Category: Book Reviews

  • Book Review: “The Bible’s Best Love Stories”

    The Bible’s Best Love Stories by Allan F. Wright Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press When one mentions love stories, I’d be willing to bet that the first thing that comes to mind is not the Bible. One tends to think of romantic movies or novels. Perhaps one might think of couples one knows whose love […]

  • Book Review: “St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love”

    St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love by Thomas J. McKenna San Diego: Catholic Action for Faith and Family, 2008 At the canonization of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Pope John Paul II stated “The extreme sacrifice she sealed with her life testifies that only those who have the courage to give […]

  • Book Review: “Everyday Wisdom”

    Everyday Wisdom (Spiritual Refreshment for Women) by Joan C. Webb Barbour Publishing, 2010 “Everyday Wisdom” is one of those delightful little devotional books that fits easily into a purse or briefcase. Featuring quotes from Proverbs and short reflections on those quotes, it provides quick bursts of wisdom. Well-organized by topic, it is easy to find […]

  • Book Review: Win it All

    Win It All: The Way to Heaven for Catholic Teens by Justin Fatica Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2010 Catholic Evangelist Justin Fatica has made it his life’s mission to reach out to teens with an extremely counter-cultural message, that what matters in this life isn’t money or fame or popularity, but rather living in […]

  • Book Review: Walking Together

    Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship by Mary DeTurris Poust Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2010 Our world does not seem to allow for deep friendships today. Family and friends are often separated by physical distance. Our lives are so busy that even keeping up with people via electronic means can be […]

  • Book Review: Plan B

    Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2010 So many books on Christianity put forth the (erroneous) idea that if you simply believe enough in God and pray enough, then life will be problem-free. “Plan B” is a much […]

  • Book Review: “Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life”

    Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life By Don Brophy New York: Bluebridge, 2010 Don Brophy’s new biography of St. Catherine of Siena is subtitled “A Passionate Life.” This is truly an appropriate description of how Catherine lived. The Latin root of “passion” means to suffer or submit. In our modern day English, it implies great […]

  • Book Review: Our Jewish Roots

    Our Jewish Roots: A Catholic Woman’s Guide to Fulfillment Today by Connecting with her Past by Cheryl Dickow BezalelBooks, 2010 Many Catholic women are ignorant of the Jewish roots of our faith and the rich tradition that we share with our Jewish brothers and sisters. Cheryl Dickow seeks to correct that with “Our Jewish Roots: […]

  • Book Review: Why God Matters

    Why God Matters and How to Recognize Him in Daily Life by Deacon Steven Lumbert & Karina Lumbert Fabian Tribute Books, 2010 “Why God Matters and How to Recognize Him in Daily Life” is designed for those just beginning to take their faith life more seriously. Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter Karina Lumbert Fabian […]

  • Book Review: Will I See My Dog in Heaven?

    Will I See My Dog In Heaven by Jack Wintz, OFM Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2009 I think that everyone who has ever loved an animal has wondered whether we will see them again in heaven. The traditional Catholic answer has always been “No” because animals don’t have free will like we do. Therefore, they […]