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  1. Enter Assisi: An Invitation to Franciscan Spirituality
    Enter Assisi: An Invitation to Franciscan Spirituality
    Murray Bodo, Susan Saint Sing
    Franciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Enter Assisi and learn more about the Franciscan spirit with these reflections centered on the place where Sts. Francis and Clare lived. A popular pilgrimage destination, Assisi is brought to life in the words of Fr. Murray Bodo, a Franciscan priest who yearly travels to Assisi. As you experience the sights, smells, and sounds of Assisi through his sensitive prose, reflect upon your own spiritual journey.

  1. 24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity
    24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity
    Christine M. Fletcher
    Liturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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How do we reconnect our faith and our life and move beyond being hour-a-week Christians? In 24/7 Christian, Christine Fletcher brings the riches of the Second Vatican Council with its teachings on the universal call to holiness, the freedom of conscience, and the role of the laity in the world together with the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict to provide a practical guide to becoming a Christian 24/7. Fletcher shows the importance of Catholics’ faith in meeting the challenges facing people today, including climate change, global inequality, and family breakdown.

  1. What are We Doing on Earth for Christ's Sake
    What are We Doing on Earth for Christ's Sake
    Richard Leonard SJ
    Paulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Bestselling author Richard Leonard's third book in a series of questions, What Are We Doing On Earth for Christ's Sake?, invites Christians to revisit their faith in the midst of the contemporary world and its challenges. Rather than ignoring the world around us or creating one that is removed from reality, the book encourages the need for honest dialogue, stresses the importance of religious experience, but most importantly, urges the practice of genuine actions for Christ's sake.

  1. Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space In-Between
    Stumble: Virtue, Vice, and the Space In-Between
    Heather King, Brian Doyle
    Franciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Failure is the first step on the path of redemption. In Stumble, Heather King takes a gritty look at what we mean by ideas like "good" and "evil", helping you to find your own place between virtue and vice. With fascinating portraits of people from the streets of Los Angeles along with prominent figures like Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa, she inspires you to keep on trying, in spite of - or even because of - your missteps.

  1. Woman of Strength: Learning from the Proverbs 31 Woman
    Woman of Strength: Learning from the Proverbs 31 Woman
    Servant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Does the woman of Proverbs 31 have anything relevant to offer you other than unrealistic expectations and the pressure to achieve more than is humanly possible? In Woman of Strength a variety of well-known Catholic women authors weigh in with short reflections, showing you how you how to embrace biblical virtues in a way that fits your life - whether married, single, a career woman or a stay-at-home mom.

  1. Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way
    Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way
    Rose Pacatte
    Liturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Martin Sheen, best known for his role as a Catholic president in the prestigious television series The West Wing, returned to the practice of his Catholic faith at the age of forty after decades away. After years of battling alcohol addiction, a near-fatal heart attack, and a nervous breakdown, the stage, film, and television actor renewed his dedication to his family and activated his faith with energy, grace, and joy.

  1. The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis
    The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis
    Gary Wills
    Viking / 2015 / Hardcover
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Garry Wills, the prizewinning historian, argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good - good enough to make it perdure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious changes that have taken place (or are taking place) within the last century. None of them was effected by the pope all by himself.

  1. What Teens Want You to Know (Learning the Secret Language of Teens)
    What Teens Want You to Know (Learning the Secret Language of Teens)
    Roy Petitfils
    Franciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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From nearly two decades listening to young people tell him things they were not telling their parents and anyone else, Roy Petitfils learned that often what teens think and feel most deeply are not what most of society assumes about them. What Teens Want You to Know gives voice to ten things young people want adults to know but for a myriad of reasons won't tell us.

Petitfils discusses such issues as the adults role in a relationship with a teen, acceptance of teen behavior, teens desire to serve, and much more. If you are a parent, godparent, coach, teacher, mentor, neighbor, employer, pastor, or youth minister, you will want and need to read What Teens Want You to Know (But Won't Tell You).

  1. The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis
    The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio
    Franciscan Media / 2015 / Hardcover
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The Spirit of Saint Francis gives you a fast and easy way to get up to date on the pope's writings. Featuring quotes from Francis's homilies, Twitter account, letters, encyclicals, and other writings, each of the short reflections let you learn - or share - something new about your faith every day.

