CBB Review: Messy and Foolish

Pope Francis during the 2013 World Youth Day festivities told us he wants us to make a mess. That’s right. And what does that mean? Go out and gets your hands dirty. Do something, anything to build Christ’s church. Don’t be afraid, just do it. Matthew Warner gives us a guide on just how to do that in his book Messy and Foolish: How to Make a Mess, Be a Fool, and Evangelize the World.Matthew tells us early in the book: “So our purpose - your purpose - is to help the God of the universe change … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – I Saw His Face: Powerful Moments of Christ’s Mercy

In this Year of Mercy there are undoubtedly going to be a number of books released on the topic of mercy. One such book is I Saw His Face: Powerful Moments of Christ’s Mercy by Father Michael T. Mitchell, LC. His book serves as a faithful witness to actual works of mercy happening in today’s world.The book has at its central core the personal experiences Father had with missionary work in Mexico and Haiti. Faced with people in need of God’s mercy we can each be the tool God uses to implement … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Seven Last Words

The seven last words or phrases are those spoken by our Savior Jesus Christ during his Passion. Father James Martin presents a wonderful meditation on the topic in his latest book Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. The book came about from preaching Father Martin gave at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York at the invitation of Cardinal Timothy Dolan.The seven last phrases are those recorded in Scripture and are as follows. To give an idea of Father Martins … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Saints Who Battled Satan

Saints Who Battled Satan: Seventeen Holy Warriors Who Can Teach You How to Fight the Good Fight and Vanquish Your Ancient Enemy is the latest from Paul Thigpen. The book is a follow up to the very popular Manual for Spiritual Warfare released in 2015. As we learned in the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the battle is real. In Saints Who Battled Satan we see some examples of just how real the battle is.Paul takes the reader through the development of this battle starting where it all began in … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Stations of the Cross resources

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion that many take advantage of during the Lenten season. It is an ancient practice used to commemorate fourteen stations or events Christ experienced during his Passion.  Ave Maria Press has two valuable resources available to aid in this devotion and I will cover them here.John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the CrossAmy Welborn and Michael Dubriel present their version of the Stations by utilizing the format created by Saint Pope John Paul II. Th … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Sonnets from the Spirit

I recently had the opportunity to read a book I normally wouldn’t read. So goes the life of a book reviewer! I am glad I was afforded this opportunity and hope you do the sane. The book Sonnets from the Spirit is a masterfully written collection of poetry by Christopher Villiers and one like no other.The book consists of fifty-two poems based upon major and familiar events from Sacred Scripture. Christopher utilizes the ancient practice of midrash in this book to compose these. Midrash is a m … [Read more...]

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