Living as a Christian teen in today's world is a challenge, but there is help. Fr. Corey Brost's Gospel Connections for Teens connects weekly Gospel messages with the ups and downs of teens. In just 20 minutes a week, young people can read and reflect on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday along with an insightful reflection by Father Corey. His writings on Jesus' words and actions will prepare young people for the Sunday liturgy and encourage them to live their faith to the fullest!
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Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2005
Size: 5 x 8
Length: 132 pages
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By Anna Scally, president, Cornerstone Media
Fr. Corey has a wonderful, gentle way to connect everyday issues in our lives with the themes found in the Scriptures. For those who have the desire to know Jesus in the Gospels, this book will bring the text to life through relevant stories, insights, and challenging questions. Thanks for this spiritual gift.
By Michael Norman, associate director, Office of Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
How exciting it is to find a book that brings the Scriptures, real-life experiences, and questions for reflection together in an easy-to-use format. Brost suggests that readers "take 5" to examine, "take 5" to read, and "take 10" to reflect. I suggest we each take all the time necessary to use this book in our ministry with young people—and even for our own spiritual journey.
By Fr. Donald Senior, CP, president and professor of New Testament, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Solid—and lively—Catholic resources for teenagers to use to
explore the Bible are rare. Gospel Connections for Teens is the
exception. Written for (and with the help of) young Christians who
want to discover the meaning of the Scriptures for their lives, this
book of guided reflections on the Sunday readings is just right.
Midwest Book Review, May, 2007
Written by Corey Brost, a priest with the Clerics of Saint Viator, Gospel Connections for Teens: Reflections for Sunday Mass, Cycle C is a guide meant to help Christian teens prepare for Sunday Mass. Divided into sections consisting of a Gospel passage, a plain-terms discussion of the passage, and questions for reflection. Each section can be absorbed in 20 minutes or less, making Gospel Connections for Teens ideal for young Christians trying to keep up with a hectic schedule. "If a word or phrase from the Gospel grabs your heart, sit quietly for several minutes, repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life. Or, reflect and possibly journal on the following question: Does your fear of failure ever stop you from taking risks for your faith?" Though intended especially for Catholic teens, Gospel Connections for Teens is a superb spiritual resource for Christian readers of all ages, and its broad selection of Gospel insights is sure to appeal to Christians of any denomination.
Catholic Library World, March, 2006
A helpful little handbook to help inquiring teenage minds understand Sunday Gospel readings and relate these to their lives. . . . Fr. Corey's 17-plus years of ministry with teens in parishes and high schools shows through in this sensitive and worthy addition to any parish or high school library—and for the Catholic teenager's or youth minister's own bookshelf.
The Bible Today, November/December, 2005
Written by someone who is an educator and has worked in teen ministry, this book of reflections on the Sunday Gospel selections for Cycle B is a helpful resource for those in youth ministry. Brost divides his concentration on each Sunday Gospel into 20-minute sessions, with time allotted to reading of the biblical passage (provided in the book), a brief analysis of its meaning, and a concluding reflection. The commentaries and reflections are done in an easily accessible, conversational style and offer the kind of thoughtful questions that can lead to discussion. Leaders of Bible study groups or harried CCD teachers will find this a helpful resource.
Review by Donald Senior, C.P., president, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago