CBB Giveaway – Mary of Nazareth DVD


Today Carmel Communications marketing firm for Ignatius Press sponsors a special CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of the 2-Disc Collectors edition DVD of Mary of Nazareth (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 12/25 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Olivia and The Little Way


Laura is back this week with another review of a book for young readers.Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger is a book that not only introduces the “Little Way” of St. Therese, but also shows young readers how they can put it into action. Children will draw inspiration from fifth-grader Olivia who is just beginning to use the little way. Olivia provides a wonderful example for young souls helping them apply the little way in their own life.Olivia’s spiritual journey with St … [Read more...]

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...]