Book Description: As young teens begin to understand the rich heritage of Catholicism, they need a text that engages them at their stage of life. The one- or two-semester course Understanding Catholic Christianity offers a comprehensive overview of Catholicism for ninth graders that gives these teens a foundation in their religion. Through engaging stories, writings by teens, and inspiring original artwork, the material in this course comes alive for students. This extensively revised edition of Understanding Catholic Christianity was developed using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and covers topics that include faith, the adolescent, the Jewish roots of Catholic Christianity, Jesus Christ's life, ministry, death, and Resurrection, the sacraments and the liturgical year, and spirituality and prayer. Awards:Understanding Catholic Christianity was awarded second place in the category of Educational Books by the Catholic Press Association in 1997. It also won the 1997 Certificate of Merit for the Premier Print Award from the Printing Industries of America. Chosen from thousands of entries, the Premier Print Award goes to those firms who demonstrate a unique ability to create visual masterpieces.