This is a good effort from Jeff Cavins at putting together a solid plan for Catholics to develop their personal and communal discipleship. He challenges the reader to go beyond intellectual understanding of the faith to a fully lived expression of the faith that reaches out to share the Good News with others.
Cavins explains in some detail the Jewish traditions of discipleship/devotion to a rabbi and shows how these are the root of what needs to happen between us and Jesus: a disciple seeks to follow, to live like, to be like his master. Then, he challenges the reader to go "all in" - to make following Jesus and developing the relationship with him the primary way of living. This way of living as a Catholic disciple necessarily involves daily prayer, reading Scripture, participating in the Sacraments, living the Liturgical Year, walking with the Saints, constant conversation with God, and the ability to share both the kerygma and the story of how God has changed your life. Great stuff.
The reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the frequent promotion of Cavin's other Ascension Press products: "The Great Adventure Bible Study" and "The Great Adventure Bible." More than halfway through, you learn that you should have picked up the accompanying workbook with the practical ideas: "The Activated Disciple Challenge Guide," sold separately.
I have heard Jeff Cavins speak on multiple occasions and listened to his talks for years. He is a very good speaker who tells colorful and relatable stories. Imagine if he took all his talks about discipleship, expanded upon them to a deeper level, and then collected them into one work. That is what this book is and I love it! Great job!
Jeff proclaims the truth and prompts us to be ready to share that truth with others. As a Catholic convert, I was glad to read a book that upholds sacred scripture and tradition yet prepares us to take the Good News out in the world to share with others.