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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Mom the Builder

Anyone who knows me knows I love books, and when I come across a good one, I must share it. As a home school teacher, and a parish school of religion catechist, I am always reading, reading, looking, looking for edification. I was recently given a sample copy of a book that I must post here for all religious education catechists. It is nicely done, and surely presents the "vocation" of catechist in a remarkably clear and fresh manner. The author Joe Paprocki does an excellent job in meeting the needs of the catechist, with his "toolbox" model. Makes building "faith" all the more rewarding. Read more below.

From Loyala Press website:
The Catechist’s Toolbox is an invaluable collection of techniques, tips, methodologies, and advice for all inexperienced catechists who must learn on the job. Master teacher Joe Paprocki shares the wisdom he has gleaned in two decades as a catechist, high school teacher, and religious educator. Employing the metaphor of a homeowner’s toolbox, Paprocki explains how a new catechist is like a do-it-yourself builder who needs the right collection of tools to do the job; throughout the book, Paprocki explains what the tools are, what they can do, and how to use them skillfully and effectively.

The Catechist’s Toolbox provides first-time catechists with invaluable on-the-job training that will help them feel at home in their new role and will ultimately allow them to thrive as a religion teacher.

In addition to the wealth of suggestions in The Catechist's Toolbox, readers can get answers to their questions about catechesis and other faith-related topics by visiting Joe's blog, Catechist's Journey, at

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