The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid

The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid

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by Greg Willits
     
 

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If you're like many Catholics today, you love the Church and you long for others to know the peace and joy you've experienced. But how can you communicate it? Greg Willits is passionate about helping you share your faith. He's explored all kinds of ways to reach out—from radio and TV to various forms of social media—and he's learned a lot about what

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If you're like many Catholics today, you love the Church and you long for others to know the peace and joy you've experienced. But how can you communicate it? Greg Willits is passionate about helping you share your faith. He's explored all kinds of ways to reach out—from radio and TV to various forms of social media—and he's learned a lot about what works and what doesn't. The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid encourages Catholics everywhere to first know their faith, and then to live it and share it authentically with others.

Many Catholics have heard the phrase "New Evangelization" but don't know what it means or how they might apply it in their lives. The New Evangelization and You clearly explains what the New Evangelization is and how it applies to every Catholic, and examines realistic ways to make the New Evangelization a part of each Catholic's daily living.

While explaining the goals, history, concepts, and action items of the New Evangelization, the book spotlights other Catholics already making a difference by the ways they share their faith and inspires readers to embrace this call in their own lives.

This book is meant to light a fire under every Catholic and to inspire an active response of faith. Experience the joy of knowing faith, living faith, and sharing faith.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When it comes to spreading the Catholic faith, the contents are the same, but the packaging needs to change. So declares popular author and Catholic talk show host Willits. The author highlights the three-point plan of the "new evangelization," a term first used by Pope John Paul II: know the faith, live the faith, share the faith. He encourages Catholics to be vocal about their faith and to not be afraid to talk about what they believe and why they believe it. To help encourage believers, he offers brief but compelling biographical sketches of Catholic evangelizers. Also included are suggestions about contemporary evangelization tools, such as blogs, websites, and online educational materials for the faithful who wish to grow in their knowledge of Catholicism. Sadly, there's not much here for those who are struggling with their faith and/or have legitimate quarrels with Catholicism. But Catholics who are looking for the motivation and encouragement to embrace their faith more fully will be energized. (May)
From the Publisher

 This guide book is intended for any Catholic interested in becoming a highly effective evangelist by showing how a life of faith is one of witness. It is for everyday Catholics and is stuffed with ideas for developing an evangelistic sensibility; something that does not always come easy to cradle Catholics. It has a verve that clearly draws from the teachings of Christ as interpreted by Pope John Paul II. It has frequent vignettes and loads of lists. The centerpiece is Chapter 10, which is designed with fifty-two “ways” to know and fifty-two “ways” to share one’s faith. Each chapter ends with questions and a prayer to encourage deeper reflection for the individual or study groups. It seems like a really great tool for youth ministry with high school or college students, as well as for adults in a parish setting. It is highly recommended for parish, school, college, and seminary libraries.—Darren G. Poley, Catholic Library World

 ….Greg Willits’ The New Evangelization and You provides the instruction amid autobiography, anecdotes and witness from evangelizers, written in a “you-can-do-this” style. That last point is important, particularly as people in the pews take to heart the need for they themselves to be the evangelizers. To their response of, “I can’t do that,” Willits, a former resident of Conyers and now director of evangelization and family life for the Archdiocese of Denver, can say, “Yes, you can!” and then demonstrate how.

A radio talk show host and a blogger, his ability to speak to readers, i.e., potential evangelizers, is evident in how he defines the new evangelization: renewed spiritual devotion and catechesis, knowing Christ and understanding Christianity and Catholicism; and living the faith; and sharing it with others.

A nice touch is that a prayer concludes each chapter, e.g., “A Prayer to Get to Know God Better,” “Prayer for Inspiration,” etc.—Brian T. Olszewski, Catholic News Service

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616365158
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher

 This guide book is intended for any Catholic interested in becoming a highly effective evangelist by showing how a life of faith is one of witness. It is for everyday Catholics and is stuffed with ideas for developing an evangelistic sensibility; something that does not always come easy to cradle Catholics. It has a verve that clearly draws from the teachings of Christ as interpreted by Pope John Paul II. It has frequent vignettes and loads of lists. The centerpiece is Chapter 10, which is designed with fifty-two “ways” to know and fifty-two “ways” to share one’s faith. Each chapter ends with questions and a prayer to encourage deeper reflection for the individual or study groups. It seems like a really great tool for youth ministry with high school or college students, as well as for adults in a parish setting. It is highly recommended for parish, school, college, and seminary libraries.—Darren G. Poley, Catholic Library World

 ….Greg Willits’ The New Evangelization and You provides the instruction amid autobiography, anecdotes and witness from evangelizers, written in a “you-can-do-this” style. That last point is important, particularly as people in the pews take to heart the need for they themselves to be the evangelizers. To their response of, “I can’t do that,” Willits, a former resident of Conyers and now director of evangelization and family life for the Archdiocese of Denver, can say, “Yes, you can!” and then demonstrate how.

A radio talk show host and a blogger, his ability to speak to readers, i.e., potential evangelizers, is evident in how he defines the new evangelization: renewed spiritual devotion and catechesis, knowing Christ and understanding Christianity and Catholicism; and living the faith; and sharing it with others.

A nice touch is that a prayer concludes each chapter, e.g., “A Prayer to Get to Know God Better,” “Prayer for Inspiration,” etc.—Brian T. Olszewski, Catholic News Service

Meet the Author


Greg Willits is the former president and COO of SQPN. He created and organized the first Catholic New Media Conference, which brings together bloggers, podcasters, and others working in new media from around the world. Greg has restructured his Rosary Army apostolate into a new organization called New Evangelizers, with the goal of helping Catholics become more active in evangelization. Greg lives with his wife, Jennifer, four sons and one daughter in Georgia.

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CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Small fish count Greg Willits presents the nuts and bolts of "The New Evangelization" from a wealth of experience. He is director of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is also deeply involved in Catholic media, notably Twitter, Facebook, and The New Evangelizers web site. The New Evangelization and You is based on Church documents and Scripture, all cited in chapter-by-chapter notes. To complement these formal sources, Willits includes sidebars called "New Evangelizers in Action" in each of the book's 12 chapters. These stories feature ordinary individuals modeling elements of the New Evangelization: (1) renewed spiritual devotion and efforts in catechesis, (2) living our faith, and (3) sharing our faith with others. Willits also describes his personal insights on the New Evangelization. He tells about annual fishing trips with his brother, emphasizing the planning and knowledge that lead to success in catching striped bass. The same kind of preparation is required for evangelization (fishing for men). In this case the task is sharing faith and drawing others to Christ, even if we feel unprepared. Willits points out that our efforts must not be limited to only "the big fish," that is, those who are extremely skeptical or hostile. "We oftentimes get caught up with converting all the atheists and non-Christians we know," he writes, "but what about the small fish in your life? In the New Evangelization, that's one of the most important questions you can ask."