September 9, 2018

In an engaging and timely interview I spend time this week with Father Thomas Berg author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics. As we all come to grips with the crisis unfolding in the Church today I encourage everyone to listen to this episode as we discuss a path forward. Listen to Off the Shelf Episode 089 exclusively on Breadbox Media below. Bio Father Thomas Berg is professor of moral theology and vice-rector at St… Read more

September 5, 2018

Can our business lives and our Catholic faith mix? It may seem at times that they would be opposing one another, and that is true, if you approach business in the manner the secular world expects you to. In his book Invest Yourself: Daring to be Catholic In Today’s Business World, John Abbate tells readers just how they can successfully bring their Catholic faith into their business lives. It’s a game changer. John is the perfect person to write this… Read more

September 1, 2018

Conversion and reversion stories are fascinating to listen to and watch develop. Hearing what people have stumbled upon that has brought them back to the faith can be very fortifying in our own faith journeys. Kendra Von Esh, author of Am I Catholic?: A Struggle with Faith, Humility, and Surrendering to God, walked away from a very successful life in the corporate world to give her all to Christ and His church. On this episode Kendra speaks about where she has… Read more

August 28, 2018

Have you ever felt stuck on your faith? You seem to go through the motions but find Mass “boring” or that you simply don’t get anything out of it? Don’t worry you are not alone. We all encounter these dark nights of the soul. Teresa Tomeo has and she tackles the topic in her latest book Beyond Sunday: Becoming a 24/7 Catholic. Listen in as Teresa gives us some helpful tips on how to become an engaged Catholic not just… Read more

August 20, 2018

Review by Julie Abell Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love by Dr. Edward Sri was written to “help us understand the classical view of morality and equip us to engage relativism, appealing to both the head and the heart.” Moral relativism wounds people and although it is confused with love, it is most definitely not love. So, Dr. Sri, a professor of theology at the Augustine Institute set out to explain how there is… Read more

August 19, 2018

How can business and faith intertwine in a society that seems more focused om getting ahead then leaving a legacy of true meaning? John Abatte joins us this week to discuss just that. Learn how he built his own business while maintaining integrity and cultivating a deep Catholic faith. Business and faith can co-exist if we focus on what truly matters. Be sure to check out John’s book Invest Yourself: Daring to be Catholic In Today’s Business World. Listen to Off… Read more

August 13, 2018

Review by Julie Abell Ah 50! I just turned 50, and just before I did I read Patrick Madrid’s Life Lessons: Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years. If you haven’t read any of Patrick Madrid’s books I recommend starting as he is a remarkable story teller and great apologist for the Catholic faith. The stories he includes in this book are about his life with its mistakes and successes. Each of the 50 stories ends with a… Read more

August 12, 2018

The Catholic Marketing Newtork Tradeshow is THE annual event to be at if you want to see the latest in Catholic products or to meet authors and learn about their books. This July 3 through August 3, Breadbox Media was in attendance with  a booth. Throughout the event I was able to interview on-site a number of Catholic authors. Those interviews became Episodes 084 and 085 of Off the Shelf. Full content of each show is listed below. And that… Read more

August 6, 2018

Review by Julie Abell Early in the spring I read You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time by Karen Edmisten, loved it, got ready to write a review, got distracted, forgot to write the review, and started reading another book…and another. See, I love to read, but I discovered that I don’t necessarily like to take the time to write/type. However, last night I recommitted to writing my reviews and today I picked up this… Read more

July 30, 2018

Review by Julie Abell A highly successful business man who is unabashedly Catholic, Tom Monaghan, asked Joseph Pearce to write his biography and the result was an uplifting, honest depiction of the founder of Domino’s Pizza: Monaghan: A Life, published by TAN Books. While Joseph Pearce was not the first to author a biography on the former Detroit Tiger’s owner, what he did do was superbly communicate how deeply Monaghan’s increasing faith in God permeated every facet of his life… Read more

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