Drop Your Nets and Follow Jesus
The book is about the formation of disciples (laity, clergy, and religious) to fulfill the Church’s call for evangelization in the Third Millennium.
The questions facing believers and sincere seekers in the Church universal account for the publication of this most needed book: "What does it mean to follow Jesus? What must I do to merit being called his disciple in this Third Millennium of Christianity? How can I live the Good News I have received and pass it on to future generations?" Each chapter presents through the lens of discipleship the building blocks of how to become spiritually mature by having the courage to drop whatever obstacles stand in the way of following the Lord. It considers in an experiential way the conditions for discipleship he himself lived to the full, among them, obedience, hope, joy, and fidelity. The chapters open with a thematic poem and end with a closing prayer, followed by questions for reflection. Each chapter invites readers to enter into personal reflection as well as to engage in small group faith sharing.
"Dr. Susan Muto’s latest book, Drop Your Nets and Follow Jesus, is indeed a “must-read” for all who truly want to respond to the invitation of Jesus to “Be perfect…as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt: 5:48)."
Msgr. Albert Kuuire
Spiritual Director at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut
"Dr. Susan Muto’s beautifully written and arranged book is a valuable resource for those engaged in spiritual self-direction as well as those looking for solid Spiritual resources for a spiritually-oriented book club. Dr. Muto combines the inspirational poetry of her mentor, Fr. Adrian van Kaam, and her own flowing spiritual reflections on Sacred Scripture toward the making of the Disciple in response to the New Evangelization call. Each of the brief twenty-one chapters concludes with a summary prayer-reflection and reflective questions for the spiritual seeker. The Author combines the deep wisdom and beauty of her own inspiring journey and shares her own poetry as well. A gem!"
Sr. Sharon Richardt, D.C., M.A., Ph.D.
Spiritual Coach and Director
"Dr. Susan Muto has handed us the key to evangelization in our time — and in any time, really. It’s friendship. That is the way modeled by Jesus Christ. It is the way taken up by the Apostles and Fathers. Friendship converted the world once before and can do it again. We can do it again."
EWTN host and author of How Christianity Saved Civilization
"This book should be in all parish libraries. Using non-theological language and with deep personal insights, Muto has provided us with wonderful reflections on what we must be to become disciples to others."
Arnold Rzepecki | Catholic Library Association
About the Author
Susan Muto, Ph.D., is executive director of the Epiphany Association, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where she specialized in the work of post-Reformation spiritual writers. From 1966 to 1988, she served in various administrative and teaching positions at the Institute of Formative Spirituality (IFS) at Duquesne University.
Dr. Muto has been teaching the literature of ancient, medieval, and modern spirituality for over forty years. She has written many books, including companion texts to the masterpieces of St. John of the Cross. Her latest book is Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life (Ave Maria Press: 2018) She has also recorded popular audio series. All of these resources are available at the Epiphany Association (www.epiphanyassociation.org).
Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, Mount Carmel, Pittsburgh Catholic, and Human Development. She has written more than forty books, many of them co-authored with Father Adrian van Kaam. She lectures internationally on the Judeo-Christian formation tradition.
In 2014 she received the Aggiornamento Award presented by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of an outstanding contribution made by an individual or an organization to the ministry of renewal modeled by Pope St. John XXIII.
|Publication Date||Sep 1, 2019|