CBB interview with Kathleen Beckman


PETE: What has been your inspiration behind the new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and apostolate of prayer for clergy and vocations?  KATHLEEN BECKMAN: The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome is the inspiration behind this mission of intercessory prayer for priests and spiritual motherhood. I was first made aware of the Holy See’s initiative in 2007 through Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. Since 1991, I have served in leadership of Ma … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Diana von Glahn


PETE: How did you come up with the concept for The Faithful Traveler?  DIANA VON GLAHN: Eleven years ago, my husband David and I were planning our honeymoon to Paris and the Loire Valley. Around that time, we had been watching a lot of the Travel Channel, and we noticed that while the shows sometimes visited Catholic sites, they usually spoke of them with a lack of understanding. We thought it’d be great if there was a travel show that looked good enough for the Travel Channel, but t … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Nancy C. Belanger


This week Laura and I both conduct the author interview.PETE: What inspired you to write Olivia and the Little Way?NANCY C. BELANGER: A lack of Catholic fiction for pre-teens and nudges from The Holy Spirit and St. Therese, I believe. I was just so tired of the dark, foreboding novels I was seeing for this age group in the bookstores. Black covers, stories about vampires and evil people. Such darkness! Our children deserve so much better.LAURA: You founded Harvey House Publishing in … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

PETE: Of the numerous books you have written this is your first on Christmas. What drew you to writing Joy to the World?SCOTT HAHN: Christmas! I hardly need another reason. Christmas is the holiday that even secularists can’t give up. Yet it’s so much more than they know. It’s more than the sales, more than the TV specials, more than the family togetherness. It’s the turning point in history. It’s a crisis — a drama of epic proportions involving world rulers and their armies, astronomical spe … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Lisa Hendey

PETE: Your new book, Grace of Yes, seems to have become a banner holder for a saying yes to God movement. Why is having the grace of yes so important in our lives?LISA HENDEY: Thanks for inviting me into this conversation Pete.The more work that I do around The Grace of Yes, the more I realize that my “Yes” to God is at the heart of my existence. Giving myself fully to God’s will for my life fuels my work, my relationships, my intellectual pursuits and the way I view the world around me. … [Read more...]

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...]