CBB Review – Mary of Nazareth


 I recently had the opportunity to watch the film Mary of Nazareth the latest release from Ignatius Press. The movie takes you on a journey that spans from Mary's early childhood to the Resurrection of Jesus. The sources used as reference include Scripture but also delve outside the Gospels to include stories from apocryphal texts many will be familiar with . Overall I was quite impressed. The movie actually gave me pause to consider a few things.We know the subject matter of this … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 149: Hermas advises us to not listen to slander

Don’t even listen to slander The visionary Shepherd of Hermas was a very influential book in early Christian times. Here the writer is commanded to keep away from slander. Even listening to malicious gossip makes you part of the sin. Be simple and guileless, and you will be like children who don’t know the wickedness that ruins man’s life. First, do not speak evil of anyone, and do not listen with pleasure to anyone who speaks evil of another. If you do listen, you will share in the sin o … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Biblezon Catholic Tablet


If you are a frequent reader of my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger you may have guessed that I am a bit of a tech guy. I like gadgets that make life easy. Now in saying that there are gadgets that are epic failures and more cumbersome than good. I was recently afforded the opportunity to try a new device out and I have to say this is a winner. The Biblezon tablet for Catholics was designed to bring your faith to a more accessible level all the while eliminating the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 148: St. Clement tells us to tell good jokes from bad


Learn to tell good jokes from bad It’s quite reasonable to joke about people when you know it will actually make them feel good, says St. Clement of Alexandria. But making fun of people is a dangerous sport, and one a Christian needs to avoid. Older people, looking on the young as children, may (though very rarely) be playful with them, joking with them to train them in good behavior. For exam­ple, if you’re with a bashful and silent young man, you might jokingly say, “This son of mine is alw … [Read more...]

The Laity Speaks – Joseph Pearce


Welcome back to “The Laity Speaks”, a recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. This feature is the companion to “The Clergy Speaks” and takes us to the other side of the pulpit to hear prominent lay people’s answer to the same question. That question is: What five books would you recommend as must-reads for Catholics today? I left the responses open to current or classic books with the only restriction being that the Bible and the Catechism could not be used as they are a given. T … [Read more...]

The Open Book Podcast Episode 001


The Open Book Podcast Episode 001 Podcast: Download (Duration 38:39 - 35 MB)Talking books with guest Katie Moore, publicist for Image Catholic Books.Books Discussed in this Episode:Titles I have reviewedThe American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States by Brian Burch and Emily StimpsonInterview with author Emily StimpsonMy Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the … [Read more...]