CBB Review – Adventures in Assisi: On The Path with St. Francis


Author Amy Welborn and illustrator Ann Engelhart have teamed up once again for another children's book worth checking out. Adventures in Assisi: On the Path with St. Francis joins cousins Gianna and Lorenzo as they spend the day touring Assisi with their uncle, Brother Antonio. He takes the two young children throughout the city to see many sites . At the end of the book your child will have discovered numerous places of significance in the life of St. Francis.They visit the chapel where … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Nancy C. Belanger


This week Laura and I both conduct the author interview.PETE: What inspired you to write Olivia and the Little Way?NANCY C. BELANGER: A lack of Catholic fiction for pre-teens and nudges from The Holy Spirit and St. Therese, I believe. I was just so tired of the dark, foreboding novels I was seeing for this age group in the bookstores. Black covers, stories about vampires and evil people. Such darkness! Our children deserve so much better.LAURA: You founded Harvey House Publishing in … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 153: St. John Chrysostom tells us to give praise instead of blasphemy

Give praise instead of blasphemy “I can’t help it,” we often say when we’ve cursed and used bad language. St. John Chrysostom has a practical suggestion: if you can’t help saying something when you get hurt, teach yourself to speak in thanksgiving instead of blasphemy. But, you say, you are not able to be silent when goaded by pain. And I do not hinder you from speaking. But instead of blasphemy, speak praise. Instead of discontent, express thankfulness. Make confession to your Master; cry … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 152: St. Ambrose tells us to ignore insults and keep silent

Ignore insults and keep silent Is someone abusing or insulting you? Best to keep silent, says St. Ambrose. You will keep yourself from sin, and people will think better of you. But we must also guard against anyone who provokes us, and spurs us on, and exasperates us, and supplies what will excite us to licentiousness or lust. So if anyone reviles us, irritates, stirs us up to violence, tries to make us quarrel— let us keep silence. Let us not be ashamed to become mute. For whoever irritates … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 151: St. Ambrose advises us to not return insult for insult

Don’t return insult for insult The devil tempts us to snap back when someone insults us, says St. Ambrose. Or, often enough, the devil doesn’t have to do it, because someone else is willing to whisper in our ears. But we will always come out on top if we keep cool and silent. So, then, you should also guard your humility. But if you are unwilling to appear too humble, you think like this, saying to yourself, “Am I supposed to let this man despise me, and say such things to my face against me, … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Olivia and the Little Way


This week publisher Harvey House Publishing sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Olivia and the Little Way by  Nancy Carabio Belanger (you can read my review here). 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 Wed 12/26 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]