Tagged: Catholic Books

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...

Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees: A Book Review

  When I first picked up Praying the Angelus, I was not excited about it. I learned the Angelus many years ago as a child and have prayed it occasionally as an adult. The Angelus is a traditional and repetitive prayer that is centuries old. Although I am devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I could not understand why anyone would want to write an...

The Perfect Blindside: Book Giveaway

  Recently, Catholic author Leslea Wahl contacted me and asked if I would be willing to interview her and share a book giveaway on Catholic Fire. As I was not familiar with Leslie’s writing, I asked her to send me a copy of one of her books. Leslie sent me her Young Adult novel The Perfect Blindside. What a treasure this book is! In The...

7 QT: Mary, Mother’s Day, and More

  May is the month of Mary. May 13th was the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Here are a couple of photos of the Fatima festivities in our diocese, including the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which visited our diocese this past month.   2. Mother’s Day is a difficult day for me for many reasons, some...

“Fatima The Apparition That Changed the World” Book Blog Tour

  May 12 is day twelve of the book blog tour for “Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World.” Today, we have a double feature! Allison Gingras posts at Reconciled to You, and Marge Fenelon posts at Marge Fenelon. Please visit the other stops on the book blog tour: May 1 – Carolyn Astfalk My Scribbler’s Heart Blog May 2 – Ellen Gable, Plot, Line,...

An Open Book – April 2017 #openbook

  I’m joining with Carolyn Astfalk at My Scribbler’s Heart and Catholic Mom for An Open Book. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith By Virginia Pillars Amazon Synopsis: The terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually, but many don’t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives. However, studies show that more people live with mental illness than heart...

Book Review: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

  By Virginia Pillars Familius LLC, 2016 Available From: Familius LLC, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Exisle-Publishing, Walmart, Rakuten.com, Target Awards: The Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval   Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the true story of how one woman deals with her adult daughter’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, several hospitalizations, legal issues, and other family crises, over a two-year period, including: infertility, the death of...

Book Review: Counting on Faith

Counting on Faith by Maurice Prater Illustrated by Jason Koltuniak Bismarck, ND: Divine Providence Press, 2014 Available From: Divine Providence Press, Amazon, Seton Educational Media, The Catholic Company, EWTN Religious Catalogue, and Catholic Booksellers Maurice Prater graciously sent me a copy of his Catholic children’s book to review, Counting on Faith. Counting on Faith offers many impressive features. First, it pairs counting with the tenets...

Lenten Reading 2017

With Lent upon us, it’s time to consider what you will be reading to help you grow in holiness. Here are my recommendations: 1. Bringing Lent Home with St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle –This is one of my all-time Lenten favorites. You can read my review at the National Catholic Register.   2. How To Be Holy: First...

St. Francis de Sales, Mentor and Model

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), a theologian and the patron saint of writers has long been my mentor and model, and one of my most powerful intercessors. As an author, theologian and a freelance writer, I look to him for guidance and for assistance in my work. His unique methods of spirituality and  evangelization have also greatly inspired me. As Catholics, we are all called...