Magazine article Momentum

The Confident Catechist

Magazine article Momentum

The Confident Catechist

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The Confident Catechist by Lee Danseco St. Mary's Press, Winona, Minnesota 2007, 72 pages $10.95

Lisa Anslinger

"During his public ministry, Jesus attracted large, diverse crowds of curious onlookers. As with many religious education and youth ministry events, each crowd included its own unique collection of potentially disruptive personalities. Jesus faced everything from political activists to religious fanatics, from the marginalized to the privileged. All gathered with great curiosity around the young rabbi. How was Jesus able to reach and teach such challenging audiences? What did he say or do to make these mixed multitudes want to listen? Jesus held his would-be disciples in check by successful teaching techniques that, with a little adaptation, you also can use to lead young Christian disciples today." (pp. 37-38)

Lee Danseco's "The Confident Catechist" is filled with simple, inspiring techniques to assist beginning and returning catechists. Her guidance is practical and her care for the catechist and young disciples is apparent. This book would make a wonderful gift from the catechetical leader as a means for improving the quality of instruction and faith sharing in parish faith formation and/or youth ministry gatherings. …

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