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...]

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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...]

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CBB Review – The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run

I first learned of Father Stanley Rother merely by chance. Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg Maryland is a short drive away from my home. I take the 30-minute trek there annually to attend a Men’s Conference as well as to listen to some speakers they bring in. Inside Patriot Hall where the campus cafeteria is, there is a timeline filled with pictures of those who have visited or been a part of the Mount’s history. There mixed in with pictures of Babe Ruth, Mother Teresa and others is a … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: New Testament Basics for Catholics

John Bergsma is back with a follow up to his very popular book Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History. This time around he tackles the New Testament exclusively in New Testament Basics for Catholics. This is a longer volume than the first, coming in at nearly 100 pages more. Considering the first book covered all 27 books of the Bible you can quickly see that this is going to be a highly detailed look at the New Testament.If you have read his first offering, you will … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Keeping Mary Close

The faithful of the Church have held a special place of honor for Mary for centuries. This began in the very early years of the Church and continues today. In their new book Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady through the Ages, co-authors Mike Aquilina and Father Frederick Gruber take a close look at how devotion to Mary developed. They focus on the early Church Fathers and practices of the early Christians to show readers the evidence that Mary has always held a special place in the hearts … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Behold The Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

It should come as no surprise that the role of males in society today is under attack. Secular culture today with its disordered thoughts, values, and ideologies has painted the importance of males almost completely out of the picture. It is imperative that Catholic men today experience a renassaince of male spirituality perhaps of the kind never seen before. Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers has given us men a mission guide in his new book Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality. It’s a … [Read more...]

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