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Posted March 2, 2014
This book makes a mockery of the Mass and what the Catholic church represents. It is pandering a slap in the face to the Chruch I love. I don't think we have to become a protestant "mega church" to gain faithfulWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2014
Contemporary Catholic parish life is a great subject. The authors provided numerous insights into what works and what does not work in a struggling parish; most of their recommendations were learned the hard way through their admitted mistakes. There are hilarious anecdotes about incompetent staff and difficult parishioners that make the reader laugh out loud. This pastor is admirable for seeking positive change to rescue his failing parish.
While this book is worth reading I have two major concerns as well:
First, the authors had a target of a composite of an individual who they wanted to be part of their parish -- whom the authors referred to as Timonium Tim. This composite Tim was an unchurched married male with children living a rather affluent suburban life, but who had little time and/or interest in participating in worship. By specifically inviting Tim into the church, the pastor hoped that Tim would bring a group of family members and friends due to his influence in the community. This target seemed full of prejudices, unintentional, yet perplexing in its limitation. Also, there appeared to be no overt attempt made to enrich faithful parishioners, even difficult ones, who attended Mass and other events regularly in this parish.
Second, why was there so much reliance on the modeling of parish life given by a protestant minister who does not recognize the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, nor the apostolic succession handed to Peter by Christ? Were there no successful models of vibrant Catholic parishes to use as examples?
This book is recommended due to discussion and organization of subject matter, but I am not convinced that it addresses contemporary Catholic worship outside of the authors' specific parish.
Posted November 1, 2013
Our bishop talked about this book in a homily, so i went out and bought the book for myself. It is a beautiful example of what our lives should be about. The stories are funny, heart-warming and at times difficult to imagine, but most moving in a most blessed way. A great book for us all, especially those with a deep desire to be open to God's movement in our lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2013
This is an excellent book for all in parish ministry from Pastor to Parishioner! All parishes should read this great book. There is not one parish in our world that could not something from this inspiring book. I found it very helpful and insightful to read. I thank by friend that I visiste this summer for recommended this to me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2013
Rebuilt is not just inspiring (as any book about living in faith ought to be)...it's helpful and practical. The book touches the reader personally and intellectually. A great read and resource!
Posted February 27, 2013
Awesome Book! This book is a MUST read for any struggling parish or any parish who wants to take the new evangelism movement seriously. Michael and Tom lead you through their heartfelt journey in rebuilding their own parish during an economical time of uncertainty and in a time when Catholic Church attendance is in decline. They share their successes as well as their failures. As a parishioner, this book reminds us of our mission in life. It reminds us why we are called to be disciples and outlines how we can be better disciples.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2013
This book wasa page turner! I was absorbed in it and could not put it down. This is bold, refreshing and practical. I loved the "You Can Do This" sections. It stopped me from thinking just the opposite.The book is powerfully honest and put the emphasis in our Catholic Churches back where it belongs! Jesus Christ and his saving mission. This is a must read if you are interested in the New Evangelization! We have a lot of work to do but now I have hope there is a way!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2013
While I’m not the target audience, it was very helpful to me to better understand the vision, the direction of the movement, and what’s expected of me as I (try to) grow in my discipleship. It was inspiring and heartwarming and enlightening and funny and I couldn't put it down.
Congratulate to the authors on their honesty and humility. And the research alone for all of those quotes and references must have taken an incredible amount of time! But well worth it; I’m sure they will continue to face some backlash from naysayers, and showing how grounded their vision is in our Catholic church can only help.
The additional online resources are also top notch, and really add to the experience and lessons they lay out. Well done!
Posted February 17, 2013
This church and book are tremendous! Father Michael White and Associate Pastor Tom Corcoran have transformed their parish church into a thriving environment with contemporary music, engaging children's and student programs and relevant messages. Their willingness to change how they had been "doing church" to focus on Catholics who are the pews, as well as those who no longer attend church, has resulted in a profound turnaround in their parish. They have seen huge increases in attendance, giving and parishioner involvement, despite the lack of growth in their community.
Every parish (and even non-Catholic churches) can learn from their inspiring, honest and heartfelt story!
Posted February 26, 2013
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Posted February 25, 2013
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