CBB Review – St. Peter’s Bones : How the Relics of the First Pope were Lost and Found… and then Lost and Found Again


What do you get when you combine an Indiana Jones type adventure with Church history? You get an incredible quest to find the bones of the Prince of the Apostles, our first Pope, St. Peter. Thomas Craughwell presents all the details in his wonderful book St. Peter's Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found . . . and Then Lost and Found Again.Thomas does an excellent job making the book extremely engaging and frankly, a page turner. You will learn a lot about the catacombs … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Michael Novak


PETE: In your latest book Writing from Left to Right you detail your personal experiences with some of the most important people and events in the past few decades. What thoughts came to mind as you wrote this book and pondered this?MICHAEL NOVAK: My daughter Jana, the writer, urged me some years back, as my 80th birthday lay not too far ahead, that I should begin writing down a lot of the things that only I knew, about the episodes and adventures of my life. She even promised me that she … [Read more...]

New and Notable Releases


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. This column will appear at least once per month. My goal is to share approximately three 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.C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph PearceRelease Date: Available … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Paul Thigpen


PETE: How difficult is it to compile 365 entries for a devotional book like A Year With the Saints? This would include the saints you chose and the topics for the meditations themselves.PAUL THIGPEN: My field of scholarship is historical theology, so nearly all the texts from which the readings were selected were in my private library. The great challenge, then, wasn’t how to find the sources; the great challenge was how to decide which sources couldn’t be included!My final choice of the … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God


This week, Saint Benedict Press has kindly agreed to sponsor the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God by Paul Thigpen. Click here to read my review of this book. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Click below to enter. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 12/27 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter … [Read more...]

A Year with the Saints : Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God


There are many daily meditation books on the market today each having it's own particular area of focus. A Year With the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God by Paul Thigpen is no different. The wide range of saints included (68 in total) are what makes this book special.As far as layout it contains your standard daily entry for each day of the calendar year. These entries are not restricted to date however as the days are titled as Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.... This means you can … [Read more...]