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CHICAGO, January 17, 2023 — The new book Remaining with Jesus: Discipleship in the Gospel of John by Father Brice Higginbotham paints a portrait of what discipleship looks like in 2023 and beyond by examining the Gospel of John.
Set to release in time for Lent 2023, Remaining with Jesus unpacks how Scripture shows that aspiring to discipleship is the path to living in closer and closer relationship with Jesus, which ultimately builds up the church by bringing the message to others.
For the last decade, the term “disciple” has been a kind of buzzword in Catholic circles, and several popular books have become required reading for pastoral leadership in parishes and dioceses on the subject. Remaining with Jesus, by contrast, was written for the average Catholic. Higginbotham unveils very clear and practical ways to apply Christ’s teachings to day-to-day living.
“True discipleship,” states Father Brice, “requires both believing and remaining in Jesus. It’s not enough for you and me to just believe that Jesus exists or that He works miracles.” Rather, he explains that to “remain” with Jesus is to come into such relationship with him that one is able to transcend the struggles, sufferings, or difficulties that inevitably come.
Remaining with Jesus outlines four key phases of discipleship,
- Belief through some form of witness
- A personal encounter with Jesus
- The choice to remain with Jesus regardless of circumstances
- Becoming witness to other potential believers
Each chapter ends with a prayer to ask for the help needed to put into practice what was learned, and questions for personal reflection or small group discussion.
Father Brice has also included tips and suggestions for how to start a small Bible study group and the tools and skills needed to facilitate it. Possible answers to reflection questions are also provided, and can be useful as discussion and prayer prompts for individuals or groups.
About the Author
Father S. Brice Higginbotham is a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana who is currently pursuing a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy. Ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ in 2017, Father Brice has previously served as pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Chaplain of Central Catholic School, censor librorum, consultant to the Office of Parish Support, master of ceremonies, parochial vicar at Christ the Redeemer Parish and the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales, assistant vocations director, state police chaplain, and member of the diocesan presbyteral council.
Father Brice received his master’s degree in theological studies from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has published one other book, Daily Lessons from the Saints (Rockridge Press, 2020), articles and homilies in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and more than sixty catechetical videos in cooperation with the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux’s Offices of Parish Support and Communications, all of which are available on YouTube and Facebook.
About Loyola Press
An apostolate of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, Loyola Press embraces the Jesuit passion for helping people find God in all things. We continue the Jesuit tradition of excellence and service by providing inspiring content for children and adults and by being people for others.
To request a review copy or to arrange interviews with Father Brice Higginbotham, contact Polly King, Loyola Press Publicist: email@example.com.
Remaining with Jesus: Discipleship in the Gospel of John
Father Brice Higginbotham
February 28, 2023
Loyola Press | $16.99 |Paperback