Let’s Talk about Truth

A Guide for Preachers, Teachers, and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord

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Publication date: March 6, 2020

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Winner of a second-place award in the church professional category from the Catholic Media Association.

The mere mention of “truth” will often start arguments, even among the best of friends and the closest of family members. To avoid conflict, Church leaders often side-step the topic altogether. In Let’s Talk about Truth, Ann M. Garrido shares practical ways that preachers and others charged with moral and spiritual leadership in the Church can stop backing away from the topic and instead help Catholics recover the practice of truth as a way of life.

In Let’s Talk about Truth, award-winning author and associate professor of homiletics Ann M. Garrido shows Catholic preachers, teachers, and other leaders ways to approach the contentious topic of truth with confidence that the Church’s intellectual and pastoral traditions are squarely on their side. She explores truth as a multifaceted reality that serves four foundational roles in the Christian life. Truth:

  • equips us to see the world as it actually is
  • informs our opinions and assists us with making judgments
  • shapes the way we communicate with each other
  • enables us to build long-lasting relationships with one another

Garrido’s clarity and conviction inspire confidence and the practical homiletic tools she offers are readily applicable to teaching and other forms of Church leadership. Sample preaching texts illustrate key points and show readers how to understand truth as a way of life that the Christian must pursue. Each chapter includes a summary of key insights, a list of practical takeaways, and probing questions for self-reflection or group dialogue. Garrido also provides a five-point assessment tool for preachers in a brief appendix to facilitate their willingness and growth toward better preaching about the practice of truth in the Christian life.

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781594719615

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

FREE Teacher Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources

Ann M. Garrido has created FREE lesson plans, PowerPoint slides, and student hand-outs for use in the classroom. Each lesson begins with an exercise to get students thinking about truth and a scripture reading for reflection. Garrido provides all that you need to lead students through discussions and exercises on how to seek truth, speak truth, and be truth. These lesson plans can be easily adapted for virtual learning and are perfect for groups of all sizes. 

  • “A must-read for anyone seeking to live out a spirituality of truth.”

    “Ann Garrido offers accessible, scriptural, and well-researched insights on the thorny topic of truth that will prove useful to preachers, teachers, other leaders—or just those looking for guidance on how to navigate conversations about religion or politics over Thanksgiving dinner with family members who have varying perspectives. With well-organized content and a conversational and non-scholarly tone, the text is a must-read for anyone seeking to live out a spirituality of truth.”

    Sr. Rhonda Miska, O.P.
    Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters/Dominican University

  • “Timely, needed, and fresh approach.”

    “Ann Garrido has done it again: taken an old topic that might seem abstract or well-worn and injected it with new life. Garrido takes the reader on an adventure which shows us that ‘truth’ contains some exciting inner dynamics for the preacher and hearer to explore together. In our post-truth milieu, this is a timely, needed, and fresh approach to a mainstay of Christian faith.”

    Rev. Michael Connors, C.S.C.
    Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics
    University of Notre Dame

  • “A thoughtful and practical contribution to thinking about ministry.”

    “Once again, Ann Garrido offers a thoughtful and practical contribution to thinking about ministry. In Let’s Talk about Truth she cautions ministers from using truth as a cudgel and instead shows us how to speak authentically about truth in ways that those who hear us will understand. I happily recommend this book to leaders of the Church at every level.”   

    Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C.
    Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs
    University of Notre Dame

  • “An essential read for any minister.”

    “An essential read for any minister who is trying to reclaim truth as a fundamental human and explicitly Christian value. Garrido challenges preachers, teachers, and other Christian leaders to see the world as it is, seek a sound basis for judgments, speak honestly, and be faithful in relationships.”

    Sr. Theresa Rickard, O.P.
    President of RENEW International

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