CBB Review – Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart

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Scripture and the Church Fathers tell us we are to be gods. Before you get too excited (and admittedly I furrowed my brow at that one myself) note that it is not god with a capital “G”. What it means is our Creator wishes us to have a personal relationship with Him simply because He cares and loves us each so much. Gregory Popcak does a fine job explaining all of this in his new book Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart.Psalm 82 states: “You are gods, sons of t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Finding God Through Meditation

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Daniel Burke has been steadily assembling a very impressive list of books under the series title Navigating the Interior Life Series. This review I will be focusing on the second offering from the series Finding God Through Meditation: St. Peter of Alcantara by St. Peter of Alcantara and edited by Daniel Burke.To be honest, prior to reading this book, I had little knowledge of who Peter of Alcantara was. St. Peter was a spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. It was through this … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: St. George and The Dragon

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My oldest daughter Katie just finished reading St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti. Here is her review:St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti is an exciting and creative retelling of the popular myth of St. George. This is not the story of St. George, instead it is a story - woven from the many myths and the few facts of St. George who lived in the Roman Empire in 300 A.D. This story shows the reader how real and cunning Satan is in the world of St. George, and that he is ever … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: A Song for Nagasaki and The Smile of a Ragpicker

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Today my friend and author Maura Zagrans returns to The Catholic Book Blogger to lend a hand as guest reviewer. She reviews two great books by Father Paul Glynn. Take it away Maura!Love Songs and Love Letters to MaryMay is the perfect month to read books highlighting miraculous blessings that often flow from heartfelt devotion to the Blessed Mother. Two such books are A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai (Ignatius Press, 2009)and The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Joyful Spirit of Padre Pio: Stories, Letters and Prayers

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One of my favorite saints, and the favorite of many, is Padre Pio. I was particularly interested when Servant Books released The Joyful Spirit of Padre Pio: Stories, Letters, and Prayers. My interest was raised a notch higher when I found out the author of the book was Patricia Treece. This makes the fourth title she has written on this modern Saint as well as mention of him in her book Nothing Short of a Miracle.The book consists of excerpts from letters to his spiritual directors, notes to … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I thought this would be a perfect time to endorse a wonderful little prayer book by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle specifically for mothers.  Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers comes highly recommended by my lovely wife, Laura, who is also the wonderful mother to our five children.  Here’s what she has to say.Mothering is a blessed and rewarding job, however, at times (okay, may times!), it is challenging and downright painful!  Countless times us mothers think … [Read more...]

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