Ask the Bible Geek: Answers to Questions From Catholic Teens

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Gifted youth leader Mark Hart knows teens inside and out, and as the Bible Geek®, he asks and answers the real questions that puzzle them. Dealing realistically and honestly with concerns about God, temptations, personal issues, daily life and more, he speaks encouragement to the minds and hearts of kids. His solutions to typical situations teens wonder about, are rooted in Scripture and the Catholic tradition. A Servant Book.
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Overview

Gifted youth leader Mark Hart knows teens inside and out, and as the Bible Geek®, he asks and answers the real questions that puzzle them. Dealing realistically and honestly with concerns about God, temptations, personal issues, daily life and more, he speaks encouragement to the minds and hearts of kids. His solutions to typical situations teens wonder about, are rooted in Scripture and the Catholic tradition. A Servant Book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569553442
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 3/20/2003
  • Pages: 167
  • Sales rank: 178,455
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Hart was a teen in his local LIFE TEEN Program, before leaving home to attend the University of Notre Dame. A few years ago, Mark began working for the LIFE TEEN Program, running LIFE Communications, writing, producing videos, and speaking for LIFE TEEN International. In addition, he is the "Bible Geek" on the Life Teen web site. Mark resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Getting to Know the Trinity: It's the ultimate Three-for-One deal
Where Is God? 21
Why Is Taking the Lord's Name in Vain Such a Big Deal? 23
What Is Your Relationship With God Like? 25
Have Your Parents Ever Embarrassed You? 27
Heaven Is for Children 29
Does God Have Ears? 31
Does Milk Go Bad in Heaven? 33
What's the Only Word That God Doesn't Know? 35
Ever Felt "Worthless"? 37
Does God Feel Pain? 39
Did Nails Hold Jesus to the Cross? 43
Where Do Rainbows Come From? 45
The Bible and Catholic Tradition: Christ said "the Word," and the Church began
Ever Feel Like Not Going to Mass? 49
Is Jesus Truly Present in the Eucharist? 51
Ever Feel Like God's Not Present in Your Life? 53
Is the Catholic Mass in the Bible? 55
Ever Misbehave in Church? 57
Why Do We Genuflect? 59
Are Catholics Allowed to Sing at Mass? 61
Ever Forget to Think Before You Speak? 63
Are There Any Saints in Your Church? 65
Do You Know Any Famous People? 67
Godfather: The Role of a Lifetime 69
Why Do I Need to Confess That? 71
Does Jesus Go to the Car Wash? 73
Why Do We Go to a Priest for Confession? 75
Dealing With Life's Temptations and Trials: The high road to heaven has its potholes
Does Life Seem Tough? 79
Does the Devil Really Exist? 81
Ever Feel Like You're Drowning? 83
What to Do With Stress 85
How Would Jesus Drive? 87
Can You See God at Work in Your Life? 89
In God We Trust? 91
In Need of Patience? 93
Do You Ever Get Sick of Acting Christian? 95
Ever Been Afraid of the Dark? 97
Ever Feel Like Everyone's Against You? 99
Do Roller Coasters Make You Sick? 101
Do You Ever Feel Like Giving Up? 103
Walking the Walk: Catholic Christianity is not for wimps
Do You Ever Cross Your Fingers? 107
What Does God Want? 109
Have You Ever Acted Foolishly? 111
Seen Any of God Lately? 113
Are You a Deep Person? 115
Are You a Dangerous Person? 117
Are You Invincible Today? 119
Ever Feel Like You're Being Watched? 121
Ever Spent Time in Prison? 123
What Does God Want You to Be? 125
Where Does Your Time Go? 127
Do You Have Fun on the Playground? 129
Who Are Your True Friends? 131
Do You Have a Busy Life? 133
What Do You Say When You Pray? 135
Finding God in the Everyday: He's everywhere ... just take a look
What Would a Commercial for Jesus Look Like? 139
Does Your Computer Ever "Freeze Up" on You? 141
How Often Do You Test the Batteries? 143
Are There Telephone Poles in Your Neighborhood? 145
Ever Lose the Signal on Your Cell Phone? 147
Ever Try Being Quiet? 149
Would Jesus Chew Gum? 151
Ever Try to Feel Your Way Around in the Dark? 153
I Didn't Know That Was in the Bible 155
How Loud Is Your Radio? 157
Speed Bumps Are So Annoying 159
Looking for God? He's at the Airport 161
Does God Watch Horror Movies? 163
Is God a Dog-Lover? 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2003

