7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer
Here are seven inspiring and uplifting reads for summer:
1. The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl – This is an intriguing, award-winning novel that I was unable to put down. It is a Catholic romance story that is filled with action and suspense. It is an inspiring story of redemption and transformation. You will absolutely love it! Genre: Young Adult, religious fiction, Christian, sports and recreation, social issues
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2. Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk –Rightfully Ours is a tender tale of young romance filled with suspense, adventure, and humor. is a fast-paced, exciting book that will hook you and keep you reading. This is a great read! Read my full review. Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Values and Virtues, religion and spirituality
3. Broken Brain, Fortified Faith by Virginia Pillars — The central theme of this book — the miraculous power of love and prayer to bring healing and hope in the midst of pain and suffering – captured my heart. Reading this book was like having an intimate conversation with a good friend, the kind of friend who is honest, loyal, and supportive. Read my entire review. Genre: Non-Fiction, Motherhood, Christian, Schizophrenia, Pathologies
4. St. Ignatius of Loyola by F.A. Forbes – I have read and written many saint stories, but this little book captured my heart and told me things about St. Ignatius I never knew. This is the story of a great man who in a time of great crisis was sent by God to help the Church recover from the Protestant Revolt – and to help it flourish once again, even more powerfully than before. This is a wonderful little book about a magnificent saint. Genre: Saints, Christianity, Church History
5. St. Teresa of Avila by F.A. Forbes – This is the beautiful and moving biography of the great Doctor of the Church — a woman of compassion, courage, and common sense — who reformed Carmel and founded seventeen monasteries. This is a short, quick, intriguing read about this strong-willed mystic whose life is filled with ongoing activity, despite the fact that she was a contemplative. It traces her passionate youth, her many travels to found new monasteries, her relationships with other great saints, and the challenges she faced in dealing with difficult people. Genre: Saints, Christianity and Church History
6. Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Jean M. Heimann
Jean Heimann’s new book is a compelling memoir filled with experiences, both positive and negative, and with many references to the saints (including St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux and more!) Through Jean’s testimony, the reader can learn to “cultivate a personal relationship with God and to trust in His mercy.” With Learning to Love With the Saints, Jean Heimann has written a beautiful and moving memoir that illustrates how the holy saints’ examples not only increase our faith, but give us the strength we need in difficult times. Highly recommend! — Ellen Gable Hrkach
I highly recommend Learning to Love With The Saints for everyone; especially fallen-away and fervent Catholics, for non-believers and those struggling to make sense of a merciless world. For just about everyone. — Alice
In this book Jean is strikingly transparent, sharing the doubts, fears, falls, and tribulations that took her away from the Church of her origin and brought her back to a deeper faith and closeness to Jesus and Mary than ever before. For faithful Catholics, her story is a powerful affirmation. For those who are searching, it is a beautiful guide, for those who are struggling in a battle against despair, it is an infusion of hope. — Joan H.
7. Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World by Jean M. Heimann — This is my new book, which has received some wonderful reviews. Here are few examples:
Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World, by Jean M. Heimann, is a wonderful book that chronicles the Fatima apparitions of the Blessed Mother, including beautiful glossy pictures of the town, people and churches of the area. Multiple apparitions occurred at Fatima, Portugal between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917, visible to three young Portuguese children from that town.
Most Catholics have heard the story of Fatima, possessing a vague idea of what occurred. In this book, Jean Heimann gives you an in-depth understanding of Mary’s purpose for the apparitions and the implication of her visit to the three chosen children. The story is riveting! I read the entire book in one afternoon!
My takeaway from reading Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World, is that my own life is changed forever! I owe a debt of thanks to Jean Heimann for opening my eyes to the power of Mary’s message: to pray the Rosary every day. Prayer is so powerful, but it is only after reading Heimann’s telling of the Fatima apparitions, that I realize just how powerful prayer can be, especially the Rosary. Since reading this book, my husband and I have elected to pray the Rosary daily, together. We pray for those souls who have no one to pray for them. Our prayers are in reparation for offenses against God, and for our own souls. — Virginia Lieto
I really enjoyed this book, and think that Heimann did an excellent job crafting a well-researched, thorough resource on Fatima that is very approachable and engaging. Whether you are unfamiliar with Our Lady of Fatima or grew up watching the animated movie about Fatima, this book is a great read that inspired me. I found that this isn’t just a book about Fatima as an isolated set of Marian apparitions; instead, it shows us how Mary’s appearances at Fatima are part of the beautiful, rich tapestry of God’s work throughout the centuries. — AnneMarie Miller
This book is very well written. I loved this book and highly recommend it. If you already have a strong devotion to Mary this book will help deepen it. If not this book will open your eyes to the relationship Mary has with the world, and interceding for it. An incredible read, thank you Jean! — Steve McEvoy
Read an excerpt from the book at Catholic Mom.
Here is a recent interview I had with “The Miracle Hunter” on relevant radio. I hope you enjoy it!
Have a beautiful and blessed weekend! Happy Feast of Corpus Christi!
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