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Are You Thirsting for Prayer?

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Phil 4:6) For many of us prayer doesn’t come easily. Spontaneous prayer in time of trouble or crisis often takes the form of singular pleading, “God help me.” This direct cry to Him indicates our thirst for Him. It is […]


A Novel about Same Sex Attraction from a Catholic? – Interview with Dena Hunt

In The Lion’s Heart (2nd ed, Full Quiver Publishing, 2014), Dena Hunt tackles a topic that’s hot and that gets people talking in loud tones at times: same sex attraction. She does it in a way that’s not preachy, that’s good writing, and that’s gut-wrenchingly honest. While I loved the book, I didn’t necessarily love reading it. This is a […]


My Number One Parenting Tip

A friend of mine came to visit last week with her small army of young children. We chatted while I slathered peanut butter and jelly on slices of wheat bread and threw them at the masses. Every five minutes, we filled requests for cups of water and changed diapers and broke up scuffles over broken toys. In between the commotion […]


Chime Travelers: Meet the Saints and Travel Vicariously

Finding out that founder and writer extraordinaire Lisa Hendey was releasing the first two books in her new middle grade series was like getting a Christmas present that’s lasted for a few months. I had my first look at them a few months ago, when Hendey and her editor asked me to endorse them. I had my latest look […]


One of My New Favorite Podcasts: Good Things Radio

When I heard that Jennifer Willits, from The Catholics Next Door and New Evangelizers, was starting a podcast on her own, I was waiting online to download it. After I listened to the first episode, I checked to see if there was another episode yet. And that’s how it’s been for the last few months since Jennifer and Brooke started Good […]


From One Blessed Father to Another: Randy Hain on Special Children, Blessed Fathers

Randy Hain writes books at a pace that most of us try to read them. (I’m convinced he doesn’t sleep. He assures me he does. I have thus concluded that I need HIS coffee…) Randy sent me an advance copy of his newly released book, Special Children,  Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, […]

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Chastity as…Exciting? Dawn Eden Says Yes…

Confession: I wasn’t keen on reading Dawn Eden’s new edition of The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition), but an editor asked me to interview her, and I determined that yeah, I should probably read the book to prepare myself. I was NOT prepared for (a) excellent writing that (b) applied to me and that was (c) page-turningly compelling. There’s a reason […]


When God is Silent — Finding spiritual peace amid the storms of life

  There are few among us who haven’t gone through suffering—mental, spiritual or emotional and wondered where God was in the turmoil. In his book, When God is Silent (Sophia Institute Press), Archbishop Martinez introduces us to the idea that Jesus is not gone—he is sleeping. Martinez expands the idea using the example of Christ asleep in the boat on Lake Tiberias. […]


Three Good Catholic Reads

During the last week of January, when the grey had permanently settled in the sky and all I could see out my windows was a world painted the colors of a penitentiary, I received a late Christmas package: a box of review copy books. When I tore into the brown UPS package, my heart leapt with joy because although it […]


Death Dons a Mask: A Murder Mystery Worth the Fun

Though this is the third book in a series, I didn’t realize it when I picked it up and it stands alone just fine. As it turns out, I read the second book, Death of a Liturgist, a few years ago and loved it. I really enjoyed this one, too, and did not have it all figured out despite my best […]