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When we started this summer-long study of Forming Intentional Disciples over at CatholicMom.com and dubbed it Lawn Chair Catechism, I thought it would be fun. I knew it would be some work for me, but I had a hunch it would be worth it.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

It was way more than worth it. It was transformative.

There’s something in the air right now, and Forming Intentional Disciples captures part of it.

We’re all looking around us in our pews, under the kneelers, around the parish, and wondering, “what the heck do we do now?”

Some of us are struggling with isolation. Others of us are getting burnt out. And those people over there? Well, they’re just jerks.

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As we’ve walked through this book, I’ve realized that the discussion we’ve been having has really made it even more important to me. It has made me think in a way that’s valuable…not just to my parish and whatever change I can be part of there, but also within my own life.

This has been one of the best handbooks I’ve read, and it’s going on the special shelf I have for books that not only have I marked up so much I can’t ever share them, but that I have to reread in large sections. No, it’s not more important than the Bible or the Catechism (different shelf), but this is a book for our times.

This is a book for those of us in the pews. It’s a book for those of us who’ve wondered why we bother, who hang onto whatever thread of “why” we’ve found (for me, it’s the Eucharist) and try to squelch the hunger for more.

Kerygma. I can even pronounce it now.

Discipleship. I can even picture it now.

Intentional. I can even stop saying it now.

This book has been something that has seeped into me over the summer. I feel like I’ve internalized it and that I could reread it next week and learn even more.

Even more importantly, I feel like this book has given me a mission of sorts, a direction and a way to look. Yeah, I did have that before, but it wasn’t so well articulated.

I’m out to be a disciple. And what that means is that life won’t be easy but it will be…interesting. 🙂

How about you? Join the discussion over at CatholicMom.com! We’re sharing our concluding thoughts. And then…something else on Wednesdays? Hmm, we’ll see…