The Catechist’s Guide to Reading the Bible Series
Review by Dan Thomas
The Catechist’s Guide to Reading Your Bible: A Catholic View
Who Do You Say That I Am? The Catechist’s Guide to Jesus in the Gospels
So What’s The Good News? The Catechist’s Guide to Reading the Gospels
These three books plus two more to come (You’ve Got Mail! The Catechist’s Guide to Reading the New Testament Letters; and Reassuring Visions: The Catechist’s Guide to Reading John’s Book of Revelation) are outstanding resources for individual or group development of a Catholic understanding of Scripture.
The Catechist's Guide to Reading Your Bible gives a clear, accurate, and easy to understand introduction to getting into scripture. It makes clear that fundamentalism is not a correct or even valuable way to approach the Bible. It also deals with those fears and failures to understand cultural differences that get in the way of knowing and using the Bible.
So What's the Good News? introduces the New Testament by getting the reader into its culture, clarifying the place of the kingdom of God in Jesus’ preaching, giving a clear and concise summary of the key themes of each of the four gospels, and then helping the read relate the gospels to his/her life by continuing to read and study them.
Who Do You Say That I Am? focuses on Jesus himself, that “magnetic personality whose lure is simple that of holiness.” This is an excellent way to meet Jesus through his historical and cultural background as well as meeting him through the gospels in his preaching and living. This book was my favorite.
Dan Thomas was a parish director of religious education for 30 years in the Dayton, OH area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The Catechist Guide to Reading Your Bible: a Catholic View helped me tremendously in explaining to catechists who feel they aren’t qualified to use the Bible in class. It’s also been a good resource for the Bible study class I conduct.
Stella Carlstrom, Parish Catechetical Leader, Parish of the Precious Blood, Presque Isle, ME