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A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation

A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation

Author: Neil A. Parent

Regular Price: $16.95

Sale Price: $3.00

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-208-1

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: August 3, 2009

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Neil Parent lends his authoritative voice to the issue of adult faith formation. Parent articulates his view that learning about the faith in adulthood is not merely an extension of basic childhood religious education, but is rather a continuous, lifelong process. Drawing from years of experience leading the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, Parent combines Church teaching and adult learning theory to make this a must-read for pastors, catechists, and students in faith formation ministries.


"Vision into Reality."

"I'd like to put this book into the hands of every parish leader in today's Church. Chapter 4 alone, 'God as Teacher,' is worth the price of this book. In it, Parent extols intimacy with Christ as the core work of all formation. He turns this vision into reality with doable and realistic planning suggestions for parish programs."

Bill Huebsch, Author of Dreams and Visions:
Pastoral Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation

"A valuable gift."

"This is not a book that should be on every catechetical leader's shelf. It should constantly be in their hands, their minds, their hearts. It is practical, perceptive, pertinent, persuasive and powerful."

Janet Schaeffler, OP. Catechetical Leader

"Confronting and comforting."

"Confronting and comforting, Catholic and ecumenical, missteps and miracles. Neil Parent did it all. This book puts flesh on the goal of comprehensive lifelong adult faith formation."

Leland D. Nagel, Executive Director
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

"New insights."

"Anyone familiar with Adult Faith Formation will be able to take away new insights from the wisdom and tested pastoral practice reflected in this book. Anyone new to the field will find much on which to build a parish adult faith formation effort."

Dr. Michael Steier, DMin, Associate Director
Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"A symphony of practical wisdom."

"Neil Parent orchestrates a symphony of practical wisdom and resources to support the emerging adult faith formation leader in both parish and diocese. He elaborates on the historical factors which influenced the adult faith formation movement within the Church, sharing his personal experiences and offering practical guidelines to move one’s parish or diocese forward with sensible clues for success."

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, M.H.S.H., DMin
Director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
The University of Dayton

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