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Shaun McAfee’s ‘I’m Catholic, Now What?’ sets readers on a lifetime journey

Reviewed by Matthew Vander Vennet In “I’m Catholic. Now What?,” author and convert Shaun McAfee provides a valuable resource for converts, reverts, and non-verts alike. In his characteristic fashion and manner, McAfee makes an easy to read volume that is both helpful and accessible. The work can be read from cover to cover or as […]

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Jeannie Gaffigan’s powerful tale of faith and healing told with humility, humor

This is the cover of "When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith and Funny People," by Jeannie Gaffigan. (CNS photo/courtesy Jeannie Gaffigan) See stories marked GAFFIGAN- Nov. 19, 2019.

Reviewed by Bonnie Engstrom Jeannie Gaffigan’s entire identity was wrapped up in being a Super Mom, Super Wife, and Super Producer. It took a life threatening brain tumor to make her relinquish her need to control and excel. Her memoir, “When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People” recounts […]

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Fr. Caster’s new book offers insights and inspiring words from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

OTTAWA — Father Gary Caster is listed as the author of “The Way of Simple Love: Inspiring Words from St. Thérèse of Lisieux,” but his words are found on only three pages of the new 180-page paperback published in September by Franciscan Media. A talented writer — Father Caster’s 2018 book “Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual […]

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‘Inside Suzie’ were lessons now being shared in book by Ginny Pettit of Geneseo

Ginny Pettit of Geneseo holds a photo of her daughter, Suzie, as a teenager and the book she wrote, "Inside Suzie," about her daughter's early years as someone living with developmental delays. Even though she was unable to communicate, Suzie's love and smile spoke volumes to the people around her, Pettit said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GENESEO — No words are necessary to show love and Suzie Pettit excelled at that. While developmental delays left her unable to walk or talk, she taught everyone around her how to love well, too. Ginny Pettit has shared what her family and friends learned in a 28-page book, “Inside Suzie,” which was released by […]

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‘Theology of Home’ collection tells how God should be found in places we dwell

"Theology of Home" is a collection of writings that teach about how God can and should be found in the places we dwell. It is coauthored by Carrie Gress, Noelle Mering, and Megan Schriber.

Reviewed by Katie Bogner “Love, by nature, is meant to be shared. Like a light coming on in the darkness, it isn’t contained but rather spreads and beckons others to come. Our homes can be reflections of, and participants in, this light the more we mirror God’s brilliance.” While having dinner with friends recently, one […]

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The miracle in Bonnie Engstrom’s awe-inspiring “61 minutes” book is (very) local

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione Bonnie Engstrom’s new book is literally awe-inspiring. “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible” is part page-turning medical mystery story; part spiritual memoir, about faith, acceptance, and openness to the Holy Spirit; and part primer on the fascinating process of “saint-making” in the church. […]

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‘Waking Up White’ leads to much needed lessons, personal examination on racism

Debby Irving, left, is the author of "Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race."

Reviewed by Sister Mary Core, OSB About two years ago, I read about Debby Irving’s book, “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” I thought, “Interesting title. I ought to read that.” Why? Because I wondered whether I myself was unintentionally racist. I had grown aware of my thoughts around race. […]

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Bishop Barron confronts sexual abuse crisis in ‘Letter to a Suffering Church’

Reviewed by Matthew Vander Vennet Throughout the church’s history, there have been times when she must go through a process of purgation and purification. While remaining the spotless Bride of the eternal Bridegroom, she also remains made up of human beings who continually fall short and are in constant need of reform. Bishop Robert Barron, […]

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