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Danielle Bean and Momnipotent

I remember the very first email I sent to Danielle Bean. She used to have this feature on her blog where she would pose a reader question to the masses and let everyone answer. I was never any help, but I valued what those people could offer me. I was 30 years old, had a rambunctious 18-month-old and a full-time job, [...]

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Three Catholic, non-fiction books to enhance your faith…

For The Men: Journey To Heaven: A Road Map For Catholic Men (Emmaus Road Publishing): Over the past two years I’ve known him, Randy Hain has been one the most encouraging supporters of my work. So when he asked me to review his new book, I was delighted to return at least one of the many favors I owe him. [...]

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Taking a Pilgrimage with Fr. James Martin’s New Book

When I first heard about Fr. James Martin’s new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, I’ll be honest: I wasn’t interested. It wasn’t until I became part of the posting team for the virtual book club at CatholicMom.com that I really committed to it. And the reason I jumped in on that was because of someone else’s passion to read this book as [...]

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Real Life Inspiration Continues with Dolphin Tale 2

Major box office hits are ripe for sequels, but no one expected another installment of Dolphin Tale. The story had centered on the real life rescue and recovery of the baby dolphin Winter who lost her tail. It became bigger than a mere animal adventure when the development of a prosthetic tail brought about the invention of Winter’s gel which [...]

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Behind the Scenes of the New Movie, Dolphin Tale 2

Dreams don’t come with sequels and neither do movies based on true stories, but never say never. The true rescue of the dolphin Winter was a dream come true for Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMN) in Florida when the story became a wildly successful movie. It turned around the financially strapped aquarium—from 78,000 visitors a year to 750,000—while touching the hearts [...]

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“The Giver” and the Fading Memory of Christianity

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver has garnered a very wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. The [...]

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The Identical

How many know that Elvis Presley had an identical twin Jesse who died shortly after childbirth? Can you imagine if he had lived? But how would two men with the same legendary talent fit into the music world where only one man could be the King of Pop? In the movie The Identical, we imagine. This fictional “what if” story has changed [...]

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When the Game Stands Tall

It’s not about winning or losing but about how you play the game. Those words are usually reserved for losing teams, but legendary football coach, Bob Ladouceur, who shattered the record for all American sports, taught his team to live them; win or lose. He took the Spartans of De La Salle High School in California from obscurity to winning [...]

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The Book of Tobit, Retold Delightfully

I love the book of Tobit and I read it many years ago, sitting in Adoration as a new Catholic. And I wondered why in the world you would cut such a brilliant adventure story from the Bible. I was therefore VERY excited when I heard about Ignatius Press’s release of Tobit’s Dog earlier this summer. It’s is a modern retelling of the [...]

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Flannery O’Connor and the Devil’s Territory

Shocking, grotesque, violent, and dark! Readers often use these adjectives after reading Flannery O’Connor’s stories. In her day, the horrified reactions from country folks in the small town of Milledgeville where she lived were fairly predictable. Even her own mother flinched from the gruesomeness of her fiction—and an aunt took to bed for a week after reading O’Connor’s first novel. [...]