The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid

This book not only left me feeling motivated and heartened, it also gave me a lot of ideas. I could actually, in parts, hear Willits’s voice, and I’m sure other fans of his work over the years will find the same. Not only is this a practical handbook, it’s an inspirational examination of what those [Read More…]

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Events for Catholic Book Lovers: The CMN and CWG Conferences, Aug. 7-9, Somerset, NJ

Head’s up for those on the eastern seaboard who like to read good Catholic books: Registration is winding down for the joint conference between the Catholic Writers Guild and the CMN, which is the trade show for Catholic bookstores.  You can read more about it and get links to registration at this post on the [Read More…]

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Do No Harm

If you have not heard of Fiorella de Maria before, let me introduce you to her: she’s an up-and-coming author who has my attention. Her last book, Poor Banished Children, was one I loved last summer. This summer, she has just released Do No Harm, about a British doctor who finds himself facing assault and battery charges [Read More…]

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Bookmark goes undercover as a maid, while Popcorn is outside drinking tea from a crumpled paper cup.

Scott and Julie enjoy their new Punjabi nicknames almost as much as they enjoyed The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. Get it at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more…]

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How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice by Austen Ivereigh

How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot-Button Issues by Austen Ivereigh My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book that every Catholic should read. The reason I say that becomes abundantly apparent in the subhead: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot-Button Issues. We know how it feels, [Read More…]

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Body + Soul = A Theology of Discipleship

I was minding my own business, researching an article on Catholic Sex Ed, and next thing I knew, I was re-learning Evangelization 101.  You know, the part where they drill into your head the ol’ maxim about “First Do No Harm”?  Or, as we say in apologetics circles, “Try Not To Be Such a Jerk”? [Read More…]

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How Far Can We Go by Brett Salkeld and Leah Perrault

I tend to be rules-based thinker.  I am an accountant by training, the kind of person who can read an IRS form and say, “Oh, this makes perfect sense!”  So when I think about chastity, simple, practical rules appeal to me.  Don’t hold hands unless ___­­____. No kiss until _________. Follow the method and it’ll [Read More…]

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Gospel Time Trekkers

We have officially reached the point where my eight-year-old is impressed with the review materials I get in my post office box, and I have Pauline Books & Media to thank. Their new Gospel Time Trekkers series has caught her attention (and mine too, though I’ll have to wait to read them until she’s done). [Read More…]

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The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

It’s so easy to think that there’s not time for prayer. There’s so! much! else! to do…whether laundry or bills or writing or a thousand other projects. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices for prayer. Should I pray a rosary? Or maybe I should spend time with Scripture? Oh, wait, what about [Read More…]

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Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life

Randy Hain is an award-winning author, yes, but he is first and foremost a devoted family man. You’ll read that on the back cover of his books, including his latest, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life (Liguori, 2013). I know it’s true, though, because over the years, Randy has become someone I’ve emailed, [Read More…]

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