CBB Review: Doors of Mercy

Father Jeffrey Kirby and Brian Kennelly have a magnificent book on salvation history that does a couple of things. First, it gives readers scriptural examples of God's mercy given to His people throughout history. Second it uses that proof as a roadmap to show how we ourselves can channel the mercy we have received and pour it forth onto others. The book is called Doors of Mercy: A Journey Through Salvation History.Before going into what the book is about the makeup of the book must be … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Spring Meditations

In our technologically heavy world most people tend to allow the natural wonder of God’s creation pass them by. As the seasons pass from Spring to Summer to Fall to Winter and back to Spring once more, the only way nature grabs people’s attention is during a mishap. For the believer there is much untapped spiritual potential in simply walking outdoors, taking a deep breath and gazing upon God’s handiwork. Father John Bartunek has given a book to promote our “slowing down” and enjoying the wonder … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Transformed by God’s Word

Stephen Binz brings to readers an interesting new twist to contemplative Scripture study. Transformed by God's Word: Discovering the Power of Lectio and Visio Divina takes the Western practice of lectio divina the Eastern Orthodox use of iconography. This combination provides an amazingly complete method of scripture study in a book that will become a valuable resource for a long time.The book begins with an introduction that explains the history and what each method consists of. Lectio … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Messy and Foolish

Pope Francis during the 2013 World Youth Day festivities told us he wants us to make a mess. That’s right. And what does that mean? Go out and gets your hands dirty. Do something, anything to build Christ’s church. Don’t be afraid, just do it. Matthew Warner gives us a guide on just how to do that in his book Messy and Foolish: How to Make a Mess, Be a Fool, and Evangelize the World.Matthew tells us early in the book: “So our purpose - your purpose - is to help the God of the universe change … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Seven Last Words

The seven last words or phrases are those spoken by our Savior Jesus Christ during his Passion. Father James Martin presents a wonderful meditation on the topic in his latest book Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. The book came about from preaching Father Martin gave at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York at the invitation of Cardinal Timothy Dolan.The seven last phrases are those recorded in Scripture and are as follows. To give an idea of Father Martins … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Saints Who Battled Satan

Saints Who Battled Satan: Seventeen Holy Warriors Who Can Teach You How to Fight the Good Fight and Vanquish Your Ancient Enemy is the latest from Paul Thigpen. The book is a follow up to the very popular Manual for Spiritual Warfare released in 2015. As we learned in the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the battle is real. In Saints Who Battled Satan we see some examples of just how real the battle is.Paul takes the reader through the development of this battle starting where it all began in … [Read more...]

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