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Catechist Katie Bogner takes children, families ‘Through the Year with Jesus’

Katherine Bogner holds the cover art for her new book to be released in mid-February by Emmaus Road Publishing. A popular blogger, she is director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lacon and junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School, Peoria. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione I wanted to write that Katherine Bogner’s new book is a “back to basics” approach to living out the Catholic faith, using liturgical seasons and weekly Gospel readings as framework. But that would underestimate the rich and multilayered resource that Bogner, a local teacher with a global reach online, has created […]

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‘In Caelo et in Terra: 356 Days with the Saints’ is both beautiful and inspirational

The striking hardcover is embellished with gold and is a substantial 10-by-7 inches.

Reviewed by Katie Bogner “On earth as it is in Heaven.” These are words that many of us say daily. During Mass, in our rosaries, together as a family, and in the quiet of our hearts, this petition in the Our Father reminds us that the will of God transcends time and place. The saints […]

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In “Humility Rules,” Benedictine offers a different kind of self-improvement plan

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione The members of my family, God bless them, have to put up with me sharing so many personal development tips, tricks, and hacks. I really, truly enjoy books, articles, and podcasts about ways to improve one’s time management, relationships, energy levels, and much more. If you’re a person like me, you […]

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‘The Most Amazing Harvest’ is a local story of faith, family, farming, community

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Agriculture teaches a unique perspective on the value of sacrifice, seasons of change, and the importance of community. In 2015, farmer Carl Bates of Galva was told that he only had months to live. With countless other concerns to focus on during their remaining time together, one major problem for the […]

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Author Megan Gannon shares inspiring stories of nine saints with disabilities

Megan Gannon is the author of "Special Saints for Special People: Stories of Saints with Disabilities," recently published by Twenty-Third Publications. She is a member of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly, Virginia. (Zoey Maraist/courtesy of the Arlington Catholic Herald)

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel If you have been following my book reviews, you may have noticed that I really enjoy stories. And people from the parishes where I have served know that I especially like saint stories. I am always edified by the great faith of the saints and find myself inspired by how […]

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