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Father McBride's Teen Catechism - Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Catalog Code: 9780879737047

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Father McBride's Teen Catechism

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Average Rating: This item received 3 stars overall.

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Father McBride is famous as a teacher who makes the teaching of the Church seem both simple and reasonable.  Never condescending, this book answers the questions teenagers really ask about the Faith.




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This item received 4 stars overall. A basic text that should be in every catechist's library

I've used Fr. McBride's Teen Catechism both when teaching at at Catholic high school and as part of a weekly religious education class for teenagers preparing for Confirmation. It provides a good overview of Church teaching, without being so detailed that you can't get through it in the course of a year-long CCD class. As the author states in the introduction, the book "assumes that young people are only at the beginning of a lifelong faith journey, that they have many stages of faith growth ahead of them and that this is but one step in that enriching process."
Each chapter begins with a faith story that can be a great starting point for a class discussion of the chapter. Thomists will get a kick out of the format that follows, which is broken down into "Some say...The Catechism Teaches...As Catholics We Believe." Fr. Full Review...

This item received 2 stars overall. Good resource, but not well organized.

The Father McBride's Teen Catechism is a good resource to have on hand if you are a teen, especially if you find the regular catechism confusing and hard to read. Father McBride does a good job explaining how the faith works in a way that makes sense to teens and never feels condescending.  
As a teen, I didn't feel like the book was quite as well written as many of the other resources designed for people my age. It seemed a little random in its layout, and it was hard to find the topics I was searching for. The table of contents had confusing titles that were not teen-oriented, and overall it felt a little like the workbooks we always had in religious education classes. However, it never felt like Father McBride was talking down to teens, and he used real world examples to tie ancient beliefs to our lives today. It's good for anyone wh Full Review...

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