books

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 […]

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 […]

Lisa Hendey on The Grace of Yes

Though I’ve conducted a fair share of interviews, I can’t hold a candle to the person I’m interviewing today, who, by her own admission, is more comfortable asking the questions than answering them. It’s an honor to have the chance to interview Lisa Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of the brand-new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues to Generous […]

New Prayer Books Worth Checking Out

I have a bit of a “thing” for prayer books, it’s true. For one thing, they make great gifts. For another, they help if you’re stuck in a corner with your prayer life (which, ahem, I may or may not be quite often). These new books are perfect for teens…and for the rest of us too! Prayers for Young Catholics […]

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 […]

Marcellino D’Ambrosio and the Importance of the Church Fathers

Recently, I had the chance to read an advance copy of a book I sort of dreaded, though I love the author. When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers (Servant, 2014) has all the elements that usually inspire me to become a runner or a napper: history, theological things I find confusing or troubling, and history. Yes, there’s […]

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, […]

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. […]

“The Giver” and the Fading Memory of Christianity

Scene from the Move "The Giver"

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 […]

Angels, Our Friends Indeed

Need a friend? Never forget that God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son. And he so loved his children, that he gave us each an angel. I recall scooting to one side in my desk during second grade at St. Albert the Great school to make room for my angel to sit next to […]