God calls each of us to a life of goodness, and our yearnings to become more like God invite us to lifelong practices of conversion. The sacrament of confirmation is a pivotal moment anchoring a Catholic’s commitment to God. But do our current sacramental preparation programs really inspire candidates to turn toward the Lord? Leonard J. DeLorenzo demonstrates how preparation for Confirmation can be life-giving for both candidates and those who accompany them.
This book is for those who seek a substantive but accessible presentation of the Catholic faith, and who are willing to grow in their knowledge of Scripture and Church doctrines, all while welcoming God into their lives. Turn to the Lord: An Invitation to Lifelong Conversion presents to young people—or adults with struggles and doubts about their faith—a holistic, coherent presentation of the human and divine drama of Catholicism. This book is ideal for parents of students involved in confirmation preparation, family members of those participating in RCIA, and sponsors and godparents of those preparing for sacramental initiation. Fully initiated Catholics who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith would benefit from this introduction, as would students in Catholic high schools or collegiate ministry centers.
Leonard J. DeLorenzo, PhD, directs strategic planning for the McGrath Institute for Church Life, where he also directs the Sullivan Family Saints Initiative, with a concurrent teaching appointment in the department of Theology. Leonard is the author of four books: A God Who Questions (OSV, 2019), What Matters Most: Empowering Young Catholics for Life’s Big Decisions (Ave Maria, 2018), Work of Love: A Theological Reconstruction of the Communion of Saints (UND Press, 2017), and Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives (Ave Maria, 2016). He is also the co-editor of two other books: Dante, Mercy, and the Beauty of the Human Person (Cascade, 2018) and I Call You Friends: John Cavadini and the Vision for Catholic Leadership in Higher Education (Pickwick, 2019).
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"Dr. Leonard DeLorenzo's book articulates a comprehensive approach to faith formation. From exhaustive catechetical content to real life conversational quips, this book is a delight. DeLorenzo possesses a quality of simple explanation of deep ideas found in C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright. The book reads like an inspiring essay but sticks with you like an excellent keynote speech. It will become a tool on the shelf of anyone in faith formation and a gift for all who pursue a deeper understanding of Catholicism."
Doug Tooke, Vice President of Mission, ODB Films
"Leonard DeLorenzo’s new book Turn to the Lord, is an encounter with the Body of Christ! I have often found myself to be without words when trying to explain the fullness of the Catholic faith. Describing beliefs or practices by themselves feel like scattering puzzle pieces. This book will be appreciated by catechists, youth ministers, parents, and anyone who loves the faith and longs to share it. By describing the themes of faith, DeLorenzo paints the big picture of what it means to be Catholic, and to be loved by our generous God."
Tom East, Director of the Center for Ministry Development and Project Coordinator for the Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies Program
"The Catholic faith, and the person of Jesus Christ who reveals it, is ever new and has the power to fascinate the mind as it sets a heart on fire with excitement about the promise of a life greater than we can imagine. DeLorenzo brings to life the striking beauty of the story of Jesus Christ and offers a method that empowers catechists to share this life-changing truth with young people. This book, firmly based in the principles of the new Directory of Catechesis, has the power to transform an ordinary confirmation program into a life-changing experience, because it helps the catechist become a witness to the transforming power of the Gospel."
The Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens, STD, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
"The truth and beauty of Catholicism are best imparted not by a textbook but by a living witness. Lenny DeLorenzo offers in this beautiful book a reorientation of the way we think about and implement catechesis and faith formation. This book is a game-changer both in its unique, coherent presentation of the faith and in its provocative and compelling approach to forming others in the faith. This is a book that should be in the hands of every parent, pastor, catechist, and teacher."
Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
"I am grateful for the excellent work of Leonard DeLorenzo in his new book Turn to the Lord. It will be a great resource in our efforts to re-envision an evangelizing catechesis in our day."
Katie Dawson, Director of Parish Evangelization and Faith Formation, Diocese of Orange
"Turn to The Lord by Dr. DeLorenzo, is a refreshing look at the catechism and our youth. Not only does the text provide important elements of the Catholic faith, but also provides a framework in which to share our rich faith with children and teens. Dr. DeLorenzo takes a modern approach to reach and teach today’s generation of students."
Leslie Lipovski, PhD, assistant superintendent, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia