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Poetry compilation leads to encounter with God via creation’s beauty

"The Wisdom of Wild Grace" is a compilation of poems by Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner.

Reviewed by Katie Faley Sometimes beauty is easy to see, and sometimes it just isn’t. Christine Valters Paintner, in her compilation of poems “The Wisdom of Wild Grace,” takes the beauty of creation, the wild world made by the hand of God, and puts it into words. Even though this poetry does not explicitly note […]

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‘Stepping Up’: Caitie Crowley chronicles post-accident suffering, hope in Christ

"Stepping Up: How Christ Turned My Pain and Suffering into Hope and Joy," is the first book by Caitie Crowley, a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria.

Caitie Crowley never thought she would write a book. But then the 26-year-old member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria never anticipated how her life would change in an instant on a sunny May afternoon in 2019 when, during her routine drive home from work, a car suddenly came directly at her traveling the wrong […]

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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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