  1. Merton and Waugh: A Monk, A Crusty Old Man, and The Seven Storey Mountain
    Merton and Waugh: A Monk, A Crusty Old Man, and The Seven Storey Mountain
    Mary Frances Coady
    Paraclete Press / 2015 / Hardcover
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From 1948 to 1952 the lives of Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and British novelist, Evelyn Waugh, were closely intertwined. During these years, Waugh became enthusiastic about American Catholicism, in particular, monasticism as seen through the eyes of the author of The Seven Storey Mountain. In this close examination of their friendship, through their correspondence, we see Waugh’s coaching of a younger writer, and Waugh’s brief infatuation with America. Most of all, we witness Merton the writing student and spiritual master and Waugh the master of prose and conflicted penitent. And we see how the two men diverge as the Second Vatican Council takes hold of Catholicism and the solid spiritual ground beneath them gives way.

  1. Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional for the Rest of Us
    Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional for the Rest of Us
    Jana Riess
    Paraclete Press / 2014 / Hardcover
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In her memoir, Flunking Sainthood, Riess failed twelve different spiritual practices over the course of a year but discovered to her surprise that even the ones she failed most spectacularly taught her something important. In this beautiful daily devotional, readers who want to go deeper into the twelve spiritual practices will find 365 days of guidance, arranged according to monthly practices such as gratitude, generosity, prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and hospitality.

  1. At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell's Amen Corners, 1991-2012
    At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell's Amen Corners, 1991-2012
    Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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From 1991 to 2012, Nathan D. Mitchell was the author of the "Amen Corner" that appeared at the end of each issue of Worship. This volume assembles some of the most important of these columns around the themes of body, Word, Spirit, beauty, justice, and unity. In addition, Nathan's former students offer substantive commentary through essays that invite the reader to consider how the themes raised by Nathan might develop in the coming years.

  1. Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service
    Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to Service
    Kerry A. Robinson
    Liturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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In Imagining Abundance, Kerry Robinson offers an inspirational and practical guide to effective fundraising that is ideal for anyone invested in a faith community. Bishops, provincials, pastors, ministers, executive and development directors and trustees of faith-based organizations will benefit from this healthy approach to the activity of fundraising that situates successful development in the context of ministry and mission.

  1. The Liturgy of Life: Interpreting the Interrelationship between Sunday Eucharist and Practices of Everyday Worship
    The Liturgy of Life: Interpreting the Interrelationship between Sunday Eucharist and Practices of Everyday Worship
    Ricky Manalo Ph.D.
    Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Everyday worship practices - from praying the rosary to recognizing the beauty of God's creation; from being moved by the power of music to praying Vespers on an iPad - not only take place at different locations and during different days of the week but also dynamically interact with one another. The Liturgy of Life examines the interrelationship between the practice of Sunday Eucharist and the many nonofficial worship practices that mark the everyday lives of Christians who continually negotiate the boundaries of official teaching on liturgy.

  1. The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty
    The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty
    Jenessa Terraccino, Teresa Tomeo
    Servant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Using familiar princess stories as backdrops, Jessica Terraccino shows young women how to be a true princess in the kingdom of God. Offering lessons in strong, feminine character, The Princess Guide provides women with lasting values that make them beautiful inside and out so they can experience God's approval and stop seeking approval from the outside world. Foreword by Teresa Tomeo

  1. Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul
    Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your Soul
    Robert J. Wicks
    Franciscan Media / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Spiritual Resilience will restore your inner peace and enhance your relationships with small portions of daily wisdom and insight. Key insights have been broken up into brief daily reflections with questions that encourage you to apply the insights to your own situation.

  1. Inspired: The Powerful Presence of the Holy Spirit
    Inspired: The Powerful Presence of the Holy Spirit
    Father Gary Caster
    Servant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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In the book Inspired, Fr. Caster presents the Church's teaching on the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. The book helps you connect to the Spirit in your own life, showing you how to experience the life-changing effects of the Spirit's power.

  1. Now What Do I Do?: A Guide for the New (and Not-So-New) Catholic
    Now What Do I Do?: A Guide for the New (and Not-So-New) Catholic
    Patrick Madrid
    Servant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Now What? addresses the questions and fears of those embracing the Catholic faith for the first time, or for the first time in many years. Patrick Madrid explains the quirky little things Catholics do and demonstrates the meaning and value of Catholic identity. The information in this book offers a deeper way to experience your new life in Christ and helps you find a way to become more active in your local parish.

  1. Idiot's Guides: Catholicism
    Idiot's Guides: Catholicism
    Julie Young, Father Eric Augenstein
    ALPHA / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Catholicism has been a prominent Christian sect for more than 1,700 years, and is professed by more than 1.2 billion people worldwide. People outside the faith who seek to understand it sometimes have trouble comprehending its structure, values, traditions, and beliefs. Idiot's Guides: Catholicism holds the key to the mysteries of the Church.

