Bill Schmitt & I “Love Thee Notre Dame”

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This weekend, I get to take a trip with my college sweetheart (and hubby) back to the place where we fell in love. The excuse for our excursion may be the tickets we’re holding to see Notre Dame defeat Stanford (we hope!) on the gridiron, but while we’re on campus we’ll revisit many places that [Read More...]

#CatholicAmerica: Father Junipero Serra (and me!)

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I’m extraordinarily blessed to receive many awesome books for review. One particularly fantastic one arrived recently: The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States. After only a few weeks with this book, I know it’s not going to be one of those “read it and [Read More...]

FREE Wisdom from the Saints & Brandon Vogt

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You’ve probably heard me say before that I’m a huge Brandon Vogt fan. Which is why I jumped at the chance to get a free copy of his new book  The Saints’ Favorite Books: Read What They Read, Become Who They Are. The book is perfectly formatted for you to not only enjoy, but also use [Read More...]

Get the Life of John Chrysostom for free!

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From Verbum Catholic Bible Study: The Life of John Chrysostom details the “golden-mouthed” orator’s influence on Asia Minor. It offers a look into his role as preacher and bishop, his interactions with different sects and notable persons during his life, and an exacting account of his three-year exile. Find out how here [Read more...]

Congratulations to the Excellence in Publishing Winners, Including Patheos’ @TheAnchoress

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I smiled from ear to ear when I read the following press release (reprinted from the ACP Website) which contains recently announced winners of this years “Excellence in Publishing Awards” from the Association of Catholic Publishers. The list contains so many writers that I would consider “friends” that I found myself cheering multiple times as [Read More...]

Jen Fulwiler’s Book Trailer for “Something Other Than God” Simply Rocks

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Maybe I shouldn’t say it, because I have a tiny little five second role in this masterpiece, but I’ve fallen in love with this fantastic book trailer for my friend Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book Something Other Than God: And if you think the trailer’s awesome, then you simply must get your hands on the book [Read More...]

A Sneak Peek at My New Book “The Grace of Yes”

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While the November 3 release date feels extremely distant, I’ve received permission from my awesome publisher Ave Maria Press to give you a “sneak peek” at the cover and descriptive copy for my new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. So without any further ado, I present to you the new [Read More...]

Catholicism: Can an “Ineffable Mystery” Be Understood?

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Upon the launch of the paperback version of the amazing work Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Fr. Robert Barron, I was invited by the book’s publisher to take part in an interesting blog tour. Each of the tour’s ten participants would write a reflection upon one chapter of this magnificent [Read More...]

Change Our Hearts: Little Book Making a Big Lenten Difference

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Don’t let it’s tiny size fool you. This is an actual picture of my phone along side one of my favorite new Lent books for 2014, Change Our Hearts: Daily Meditations for Lent by Rory Cooney. Granted, at 5.7 inches, my Note 3 is a monster. But this little Lenten devotional is still the perfect size [Read More...]

Mercy, Rwanda, & “To Do” Lists — My Conversation with Kerry Weber

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You might recognize the adorable face on the young lady in this picture if you paid attention to any of my photos from last Fall’s trip to Rwanda. Kerry Weber, author of the fantastic new book Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your [Read More...]


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