Category: On Books

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 […]

Mystery, Meditation, Media: An Interview with Matt Swaim
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Mystery, Meditation, Media: An Interview with Matt Swaim

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I recently had the good fortune to talk with Matt Swaim, producer of EWTN Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show, regarding his first book, The Eucharist and the Rosary: Mystery, Meditation, Power, Prayer (Ligouri Publications, 2010). Shane Kapler: Matt, I know that you entered the Church at Easter, 2005.  Tell us about your journey: Matt Swaim: […]

Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures
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Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures

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Women today receive mixed messages about what their roles in life should be — we’ve all heard about the “mommy wars,” debates over work vs. home issues, and other gender based issues that top many of today’s headlines. With her book Reclaiming Your Christian Self in a Secular World: A Woman’s Worth (Pleasant Word, October […]

Teaching Catholic Children about Islam
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Teaching Catholic Children about Islam

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Catholic Book Review: My Muslim Friend: A Young Catholic Learns about Islam by Donna Jean Kemmetmueller, FSP In today’s complex world, we have an ever growing need to learn about and understand other cultures and religions. Images of war and terrorism enter into our homes on a daily basis. Stereotypes abound, frequently leaving children fearful […]

<i>Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul</i>
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Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul

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Whether you are a gifted athlete, a weekend warrior, or one who simply enjoys reading the Sunday Sports section, you will enjoy Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul (St. Anthony Messenger Press, January 2004, paperback, 137 pages) by Dr. Susan Saint Sing. Saint Sing, a gifted athlete and inspirational coach, shares her own story […]

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