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How Hope & Faith Got Two Young Women Through 10 Years of Captivity and Sexual Abuse


Considering that Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped, held hostage, abused, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro for 10 years, it might seem odd that they named the memoir about their experiences “Hope.” But that is the word that perfectly describes these two young women who endured more darkness [Read More...]

Fairy Tales, Deeper Truths, & Illustrating God’s Love for Children (and the Young at Heart)


(All photos and artwork property of Katy Betz Studio.) Like a lot of kids, Katy Betz grew up admiring the illustrations she saw in popular books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Berenstain Bears,” but it wasn’t until a trip to Europe as an 18-year-old college student that she realized she wanted to [Read More...]

How an Angry Letter to a Priest Led to a Life-Changing Friendship and Job


Can an angry letter to a priest result in a friendship that also has a positive impact on the world at large? Yes, it can, and it’s part of our history here at The Christophers that I just learned about. This year marks the 70th anniversary of our founding by Maryknoll priest Father James Keller [Read More...]

The 2015 Christopher Awards: Pictures Galore of a Hootin’ and Heartfelt Good Time

Awards screen

(Photos courtesy Paul Schneck) Every year I look forward to the Christopher Awards because I don’t know of any other event like it. We bring together people from publishing, film, television, and philanthropy for a fun time in one room to celebrate everybody’s good work. And what’s more, since we honor projects that have a [Read More...]