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In ‘The Jesus Diary,’ Pontiac parishioner tells fictional account of an eyewitness

PONTIAC — Imagine being present for many of the miracles and teachings during the earthly life of Jesus. Dave Mishur, a member of St. Mary Parish here, did just that in recent months. The result is “The Jesus Diary,” the first book by the retired newspaper columnist and public relations consultant. In the fictional account […]

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Discovering heaven within: A review of “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Claire Dwyer’s book, “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity,” is an invitation to meet a new (at least she was to me) saintly friend. In short chapters that blend her own life and experiences with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s, Dwyer shows how this cloistered […]

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Summer gift ideas for young Catholics

Reviewer Katie Bogner recommends these three books for consideration as gifts for First Communicants, confirmands, and high school or college graduates. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Whether you are looking for sacrament and celebration gifts or suggestions for fun summer reading, here are some great new books for Catholic kids. For Your First Communicant “Saved by the Lamb: Moses and Jesus” — Maura Roan McKeegan This is the newest edition to the Old and New series, a […]

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An invitation to ‘The Lost Art of Sacrifice’ — a powerful part of our faith

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar In a culture in which the concept of sacrifice is often either misunderstood or ignored, Vicki Burbach’s “The Lost Art of Sacrifice” invites readers to delve into a powerful part of our Catholic spirituality. A compelling image Burbach offers for understanding sacrifice is her experience of teaching swimming students how to […]

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Local first-time authors pen books on God’s grace, providence, life’s milestones

From left are Joyce Heiple of Germantown Hills, author of "Grace Through the Seasons"; Steve Mamanella, former diocesan communications director, author of "Providential"; and Ottawa Marquette Academy teacher Clara O'Neal, author of "You're on Your Way!"

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Feb. 28 edition of The Catholic Post included stories on three first-time authors with ties to the Diocese of Peoria who have recently had their books published. We’ll start their stories on this page, and link to the full accounts. — AUTHOR JOYCE HEIPLE HOPES THE MEMORIES SHE SHARES AWAKEN OTHERS TO […]

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‘St. Joseph and His World’ is a timely, providential book for his special year

Reviewed by Matthew Vander Vennet Mike Aquilina, vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville, Ohio, and a specialist on early Church history and the Church Fathers, has recently written a book about St. Joseph detailing his world, his responsibilities, and roles as a first century Jew and Davidic heir. The […]

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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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