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Posted July 11, 2013
Jesus The Evangelist is profound in it's simplicity. Using Gospel passages as a starting point, Allan Wright shares his considerable insight on what Jesus' ministry can teach us about sharing the Good News today. Questions at the end of each chapter along with suggestions for further meditation draw readers in, making this book both relevant and readable!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2013
A wonderful book! Clear, concise, in touch with our current secular culture and the culture within the Catholic Church which, as the author states, needs to move from maintenance to mission. Wright not only articulates the reason why the Church exists but offer beautiful 'nuggets' or 'take away points' on how Jesus reached out and listened, drew near and shared the good news and the implications for individuals and for parishes. The questions, quotes and prayer at the end of each chapter make the book very 'user friendly' and ideal for small group and parish council settings. I agree with Dr. Scott Hahn who says that this book provides an excellent way to engage in scripture and to bring Catholics back to the charism of our founder...Jesus Christ.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2013
What is your pool?
Allan Wright’s new book is overflowing with information and inspiration developed over six parts, the first and last of which consist of single chapters on the current status of evangelization in the Catholic Church. The middle multi-chapter parts present Jesus as the model for evangelization through the gospels of John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew.
The author’s credentials include an undergraduate degree in religious studies, a master’s in theology in Scripture, and experience as academic dean of evangelization for the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. His goal in writing this book, he explains, is to help readers “to develop the mind of Christ and an evangelizing mind-set so that we may bear fruit that will last.”
In Part One Wright describes common misconceptions about evangelization among Catholics. Quoting an encyclical from Pope John Paul II, he describes evangelization in three separate arenas: (1) those not knowing Christ or his Gospel, (2) communities within the Church involved in pastoral care, and (3) the baptized who have lost their faith or no longer consider themselves Catholic. This third group, which statistics indicate numbers 22.5 million in the U.S., is the subject of the “new evangelization.” Part Six outlines ways that active Catholics and clergy can evaluate their current effectiveness in reaching out, challenges standing in the way, and methods of meeting them.
Part One, Chapter Five is an example of Wright’s ability to expand on Scripture to prompt new insights and connect them to the call to evangelize. The passage is John 5: 1-9, in which Jesus engages with a sick man lying near a healing pool. The author explains a bit about the pool, portrays a scene of “perhaps ten blind people, twenty lame people, and dozens more who were sick from various disease” gathered at the pool. The game was to make it into the water as it began to stir. Jesus asks the man if he wants to be well; the man says no one will help him into the pool. Jesus commands the man to pick up his mat and walk, and the miracle occurs.
Wright’s observations relating this story to the new evangelization begin with the question “What is your pool?”