CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

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PETE: You are a prolific writer with a multitude of books published. This is a two part question. How do you decide on what you will write about and what led you to the topic of your latest book Angels and Saints?SCOTT HAHN: My problem is that I’m a compulsive reader about things that interest me — and I’m interested in so many things. Reading books makes me want to write books. I like to respond to what other authors are saying. I like to try different approaches to familiar topics. And I ha … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Ralph Martin

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PETE: The title of your book “The Urgency of the New Evangelization”, certainly puts a stake in the ground. For those who have yet to read the book, why the urgency?RALPH MARTIN: While we have been very good at emphasizing the mercy and love of God for many years now a certain indifference, even presumption, has crept into many minds and hearts, to the effect: since virtually everyone will be saved there is no real urgency to evangelize. Of course, this isn’t what Jesus or the Apostles teach … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Shane Kapler

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PETE: Your book Through, With and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own, brings into focus an often overlooked point, that Jesus was a practicing Jew. How does this influence us as Catholics?SHANE KAPLER: I don’t think it’s possible to overstate its influence. So much of our liturgy flows directly from the synagogue and Temple liturgy participated in by Jesus and the Apostles.  Jesus was adamant that He did not come to abolish the Law (which mandated the sacrifices that … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father James Martin, SJ

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PETE: Your new book Jesus: A Pilgrimage for lack of better words is massive. How much time went into writing this book?FATHER JAMES MARTIN: In a sense, I’ve been working on it for 25 years—ever since I entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1988. It was then that I started to study and pray about Jesus in earnest. But the book itself took me about five years from start to finish. But every day I worked on it was a joy—truly!PETE: What research is required for a work of this magnitude?F … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Kevin Vost

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PETE: Your book The One Minute Aquinas: The Doctor’s Quick Answers to Fundamental Questions is quite an ambitious project. How were you able to whittle Aquinas’ thought down to bite size pieces?KEVIN VOST: My first piece of writing that ever made it to print was an essay for a college English course on Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”  It just so happened that I had actually saved and collected many thousands of pennies as a child and a teen, but my twist … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Kerry Walters

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PETE: As the titles suggest, your books on Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are short but packed with great info on the lives of these two inspiring men. Can you give us some idea of what it took to write these "short" biographies?KERRY WALTERS: In some ways, writing “long” biographies of the two popes would’ve been easier.  The aim of the two books is to offer readers concise but informative and entertaining—and hopefully inspiring—portraits of the two most influential pontiffs of the t … [Read more...]


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