This much-anticipated book by a well-known Roman Catholic priest and his lay associate has had a dramatic impact on readers. The authors have drawn on the “wisdom of thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders” to present a compelling call to renewal in Roman Catholic congregations. While affirming the importance of the Eucharistic center of the faith, White and Corcoran go on to present an honest and sometimes humorous call to church renewal. Their strategy calls for a serious attempt to mobilize the next generation; take the preaching task seriously; empower the laity; move catholic practices outside the pews; seek to restore those who have abandoned the faith; fall in love with church again; and lead where one serves. The book also contains two helpful appendices. One outlines a detailed example of changing the culture of a specific parish. The other takes an honest look at remaining unknowns about Catholic Church renewal.
Reviewed by Brian Witwer