CBB Review: Julie reviews Talking to God – Prayers for Catholic Women

Calm and peaceful - that is how I felt while reading Julie Cragon’s newest book, Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women. Throughout the day, I do not realize how tight I am or how I hold my breath until I pray and then I feel the tension slide off my body and my breathing slows and deepens.  Truly, as I read through the prayers in this book, one after the other, I caught myself feeling joy and peace.  Mind you, none of the situations in my life had changed, but the reminders from the author t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Michele reviews Talking to God – Prayers for Catholic Women

As women, we are born to love, nurture and care for others, particularly those we love.  We want to be examples of love, comfort, joy, peace and holiness.  But how?  How can we help our loved ones in their day to day lives, while leading them to heaven, and getting ourselves there, too?Julie Dortch Cragon has the same questions... but she has the answer!  In her book Talking to God: Prayer for Catholic Women she writes: “How can we be such examples?  And how can we gather the strength that we … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Experience Grace in Abundance

Julie returns this week with the review of a book she really enjoyed.Maybe some of you can relate to what I am about to say.  When I read a good novel, the house can fall down around me and I would never notice; I am that absorbed.  It is the reason why several years ago I swore off reading fiction more than once a year.  I figured once a year my family should be able to fend for themselves for 48 hours, but I would not put them through more than that. With non-fiction books, I can usually pu … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

Julie Abell makes her debut this week here at CBB with her review of Dan Burkes’ 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, the third book in his Navigating the Interior Life Series. I reviewed the second book in the series Finding God Through Meditation in May 2015. Read on to see what Julie though about this one.I cannot remember, since it has been about a year, why I picked this book up off the shelf at my local Catholic bookstore, A & B Religious Store, but I am very glad I did.  Maybe it was the … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Spring Meditations

In our technologically heavy world most people tend to allow the natural wonder of God’s creation pass them by. As the seasons pass from Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter and back to Spring once more, the only way nature grabs people’s attention is during a mishap. For the believer there is much untapped spiritual potential in simply walking outdoors, taking a deep breath and gazing upon God’s handiwork. Father John Bartunek has given a book to promote our “slowing down” and enjoying the wonder … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Walls Are Talking

In the pro-life debate both sides of the argument have become very good at catchy slogans. As with any task we partake in there are times where we need a reminder of what the root cause of our efforts are. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson provides a book that gets to the heart of the abortion industry. The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories is a difficult but necessary read. What you will find in this book is the … [Read more...]

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