A Faith for Grown-Ups: A Midlife Conversation about What Really Matters

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Approximately thirty percent of baby boomers were baptized and raised Catholic. After years of practicing a religion that seemed dry and rigid, many "boomers" drifted away from the faith. A Faith for Grown-Ups reintroduces Catholicism to those seeking to reconnect with their faith. With wit and keen understanding, Lockwood explores the common experience of growing up Catholic from the 1950s through the 1970s and invites disconnected Catholics to encounter a faith for grown-ups. ...
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Overview

Approximately thirty percent of baby boomers were baptized and raised Catholic. After years of practicing a religion that seemed dry and rigid, many "boomers" drifted away from the faith. A Faith for Grown-Ups reintroduces Catholicism to those seeking to reconnect with their faith. With wit and keen understanding, Lockwood explores the common experience of growing up Catholic from the 1950s through the 1970s and invites disconnected Catholics to encounter a faith for grown-ups.

Writing from an adult perspective for an adult audience, Lockwood covers all the major aspects of Catholicism and offers practical suggestions for cultivating an adult faith. In personal stories, both humorous and heartrending, Lockwood traces his personal pilgrimage from the Catholicism of his childhood to the rich, meaningful spirituality of his adulthood.

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As someone who grew up in the glory days of the American Catholic Church and came of age as those days were coming apart, Lockwood is eminently qualified for the task of helping his baby boomer contemporaries reconcile their childhood faith with the real world. He does this superbly, using humor-laced stories from his own life to spark memories of a religion he likens to "red wine and cold beer: rich in culture, but as common as the front stoop on a city street." Lockwood begins each chapter with an excerpt or two from the Baltimore Catechism, winds a personal tale around it and then segues into an explanation of the faith as seen from an adult perspective, ending with a Bible text, poem, prayer or other relevant quotation. The format works well, and effectively leads readers who learned their faith in the Baltimore Catechism's question-and-answer style into a deeper understanding of Catholicism's essential beliefs. In recollecting his own Catholic past, Lockwood is honest, yet forgiving of the deficiencies of his education and formation in the faith. He doesn't linger in the darkness of bad memories, but having come into the light of adult faith himself, he offers gentle yet firm guidance for readers making a similar journey. Lockwood's relaxed style invites Catholics who have drifted from the faith to reconsider a church that, he says, despite its popular image as a "nay-sayer," believes humanity can be both "good and great." (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829416473
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Story, Not an Argument
1: And We Laughed them All in a Very Short Time
2: A Little Help from My Friends
3: Brother Bedrille Explains it All for You
4: Travels with Luke
5: Here Comes the Sun
6: Flowers never bend with the rainfall
7: Visiting O'Toole's Bar
8: Holy Ed and Other Eccentrics
9: Like a bridge over troubled water
10: Amazing Grace
11: A song for the asking
12: The Great Life
13: The Only Living Boy in New York
14: The Tavern at the End of the World
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