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The Catechist’s Guide Reading Series (Ideal for adult independent study, faith-sharing or Bible study groups, and adult faith formation!) provides the essential foundation you need to become a more respectful and competent reader of Scripture. The books provide the necessary historical, social and theological background to approach the biblical books more confidently, to read them more carefully and share their message more comfortably with your family, friends and catechetical students. All the books in the series also offer some suggested resources that will help you use the Scriptures for shaping your own biblical spirituality, for further reading and study (including a handy glossary of terms) and questions for personal reflection and/or small-group sharing.
The aim of this book is to help you read more competently in order to experience more richly the four New Testament Gospels as the original and still most helpful catechetical resources we have for deepening our relationship with Jesus and growing in our understanding of our Christian beliefs and practice.
Part 1, God’s Good News, provides some necessary background material about the New Testament social world that will help you to understand the historical situation in which the Gospels were composed and what the authors were trying to accomplish through their different versions of God’s Good News.
Part 2, The Good News in Four Versions, offers a brief reading guide to each of the Gospels that will help you to become familiar with each author’s story of Jesus and his Good News of our salvation.
Part 3, The Good News that Stays News, suggests several helpful resources that will help you use the Gospels for
- shaping your own Gospel spirituality
- further reading and study (including a handy glossary of terms)
- personal reflection and small-group sharing
Steve Mueller, PhD, author of the five books in The Catechist’s Guide Reading Series published by Faith Alive Books (faithAlivebooks.com), has taught Philosophy, Theology, Scripture and Catholic Studies. He helped develop and taught for many years in the renowned Denver Catholic Biblical School for adult scripture study and was formerly the editor-in-chief of the monthly periodical for Eucharistic spirituality Living with Christ and a managing editor for Morehouse Education Resources for lectionary-based catechesis and sacramental preparation. He is the current editor for Words of Grace: Daily Reflections & Prayers for Catholics for All Saints Press (www.AllSaintsPress.com).