CBB Review – Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions

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Most everyone has that certain someone in their lives that they point to and say "they made a difference in my life." Most of us keep that story to ourselves and treasure it as a special gift. On rare occasions some share their story in the hope and trust that it will make a difference in other’s lives as it did in their own. Such is the case with John Schlimm and his new book Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions.The book tells of the f … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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CBB Review – A Guide to Christian Meditation

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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