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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

CBB Review – Sonnets from the Spirit

I recently had the opportunity to read a book I normally wouldn’t read. So goes the life of a book reviewer! I am glad I was afforded this opportunity and hope you do the sane. The book Sonnets from the Spirit is a masterfully written collection of poetry by Christopher Villiers and one like no other.The book consists of fifty-two poems based upon major and familiar events from Sacred Scripture. Christopher utilizes the ancient practice of midrash in this book to compose these. Midrash is a m … [Read more...]

CBB Review – God’s Healing Mercy

We have embarked upon this great Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. There are a number of sources being released by publishers to aid the faithful on this journey. In the coming weeks and months ahead. This week we are going to take a look at one written by Kathleen Beckman. God's Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy  is a self-guided retreat that in the end will reveal to readers the healing power of divine mercy.The book contains twelve chapters a … [Read more...]