Faith, nature and natural living

Review by Maura ZagransIf I could, I would thrust a copy of Wendell Berry and the Given Life by Ragan Sutterfield into the hands of everyone I know. Here’s why:Sutterfield’s book is a terrific introduction to an esteemed man of letters. Wendell Berry is a poet, novelist, essayist, conservation activist, and pioneering agrarian who advocates for sustainable agriculture. Thus Berry is a man whose legacy is equally remarkable for his literary writings as well as for his pioneering work and c … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: Lenten Resources

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton and a copy of The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek, (you can read my reviews of both here)  sponsored by Franciscan Media/Servant Books. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/01 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Resources for your 2017 Lenten journey

 Lent is a time for reflection and growth in our spiritual lives. Every Lent there are some book choices to help us along this forty-day journey. This Lent there are two books in particular that are well suited for your daily reflection use. The first is Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton who brings readers to a greater understanding of mercy and love. The second, The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek utilizes … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Gina Loehr

Gina Loehr is a popular author and inspirational speaker, a theologian and the mother of six. In 2013 Gina was chosen as one of one hundred women from around the world to be a delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s study seminar on women and the Church. A frequent guest on national Catholic radio programs on EWTN, Relevant Radio, and Ave Maria Radio, Gina’s other books include Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spirit … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: The Church is Our Mother AND Icons, The Essential Collection

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Church Is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires Us to Love by Gina Loehr,  sponsored by Franciscan Media (you can read Michele's review here) and one copy of Icons: The Essential Collection by Sr. Faith Riccio, sponsored by Paraclete Press  (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Friday 1/20 with a winne … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Church is Our Mother

Review by Michele Craig“A mother journeys with her children all the way through their lives. She does not abandon her maternal mission when they are grown, though that mission certainly takes on different characteristics. The Church, too, accompanies us every step of the way. While baptism gives us birth into the Church, the other sacraments in their own way also nurture our souls as needed.”Gina Loehr continues by explaining how our Mother, the Church, “mothers” us through all of the Hol … [Read more...]