Category: On Books

Heaven and Hell
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Heaven and Hell

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Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans’ minds a lot lately. Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is currently number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for nonfiction. It details a four-year-old’s near-death experience as told to his pastor father. […]

Interview with DeVon Franklin: Hollywood Executive, Christian Preacher and Author
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Interview with DeVon Franklin: Hollywood Executive, Christian Preacher and Author

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The modern secular world puts pressure on us to leave our faith at the office door lest we offend someone or appear to be forcing our beliefs on others.  Yet we should seriously consider that our work is a vocation, a calling from God to serve others regardless of what career field we have chosen.  […]

We Make the Future, Not the Other Way Around
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We Make the Future, Not the Other Way Around

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“How bad are expert predictions? Almost predictably bad.  In 2005, Philip Tetlock, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, published the results of a magisterial 20-year analysis of 27,450 judgments about the future from 284 experts.  He discovered that the experts, in aggregate, did little better, and sometimes considerably worse, than ‘a dart-throwing […]

<em>Exposed</em>
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Exposed

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No means No. Duh! you might be thinking. What else could it mean?  Well, for some men “no” translates to mean, “yes”. And for law enforcement officials, “no” could mean a charge of rape.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. This all begins with Shannon Deitz’s book, Exposed: Inexcusable Me, Irreplaceable Him. It is a […]

<em>Prayer in the Digital Age</em> -- An Interview with Matt Swaim
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Prayer in the Digital Age — An Interview with Matt Swaim

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Matt Swaim is one of my favorite authors. For me this is an easily quantifiable statement. It is important that when I pick up a book I learn something new, am given a new insight or dimension on something that I already know or in some way am edified. Swaim delivers on all counts. Matt’s […]

Book Review: Linking Your Beads--The Rosary's History, Mysteries, & Prayer
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Book Review: Linking Your Beads–The Rosary’s History, Mysteries, & Prayer

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I am thrilled to present a review on Linking Your Beads, The Rosary’s History, Mysteries, and Prayers, by Patricia Ann Kasten. Sometimes I pick a book to review because I want to learn about the subject, other times I chose a more recreational topic since I read and write mostly serious stuff. This time I […]

Book Review: <em>Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion</em>
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Book Review: Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion

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Professor Rebecca Vitz Cherico has edited eleven stories of former atheists who received the gift of faith and converted to the Catholic Church.  These men and women tell their faith stories about how they came to believe in Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.  Some of these people started out as nominal Christians, but over […]

What’s Up with Suffering?
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What’s Up with Suffering?

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Dear God, I don’t get it! is the name of my children’s book and it’s also the message I’ve heard through the years when bad things happen to good people.  Whenever the weight of the cross presses upon us, we tend to feel somewhat betrayed.  Why me Lord?  I don’t get it!  I pray and […]

Why The Sign of Peace is Important
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Why The Sign of Peace is Important

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Have you ever attended Mass angry at a member of your immediate family? And then you have to offer them peace! Thankfully, the sign of peace comes toward the end of the liturgy and I have usually calmed down somewhat by that point. Still, extending a greeting and saying those words “Peace be with you” […]

Book Review <em>Consoling the Heart of Jesus</em>
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Book Review Consoling the Heart of Jesus

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The first time I saw the book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus — A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, I thought, “How could I, a mere mortal console the heart of God?”  I wasn’t sure how anyone could console our Lord and Savior’s heart at the cross. It didn’t make sense to me, so I deemed the book unbelievable; that was […]

Poetry and the Lost Sacramental Sense
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Poetry and the Lost Sacramental Sense

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Some years ago the critic George Steiner published a provocative book called Real Presences . As far as I know, Steiner wasn’t a believer, but his book was a respectful look at something he considered a serious problem: the loss of the sacramental sense in Western culture. It can be read as a kind of […]

Book Review: <em>The Little Way of Lent</em>
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Book Review: The Little Way of Lent

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The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux is a very good tool to use in one’s Lenten journey. It is written by Fr. Gary Caster, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. He is a contributor to the popular Magnificat magazine and to the EWTN TV network and […]

