I will admit that I was put off by the title at first. I thought it was a gimmick, kind of like “Letters to God.” When I actually saw the book on sale at a Catholic gift shop, I was surprised at the size of it. When I actually got the book, I felt like devouring it. The best part? I still haven’t finished it!
The book is huge, over 400 pages of stuff, with tons of questions that are divided into 4 sections. The first section has questions relating to theology-related things such as who God is, the nature of Jesus and the Trinity, and all the questions everyone asks about Catholicism specifically (Mary, the problem of evil, heaven and hell, etc). The second section is all about Church history, which includes questions on Islam and Protestantism. The third section is about having a personal relationship with Christ and how the Mass and sacraments relate to that. The last section has questions about the Catholic life, which covers questions relating to vocations, sexuality, all the pro-life questions, death, and society.
Every time I open this book, I find something new about Catholicism that I didn’t know. Each section goes into great detail answering the question and has a tweet-sized summary at the end. There are no gimmicks with this book. It just presents the Catholic Church as it is. Something I heard on Catholic Radio is that you can always learn something new about the Catholic Church no matter how long you’ve been a Catholic. This book is a great example of that.
I think this book would be great to use for teaching Confirmation. It goes beyond the stuff one teaches in Catechism classes. It’s not just a list of rules and regulations, but actually gets to the “why” of things. I also think that campus ministries would benefit greatly from this book. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are hosting book clubs that look into the various questions that everyone is asking. I also love this book as something to use for apologetics because it’s easy to understand, but it’s not dumbed down, either.
A lot of people these days talk about the “New Evangelization,” which, according to this book is “seeks to spread the faith to all who are far from Christ, in particular to the baptized who no longer believe.” I feel like this book would be a great contribution to the movement because through this book, people will relearn what exactly it means to be Catholic. I also feel like this book reaches out to Catholics who just want to know more about their faith beyond the courses taught in college or in Catechism.
If you haven’t read this book yet, #getthisnow!