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Joseph Pearce and Beauteous Truth

I first heard of Joseph Pearce in 2011 when I came across a copy of Literary Converts in a Catholic bookstore. I was captivated by his study of the spiritual lives of some converts to the Catholic faith who were also among the great names in the English literary world. I met him for the first time in January of this [...]

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Angels, Our Friends Indeed

Need a friend? Never forget that God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son. And he so loved his children, that he gave us each an angel. I recall scooting to one side in my desk during second grade at St. Albert the Great school to make room for my angel to sit next to [...]

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Deliver Us From Evil Opens Today

Deliver Us From Evil opens today (7/2/14) and will “deliver” an R-rated supernatural thriller that combines a perfect blend of faith, redemption and the sheer horror of evil.  It is the real -life horror and conversion story of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (played brilliantly by Eric Bana). Sarchie is a fallen-away Catholic with a young believing family who [...]

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Through, With & In Him: A New Book on the Prayer Life of Jesus

Although I don’t do it as often as I would like, occasionally I get to interview my fellow Catholic authors and talk about some of the excellent books being produced today. I have known one such author named Shane Kapler for a few years and was thrilled when he asked me to write about his excellent new book, Through, With, [...]

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The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer — A Review by Mary Hartwell

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Why do most people find it hard to pray – really pray? Prayer is our spiritual highway to God and we cannot arrive at that [...]

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Need a Gift for Fathers Day? Randy Hain on The Journey to Heaven

Over the years since I’ve been reading and reviewing books, I’ve been blessed to interact with a number of awesome Catholic authors. Randy Hain is one such person. He’s written a pile of books and he’s one of the dynamic duo behind Integrated Catholic Life. Randy’s latest book, Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men, is in a word, [...]

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The Beggar’s Banquet — A Review by Mary Hartwell

The Beggar’s Banquet: A Personal Retreat on Christ, His Mother, the Spiritual Life, and the Saints by Regis Martin Emmaus Road Publishing (January 17, 2014) ISBN-10: 1940329140 ISBN-13: 978-1940329147 Have you ever thought of yourself as a beggar? Being a beggar conjures up unpleasant visions associated with lack of material possessions and lack of hope. This is far from the vision [...]

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Journey to Heaven — Do you have your map?

Do you know where you are going and how you will get there? There is an exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, that is very evocative of one or more of life’s greatest philosophical questions. “‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the [...]

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What Should We Make of the Movie, “Heaven is for Real”?

When a four-year-old boy almost dies and later reports having visited heaven, it’s easy to brush it off as a child’s feverish imaginings. But when he knows things that no one ever told him and reports that he learned about it in heaven, it is hard to brush off.  In the movie, Heaven is for Real, from the 2010, #1 [...]

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Ellen Gable on Integrating Faith and Fiction

When it comes down to it, I’m a fiction reader. Oh yes, I read plenty of nonfiction in any given year, but, for me, fiction is the payoff, the reward, the icing on the cake of my favorite hobby. Over the last few years, since I’ve been an “official” writer of sorts, I’ve gotten to know some writers, and some of [...]