Item description for The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth by Brian Singer-Towns...
Overview This book is an understandable and down-to-earth guide to all things Catholic. Topics such as the Scriptures and Tradition, the Incarnation, and the Parousia are clearly presented so you can appreciate the careful reasoning behind Catholic doctrine. This book will be an eye-opener and a page-turner, whether, whether you are brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time.
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Studio: Saint Mary's Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.54" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.89" Weight: 1.72 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2003
Publisher SAINT MARY'S PRESS #434
ISBN 0884897672 ISBN13 9780884897675
Reviews - What do customers think about The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth?
Excellent overview of the Catholic Faith Apr 14, 2008
I use this text as the confirmation text for Confirmation Candidates I sponsor in the Episcopal Church. The text succinctly presents the Catholic tradition of Christianity and provides ample material for discussion, thought and contemplation. It is not written for academics, yet it isn't banal or overly simplistic in its explanation of core dogma and doctrine. Very good for students from all traditions of Catholicism be they Anglican or Roman.
Flawed Jul 30, 2007
While I applaud the authors' attempt to produce a comprehensive, single-volume guide to the faith for teens, this book is problematic. Far too often the authors make false distinctions between a supposed "old" Church that existed before Vatican II and a "new and improved" Church that exists now. For instance, they describe worshippers before the council as "not participants as much as watchers, separated by distance, architecture, and language." Nowhere in the documents of Vatican II or in authoritative pronouncements from the Magisterium will you find such a sweeping, negative assessment.
The authors also claim that Vatican II removed Latin from the liturgy, when in reality the Council fathers instructed that "[t]he use of the Latin language is to be preserved ..." (albeit with an allowance that some of the vernacular may be incorporated.) Likewise, Vatican II had nothing to do with communion in the hand, an innovation introduced in the United States and other Western countries years later; the authors list it as an achievement of the Council. A frequent theme of this book on liturgical matters is disruption instead of continuity.
In the chapter on the Bible, the authors operate from the presumption readers believe the Gospels were written soon after Jesus' death and Resurrection. To the extent teens have thought about this question at all, it's more likely that they believe the more pervasive false notion that the Gospels were written hundreds of years later. (See Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code.")
Perhaps one day someone will take the recently-released United States Catholic Catechism for Adults and adapt it for teens. In the meantime, this book is a flawed substitute. Excellent resources currently available are Father McBride's Teen Catechism, the multi-volume Didache series produced by the Midwest Theological Forum, and the Prove It! series written by Amy Welborn.
Excellent resource Jan 11, 2007
It's getting harder and harder these days to find good information on the Church that isn't tainted by polemic. I have used this resource as part of confirmation programs, RCIA, high school classes, and had people tell me it was great just to peruse through as a reference. Faithful to the Catechism and the broader Tradition, but also engaging and apropos to the interests and questions of most teens. I highly recommend it as a complement to the Catholic Youth Bible for every teen.
I highly recommend it for youth and adults Nov 6, 2006
"The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" is a very good resource for youth and adults wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith and tradition. It is up to date in it's theology. It provides not only the basic catechism of the church, but also gives great stories and descriptions of some of the lives of the saints. It is easy and enjoyable to read and understand. I use the book for my catechists to help them to pass on our tradition and beliefs to the children and youth they encounter in a language that can be understood.
Great Aug 22, 2006
I received this book in perfect condition as promised and received it in time. I would order again