Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation

Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation

by Eric Stoltz, Vince Tomkovicz
     
 

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Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation is a contemporary, scripture-rich, and dramatically visual exploration of the Catholic faith for young adults. With its engaging style, full-color graphics, and interesting sidebar articles, Ascend covers the basics of Christianity from a viewpoint that is Catholic yet ecumenically minded. There are chapter profiles on… See more details below

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Ascend: The Catholic Faith for a New Generation is a contemporary, scripture-rich, and dramatically visual exploration of the Catholic faith for young adults. With its engaging style, full-color graphics, and interesting sidebar articles, Ascend covers the basics of Christianity from a viewpoint that is Catholic yet ecumenically minded. There are chapter profiles on Christian role models from both ancient and modern times, and informative discussions of contemporary events from a Christian perspective. Discussion questions and book recommendations are included for each chapter; there is also an extensive glossary. Though oriented to young adults, Ascend provides an overview of Christianity that will appeal to all ages, Christians and non-Christians alike.

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Publishers Weekly
This laudable effort to make the Catholic faith understandable and appealing to young adults labors mightily to sound hip and cool, but it suffers from an oversimplified style that could alienate more thoughtful young seekers. In their attempt to take the Catholic faith down to the basics, Stoltz and Tomkovicz, both deacons in the archdiocese of Los Angeles, write in a way that may strike some readers as rudimentary. For example, in the introduction, they use a footnote to explain their subsequent use of footnotes. The authors also seem uncertain about the age group they are addressing. While “young adult” typically refers to collegians and recent college graduates, the introduction at one point suggests the audience may be raising children and thus would be slightly older. The book's positive features include its organization into short chapters with sidebars, the inclusion of a glossary of terms and treatment of questions like “I read The Da Vinci Code. Don't the facts in this book show Christianity is a lie?” The authors also effectively use cultural references to convey some points. This book will work best for those who know lots about culture and little about Catholicism. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809146215
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
11/28/2009
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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James Martin
"Finally something for young adult Catholics that actually speaks their language--blunt, personal, authentic and visual. Ascend's groundbreaking new way of presenting simple Gospel truths is a bold new invitation to the faith addressed directly to the future of the church."--(James Martin, S.J., author, My Life with the Saints)

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