Category: Book Reviews

Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable: A Book Review

Julia’s Gifts by Catholic author Ellen Gable is the first book in her new inspirational religious fiction series Great War Great Love. I am honored to partcipate in the blog tour for this book. From Philadelphia to war-torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer… As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose...

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

An Open Book: October 2017

The first Wednesday of each month, Carolyn Astfalk hosts #OpenBook, where bloggers link posts about books they’ve read recently. During the month of October, I read the following books. You can read my reviews or follow the links to my reviews below. 1. The Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners by Susan Tassone  Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly...

Horizon Homeless: A Book Review

Larry Peterson, author of the critically acclaimed Young Adult inspirational novels The Priest and the Peaches and The Demons of Abadon has written a brilliant book on the plight of the poor and the pre-homeless in our country. In Horizon Homeless, Peterson presents us with the fictitious tale of Bob and Tracey Slider and their twelve-year-old son, Jake. They are a composite of the typical American family....

The Table by Dennis Lambert: Book Review

Book Summary First century Christianity and present-day musical aspirations meet in the story of a miracle table built by the grandfather of Jesus Christ. The table is placed in the hands of a Centurion named Cornelius following the death of the Messiah. Given the title of table bearer and a mission, Cornelius begins a history of bringing peace to those who encounter the table, a...

Review of Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls

Book Review Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly and Rick Rotundi is the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and her battle for souls with Lucifer, the fallen angel. “Mary was the woman whom God dreamed of before the world was made” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). From all eternity, God planned that the Incarnation would happen...

Divine Mercy Messenger: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5 is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905 – 1938), a Polish nun who was chosen by Jesus to remind the world of the mystery of God’s merciful love, the devotion to Divine Mercy. Helena Kowalska was born in a small village in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation...

St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners

The “Purgatory Lady” Susan Tassone is well-known for her poignant writings on praying for the poor souls. Now, she has written a book on conversion, inspired by the spiritual wisdom and sanctity of Saint Faustina. In the St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners, Tassone shares the secrets of holiness revealed by Saint Faustina to draw us into a deeper conversion and to...

The Marian Option: A Book Review

The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. by Carrie Gress, PhD is a book that I have long wanted to read. It seems that whenever I turned on EWTN or Catholic radio, Dr. Gress was being interviewed about this book. I typically turned on the program after it had already started and only caught bits and pieces of the conversation, but what...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, The Rosary, and More

1. The saint of the day for September 1 is St. Giles (650-710), abbot, hermit, and patron of the poor and disabled. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint Giles is invoked for protection in times of plague and epidemic. Read more. 2. Saint Ingrid of Sweden is the saint of the day for September 2. Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St....