CBB Interview with John Schlimm

John Schlimm and Sister Augustine

PETE: Your book Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, is a wonderful look into the unlikely friendship you, a 31 year old man seeking direction in your life, had with an 87 year old nun. What drove you to publish this story?JOHN SCHLIMM:  Sister Augustine once told me, “Every story has its time to be told.”Just as I was at a crucial crossroads in my life when I met Sister, and she helped me to navigate the pathway to self-discovery, the wor … [Read more...]

Interview with Father John Bartunek

PETE: In A Guide to Christian Meditation you focus on a fundamental basic of faith and that is prayer. Why is prayer so important for the practicing Catholic?FATHER JOHN BARTUNEK: To put it simply, a healthy prayer life assures ongoing spiritual growth.  Spiritual growth depends primarily on a real, personal, faith-based relationship with God.  That relationship is prayer.  Don’t just take my word for it, take Pope Benedict XVI’s: “What matters most is that you develop your personal relation … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

PETE: You have been pretty busy recently with the release of The Ancient Path which you co-authored with John Michael Talbot, current release Seven Revolutions with James Papandrea and the soon to be released Ministers and Martyrs which is the companion to the NBC television event A.D. The Bible Continues. This writing pace is incredible. Can you describe your writing process, particularly from book development to final product?Mike Aquilina: The process varies with the project. Two of the … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Sister Marie-Paul Curley


PETE:  For those who have not yet read your book Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer, the book focuses on the Anima Christi prayer. Could you tell us a little about your personal connection to this prayer and why you chose to write an entire book on it?SISTER MARIE-PAUL CURLEY: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know and love the Anima Christi, but after I entered the Daughters of Saint Paul, I learned that our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, encouraged us to say this prayer … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


PETE:  You now have released 3 titles in your Bringing Lent Home series. The first focused on Mother Teresa, the second St. Therese of Lisiuex and now St. John Paul II. What was your inspiration behind creating these wonderful volumes for family Lenten reflection? DONNA-MARIE COOPER O’BOYLE: Thanks for asking, Pete. Being a mother of five, I realize the importance of teaching our children the tenants of the faith. Christian parents, are, after all, the first and foremost educators. It’s our duty … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Bill Donohue


PETE: You loaded a lot of stats into your book The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful. How much research went into this book and how long did it take from concept to finished draft?BILL DONOHUE: I've been collecting data and health, happiness, and religion for years, but I went into high gear for about a year-and-a-half doing the research and another year-and-a-half of writing. Because of all the demands of my job, which consists of a lot of writing, TV, … [Read more...]