How can business and faith intertwine in a society that seems more focused om getting ahead then leaving a legacy of true meaning? John Abatte joins us this week to discuss just that. Learn how he built his own business while maintaining integrity and cultivating a deep Catholic faith. Business and faith can co-exist if we focus on what truly matters. Be sure to check out John's book Invest Yourself: Daring to be Catholic In Today's Business World.

How can business and faith intertwine in a society that seems more focused om getting ahead then leaving a legacy of true meaning? John Abatte joins us this week to discuss just that. Learn how he built his own business while maintaining integrity and cultivating a deep Catholic faith. Business and faith can co-exist if we focus on what truly matters. Be sure to check out John’s book Invest Yourself: Daring to be Catholic In Today’s Business World.

Listen to Off the Shelf Episode 086 exclusively on Breadbox Media below.


John Abbate is an independent franchisee/owner-operator of McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Central Valley of California, as well as a strategic adviser to the Dynamic Catholic Institute. He is also co-founder of Possibility Productions, a non-profit apostolate in support of the New Evangelization.


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The Catholic Marketing Newtork Tradeshow is THE annual event to be at if you want to see the latest in Catholic products or to meet authors and learn about their books. This July 3 through August 3, Breadbox Media was in attendance with  a booth. Throughout the event I was able to interview on-site a number of Catholic authors. Those interviews became Episodes 084 and 085 of Off the Shelf. Full content of each show is listed below.

And that bear in the booth? When Father Andrew Apostoli was in a nursing home prior to his death in 2017 that 9-foot bear would sit in the lobby. His caretaker, Brother Simon, would bring Father Andrew down to the lobby and he would meet his visitors in front of that bear. Brother Simon took many pictures of Father Andrew with his guests and the bear. At the CMN show Brother Simon asked if Andrew bear  could be a guest at the Breadbox Media booth and we readily agreed.

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Guests

Cathy Gilmore is an author, educator, founder and Executive Director of the VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA ministry. Cathy calls herself a Bionic Catholic: a”revert” to the Catholic faith for whom God’s grace has turned her brokenness into strengths. She has written 2 books for children Little Lamb Finds Christmas and Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day. In out interview we discuss the mission of Virtue Works Media.

Father Edward Looney is a Marian theologian and Catholic author and speaker who serves as a priest in the Diocese of Green Bay. He is the author of seven books and has contributed to numerous publications. We discuss his book A Heart Like Mary’s: 31 Daily Devotions to Help You Live and Love as She Does.

Nancy Ward is a Catholic convert with forty years experience in writing and editing for SpiritualDirection.comZenit.comCatholicMom.com, CatholicSpiritualityBlogs, and CatholicWritersGuild.com. We discuss her DVD Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story: Tools, Tips, and Testimonies.and her forthcoming companion book to the DVD.

Dennis McGeehan is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. His personal blog page can be found at www.warriorsworlddad.com. During our segment we discuss his book The Diaries of Joseph and Mary.

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Guests

Virginia Lieto in 2011, decided to leave a 36 year career to give the remainder of her life to God. Virginia is engaged in public speaking, as well as blogging about the Catholic faith. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as the Catholic Writer’s Guild. We discuss her children’s book Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Patience.

Kimberly Cook is the author and illustrator and her work regularly appears on Catholic news and journalism sites. She runs TheLionofDesign.com – an outlet for thought and discussion on faith and  motherhood. We chat about two of her books My hand in Yours, Our Hands in His a 7-week Marriage Workbook and Into the Wilderness: A 40 Day Devotional for Single Catholic Women.

Maureen Cummings is a cradle Catholic, wife and mother of six, and a Secular Franciscan. A homeschooling parent for over 25 years, she now writes from Janesville, WI. Maureen is also a cancer survivor which is the topic of her book In God’s Hands: Living Through Illness with Faith.

Tony Agnesi is an inspirational storyteller, author and blogger. His Sunday blog and Wednesday podcast have an International audience. We chat about Tony’s penchant for being a storyteller and his book A Storytellers Guide to a Grace Filled Life and his forthcoming book A Storyteller’s Guide to Joyful Service-Turing Your Misery into Ministry.

