When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and UnderstandingJeff Cavins, Scott HahnServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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In When You Suffer, Jeff Cavins helps you experience the presence of God in the midst of your own personal suffering. By explaining the biblical perspective of suffering, he shows how we can join Christ in his mission to redeem the world and receive comfort from Christ's suffering when in pain. Foreword by Scott Hahn.
Scapulars, candles, holy water, rosaries, relics, medals-these sacramentals are a profound grace to many, but still a mystery to some. In Amazing Graces, author Julie Dortch Cragon takes a look at the most popular sacramentals, explaining what a sacramental is, their history in the Church, the difference between a sacrament and a sacramental, and why sacramentals are still important channels of grace for you today. Using personal stories, Cragon shows you how sacramentals can increase your faith and provide tangible help and special blessings in times of difficulty.
Read about the fascinating live of celebrities from the Golden Age of Hollywood and how their lives were transformed by their Catholic faith. The book provides you with captivating information about big-screen stars and includes details from interviews with the families and friends of these Hollywood legends.
The election of Pope Francis represents not only a great historical event, but also a key moment for understanding the direction of the Catholic Church. In this illuminating work, Massimo Faggioli offers his unique insight into the pontificate of Pope Francis.
This is not a biography of Pope Francis, nor a complete chronicle of the early months of his pontificate. It is, rather, an attempt to capture some special moments and some key issues at the heart of the transition from Pope Benedict XVI to Francis, with the intuition that this unexpected transition and how it is carried out, and what it has given rise to reveals something which is not only a special Catholic event, but also a particular historical moment in a tradition in flux: a tradition that touches the contemporary world far beyond the borders of Rome and Roman Catholicism.
The Story That Chooses Us: Essays on the Missinal-Ecclesial JourneyGeorge R. HunsbergerWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2015 / Trade Paperback$17.99 Retail:
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Over the course of several decades, missiologist George Hunsberger has written numerous essays on crucial themes for the church's recovery of its missional identity and practice. The Story That Chooses Us brings these essays together for the first time.
The book as a whole presents a composite sense of the missional identity and faithful witness to which the church is called in contemporary Western society. Hunsberger engages with well-known missiologist Lesslie Newbigin throughout his work as he carefully discerns biblical and theological roots for a contemporary vision of missional theology. The recurring themes in Hunsberger's essays provide both theological mooring and practical guidance for churches following Christ on the missional path.
Ask the Bible Geek: Fascinating Answers to Intriguing Questions / RevisedMark HartServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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In Ask the Bible Geek, youth leader Mark Hart answers common questions about God, faith, and life, using solid, biblically based answers. As you learn how to think biblically about vexing issues, you'll be able to rise above the confusion in modern culture and gain a godly view of fast-changing issues. Revised Edition.
Would I Like Jesus?: A Casual Walk through the Life of JesusPeter FlemingPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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This book is not an exercise in either theology or historiography. It's more an exploration of simple affection and/or repulsion. The book seeks to find out, by looking at one account of Jesus - the Gospel of Matthew - whether we can like him. If Jesus is actually God, then our emotional reaction to him, as opposed to our intellectual response, becomes tremendously important: would we like God if we met him, heard him speak, and saw him in action? Would Jesus' teachings and his personality move me to affection for him, so much so that I would change the priorities of my life? Would I like what he has to say? Would I like him?
Let Yourself Be Loved: Transforming Fear into Hope, Revised EditionPhillip BennettPaulist Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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Let Yourself Be Loved is a book of hope for all who desire love but also fear it. In its pages, readers are likely to recognize feelings within themselves: the part that is longing to be loved; and also fears within themselves: fearing vulnerability, judgment, and loss of control the part that holds back.
In this updated volume, with an additional chapter and prayers, readers will discover a joyful and liberating invitation simply to be loved: to recognize the loving presence of God that is always there unconditionally, ready to embrace and enfold them - despite their fears and resistance.
More Than You Could Ever Imagine: On Our Becoming DivineBernie Owens S.J.Liturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$18.99 Retail:
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What we are destined for in Christ and in the communion of saints is beyond what most can even begin to imagine. With the help of St. Paul, St. John of the Cross, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and Teilhard de Chardin, Fr. Bernie Owens provides an engaging sketch of our spiritual journey. In More Than You Could Ever Imagine, Owens offers a glimpse of what we shall become, both individually and as a human race, transformed in Christ.
A Listening Community: A Commentary on the Prologue and Chapters 1-3 of Benedict's RuleAquinata Buckmann, Matilda Handl, Marianne BurkhardLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$19.49 Retail:
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This new book by Sister Aquinata Böckmann discusses the Prologue and chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the Rule of St. Benedict. In a lectio regulae she plumbs the depths of Benedict’s vision. Listen, the first word of the Prologue, is a keyword that describes the main stance of the individual monastic, the superior, and the entire community. Listening to the Scriptures and in them to Christ guides individuals and the community on how to "run on the way of God’s commandments" toward the goal of communal life in and with Christ.
In Created to Relate, author Kelly Wahlquist celebrates the innate, natural gift women have for relating with others and shows how those relationships can provide you with fulfilling opportunities to share your faith in a way that comes naturally to you. Each chapter contains a Scripture reading, reflection, discussion questions, and a practical application exercise.
The Trinity is Christianity's most basic description of who God actually is and who he needs to be in order to save us and is at the very heart of what Christians believe. The central idea of this book is that, contrary to popular assumption, the Trinity is a very simple doctrine. It consists of just three short, deeply scriptural convictions: i) There is only one God; ii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all God; and iii) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not the same. The Trinity: How Not to Be a Heretic explains how the earliest Christians came to be convinced by each statement, why they matter, and how slowly, over a period of several centuries it found a way of saying all three at once. Its sole purpose is to help Christians of all kinds better understand the Trinity so that they can then help others better understand it too.
