Opening Doors: A Seeker’s Reflections on the Rooms of Christian Living

Book giveaway


Opening Doors: A Seeker’s Reflections on the Rooms of Christian Living

by Kevin Treston

Just in time for the First Assembly of the Plenary Council, you have the chance to win one of three copies of Opening Doors: A Seeker’s Reflections on the Rooms of Christian Living by Kevin Treston

Fr Peter Maher editor of The Swag the Quarterly magazine of the National Council of Priests of Australia writes:

This is a book for those seeking to reflect on the issues the Church faces today from a gospel perspective. Treston invites us into eleven rooms for reflection including the universe story, grace, God, church, ministry, women, ethics, spirituality and our place in the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-faith and multi-faceted world.

In the introduction, Treston quotes a Chinese proverb – “Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself.” This in some ways describes the methodology of the book. Each room explored offers insights, information, reflection in today’s context and some questions for personal and/or group reflection. The reader however can engage with the text in many ways to foster their own adult learning. Each room is presented as a place for wandering around as Treston opens the door on the topic to be explored. The learning however is to be adult learning – self-directed, based in one’s own experience and directed by the learner to the creation of a better life and a better world

Opening Doors is easy reading but each chapter asks hard questions and calls on the reader or group to discover ways ahead in service of the future church and world. It invites readers to address the critical questions of the incarnate God in everyday realities while reminding us of the cosmic dimension of the living God. We are invited to reflect on the meaning of human existence on a planet that is self-destructing, while taking us to the heart of the questions for our church in the 21st century. Clericalism, Church governance, women, LGBTI, conscience, making ethical decisions, spirituality, ecumenism and secularism are all addressed in the course of the journey through the rooms.

It is a book that marries good information and good reflection in the service of the adult learner finding a path to wholeness and holiness in the current context of the Catholic Church. Treston invites adult reflection into the complexities of the current Church crisis. However, he is always positive leaving the reader hopeful that as a group of Catholic adult faith learners, we can together carve out a future based on gospel values.

It is this marvellous mix of balanced statement of belief and practical method that makes this book a useful support to journeying toward the Plenary Council individually or in groups.

ISBN 9780648566106
142 Pages
Publication Date 16 August 2019

For your chance to win a copy, fill in your details below before Monday 11 October 2021.

With thanks to Coventry Press.


Terms and Conditions

Catholic Outlook competition to win 3 x copy of Opening Doors valued at $24.95 each.

Catholic Outlook (Catholic Diocese of Parramatta ABN 99 716 962 606) is operating this competition at their offices, Bethany Centre, 470 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150 between Thursday 23 September 2021 to Monday 11 October 2021.  All participants must agree to the following Terms and Conditions.

Competition Details:

Date and time entries open:

Thursday 23 September 2021 at 5:00pm

Date and time entries close:

Monday 11 October 2021 at 5:00pm

Who is eligible to enter:

All Australian residents are eligible to enter. Only entries which have completed the entry form correctly with full name, postcode, phone and email address will be entered into the draw.

Cost of Entry:

There is no cost to enter this competition. Each reader of Catholic Outlook is eligible to place one entry into the competition

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Any Person must submit the entry form in accordance with the instructions on the form and fill in their full name, postcode, phone and email address between Thursday 23 September 2021 5:00pm and Monday 11 October 2021 5:00pm.

Date and time of draw:

Tuesday 12 October 2021 at 12:00pm

Details of how winner will be announced:

The 3 x winners will be drawn by a random number generator at midday on 11 October 2021 and be announced by publication on by Wednesday 13 October at 5:00pm.

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Each winner will receive a copy of the book “Opening Doors” valued at $24.95.

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