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

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

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

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

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

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

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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