From History and Oppression to Body Image Issues: Author Melissa Kuch on the Themes in Her Novel

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Being a huge history buff helped author Melissa Kuch ground her debut young adult fantasy novel in reality.  “The Hypothesis of Giants: Book One – The Assumption” (which I reviewed here a few months ago) doesn’t just include the angst, adventure and romance teen novels are known for; it also provides a look at the [Read More...]

Love Turns Despair Into Hope: The LaHood Family’s Ministry to Disabled Children

When Dan LaHood was in second grade at St. John Baptist De La Salle grammar school in Chillum, Maryland, God was already planting seeds for his future. Dan’s teacher chose him to be the companion of a student named Danny Alexander, who had muscular dystrophy. Though Dan was supposed to be Danny’s helper, the opposite [Read More...]

A Young Woman Goes Bald for St. Baldrick’s

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While reading the latest issue of my St. John’s University Alumni magazine, one story jumped out at me. It was about 2010 graduate Joan Renee Cloutier shaving her head to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. The reason that struck me is because many young women spend time making [Read More...]

How Music, St. Ignatius and the “Sons of Santa” Led Ben Walther to Jesus

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The Sons of Santa. That’s the name 16-year-old Ben Walther and his friends chose for their cover band when they were in high school. In retrospect, the now-successful singer-songwriter and music minister admits, “We were awful, but we thought we were rock stars.” Regardless, God used their talents to draw them closer to Him. During [Read More...]


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