Help Your Teen Have a Personal Relationship with Jesus

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? It sounds like a question straight out of an evangelical Protestant’s mouth, but it is relevant for us Catholics as well. Katie Prejean McGrady is a young Catholic mom and a Catholic speaker working primarily with teens and young adults. In 2016, she spoke to a large group of teens at UCLA. At a break in the gathering, a young man approached McGrady and asked her, “Who is Jesus? Like, really?”

Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus is the answer to that young man’s question. It is designed for those who have some familiarity with the Catholic faith, perhaps have even been practicing it their whole lives, but who, for whatever reason, haven’t made it their own. She offers a “process of meeting and falling in love with the Savior of the World” which is set firmly within the Catholic tradition.

McGrady describes having a relationship with Jesus as a “wonderful, crazy, beautiful adventure” in which “you won’t meet Jesus once. You’ll meet him again and again and be newly surprised and amazed each time by who he is, who you are, and how intense and complete his love is for you.”

How do you meet Jesus? The answer is through prayer, Scripture, and the Sacraments. Once we meet Jesus, we are then called to share Jesus by “being Jesus to others.” We encounter Jesus and then we are invited to live out that faith and relationship by serving those around us on a daily basis. It is a lifelong journey.

Interwoven in the text, McGrady shares her own story of coming to have a deep relationship with Jesus and how he has worked in her life. The way God arranged for her to meet her husband is positively amazing.

Follow is written in an easy-to-understand conversational style, but the theology is solid and there is a great deal of good advice in these pages. It is designed for high school and college age individuals, however the suggestions McGrady offers can be used by those of any age. It would be a great book to read and discuss with your teen.


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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at