Unlike many works on spirituality, this engaging and user-friendly book is specifically aimed at the busy lay person. It underlines the idea that spirituality is not exotic, something for the few, but that it is in ordinary things and daily life that we can find intimacy with God.
Each chapter offers simple questions to stimulate the thought process in developing or integrating the different components of a vital or transformative spirituality. Specific prayer forms and spiritual practices from a variety of spiritual traditions are suggested to assist in creating a framework for attending to a personal interior life.
Tales of Grace: Reflections on the Joyful MysteriesLuigi Santucci, Demetrio S. YocumParaclete Press / 2015 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:
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Jesus said, "Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 18.3). Luigi Santucci’s compelling book takes Jesus’ precept to heart, and with delicate lyrical touches accompanies us into the "land of milk and honey" where readers can become children again and experience in a fresh new light the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. Translated for the first time into English, this profoundly poetic and original book will help readers rediscover the tenderness and beauty inherent in the miracle of Jesus’ birth and childhood, beginning with his conception and concluding with his adolescence.
In Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love: Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has been referred to as "the pope's theologian," has "brought fresh air into the church, the wind, the confidence, joy and freedom." This fresh air is not simply the result of a charismatic figure, but rests in the deep rooted theological and pastoral experience of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. This book outlines the significant influences that have led Kasper to call Francis a pope leading a radical revolution of tenderness and love-radical because it is rooted in the Gospel.
Known fondly as "The Good Pope," John XXIII was recently canonized as a saint, and his daily Decalogue continues to be a source of inspiration and comfort for people the world over. In this lovely picture book, graceful illustrations connect the text to everyday life, showing how the statements apply to school, family, and friendships.
The pairing of Saint John XXIII's cherished words and Bimba Landmann's symbolic artwork instills readers of all ages with a sense of peace while they savor each page. This charming book provides the perfect reminder of how to make the most of every day.
This spiral-bound desk calendar contains lectionary readings and a calendar for celebrating the Eucharist. Features included are a guide for praying the Liturgy of the Hours, a Bible Enrichment suggestion, and a mention of well-known people on the anniversary of their deaths.
Fingertip guide to the designated Bible reading for the day, plus feast and saints' days. Calendar format shows one full week at a glance.
Faith, Hope & Clarity addresses the question everyone asks, "What is God's will for my life and how do I act on it?". Gary Zimak, known for his talks on overcoming anxiety, offers help for daily decision as well as life-changing choices by helping you to develop a personal connection to God through prayer. Assuring readers that the prayer "Thy will be done" is being answered every day, he offers peace of mind and heart as you learn to surrender to God's will. Foreword by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle.
Led by the writing of beloved, bestselling author Henri Nouwen, the authors of Spiritual Direction, return with the second work in this popular spirituality series on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development. Featuring a unique visio divina, a visual meditation, to help guide and focus prayer, this volume reveals Nouwen's profound wisdom on how to move from sorrow to joy, resentment to gratitude, fear to love, and how to live there in the center - the place where God dwells.
The Preaching of Pope Francis: Missionary Discipleship and the Ministry of the WordGregory HeilleLiturgical Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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In The Preaching of Pope Francis, Gregory Heille, OP, introduces readers to the pope's preaching, his insights about the preaching vocation of the ordained, and his call to all the baptized to go to the margins as missionary disciples and evangelists of the Word. Heille, a highly regarded professor of homiletics and preacher himself, offers an inspiring and practical resource for priests, deacons, and anyone involved in the ministry of preaching.
In this brilliant reflection on the poor friar of Assisi, G. K. Chesterton unfolds the life and times of St. Francis, from his conversion as a young man to his receiving of the stigmata at the end of his life. In Chesterton’s colorful prose, St. Francis shines with the splendor of sanctity.
Enter Assisi: An Invitation to Franciscan SpiritualityMurray Bodo, Susan Saint SingFranciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Woman of Strength: Learning from the Proverbs 31 WomanServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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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.
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.
The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope FrancisGary WillsViking / 2015 / Hardcover$19.99 Retail:
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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.
What Teens Want You to Know (Learning the Secret Language of Teens)Roy PetitfilsFranciscan Media / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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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).
The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope FrancisJorge Mario BergoglioFranciscan Media / 2015 / Hardcover$13.99 Retail:
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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.
Merton and Waugh: A Monk, A Crusty Old Man, and The Seven Storey MountainMary Frances CoadyParaclete Press / 2015 / Hardcover$15.99 Retail:
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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.
Flunking Sainthood Every Day: A Devotional for the Rest of UsJana RiessParaclete Press / 2014 / Hardcover$17.99 Retail:
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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.
At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell's Amen Corners, 1991-2012Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$32.99 Retail:
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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.
Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy, and a Spiritual Call to ServiceKerry A. RobinsonLiturgical Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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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.
The Liturgy of Life: Interpreting the Interrelationship between Sunday Eucharist and Practices of Everyday WorshipRicky Manalo Ph.D.Pueblo Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$23.49 Retail:
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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.
The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping BeautyJenessa Terraccino, Teresa TomeoServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:
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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
Spiritual Resilience: 30 Days to Refresh Your SoulRobert J. WicksFranciscan Media / 2014 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:
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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.
Inspired: The Powerful Presence of the Holy SpiritFather Gary CasterServant Books / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:
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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.
Now What Do I Do?: A Guide for the New (and Not-So-New) CatholicPatrick MadridServant Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:
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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.