Nice Book Review for Under the Influence of Jesus!

While on vacation, I caught wind of this very nice review of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. The review was written for  by Eugene J. Fisher, a professor of theology at St. Leo University in Florida. I was honored to be reviewed alongside of Fr. Jim Martin’s most recent book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage. Thanks, Dr. Fisher! Here’s a sample of the review:

Under the Influence of JesusThis book is a spiritual meditation on what it means to be a Christian in one’s daily life. Written on a popular level, it makes use of the Scriptures and some of the best of Catholic thinking over the centuries. The book is a wonderful retelling of the Gospel, God’s word, which works both as spiritual meditation and motivation for living a life of love, for oneself and others. Highly recommended.

You can read the entire review here:

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About Joe Paprocki 2164 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

6 Comments on Nice Book Review for Under the Influence of Jesus!

  1. Glenna writes:

    I love you Joe Paprocki! Can’t wait to hear your ideas for adult faith formation.
    I passed this on to my friend who is on the adult ff committee.
    Reading your book Under the Influence and that’s where we all need to be:)
    Peace and all good,

  2. Theresa writes:

    Hi Joe,
    I have a homeschool CCD program here in our parish — about 20 parents meet 4x a year. My meetings for them include a bit of catechesis (20 – 30 minutes). Usually I concentrate on the season we are in, but this year was thinking of beginning a more structured 2 year rotating curriculum for the parents — any suggestions of resources I could use? I like to incorporate video. In the past I have used snippets of alpha, father Barron, busted halo, etc.
    thanks for all of your wonderful lesson plans and suggestions!

  3. Thanks for your comments Theresa. I recommend you use my book A Well Built Faith


    along with the free downloadable leader’s guide

    You can find videos to connect with the various pillars of the catechism by using this convenient chart I put together:

  4. Susan writes:

    Great Joe! After our Parish Transformation last spring, I am part of the Catechesis group interested in involving RE parents in some faith formation while their children are with us on Monday evenings. SO…I’ll be one of your weekly readers!
    Susan Majcen,OP
    DRE (DI Parish, Westchester)

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