Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love, First Edition

Student Text 

(3 Reviews)

By Brian Singer-Towns

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Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love
Students face countless choices and challenges in their daily lives. This course addresses how a relationship with Christ and the Church can lead to choices that are in accord with God's plan. The students learn what it means to live as a disciple of Christ and how the Church strengthens this discipleship.

Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Jan. 4, 2012

Format: Paperback

Size: 6 x 9

Length: 312 pages

Item number: 1150

ISBN: 978-1-59982-097-2

ISBN-10: 1-59982-097-8

Special Feature

In addition to the complete text of the print book, the iBook Edition, and the enhanced interactive e-Books, add the following features:

  • In-text links to official, online versions of Scripture, the Catechism, and Church documents so that students can study quotes from the text in their original context.
  •  In-text links to online biographies of all the saints mentioned in the student text.
  • Photo galleries that explore topics in the text.
  • Presentations that review key concepts.
  • Self-correcting quizzes that assess the student’s mastery of the content in each part of the text.
  • Links to online videos that explore people or concepts in greater depth. 

The Living in Christ Series

  • Makes the most of the wisdom and experience of Catholic high school teachers as they empower and guide students to participate in their own learning.
  • Engages students' intellect and responds to their natural desire to know God.
  • Encourages faith in action through carefully crafted learning objectives, lessons, activities, active learning, and summative projects that address multiple learning styles.

What you will find . . .

  • Each Living in Christ student book is developed in line with the U.S. Bishops' High School Curriculum Framework and provides key doctrine essential to the course in a clear and accessible way, making it relevant to the students and how they live their lives.
  • Each Living in Christ teacher guide carefully crafts the lessons, based on the key principles of Understanding by Design, to guide the students' understanding of key concepts.
  • Living in Christ offers an innovative, online learning environment featuring flexible and customizable resources to enrich and empower the teacher to respond to the diverse learning needs of the students.
  • The Living in Christ series is available to you in traditional full-color text and in digital textbook format, offering you options to meet your preferences and needs.

**This title is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the USCCB's Curriculum Framework.








Customer Reviews

By Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, high school educator

Living in Christ is a remarkable new curriculum designed to meet the faith formation needs of today's students while equipping the teacher with an extensive yet flexible array of ideas, resources, and content. This series is student-centered and attentive to the variety of ways students engage the content of their faith. It lays a strong catechetical foundation, integrating Scripture and Tradition through content development, relevant praxis, and reflection. It is well designed to form disciples for the 21st century. The method, approach, and content engage the head as well as the heart. Living in Christ draws upon the experience and expertise of the teacher and provides every tool necessary to lead students into the learning process, providing an encounter with Christ that will lead them to discover the relevance of living their faith for a lifetime.

By Patrick Tiernan, Boston College High School

The Living in Christ curriculum is more than another textbook series. Scholarly without being abstract and engaging without being overbearing, it serves as the ideal intersection of bringing the Good News into any classroom while recognizing that students come from diverse backgrounds with unique learning styles. It reclaims the great biographies in the communion of saints while inviting students to examine their own spiritual formation. This is the perfect intellectual companion for the high school classroom: grounded in the Catechism while challenging students to reflect on their relationship with God in a rational and authentic way. For teachers, it serves as the ideal resource for teaching adolescents in the 21st century by laying the foundation for religious instruction in terms of what is essential to know, but still providing numerous options to build upon! From prayer activities and doctrinal clarifications to the unique charism of Catholicism and the individuals that constitute the Church, Living in Christ stands out as the vanguard for what high school theology should look like. Students will be drawn to the concise format of the books and the sidebar topics, covering everything from key historical events to models of spirituality. I would be amazed if this series does not become the benchmark for other religion textbooks.
Editorial Reviews

Excellent Textbook on Morality for Kids

by Ben Wolinsky with Olive Branch United

Christian Morality

A veteran teacher once said to me, “You don’t need a textbook to teach these kids; it’s all about how you do it.” I’m inclined to disagree for one reason only; a good textbook encourages the young to learn on their own. When you give your students their textbooks for the course, they’ll think one of the following; either “these textbooks are junk, so the school doesn’t care” or “great looking book, this course is going to be a lot of fun.”

Christian Morality is a great book, a great teaching tool, and a great moral example. Instead of endless homilies, it compares the moral struggle to that of everyday life. Take for instance page 57, where it talks about sin and natural law. The illustration is a photo of a riot in Athens, Greece, which has been in the news a lot lately after the economy collapsed. The caption says “sin leads to lawless situations,” and I’m inclined to agree, because tax fraud certainly didn’t help Greece’s situation. It goes on to talk about the same sins that caused so much trouble in the Bible being repeated today, with equally destructive consequences.

One of the issues discussed in this book (and unfortunately, rarely in others) is the role that adults play in bringing about their own disrespect. It’s clear in the Ten Commandments, “respect your elders,” but what if the elders are causing disrespect? Are the adults setting the example? Take the book of Genesis for instance, where Jacob deceives is father in order to get his blessings. Jacob is rarely faulted for his deception, and I’m going to guess that it’s because of Isaac’s passive attitude. It says in the Bible that Isaac took Rebecca “to comfort him after the death of his mother,” so unlike his father Abraham, Isaac wanted a wife as a replacement for his mother, not someone with whom he could produce another generation. When it says that Isaac’s sight was dim, does it mean he couldn’t see, or was he so ignorant of his twin sons’ rivalry that he might as well have been blind?

Unlike some textbooks, Christian Morality doesn’t use drawings for illustration. It uses photos, almost all of which come from stock photo agencies. They are random people in real life situations, and with the way they look and dress, today’s kids will relate well to them. The photos, like the book’s texts, are all in color, and that is no small asset today. With all the technology kids play with, they’re bombarded by flashy colors day and night, so black and white photos probably won’t impress them as much.

Brian Singer-Towns, the author of this wonderful book, has outdone himself. Perfectly compiled and illustrated, written in clear and plain language, it is the perfect book for anyone teaching children about Christian life.

Review by Ben Wolinsky with Olive Branch United

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