    A nice book for public school teens

    My nephews who attend public school found it informative while my Catholic School nephews and neices felt it didn't go deep enough. A good book to have around the house however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Encourages passion

    Mark Hart never fails to get people thinking. Whether you are listening to a talk of his, reading his weekly emails, or having a one on one discussion, Mark encourages passion for the Catholic faith and the Bible. He explains Scripture in a way that promotes deeper understanding while also increasing faith. He presents this in a humorous, highly entertaining fashion which never fails to stick in your mind with ease. Diving deeper into Scripture and the Catholic faith could not be more fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Mark Hart: Man with a Mission

    Last summer myself and a few other girls hung out with Mark Hart and some of his LifeTeen colleagues. All of these men, but especially Mark, are so knowledgeable about their faith! Mark is an amazing person, in a sense that he can so clearly explain to teens their faith and make it absolutely relative to their daily lives! If you are looking for an awesome book to answer your faith related questions, pick up Mark's book today!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    A Must Read for Every Teen

    In his book, `Ask the Bible Geek¿, Mark Hart gives clear answers to difficult questions, with an amazingly attractive flare. By the questions he seeks to answer, you can tell that Mark knows teens; by the way he answers those questions, you can tell he can speak to them in their language; and by the faith he gives in those answers, you can tell he loves Christ and the Church. His layout of the questions and answers is simple, allowing the reader to get right to the heart of the matter. Mark¿s ability to answer the questions clearly, based in Scripture, allows the reader to come away with some real clarity, not confusion and fluff. There are many ways this book can be used: It can be a great gift for teens getting Confirmed; it can be a great resource for a teen to use if he/she is questioning the meaning of life; it can provide a youth minister over a year¿s worth of Bible Studies and discussion material. Every teenager, whether they are Catholic, non-Catholic, or non-Christian, should get a copy of this book: It will allow them to see a different side of the world than what our pop-culture gives. It will allow them to know the Truth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Each Verse!

    'Along the way He calls upon us to use the gifts He's bestowed on us for HIS glory, not for our own' (pg. 125). Mark Hart has clearly used the gifts God has bestowed on him by being able to pick apart a single verse from the Bible and transform it into something that fits each person that reads it! Many of us read the Bible all the time but never challenge ourselves enough to go deeper and read EACH passage carefully. Mark Hart, writing from his heart and experiences, makes the Bible fun to read and also applicable to our modern times. His humor, the personal touch he includes, and his deep faith in the church make this book a great resource for people of all ages. Mark makes reading the Bible memorable; I guarantee that the analogies he makes will stick in your mind the next time you read or hear the passage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Simple and Thought Provoking.

    I have read a number of books that attempt to help the reader understand scripture. Mark does just that without trying. Instead, he helps the reader to recognize ways that scripture is applicable in his/her life, which in turn provides us with the opportunity for God to explain what He wants us to know. The language and illustrations are meant for teenagers, but reach people of all ages. I am so thankful Mark learned that 'Fish Swim. Birds Fly.' (pg. 16) The messages are very readable, often times humorous, and always practical. As a Youth Minister I use his messages as the starting point for my bible study discussions. As a Catholic I use the messages to keep my eyes open to God working in my life. We are all blessed to have this book. Read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Everything you ever wanted to know!

    I LOVE this book! The Bible Geek really knows his Bible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    Connecting

    'Make no mistake: Nails didn't keep Jesus on that Cross; love did.' (p.43) As a young adult barely out of his teens I find Hart's book refreshing. I have taken several theology courses and usually you get information but it is presented to you in the most drool and boring manner possible. Mark gives an insight to the Word of God that is nothing short of aweinspiring. He gets straight to the point, and is not in your face but only offering plain and simple truth. Living in our world today, it is getting exceedingly difficult to be Catholic. Hart's contemporary views and opinions on common occurences within the spiritual and modern day Catholic world are not only poignant and intellectual, but reveal a deep seated faith and love for God in its writer. This book is for everyone. I highly recommend it for anyone feeling lost or alone or even battling temptations brought forth by society. The faith is strong with this one.

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