CBB Interview with John Schlimm

John Schlimm and Sister Augustine

PETE: Your book Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, is a wonderful look into the unlikely friendship you, a 31 year old man seeking direction in your life, had with an 87 year old nun. What drove you to publish this story?JOHN SCHLIMM:  Sister Augustine once told me, “Every story has its time to be told.”Just as I was at a crucial crossroads in my life when I met Sister, and she helped me to navigate the pathway to self-discovery, the wor … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

PETE: You have been pretty busy recently with the release of The Ancient Path which you co-authored with John Michael Talbot, current release Seven Revolutions with James Papandrea and the soon to be released Ministers and Martyrs which is the companion to the NBC television event A.D. The Bible Continues. This writing pace is incredible. Can you describe your writing process, particularly from book development to final product?Mike Aquilina: The process varies with the project. Two of the … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Bill Donohue


PETE: You loaded a lot of stats into your book The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful. How much research went into this book and how long did it take from concept to finished draft?BILL DONOHUE: I've been collecting data and health, happiness, and religion for years, but I went into high gear for about a year-and-a-half doing the research and another year-and-a-half of writing. Because of all the demands of my job, which consists of a lot of writing, TV, … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker

PETE: Slubgrip Instructs and your previous book Gargoyle Code clearly borrow a page from C.S. Lewis’ renowned classic The Screwtape Letters. How much has C.S. Lewis’ work influenced you in your conversion and your life as Catholic priest since?FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER: I think C.S.Lewis’ greatest influence on my life is his ability and passion for communicating the faith in a way that is intriguing and entertaining. In so many of his books he is willing to cut through all the intellectual mumbo … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Marcellino D’Ambrosio


PETE:  In your latest book 40 Days 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent you provide readers with 40 tasks they can do during Lent to make the period a time of spiritual growth. How difficult was it to come up with these forty activities? Did you struggle to get 40 or were you on the other side of the equation, having to pare it down to 40? MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO:The difficult thing was to keep it to forty!  There are so many ways to pray, fast, and do good to others!  And so many ways to comb … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble


PETE: The new evangelization is really about evangelizing the de-christianised. With that realization how can your new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to Church help? SR. THERESA NOBLE: Evangelizing a culture that is bored of Jesus is really difficult. Evangelizing friends and family who are bored of Jesus, or hostile to him, is even more difficult. When I first entered the convent, I worked in the Pauline Books and Media center in St. Louis. I … [Read more...]