{Review} Walking with Jesus – A Collection of Writings by Pope Francis

Posted September 14, 2015 in Faith, Reading, Review / 0 Comments

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{Review} Walking with Jesus – A Collection of Writings by Pope FrancisWalking with Jesus by Pope Francis
Publisher: Loyola Press (2015)
Paperback (135 pages)
Also by this author: The Joy of the Gospel, Encountering Truth, The Name of God is Mercy
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Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “Follow me.” What if the 21st-century Church actually heeded that call? What would the world look like if the Church were truly on the move? Simply put, very different. But these ponderings beg one more critical question: What exactly should the Church be moving toward?
In Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church, Pope Francis’s own words lead us to the answer. Francis urges us to make Jesus central in our individual lives and in the collective life of the Church—to walk toward him, and ultimately to walk with him at all times and in all places.
Each chapter of this book helps us put one foot in front of the other as we move ever closer to God and to our neighbors through the sacraments, prayer, evangelization, the gifts of the Spirit, and service to others.
With a foreword by Archbishop of Chicago Blase J. Cupich, Pope Francis’s first major appointment in the United States,Walking with Jesus offers the Church a much-needed way forward, past its inner and outer walls, as it fearlessly follows Christ toward the future.

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My Review

This book is a collection of the words and writings of Pope Francis under the theme “walking with Jesus.” This is a great theme. Christian life is often given the analogy of walking with, of following, Jesus.

This book includes excerpts from the encyclical Lumen Fidei, the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, homilies, general audiences, and addresses to specific audiences.

I enjoyed reading this because there are so many of these documents that we don’t always read. For example, I don’t read every weekly general audience that Pope Francis gives. This volume arranged the documents together with common themes. I enjoyed that.

While this book may not be for everyone, it is a good read. The shorter pieces/chapters make it easy to read in small chunks rather than all at once. It is a good collection.

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