  1. Make the Words Your Own: Praying Through the Psalter with St. Athanasius of Alexandria
    Make the Words Your Own: Praying Through the Psalter with St. Athanasius of Alexandria
    Benjamin Wayman
    Paraclete Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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The book of Psalms is where Christians have turned for 2,000 years for words to express their sadness, anger, despair, love, fury, doubt, and praise. And there is no better guide to understanding the Psalms than Saint Athanasius, one of the "Fathers" of the early church. Author Ben Wayman introduces you to these raw, gut-wrenching, honest prayers with the help of Athanasius. This may just be the help you need to make these words your own.

  1. A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary
    A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary
    Brian Doyle
    Sorin Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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In A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary, acclaimed essayist and novelist Brian Doyle presents one hundred new prayers that evoke his deep Catholic belief in the mystery and miracle of the ordinary (and the whimsical) in human life. Not the beautiful, formal, orthodox prayers of the Catholic tradition, Doyle's prayers include eye-opening hymns to shoes and faith and family.

  1. 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent
    40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent
    Marcellino D'Ambrosio
    Servant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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In 40 Days, 40 Ways, author Marcellino D'Ambrosio encourages readers to take a fresh look at the Lenten season and try something more than just "giving something up." Try out one of these 40 new ideas designed to strengthen your spiritual life as you prepare for the celebration of Easter. Each idea includes a short reflection to help you incorporate the idea into your daily living.

  1. Illuminating Unity: Four Perspectives on Dei Verbum's One Table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ
    Illuminating Unity: Four Perspectives on Dei Verbum's One Table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ
    Rhodora E. Beaton
    Michael Glazier / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Fifty years ago, Dei Verbum called Catholics to reflect on the inherent unity of the "one table of the word of God and the body of Christ." Drawing from a variety of ancient and modern insights, the author proposes a fresh view of word and sacrament as interrelated facets of God's one enduring revelation. Like a table with four sides, the unity of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist can be seen from the viewpoints of prophecy, pneumatology, language, and sacramentality.

  1. Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin
    Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin
    Arleen Spenceley
    Ave Maria Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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In 2012, journalist Arleen Spenceley outed herself as a twenty-six-year-old virgin in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed that went viral. In Chastity Is for Lovers, Spenceley expands on that piece, advocating Catholic teaching on sex and marriage with candor and humor, and without judgment.

  1. Sing of Mary: Giving Voice to Marian Theology and Devotion
    Sing of Mary: Giving Voice to Marian Theology and Devotion
    Stephanie Budwey
    Michael Glazier / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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This study analyzes Marian congregational song in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States from 1854 to 2010, focusing not only on the texts and music, but also on the contexts out of which these songs came. Marian devotion before 1854 is explored as well as pertinent developments in the Roman Catholic Church - particularly Vatican II - and other cultural developments. Through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of these songs, this work develops a broader understanding of how Marian congregational song developed, persisted, and changed as a mediator of Marian devotion.

  1. Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements
    Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements
    Massimo Faggioli
    Michael Glazier / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Opus Dei, Focolare, Community of Sant'Egidio, Neocatechumenals, Legionaries of Christ, Communion and Liberation. These are but a few of the most recognizable names in the broader context of the so-called ecclesial movements. Their history goes back to the period following the First Vatican Council, crosses Vatican II, and develops throughout the twentieth century. It is a history that predates and prepares the movements' rise in the last three decades, from John Paul II to Benedict XVI. To learn more about this new face of Catholicism means to grasp the intersection of church, politics, and society as well as the potential development of Catholic evangelicalism in the church of the "New Evangelization."

  1. Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families
    Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families
    Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
    Ave Maria Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Designed by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle for families with young children, Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II offers a variety of prayers and practices for each day of Lent. This family guide to prayer and Lenten devotion is the perfect way to deepen a family's observance of Lent while also learning about St. John Paul II, beloved pope for more than thirty-five years (1978 -2005) and one of the Church's newest saints.

  1. Stations of the Cross
    Stations of the Cross
    Timothy Radcliffe, Martin Erspamer
    Liturgical Press / 2014 / Hardcover
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During Lent we are surrounded by visual reminders of Jesus' last hours. In Stations of the Cross, renowned author and spiritual master Timothy Radcliffe, OP, offers readers a thoughtful meditation on this powerful devotion. Through word and image Radcliffe offers a profound experience of reflecting on the Stations of the Cross that is both visually and spiritually inspiring. With each reflection, he draws from stunning art commissioned by award-winning liturgical artist Martin Erspamer, OSB.