CBB Review – Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, Lessons from the First Jesuit Pope


In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, Chris Lowney presents a book on leadership like no other. Utilizing his own Jesuit seminarian training, Chris explores   the actions and habits of Pope Francis that define him as a leader. As becomes evident in the book this is not just a guide for the business world. Instead everyone, including as the authors states “parent, pope or junior hire straight from college” can use the example of Pope Francis in their own walk of life that requires them t … [Read more...]

New and Notables – March 2014


Welcome back to this recurring feature at The Catholic Book Blogger. As a book reviewer I get access to early or hot off the presses books from many Catholic publishers. My goal is to share a few titles each post that have either just released or are soon to be released. These are books I am looking forward to reading and think you might be too.Reclaiming Francis: How the Saint and the Pope are Renewing the Church by Charles M. Murphy Release Date: Available Now From the Publisher Ave … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection


This week, Franciscan Media has kindly agreed to sponsor the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection by Joseph Girzone. Click here to read my review of this book. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 3/21 with a winner being announced later that day. Contests are open to US and Canada residents only. Good … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection


In his new book Stories of Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer and Reflection, Joseph Girzone takes the reader on a vivid journey through the life of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the Gospels themselves, the book consists of forty meditations arranged in chronological order. By the end of the book you will have covered the entire life of Jesus by visiting some of the most important places and events during his 33 years on earth.This is a very approachable and enjoyable meditation resource on the life of our … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Saint Francis of Assisi – Gentle Revolutionary


Laura returns to the Kids Corner with her review of another entry in the Encounter the Saints series by Pauline Books and Media. A baby boy was born in a stable one faithful night, his mother content amidst the straw as her bed. This was not how a noble was to be born. However, surprisingly, this was the unusual birth of Saint Francis of Assisi, son of a wealthy Italian merchant. This is just one of many surprises your young reader will find in the book Saint Francis of Assisi (4): Gentle … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father Dwight Longenecker


PETE: You have said Romance of Religion took you some 10 years to complete. Why so long and can you take us through the writing process involved?FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER: My writing process is usually pretty quick. I have an idea, then an outline, then I fulfill the outline. This time I got started, then I was interrupted with other life events and other writing projects. I was also unclear at the outline stage where exactly the book was going. As I began to do more work on myth and stories … [Read more...]