CBB Interview with Eve Tushnet


PETE: How difficult was it for you to write Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith and be so open about your story and struggles?EVE TUSHNET: I didn't really have a choice. I'd tried several times to write a version of this book, but I always stalled out, I think largely because I was still drinking and wasn't able to be honest about my alcoholism. I didn't want to write about that, but the book rang very false to me without it--it was shallow and coy. … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with John Henry Crosby


PETE: With nearly 5000 handwritten pages to go through, how did you decide what to include in the book My Battle Against Hitler and how long did the project take?JOHN HENRY CROSBY: You can imagine how difficult it was to select material for a book of just a few hundred pages! That said, Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs begin with his childhood and cover in great detail the period of his youth, university years, and, only toward the end, his battle against Nazism. Thus, from the point of v … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Jesse Romero


PETE: You went from kick boxing champion to hard-hItting Catholic Evangelist. For those who have not read your latest book Catholics, Wake Up! can you tell us about your faith journey? JESSE ROMERO: I was a lukewarm Catholic for the first 25 years of my life. I worshipped the unholy trinity of me, myself and I. My idol was the Martial Arts. I knew about Jesus, but I didn’t KNOW Jesus. At this time in my life as I worked as a young Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff I met a fellow Deputy who was on fire … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father John Bartunek


PETE: In our secular world seeking God seems to be the last thing on many people's mind. What is your hope for your book Seeking First the Kingdom? FATHER JOHN BARTUNEK: Well, as I mention in the introduction, this book is not meant to convince people to think about God. I agree with you that there is a need for that, but this book will not meet that need. This book is written for people who are already experiencing a desire to deepen their relationship with God. If you are feeling a thirst for … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Brian Kennelly


PETE: What inspired you to wrIte your novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati?BRIAN KENNELLY: I hate to admit I actually didn’t know a thing about Pier Giorgio. My publisher, who did my first novel, Two Statues, called me and said they were thinking of doing a series of novels on modern saints. They asked if I wanted to write on Pier Giorgio.   I wasn’t familiar with him so I ordered about 5 books and got to reading. I read about 10 pages of the first book on him and called them back and sa … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

PETE: First a simply worded but complex question. Why prayer?MATT LEONARD: Allow me to answer a question with a question, Pete. Why not prayer? How many of us actually think we’re praying enough? (Put your hand down unless you are a contemplative monk or nun in the hinterlands…which are far away.) To be honest, I don’t think there are enough good books on prayer. In fact, I don’t think there will ever be enough good books on prayer because prayer is what we’re made for. We were created by God … [Read more...]