CBB Review – The Cajun Storm: God’s Servant First

James (Jay) Toups brings to the forefront the struggles Louisiana faced in the days and months following what has become known as the Cajun Storm. Haven’t heard of it? Not surprising, as the media and government largely ignored the devastation wrought by this once in a thousand year flood that struck in August 2016. Jay writes about the tragedy and the triumph in his latest book The Cajun Storm: God's Servant First.As I worked my way through this book I was at first overwhelmed by the size o … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

Review by Michele Craig In his book Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches Robert J. Wicks states , “One of the most rewarding experiences for Catholics happens when they begin to discover the amazing scope of the approaches to prayer in the Catholic tradition.” I wholeheartedly agree! Furthermore, Robert asks, “What if there were a single resource that both adult Catholics and those who minister to them (priests, vowed religious, seminarians, permanent deacons, l … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Liturgy and Personality

If you have never heard the name Dietrich von Hildebrand or had the opportunity to read one of his books, you are missing out on the thought of one of the leading Catholic philosophers of the 20th century. You also may not realize than he was one of the first in Germany to challenge Hitler and his concept of National Socialism that eventually morphed into Nazism. That topic was covered extensively in the book  My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare

Many of us may have a sense of something not being quite right with the world today. We see news reports filled daily with acts of violence, terrorism, crime, political corruption, and attacks on human life at nearly all stages. To put it simply we are at war and the war we are engaged in is on the spiritual level. Father Dwight Longenecker recognizes this and arms the faithful with a weapon to go into battle with. That weapon is his latest book Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare.Our … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer

Review by Julie AbellI really enjoy books that can keep my eyes and heart focused on Jesus and this one does just that.  Sacred Reading: The 2017 Guide to Daily Prayer by Douglas Leonard, the Executive Director of Apostleship of Prayer, allows the reader to delve into the “powerful, ancient form of prayer known as sacred reading (lectio divina) that invites communion with God through scripture reading and contemplation.”  Throughout the entire Church year the reader is presented daily with a … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Resisting Happiness

Matthew Kelly seems to churn books out at will. The key is each of these books is good…very good and carry their own unique message. In his latest, Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly once more opens our minds and our hearts and causes readers to reassess where they are at in their faith journey.In the first chapter he says: “The hardest war to win is one you don’t even realize you are fighting. And the hardest enemy to defeat is the one you don’t even know exists. Every day you are at war wit … [Read more...]

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