News and its Proclamation: Post Vatican, 2nd Edition
"Hofinger details the essential content and structure for catechesis."
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of the Catholic Church
"This is THE summary of all the Church's doctrine."
The Essential Catholic Catechism: A Readable, Comprehensive Catechism
The Essential Catholic Catechism: A Readable, Comprehensive Catechism
"One of the leaders of the Catholic Charismatic renewal provies a remarkable summary of the Catechism."
Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs
Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs
"This easy to read book will help any Catechist answer commonly asked questions about the Catholic Faith."
Youcat
Youcat
"FINALLY!! The Church has promulgated a Youth Catechism!!!"
What Every Catechist Should Know
What Every Catechist Should Know
"Every catechist MUST know the essentials."
The Catholic Source Book
The Catholic Source Book
"Reading through this handy reference will turn any Catechist into a walking encyclopedia of Catholicism!"
Guide for Catechists
Guide for Catechists
"The Vatican provides essential guidelines for Catechist selection and formation."
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
"Inorder to help others achieve their best, we must be on our way ourselves."
How To Win Friends and Influence People
How To Win Friends and Influence People
"A good catechist must learn the fundamentals of interpersonal communication."
Public Speaking for Success
Public Speaking for Success
"Public speaking is an essential skill for everone, especially teachers."
The Mystery We Proclaim, Second Edition: Catechesis for the Third Millennium
The Mystery We Proclaim, Second Edition: Catechesis for the Third Millennium
"Kelly outlines the useful "ecclesial" approach catechesis."
Educational Philosophy of Saint John Bosco
Educational Philosophy of Saint John Bosco
"St. John Bosco was a master catechist for youth, learning his preventative method will help modern catechists reach similar success."
Seven Secrets of Successful Catechists
Seven Secrets of Successful Catechists
"White gives a few handy tips any catechist can appreciate."
Gifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education, 2nd Edition
Gifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education, 2nd Edition
"Integrating modern multiple intelligence theory and religious education is something worth considering."
The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord
The Temperament God Gave You: The Classic Key to Knowing Yourself, Getting Along with Others, and Growing Closer to the Lord
"Using this oftem overlooked dimension of human life can help Catechists reach students more deeply."
The Art of Teaching
The Art of Teaching
"This far and away the best introduction to classical teaching."
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (Book & DVD)
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (Book & DVD)
"Getting this popular text will give catchists get a handle on effective modern teaching stratagies."
Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development
Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development
"Fr. Benedict's sage wisdom unlocks the mystery of human spiritual development."
The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey
The Good Shepherd and the Child: A Joyful Journey
The Five Love Languages of Children
The Five Love Languages of Children
"Love is the virtue that can change lives, learn to share that love with the youngest."
Catechists for All Children
Catechists for All Children
"White gives essential insight for catechizing children."
Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages
Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers New Edition: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers New Edition: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively
"Love is what teens desire the most, reaching them will require every ounce of love we can spare."
Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community: Some Principles and Guidelines
Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community: Some Principles and Guidelines
"The Vatican provides general principles for adult faith formation."
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
"The American bishops provide a clear outline for adult faith formation."
The Beauty of Faith: Using Christian Art To Spread Good News
The Beauty of Faith: Using Christian Art To Spread Good News