Book Review: <i>When Mommy Loses Her Hair</i>
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Book Review: When Mommy Loses Her Hair

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I had a good laugh with my sister today. This last year has been a tough one for my family. My father Angelo, who was never supposed to die, died in June — of cancer. My youngest sister still pretends he is alive. I know that most people would suggest that she see a therapist […]

My Favorite Big Book – The Perfect Lenten/Easter Read for your Child
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My Favorite Big Book – The Perfect Lenten/Easter Read for your Child

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I’ve looked high and low for years for the Catholic equivalent of the Bible story books I had as a child.  It’s not that I don’t like the ones I had as a child; it’s that I want to share the delight of Tobit, the wonder of Sirach, and the adventure of Maccabees with my […]

Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI Jesus before Pilate Jesus’ interrogation before the Sanhedrin had concluded in the way Caiaphas had expected: Jesus was found guilty of blasphemy, for which the penalty was death.  But since only […]

Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph RatzingerPope Benedict XVI The mystery of the betrayer he account of the washing of the feet presents us with two different human responses to this gift, exemplified by Judas and Peter.  Immediately after the exhortation […]

Catholics and Their Rosaries!
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Catholics and Their Rosaries!

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Let’s face it; Catholics love Mary and the Rosary. Trying to sift through all the Marian devotions and offerings is testament to that fact. Some Catholics are accused of “worshipping” her and relying on rote, impersonal prayers while holding beads; but those of us in the know understand that our love for her and for […]

Book Review: <i>Breakfast with the Pope</i>
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Book Review: Breakfast with the Pope

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If you are tired of sugar coated Catholic prose, and want a more raw account of a person who tries to lead a Catholic life, drop what you are doing and buy Breakfast with the Pope.  Click the link and insta-order.  Seriously.  Susan Vigilante chronicles her struggle with infertility, her quest to become a writer, […]

Book Review: <em>A Guide to Christian Meditation</em>
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Book Review: A Guide to Christian Meditation

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Prayer is important, so critical to the believer’s daily regimen that there are books out there to guide him/her through the process if need be. Meditation is one of the most misinterpreted and under utilized form of prayer. Probably due to the busyness of daily life, it would bring such peace in the same amount […]

<em>Burst</em> by Kevin Wells -- A Beautifully Written Catholic Memoir
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Burst by Kevin Wells — A Beautifully Written Catholic Memoir

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Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart  is the Catholic memoir to read when you want a well-written, inspirational story that won’t take weeks to complete.  It’s a small book with a big message and one-of-a-kind stories I met Kevin Wells through our editor.  We both went through the same publishing house, Servant […]

A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist
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A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist

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The priest upon whose experience the book and movie The Rite are based, Father Gary Thomas  gives an extended interview to Leticia Velasquez, about the writing and purpose of the book, the realism of the movie, and his experiences with the Rite of Exorcism: Velasquez: I’d like to ask my first few questions about the […]

Review of the Children's Book <i>Joseph's Hands</i>
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Review of the Children’s Book Joseph’s Hands

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God makes every one of us unique, giving us each special gifts and talents. In the newly released book Joseph’s Hands (Bezalel Books, April 2007, paperback, 36 pages), author Kety Sabatini shares a compelling tale which aptly illustrates God’s love and creativity. Beautifully illustrated by Marie Sabatini, Joseph’s Hands is the story of six year […]

Book Review: <i>The Rite</i>
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Book Review: The Rite

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While exorcists admit that their ministry can sometimes be a heavy burden, it would be a mistake, they say to overstate the power of the Devil. As Father Amorth writes, “A priest who is afraid of the Devil is like a shepherd who is afraid of a wolf. It is a groundless fear.” The Devil,” […]

Book Review: <i>Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage</i>, By Cheryl Dickow
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Book Review: Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, By Cheryl Dickow

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Beth Gantry, Liz, Elizabeth…the main character of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage (Bezalel Books, 2007) is many things to many people. What seems unclear in the opening pages of this debut novel from established non-fiction author Cheryl Dickow is how Elizabeth will be able to reconcile her roles as wife, mother and teacher with the […]

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