CBB Review – Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart


Scripture and the Church Fathers tell us we are to be gods. Before you get too excited (and admittedly I furrowed my brow at that one myself) note that it is not god with a capital “G”. What it means is our Creator wishes us to have a personal relationship with Him simply because He cares and loves us each so much. Gregory Popcak does a fine job explaining all of this in his new book Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart.Psalm 82 states: “You are gods, sons of t … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Finding God Through Meditation


Daniel Burke has been steadily assembling a very impressive list of books under the series title Navigating the Interior Life Series. This review I will be focusing on the second offering from the series Finding God Through Meditation: St. Peter of Alcantara by St. Peter of Alcantara and edited by Daniel Burke.To be honest, prior to reading this book, I had little knowledge of who Peter of Alcantara was. St. Peter was a spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. It was through this … [Read more...]

CBB Review: St. George and The Dragon


My oldest daughter Katie just finished reading St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti. Here is her review:St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti is an exciting and creative retelling of the popular myth of St. George. This is not the story of St. George, instead it is a story - woven from the many myths and the few facts of St. George who lived in the Roman Empire in 300 A.D. This story shows the reader how real and cunning Satan is in the world of St. George, and that he is ever … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers


Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I thought this would be a perfect time to endorse a wonderful little prayer book by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle specifically for mothers.  Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers comes highly recommended by my lovely wife, Laura, who is also the wonderful mother to our five children.  Here’s what she has to say.Mothering is a blessed and rewarding job, however, at times (okay, may times!), it is challenging and downright painful!  Countless times us mothers think … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship


There are a number of books out that detail the life of Mother Teresa. Many of these take a distant look at her life and works but a few offer a more intimate portrait of this saint from our own times. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle knew Mother Teresa for ten years. She relays that time in her book Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.The book opens with Donna-Marie describing her chance encounter. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have anticipated an encounter with a recipient of the … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful


Sometimes a book passes in front of me that approaches a topic that I would not actively search out to read about. The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful is one of those books. As is usually the case by the end of the book I am glad I gave it a chance. Author Bill Donohue gives a compelling argument on how one’s view on religion and their religious practices can impact their health and overall outlook on life. He bases his theory around what he calls the Th … [Read more...]