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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Book review-- Come & See: Genesis

I first met this series in The Synoptics about two years ago. I liked the material, so I was happy to order this newer book.

This study Come and See, Genesis, by Fr. Joseph L. Panessa and Laurie Watson Manhardt, is set up very well for the first-time bible reader, but it is truly designed for group study in a 60-90 minute format. It would benefit personal study, small group study, or advanced home-schoolers in the later grades toward middle school and above.

It's broken down in 22 comprehensive lessons that cover the 50 chapters of Genesis. Each lesson offers very good summaries, about 6 pages per lesson. At the end of each lesson, there are about 20 questions for review.

What I like most about it is that the lessons are keyed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and other pertinent Church documents including Pope John Paul II's audiences on "Theology of the Body", much of which is drawn from Genesis. There are even works from Benedict XVI.

Even if you did not use this with a group, there is much fruitful reading to be found in its pages.

This review is part of the Catholic Company's reviewer program.

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