Book Review: Extreme Makeover (Teresa Tomeo)

If knowledge is, as they say, power, then you will find great empowerment in Teresa Tomeo’s latest book Extreme Makeover (Ignatius Press, October 2011). Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ Not Conformed to the Culture offers an excellent combination of facts, statistics, and personal testimonies to make this the sort of book that any reader will find valuable. Relying on […]

The Collection Basket

What you put in the collection basket says a lot about you and where you are at in your journey. Some of us put in our 10% tithing without a second thought. Some of us put in the few “extra” dollars we may have. Some of us struggle with the need to “give” to the already “rich” church and so […]

Lot’s Wife Syndrome

When I get invited to speak at women’s events, by far the most popular topic is my “Embracing the Matriarch Within” presentation. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that the topic literally animates me while I speak. In fact, if someone were to tie my hands together and mark an “X” where I was expected to […]

Book Review – The Invisible World

How many unfinished books do you have lying around the house? One, two, maybe even half a dozen? I used to think it was just me, but then someone mentioned her stack of unfinished books and I realized that there were more people “out there” that suffered through the same dreadful, almost embarrassing, book-reading experience—or should I say non-book-reading experience. […]

Refreshing New Voice in Catholic Publishing: An Interview with Matt Swaim

Matt Swaim is one of my favorite authors. For me this is an easily quantifiable statement. It is important that when I pick up a book I learn something new, am given a new insight or dimension on something that I already know or in some way am edified. Swaim delivers on all counts. Matt’s first book, The Eucharist and […]

Putting on the Armor of God

When I was a young adult there was a wildly popular book about dressing for career success.  It spawned many copycat books, all proclaiming the benefits of proper attire for everything from boardrooms to schoolrooms.  The premise was that your clothes were the first impression others had of you, and consequently had a great impact on your successes or failures […]

Rosary Related “Must-Owns” for Every Catholic

Let’s face it; Catholics love Mary and the Rosary. Trying to sift through all the Marian devotions and offerings is testament to that fact. Some Catholics are accused of “worshipping” her and relying on rote, impersonal prayers while holding beads; but those of us in the know understand that our love for her and for saying the Rosary has nothing […]

A Personal Relationship with Jesus

As the New Year unfolds there are countless thoughts that fill our hearts and minds. We think of our health, our work, our family, our friends. We examine our relationships and take in the past and the future in one deep, exhilarating breath. Most of us use this time to get our bearings: where we’ve been, where we’re headed. Maybe […]