Made for More
In every young Catholic’s heart there is a search for meaning. Yet many of our youth never get beyond the material distractions of the world. In fact, in a recent survey, teenagers were eight times more desirous of ‘being rich’ and five times more desirous of ‘being famous’ than pursuing a life of faith.
To be young and Catholic in the modern world is no easy task. Entertained and enticed beyond their ability to cope, millions of Catholic teens and college students are drifting through life – living without purpose or meaning. They are searching for their own path, but they are ill-equipped at such an impressionable age to discern the direction that leads to everlasting happiness.
In this book, renowned Catholic leader Curtis Martin presents the evidence that we have been “made for more” than just the intoxications of this world – sex, partying, and money. We have been made for greatness, and we will only reach such heights when we first come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Made for More makes a compelling case that: – We have been made for eternal happiness with God in heaven. – The secret of happiness lies in following God’s plan for our life. – Jesus is the Son of God who preached the ‘good news’ of salvation. – Jesus founded a community of believers, the Church, and that being part of this family of God is how we find our direction and purpose – and the surest path to eternal life.
Submitted on 08-09-2011 Joseph Wetterling, Moorestown, NJ
Curtis Martin does an excellent job in building up a case for Catholicism by posing and answering objections to Jesus, the historicity of the Bible, and the liturgy.
The book is not solely for non-Catholics, though; his chapter “Life in the Kingdom” is an excellent walk through the scriptural foundation of the seven sacraments that Catholics should know as well.
What might be a complaint about this book is, from one perspective, a great strength: it is brief. As someone the agrees with Curtis' answers, I made it through the book in one sitting, impressed by his simple list-objections-and-scratch-them-off approach. Where a thicker book might go unread, Made for More can be read easily.
Each point (for example, why we reject the argument that Jesus never died on the cross) is answered accurately but briefly. If a particular answer isn’t sufficiently convincing, that is only a reason to seek additional resources. Other offerings from Ascension Press (and other excellent Catholic presses, like Ignatius) would dig deeper into any particular topic.
Submitted on 03-01-2009 Robert L. Reber
Curtis Martin has done an outstanding job of making a case for Faith in God (Scripture) and in sharing his journey to the Catholic Church. His work with College Young Adults has prepared him to write this clear and concise book that every person regardless of their Church involvement or level of belief should read. We are giving “Made for More” to our Adult Children and High School age Grand Children. Also recommending that it be required reading for youth Ministry, RCIA, Baptismal & Marriage Prep in our Parish…. Bob & Ethel Reber