CBB Review – Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship


There are a number of books out that detail the life of Mother Teresa. Many of these take a distant look at her life and works but a few offer a more intimate portrait of this saint from our own times. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle knew Mother Teresa for ten years. She relays that time in her book Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.The book opens with Donna-Marie describing her chance encounter. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have anticipated an encounter with a recipient of the … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Better Part: A Christ – Centered Resource for Personal Prayer


The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer is a book I have used and enjoyed often since receiving it. Father John Bartunek is the author of this extensive guide that serves as a daily prayer companion. The more I use it the more I have come to realize what a rich resource it truly is.First off, what is it? The book contains 303 meditations. Each of these meditation units begins with a Gospel passage from either Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. These passages are then … [Read more...]

CBB Review – A Guide to Christian Meditation


Prayer should be the cornerstone of one's faith. It comes in many forms from vocal prayer to meditative prayer to contemplative prayer. You will learn about all of these in Father John Bartunek's A Guide to Christian Meditation: How to Engage More Deeply in Personal Prayer.Early in the book Father John explains what prayer is. “Prayer at its most basic level is conversation with God. This seems obvious, but it harbors an awesome reality. To converse with someone implies that that someone w … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change it Again


Today’s culture may seem headed into a downward spiral. We live in an over-sexualized society with little to no regard for religion. One that tries to convince us that our wants and needs are more important than our neighbors. However we must understand our past to have hope for the future. In their new book Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again, authors Mike Aquilina and James Papandrea reveal history to us. Armed with the knowledge that Christianity has c … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer


The Anima Christi Prayer is one that has been around for a very long time. It dates back to the early fourteenth century with an authorship that is uncertain. St. Ignatius of Loyola is sometimes mistakenly attributed as its author due to his inclusion of it in his Spiritual Excercises. The prayer is widely used by many after receiving communion. Thanks to Sister Marie Paul Curley it can now be used as a beautiful source of meditation in her book Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Ministers and Martyrs: The Ultimate Guide to the Apostolic Age


A.D. The Bible Continues: Ministers & Martyrs tells the story of the early Church. Author Mike Aquilina takes us to the early days of Christianity to give the reader an overview of what exactly those first days after Pentecost were like. It serves as a great introduction to this period as well as the perfect companion book to the latest project from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, A.D. The Bible Continues.It becomes pretty evident in the early pages of the book that the Apostles, and in … [Read more...]