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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 […]

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, […]

Fr. Longenecker Encourages Spending Lent with…the Devil?

Yes, it’s true. A well-known, highly published, and hugely popular Catholic priest is encouraging all of us to spend Lent with the devil. And I can tell you, having had a taste of the journey, that it’s one that will be well-worth the effort. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, whose wisdom graces these webpages at Integrated Catholic Life, has released a new book that […]

Roger Thomas and His New Novel, The Accidental Marriage

The Accidental Marriage: A Novel (Ignatius Press), by Roger Thomas, is a take on the issue of love that not only got my attention, but that also kept me smiling. Scott and Megan are friends, each in separate same-sex relationships. Megan and her lover decide to have a baby, and it’s natural to Megan that Scott be the donor. As […]

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, […]

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 […]

Dr. Pitre’s “Jesus The Bridegroom” — An Interview and Excerpt

The premise behind scripture professor and popular speaker Dr. Brant Pitre’s new book is one that turned my head. It delves into something that’s confusing when you stop to think about it. Jesus, a bridegroom. OK, yeah, but isn’t that a metaphor? Turns out, not so much. From the Publisher: “In ‘Jesus the Bridegroom’, Brant Pitre once again taps into […]

Faith and the Writing Life with 10 Minute Writer Katharine Grubb

One of the best parts of being an avid reader and a writer is the people I get to connect with. Katharine Grubb and I first “met” via Twitter, where she’s @10MinuteWriter. Her blog, appropriately named “10 Minute Writer,” is full of longer-form insights and wisdom. I’ve actually hugged Katharine in person: she’s stayed at my house and shared food […]

A Chat with the Author of Atchison Blue

Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith was a complete surprise to me. A whap-to-the-side-of-the-head walloping shocker. Why? I’m not completely sure, but the surprise was delightful and refreshing. It’s good writing, for one thing, and it’s also honest in a way that I appreciated. So much of Valente’s story and struggles resonated with me. […]

Small Steps as the Foundation for an Integrated Catholic Life: An Interview with Elizabeth Foss

I remember eight years ago, when my oldest daughter was still a surprise human being in my home, alarming me and delighting me in equal measure. Nothing, nothing, prepared me for motherhood. As I explored the blogosphere and tapped into the wisdom of other Catholic moms, I found myself drawn to two women, women who, while they were “big names” online, […]