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Book Review of Blessed are the Bored in Spirit by Mark Hart


Book Review:

Blessed are the Bored in Spirit: A Young Catholic’s Search for Meaning By Mark Hart

This is a fantastic  book for older teens, young adults and parents! If you ever feel like you are just checking off a to-do box when going to Church or preparing for the Sacraments, this book is for you!  God want to transform us, make us into a new creation, love us despite our messes. There is so much more to our faith than the rules we all know by heart.  If you ever wondered what faith is really for, how you can be spiritual AND religious, what discipleship and a relationship with Jesus is all about, this book is for you!

Mark Hart uses stories from his own life and faith, failures and successes to illustrate the Truths of our Faith. He offers practical steps we can take to draw closer to Jesus and to enter onto the path to sainthood.  We are all called to holiness, and not a pious, plaster-cast statue type holines, but real, flesh and blood transformed in the Spirit, holiness.  He shows us, with his characteristic sense of humor, the three things – our perspective, our approach and our self-offering -need to be transformed in order to be open to the encounter with Christ.  

This would be a terrific book for anyone who works with teens, for catechists who may need a shot in the arm, for parents who want their kids to remain faithful Catholics, but aren’t sure how to explain the faith, and for older teens and young adults who are wondering about the meaning of life and the why of faith and church.

Note for parents of younger teens: I would recommend reading it first.  There is a chapter dealing with issues relating to sex and other related themes.