Virginia Pillars is the mother of four, one of whom suffered from a mental illness, and a grandmother of four with a passion for reaching out to families who are also affected. She details her journey through mental illness with her child in her memoir, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child’s Mental Illness.

Every person has a purpose in life. Sometimes they get confused as to what that may be or mired down in what the secular tells them it SHOULD be. Join Josh Miller and I as we discuss how can help people found their God given talents, particularly youth today. Our future is the next generation and it is our profound duty to cultivate. Learn how on this week’s episode as we discuss Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person by Josh and his co-author Luke Burgis.

Listen to Off the Shelf Episode 083 exclusively on Breadbox Media below.

Bio

Joshua Miller is a leader in the field of narrative based motivational assessment. For the last 18 years he has applied his expertise in a variety of applications, including executive search, organizational development, and talent management. Since 2010, he has served as a coach helping individuals embrace and effectively leverage their own patterns of unique motivation. He is certified at the ACC level with the International Coach Federation (ICF).His long standing desire to understand and help people develop their unique giftedness led to an MA & Ph.D. in Philosophy of the Human Person. He continues to effectively integrate learning from this study into his coaching and consulting practices. Joshua also helped build The Center for Leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he currently serves as a vocation coach and vocation coach trainer for faculty and staff of the institution.


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Most people will say either they have a strong faith life or the have a strong fitness regimen, few say they have both. In his book Grit & Glory: Cross Training Your Body and Soul, Kaiser Johnson shows readers how to have BOTH. To assume we can separate the soul from the body and view them as two independent entities is a falsehood. Listen in as Kaiser and I discuss how both body and soul are intimately intertwined and how you can become more disciplined in virtue, prayer, and fitness.

Listen to Off the Shelf Episode 082 exclusively on Breadbox Media below.

Bio

Kaiser Johnson rediscovered the Faith while earning a BFA in acting from the University of Minnesota–Duluth. In Los Angeles, he’s performed sketch comedy and appeared in the television shows Vampire Diaries and Sleepy Hollow, and has had roles in films and online series. He’s a parishioner at Visitation Church in Westchester, California, runs the Hollywood Chesterton Society, and speaks on G.K. Chesterton and other Catholic topics. An elite obstacle racer, he competed in the premiere episode of NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, has placed in multiple races, qualified for the American and World OCR Championships, and trains other obstacle racers.


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On this episode of Off the Shelf Paul George and I dig into what is true happiness. In our consumeristic society many people seek happiness through material goods but come up empty every time. As Paul says in his book Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy, “I spent the first twenty years of my life seeking things that didn’t satisfy me – things that were counterfeit.” Listen in and learn how to fill that God shaped hole we all have.

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Bio

Paul George is a Catholic speaker, teacher, and author who cofounded Adore Ministries and served as its president for eight years. He has more than twenty years of ministry experience as a parish youth minister, diocesan director, campus minister, and full-time evangelist. George is a life coach and, through his organization Art of Living, serves as a consultant to churches, schools, organizations, and corporations throughout the world. George is the host of a national radio show and podcast, The Paul George Show. He is a speaker at Steubenville conferences and spoke at World Youth Day in both Rome and Australia.


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There is a niche in the Catholic publishing world that has steadily gained a foothold in the years since I began reviewing books. That niche is Catholic fiction. What makes good Catholic fiction? A great story and gentle nudges towards Church teachings without being heavy handed. Fiorella de Maria has perfected the method and this week we talk about Catholic fiction, why it matters, and how it has grown. We do this while taking a look at a number of her books including Poor Banished Children , Do No Harm , The Vanishing Woman: A Father Gabriel Mystery, and a second Father Gabriel mystery The Sleeping Witness .

Listen to Off the Shelf Episode 080 exclusively on Breadbox Media below.

Bio

Fiorella de Maria was born in Italy of Maltese parents. She grew up in Wiltshire, England, and attended Cambridge, where she received a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Renaissance Literature, specializing in the English verse of Robert Southwell, S.J. She lives in Surrey with her husband and four children. A winner of the National Book Prize of Malta, she has published several novels with Ignatius Press.


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