New book promotion seeks to help people ‘rediscover Jesus’

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Parishes can purchase books at special rate

The Visitor

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According to bestselling author Matthew Kelly, research suggests that until people have a personal relationship with Jesus, many other efforts to engage them are useless.

“The thing is, most people don’t have this deep relationship — they know they don’t have it and they don’t know how to get it,” he said.

He hopes his new book, “Rediscover Jesus,” will help people develop a daily encounter — a deeply personal relationship — with Jesus.

Kelly spent about four years developing “Decision Point,” the Dynamic Catholic confirmation program, before writing “Rediscover Jesus.”

“As I was working on it, a recurring thought kept washing over me, ‘I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I should.’ So I set out to do something about that. ‘Rediscover Jesus’ is the result of this personal odyssey,” he said.

Kelly said it will help people get to know Jesus in a new way.

The book is a 40-day spiritual journey that includes short reflections, points to ponder and questions at the end of each chapter to help readers apply what they learn to their daily lives.

“It is a profound invitation to seek deeply personal answers to our deeply personal questions,” he said. “It encourages us in our weariness, challenges us in our comfort and invites us to rediscover the beautiful possibilities that God places before us daily.”

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Kelly is offering his new book through the Dynamic Catholic Parish Book Program at a special rate — $1 per copy on orders of 500 or more — for a limited time.

Eight years ago, Dynamic Catholic, an organization whose mission is to re-engage disengaged Catholics, began making it possible for parishes and dioceses to distribute books to their parishioners and visitors at Christmas Masses, mainly to re-engage disengaged Catholics. More than 10 million books have been distributed and each year; more than 5,000 parishes participate.

Why offer these books at Christmas time? Kelly said 32 percent of people at Christmas Mass only come to church once a year.

“For years we have been letting them come and go with no real effort to win them back,” he said. “Sometimes all it takes to bring them back to church is the right book at the right time. ‘Rediscover Jesus’ is that book.”

Some parishes offer the book for individuals to read at their own pace and others offer small group discussions. Kelly said there is no right or wrong way to approach it and, even as the author, he is conflicted about the best way to read it.

“On one level, I want to write something so compelling that people can’t help but turn to the next chapter and quickly read the book from start to finish,” he explained. “On another level, I want the reader to really take his or her time and absorb the message in a way that really transforms the way he or she thinks, prays and lives.”

The main thing, Kelly said, is that people recommit to their faith. And when they do, everything changes.

“They are more energized and inspired by Sunday Mass. They feel connected to their parish community. And they contribute to stewardship, church finances and more,” he said.

“A renewed relationship is different for every person,” he said. “We each encounter Jesus in many ways. But to know him more each day through prayer and the Gospels is a great place to start.”

Rediscover Jesus and Kelly’s other books are available at