CBB Review – Ministers and Martyrs: The Ultimate Guide to the Apostolic Age


A.D. The Bible Continues: Ministers & Martyrs tells the story of the early Church. Author Mike Aquilina takes us to the early days of Christianity to give the reader an overview of what exactly those first days after Pentecost were like. It serves as a great introduction to this period as well as the perfect companion book to the latest project from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, A.D. The Bible Continues.It becomes pretty evident in the early pages of the book that the Apostles, and in … [Read more...]

CBB Review – A.D. The Bible Continues: Catholic Viewers Guide

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On the night of Easter Sunday NBC will be debuting the latest series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. A.D. The Bible Continues tells the story of the early Church and first christians. Sophia Institute Press has been named publisher for books related to the 12-part series. Today I will be reviewing their book A.D. The Bible Continues: The Catholic Viewer's Guide by Veronica Burchard. For those preparing to watch the series this is a great guide and rest assured I am only going to discuss the … [Read more...]

New and Notables – March 2015


Welcome back to this recurring feature at The Catholic Book Blogger. As a book reviewer I get access to early or hot off the presses books from many Catholic publishers. My goal is to share a few titles each post that have either just released or are soon to be released. These are books I am looking forward to reading and think you might be too.Like the First Morning: The Morning Offering as a Daily Renewal by Michael OrtizRelease Date: April 17, 2015From the Publisher Ave Maria … [Read more...]

CBB interview with Kathleen Beckman


PETE: What has been your inspiration behind the new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and apostolate of prayer for clergy and vocations?  KATHLEEN BECKMAN: The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome is the inspiration behind this mission of intercessory prayer for priests and spiritual motherhood. I was first made aware of the Holy See’s initiative in 2007 through Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. Since 1991, I have served in leadership of Ma … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: Praying for Priests


This week publisher Sophia Institute Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Praying for Priests by Kathleen Beckman (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST 1/16 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization

“Perhaps, more than we realize, the lay faithful take a cue from a priest's commitment to God. If we perceive authentic fervor, we are inspired. But if fervor seems lacking, we ca try to excuse our own mediocrity. Yet it's also true that “holy Christians guarantee holy priests.” If we want to be inspired by our priests, we need to be people who inspire them.” You might ask yourself how is this possible? How can we be inspiration to our priests? You will find out that answer and more in Praying fo … [Read more...]