Matthew Leonard is coming to New Oxford, PA!

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn, this May we hosted Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle and on August 29th at Immaculate COnception Church BVM we welcome Matt Leonard. As my spiritual director has said "Little New Oxford, PA the hub of evangelization in Adams County....who woulda thunk?" Come and experience what has b … [Read more...]

2014 Catholic Book Blogger Top Picks

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2014 was a great year for the Catholic publishing world. Many fantastic books were released, so many that at times this book reviewer had trouble keeping up! Obviously I cannot read everything but out of what I read these are my top picks for 2014 (in no particular order). These picks by no mean lessen the quality or importance of the others....they just stood out to me as the best. Click each title to see my full review of each.St. Peter’s Bones : How the Relics of the First Pope were Lost a … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

PETE: First a simply worded but complex question. Why prayer?MATT LEONARD: Allow me to answer a question with a question, Pete. Why not prayer? How many of us actually think we’re praying enough? (Put your hand down unless you are a contemplative monk or nun in the hinterlands…which are far away.) To be honest, I don’t think there are enough good books on prayer. In fact, I don’t think there will ever be enough good books on prayer because prayer is what we’re made for. We were created by God … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

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PETE: Matt you serve as Executive Director at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Can you tell us a little about the Center and its mission? MATT LEONARD: The St. Paul Center is a Catholic non-profit founded about twelve years ago by Dr. Scott Hahn, his wife Kimberly, and Mike Aquilina. The Center is all about getting Catholics into Sacred Scripture. Particularly, we want to help Catholics read the Bible from the heart of the Church. And we accomplish this mission through a number of … [Read more...]

2013 Catholic Book Blogger Top Picks

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2013 was my first full year of blogging at The Catholic Book Blogger so this marks my first opportunity to look over a full year of the books I have read. It was quite a year of reading some great books and here are my top picks for the year (in no particular order). This by no means lessens the others, these just stood out to me as the best.Faith of Our Fathers: Why The Early Christians Still Matter and Always Will Author: Mike AquilinaPublisher: Emmaus Road PublishingThis is a … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge for those wanting to get involved with the New Evangelization? A: Ourselves. In order to evangelize we must first be evangelized. The word “evangelization” comes from the Latin word for Gospel, evangelium. It’s the “good news” of salvation through Jesus Christ. So it all starts with a personal encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. That’s the goal of the New Evangelization. But you can’t lead someone to a place you’ve never been. That’s why Pope … [Read more...]


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