Book Review: Tweeting with God

TWG-PTweeting with God (Ignatius Press, 2015) arose out of sessions held by Fr. Michel Remery, a Dutch priest, and the youth of his parish. Two hundred of the questions these young people asked – and Fr. Remery’s responses – have been compiled into an attractive and wide-ranging overview of the Catholic faith.

The topics are arranged into four sections dealing with God, the Church, prayer and the sacraments, and Christian living. Each question is answered over two pages with supplemental material, sidebars, full-color pictures, maps, and other graphics. Each question also gets a 140-character “summary” answer (hence the title of the book).

The book is clearly aimed at a young audience. Fr. Remery writes with a breezy, relaxed style that never condescends or skirts difficult issues. Questions such as “Why are some Christians hypocritical,” “Why were there violent crusades,” and “Is it bad that I struggle with chastity?” are tackled in a straightforward, honest fashion. The answers are thorough without being overly academic or theological.

Fr. Remery does not claim the book is a complete overview of the Catholic faith; rather, it is designed to deal with the most pressing questions young people have about the faith. The book directs readers to the Bible, Catechism, and YouCat for a more thorough presentation of Catholic doctrine.

Recommended for high school, campus ministry, and parish libraries.

N.B.: I received a free review copy of this book from the Catholic Library Association. This review was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Catholic Library World.

After Obergefell v. Hodges: Now What?

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This morning the Supreme Court ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the state must recognize marriages between persons of the same sex. When someone told me the news they were surprised at my rather blasé response and questioned why I wasn’t angry or bitter. The truth is that anyone surprised by this ruling is completely […]

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Improving Parish Marriage Prep – More Highlights from Notre Dame

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Last week I shared some highlights from the general sessions of the 2015 Notre Dame Center for Liturgy summer symposium on “Liturgy and Vocation.” The afternoon sessions I attended were led by Josh and Stacey Noem and dealt with marriage prep in a parish setting. The Noems did an outstanding job laying out the theological […]

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Highlights from the Notre Dame “Liturgy and Vocations” Symposium

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This week I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy‘s annual summer symposium, focusing this year on “Liturgy and Vocation.” This was my first time attending the symposium — indeed, my first time on the campus of Notre Dame — and I was delighted by the rich conversations that matched pressing […]

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Why I Remain Catholic

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Elizabeth Scalia, aka The Anchoress, has invited Catholic bloggers to answer the question “Why do YOU Remain a Catholic?” This is a most excellent question and one that, in the present age, all Catholics should stop and ask themselves. In the wake of abuse scandals, against a world that sees us as backwards and bigoted, […]

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No One Cares About Your Office Hours (or: What Your Voicemail Greeting Should Say)

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I recently called someone and reached their voicemail. As part of their greeting they let me know what their office’s normal hours were. “I don’t care about your hours,” I thought to myself, “I want to know when you’ll get back to me!” The truth is that, when someone calls and reaches your voicemail, they […]

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Book Studies for Catechists

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I’m a big believer in reading as a vital component of personal and professional development. This is especially true for catechists and catechetical leaders — reading, sharing, and discussing good books is a great way to form ourselves as disciples and disciple-makers. Recently my office compiled a list of books that would be appropriate for […]

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An Easter Reflection for Catechists

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As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ in this Easter season, it is a good time to reflect on the meaning of the Paschal Mystery in our lives and for our ministry. The Church proclaims that In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s […]

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What our Students Should Know: Religion Curriculum Standards in our Diocese

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This week my office is rolling out our diocese’s first set of PreK-8th grade religion curriculum standards: These standards were developed over nearly five years with a committee composed of both parish and Catholic school representatives. We used as our basis standards from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Orlando, as well as […]

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How I Work: Office Edition

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Thomas L. McDonald of God and the Machine recently invited fellow bloggers to post their own “How I Work” entry (modeled after the Lifehacker series of the same name) so I thought I would have a go. This week I’m featuring my work office; next week I’ll do the same for my home setup. Location: […]

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