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Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus
Author: Katie Prejean McGrady
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: March 30, 2018
Winner of a 2019 Association of Catholic Publishers Award: Teen Books (First Place).
How well do you know Jesus? Like, REALLY know him?
Catholic author and speaker Katie Prejean McGrady shares sometimes embarrassing, often humorous, and always inspiring stories about how she came to know and love Jesus and shows you can, too, through prayer, scripture, sacraments, and service.
In the summer of 2016, Prejean McGrady walked off the stage feeling great about a forty-five-minute talk she had just given when a young man from the audience stopped her for advice. His questions caught her completely off guard:
"Who is Jesus?"
"How can I get to know him?"
Prejean McGrady—who speaks to tens of thousands of Catholic teens and young adults a year about her passion for Jesus—couldn’t give the guy a simple, straightforward answer. And it bugged her. Big-time.
In Follow, she uses engaging, sometimes awkward, and frequently funny stories from her own life to show you four simple and practical ways to get to know Jesus and have a life-changing friendship with him:
- Prayer (lift your heart)—She helps you understand that prayer is just talking to God and gives you the tools to start.
- Scripture (open your ears)—She introduces you to a variety of methods for reading the Bible.
- Sacraments (receive God’s grace)—She encourages you to see the sacraments as spiritual fuel for your relationship with Jesus.
- Service (share the gift)—She nudges you beyond your comfort zone in the Church’s common mission to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Prejean McGrady will help you open your heart and mind to meeting Jesus in a personal way and challenge you to see him for who he really is.
"Moving, challenging, and inspiring."
"This book is moving, challenging, and inspiring. Katie Prejean McGrady always finds a way to get you nodding along with her and she is always authentic. While modern culture is often lacking in common sense, this book is a wonderful invitation back to sensible thought and prayer. We are lucky to have Katie as a teacher and will richly benefit from her wisdom here. Follow is a gift to all who want a relationship with Jesus but just don't know exactly where to start."
Executive Vice President
"A masterful blend of heartfelt testimony, impactful insights from the life of Christ, and practical ways to walk as a disciple."
Director of Resource Development
"Katie Prejean McGrady offers practical wisdom and solid steps for developing and living out the most important relationship for which each one of us has been made."
Rev. Mike Schmitz
Director of the Office of Youth Ministry
Diocese of Duluth
"Read it, absorb it, and share it."
"Follow will inspire and teach you and help you find Jesus. Read it, absorb it, and share it with others as you embark on your lifelong adventure with Jesus!"
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
"How does someone follow Jesus in our world today? Katie Prejean McGrady has given us a true gift—a practical, authentic, and intensely personal account of what it means to follow Jesus through prayer, scripture, service, sacraments, adoration, and evangelization. Katie takes your hand and leads you to Jesus. What a well-written, spot-on, and helpful book that is greatly needed for young Catholics finding their way today!"
Author of Emotional Virtue
"The Ms. Frizzle of Catholicism."
"Follow isn't just a book to read, it's a book to do. Katie Prejean McGrady is the Ms. Frizzle of Catholicism, walking teens through the most foundational ways that their Catholic faith invites them to take chances, avoid mistakes, and get messy in their pursuit of Christ. The book needs no prerequisites, offering an introduction to prayer, scripture, sacraments, and service that will both encourage and inspire a seasoned follower while not overwhelming new disciples."
Youth and Campus Minister
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and School
Panama City, Florida
"Plenty of humor, insight, and practical suggestions."
"Knowing and following Jesus is often confusing and frustrating, especially for youth. Katie Prejean McGrady combines theological substance, relevant personal witness, plenty of humor, insight, practical suggestions, and step by step sequences to help teens know, love, and serve Jesus. She has produced an accessible field manual for living as a Catholic teen today. This will be a book teens visit and revisit time and again, as a source of comfort, direction, and inspiration."
Counselor, author, and speaker
"A clear roadmap to Christ."
"I would probably be the pope by now if someone had shared this book with me when I was a teen! Understanding who Jesus is may seem difficult and distant, but Katie Prejean McGrady provides a clear roadmap to Christ. Follow unpacks practices for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the very best ways for a twenty-first-century Christian. Whether your journey is just beginning or has been going on for years, Katie’s stories and suggestions will lead you straight to Jesus."
Director of youth and young adult ministry
Diocese of Nashville
"I absolutely loved Katie's book!"
"I absolutely loved Katie's book! Follow guides you to freely give your whole heart to God and how truly awesome it is to be in love with the Lord! Katie shows step by step how to encounter Jesus and spread his love to those around you."
High school junior
"Follow is not a step-by-step instruction manual for how to encounter Jesus Christ. It is so much more. Katie’s relatable stories make this book that much easier to love. Every teen truly looking to follow Christ should read Follow!"
High school senior
"A journey with Jesus."
"Whether you have just entered the faith or have been a believer for years, Katie's book serves as a ‘how-to’ guide for prayer, the gospel, the sacraments, and to reflect Jesus through self sacrifice and good acts. Follow outlines the essential steps it takes to embark on a lifelong journey. A journey not for Jesus but with him."
Samuel “Gus” Clemens
High school junior
Katie Prejean McGrady on CatholicTV's This is the Day.