book review

A Lenten Book to Transform Your Year

I’ll admit it: I was DREADING reading Marcellino D’Ambrosio’s new book, 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent (Servant Books). It didn’t help that it arrived and demanded my attention on the cusp of fall, when I DID NOT want to think about LENT. (Granted: I NEVER really want to think about Lent. I am NOT one of those “I love Lent” people.) However, this […]

Being an Extraordinary Catholic is No Easy Task

Being an extraordinary Catholic is no easy task, but Randy Hain’s new book Joyful Witness – How To Be An Extraordinary Catholic gives examples and insights of just those Catholics – those joyful witnesses. These are people who, as Randy writes, have become “better versions of themselves.” Not everyone he writes about planned on being so extraordinary – it was […]

Joyful Witness — Everyday Heroes and More

I am 99% sure I’ve read all of Randy Hain’s books. And I’ve enjoyed them all. But his latest, Joyful Witness: How to Be an Extraordinary Catholic (Servant Books, 2014), is something different than the rest, and I can’t help but call it his best writing. Though it’s unmistakably Hain’s voice, it’s also something more, like he let go and […]

We Teach Our Children That God Loves Them

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

As responsible and caring parents, we teach our children that God loves them. We also teach them to pray and to go to God with their needs. But how do we explain those times when God lets them suffer and their prayers are not answered the way they had hoped? It makes the most sense to look to Jesus for […]

Ishmael: The Shepherd Boy of Bethlehem

Ishmael is a newly released, beautifully illustrated, hard cover children’s book which tells an interesting Christmas story about a teen aged shepherd boy who encounters the Christ Child. Senior Editor, Vivian Dudro took time from her busy schedule to discuss the book and its potential impact on children today. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle: Ishmael is a new children’s book with gorgeous […]

You Owe It to Yourself to Read The American Catholic Almanac

I was cruising through my new favorite book, The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States, when I came upon the April 7 entry, entitled “The Duke.” It began, “When asked about his religion, John Wayne usually gave one of two responses. Either he claimed to be a ‘presbygod____nterian’ or a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]