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“From the Dust of the Earth” is a powerful addition to the evolution conversation

Dr. Matthew Ramage's book "is a timely and needed work in the quest to explain human origins in light of Faith and science."

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet Many Christians today bristle when someone mentions the word “evolution.” This reaction has become unfortunately too common. As Catholics, we do not need to shy away from the conversation and debate regarding evolution and the Faith. Dr. Matthew Ramage’s recently released book from The Catholic University […]

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Catholic comic books, graphic novels communicate timeless truths to youth

Catholic graphic novels are attractive to today's youth who live in a visually stimulating world, says Katie Bogner.

Book Review by Katie Bogner When you consider resources for teaching the truths of Catholicism, comic books are likely not the first thing that come to mind. It sometimes seems that graphic novels are the only books that children reach for on library shelves, much to the chagrin of parents and teachers hoping to engage […]

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Allowing Christ to transform our hearts: Heather Khym’s ‘Abide’

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Lindsey Weishar In the introduction to her book “Abide: A Pathway to Transformative Healing and Intimacy with Jesus,”  Abiding Together podcast co-host Heather Khym tells readers, “this book offers a reintroduction to who we are, the truth of who God is, and some practical tools for living a restored […]

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Think the church is in turmoil? New book explores history and points to hope

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet As a church historian, whenever a new historical title becomes available, I get excited. “Light from Darkness: Nine Times the Catholic Church was in Turmoil — and Came Out Stronger than Before” by Steve Weidenkopf is the most recent work that caught my eye. Weidenkopf is […]

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Local author Bogner takes children, adults ‘Through the Year with Mary’

Katie Bogner holds a copy of her new book, "Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children." A popular blogger at looktohimandberadiant.com, Bogner is the director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lacon and a junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Faley “Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children” is a grand way to start 2022. Katie Bogner, local author and active Catholic young adult, wrote this definitive companion for living out the entire year with the Mother of God. It is the follow up to her first book, […]

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Father shares gratitude, faith, hope in story of daughter’s cancer journey

Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island, are pictured with their newly published book "From Cancer to Kinnick: Love Finds a Wave." The book shares gratitude for the support that Ava, now a freshman at Alleman High School, and the family received through her cancer treatment and recovery. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — Jeff Hoskins and his daughter Ava didn’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to God and the many others who have accompanied them through Ava’s cancer journey. Their gratitude is voiced throughout a newly published book written by Jeff and featuring an introduction by 14-year-old Ava — a freshman at Alleman High […]

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“St. Dymphna’s Playbook”: a mental health resource from a Catholic perspective

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione Like most people, I am grateful to live in a time when mental health issues are discussed openly. In decades past, these topics were often minimized or stigmatized. And in some religious circles, mental health struggles could be overly spiritualized, and sometimes prayer was presented as the only solution. At the […]

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