Linked Review – Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life’s Unexpected Journeys

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My theme here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to offer quality reviews of interesting books. As you can likely tell by now I promote one book a week with a review, a giveaway and if available an interview with the book's author. I have made many contacts in the little over one year that I have been doing this. One of them made a great suggestion that I am going to take up as a regular feature here. I am going to link to other reviews that catch my attention so as to not limit you, my readers, to … [Read more...]

New and Notable Releases

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Welcome back to this recurring feature at The Catholic Book Blogger. As a book reviewer I get access to early or hot off the presses books from many Catholic publishers. This column will appear at least once per month. My goal is to share approximately three titles each post that have either just released or are soon to be released. These are books I am looking forward to reading and think you might be too.C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph PearceRelease Date: Available … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Paul Thigpen

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PETE: How difficult is it to compile 365 entries for a devotional book like A Year With the Saints? This would include the saints you chose and the topics for the meditations themselves.PAUL THIGPEN: My field of scholarship is historical theology, so nearly all the texts from which the readings were selected were in my private library. The great challenge, then, wasn’t how to find the sources; the great challenge was how to decide which sources couldn’t be included!My final choice of the … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God

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This week, Saint Benedict Press has kindly agreed to sponsor the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God by Paul Thigpen. Click here to read my review of this book. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Click below to enter. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 12/27 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter … [Read more...]

A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God

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There are many daily meditation books on the market today each having it's own particular area of focus. A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God by Paul Thigpen is no different. The wide range of saints included (68 in total) are what makes this book special.As far as layout it contains your standard daily entry for each day of the calendar year. These entries are not restricted to date however as the days are titled as Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.... This means you can … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Amy Welborn and Ann Engelhart

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PETE: What was each of your inspirations for your work on Bambinelli Sunday?AMY WELBORN: As is often the case, I was inspired by Ann! The idea for the book was hers, but as we hammered out the specifics of the story, I came to settle on the idea of brokenness and the healing that comes from being filled with the love of Christ. It puts into the very specific, concrete terms what we mean when we tell children (and ourselves) that “giving is more fun than receiving.” It’s in giving that we allo … [Read more...]


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