2013 Catholic Book Blogger Top Picks

2013 was my first full year of blogging at The Catholic Book Blogger so this marks my first opportunity to look over a full year of the books I have read. It was quite a year of reading some great books and here are my top picks for the year (in no particular order). This by no means lessens the others, these just stood out to me as the best.

Faith of Our Fathers: Why The Early Christians Still Matter and Always Will 

Author: Mike Aquilina

Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing

This is a great book that serves as a wonderful introduction to the Early Church. It’s one I highly recommend and one that started me on a journey of deeper research on the Church Fathers.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Mike Aquilina here.

 

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

Author: Elizabeth Scalia

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

Here’s a book that made me reconsider a lot of things in my life. If you are looking for a book that makes you accountable……this it.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Elizabeth Scalia here.

 

Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church 

Author: Scott Hahn

Publisher: Image Catholic Books

A wonderful book on the Word and the fact that we are to consume it as well as the Eucharist and make both a part of our very being. Another highly recommended book by Scott Hahn.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Scott Hahn here.

 

Camerado, I Give You My Hand 

Author: Maura Poston Zagrans

Publisher: Image Catholic Books

This is the inspiring story of Father David Link. Maura paints a genuine story of human compassion and a modern day example of how one person can truly make a difference. A must read.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Maura Zagrans here.

 

God’s Bucket List: Heaven’s Surefire Way to Happiness in this Life and Beyond 

Author: Teresa Tomeo

Publisher: Image Catholic Books

A book that gives us all a gentle reminder. The often times petty things we desire are nothing compared to what God desires for us.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Teresa Tomeo here.

 

Louder than Words : The Art of Living as a Catholic

Author: Matt Leonard

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

This is a solid book that does a great job of explaining the Catholic faith in laymen’s terms while still frequently quoting various Popes and Saints. A great read for cradle Catholics or those considering joining the Church.

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Matt Leonard here.

 

Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing

Author: Amy Welborn

Illustrator: Ann Engelhart

Publisher: Franciscan Media

A great children’s book that I hope will launch a new tradition at local parishes. It has inspired me to talk to a few of my local priests about starting Bambinelli blessing here.

You can read my review here.

You can read my interview with Amy Welborn and Ann Engelhart here.

Be A Man : Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

Author: Father Larry Richards

Publisher: Ignatius Press

I actually read this book in 2012 but I reviewed it this past year. This is the book that changed my life and it can change yours too!

You can find my review here.

You can read my interview with Father Larry Richards here.

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  • Jeanie Kenkel

    I only found your blog because Zagrans tweeted that she made your list. I’m so glad I checked out your site. I too blog about Christian and Catholic books, and I reviewed Zagrans’. I’m following you now! :-)

    • Pete Socks

      Thank you….I appreciate the follow. :)

  • Rose Santuci-Sofranko

    Great list! I found you through a Pintrest pin. When you get a chance, would you please consider reviewing my husband Paul Sofranko’s 2 Catholic prayer/meditation books on Sobriety? You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/Paul-Sofranko/e/B007LCKRIU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 Thanks so much and God bless! Happy New Year.


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