Publication date: February 5, 2016
Five years after she graduated from high school, teacher, youth minister, and sought-after speaker Katie Prejean McGrady returned to her alma mater in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to teach freshman theology. In the early years of her career, McGrady’s hormonal, sometimes grumpy, and often confused students taught her what it means to evangelize. Her frequently witty and always candid stories—and the ten lessons she offers—will inspire anyone who works with youth in the Church today.
As she began her first year of teaching, McGrady was eager to impart the Catholic doctrine she loves to her class in room 24 at St. Louis Catholic high school, but she was quickly rattled by the magnitude of the task, especially when she was challenged by a teen who said he didn’t believe. In ten brief and compelling chapters, McGrady shares humorous and hopeful interactions she’s had with her students that helped her learn that teaching them about Jesus and his Church is not as important as knowing them, loving them, and inviting them to know and love Jesus as a personal friend and savior.
Her frequent mistakes and occasional successes with her students taught McGrady how to evangelize young people by building relationships in joyful, humble, and prayerful ways. Likewise, McGrady determined that the power of inviting conversation, welcoming questions, and witnessing to faith through personal stories engages students and helps them fall in love with Jesus.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“Brimming with inspirational vision and practical advice.”
“Katie Prejean is a blessing for the Church and a definite standout among Catholic speakers today. Her passion for Christ and the work of his Church is contagious and this book is brimming with her inspirational vision and practical advice.”
Founder and President of Real Life Catholic
“What a pleasure to have this book!”
“Whether you are a new or a seasoned pastoral minister or teacher, read Room 24. You will appreciate Katie Prejean’s blend of humor and storytelling, the way she illustrates theological and pastoral insights through her lived experiences with young people, and the very real challenges and questions that they pose. You will find yourself recalling your own stories of starting out in ministry. You may even remember why you chose to do it in the first place. What a pleasure to have this book!”
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
“A lively, engaging, and personal chronicle.”
“Katie Prejean has created a lively, engaging, and personal chronicle that serves as a point of departure for an insightful reflection on the New Evangelization. Her experiences will benefit those who seek to bring the message of Christ and his Church to others in a contemporary context.”
Most Rev. Glen John Provost
Bishop of Lake Charles
“We all have a stake in what goes on in Room 24.”
“Room 24 will make you laugh, give you pause for reflection, have you remembering all your crazy moments in ministry, and give you inspiration to deal with the ones you face now. It’s good to remember that in ministry, we are all in it together, and we all have a stake in what goes on in room 24.”
Jackie Francois Angel
Catholic speaker, worship leader, and recording artist
“I love this book.”
“What I love about this book is how Katie reminds us that evangelizing isn’t about filling heads with more information; it’s about encountering others in an authentic relationship that points them and you to the saving love of Christ.”
Author of Rebuilding Youth Ministry