Today's recommended resource is a new book by Fr. Damien Ference called THE STRANGENESS OF TRUTH: Vibrant Faith in a Dark World. Fr. Ference has manages to explain the faith and why it matters by connecting personal story and witness to eternal truths. Unlike most religious education texts or catechisms, this little book places such theological concepts as the Incarnation, Resurrection, Sacraments, and Suffering in the context of a life lived. Fr. Ference shows us, through the example and witness of his own life, why it matters that Christ was born, lived, suffered, died and rose and how it affects our lives directly. From an evangelization point, this book is one example of how our personal stories, connected to the teachings of the Church and the preaching of the kerygma (the initial proclamation life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) can create a powerful witness drawing seekers to Jesus Christ and his Church.
This book would be excellent for anyone who would like to go deeper in their faith, but especially for those who may have been through religious ed classes and sacrament prep courses, but never fully understood the connection between our profession of faith and "real life". This book is for those who have ever asked such questions as why faith matters, why we need a savior, what is the point of the cross, and how can all these strange truths make a difference in my life?
This book would be a great resource for those in RCIA, young adults and older teenagers who are seeking for meaning and purpose, and for anyone who would like their faith to be integrated into all aspects of their lives and not just be an extra-curricular activity on Sunday mornings. This book also lends itself to faith sharing groups or book discussion groups. Fr. Ference has conveniently included discussion questions for each chapter in the appendix along with a short list of suggestions for further reading.