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2014 Summer Reading List

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Ken Huck has put together his annual summer reading list for 2014. Click on the icon below to download the list.

Top 10 Summer Reading List 2014

July 17, 2014 – Sheila Liaugminas and Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Ken talks with Sheila Liaugminas author of Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Human Culture (Ignatius Press) and Patti Maguire Armstrong author of “Dear God” series (Liguori) Sheila’s book goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. It demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why. It anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity.
Sheila’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit Sheila’s blog at www.inforumblog.com In the Dear God series Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren’t answered in a time of adversity – and more importantly, the timeless question of: “Is He even listening?” – Patti’s books are available at: www.liguori.org Visit Patti’s website at: www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com

July 10, 2014 – Fr. Peter Cameron

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Ken talks with Fr. Peter Cameron, author of “Novenas for the Church Year” (Our Sunday Visitor). The book provides readers with over 60 new novenas in preparation for milestones throughout the Catholic calendar. Each novena includes an explanation of the feast day’s significance, then the prayer, which is to be read and prayed during the nine days leading up to the feast or solemnity. “Novenas for the Church Year” is available at:

https://www.osv.com/Shop

Fr. Cameron is editor-in-chief of Magnificat. To learn more visit: www.magnificat.net

July 3, 2014 – Ralph Martin and Patricia Ann Kasten

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Ken talks with Ralph Martin author of The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call
(Our Sunday Visitor) and Patricia Ann Kasten author of Making Sense of Saints: Fascinating Facts about Relics, Patrons, Canonization and More. Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization, gives the faithful a breakdown of what the New Evangelization is all about, how to engage in it, and why it is to crucial to every Christian right now. Ralph’s book is available at: www.osv.com To learn more about Ralph Martin and Renewal Ministries visit: www.renewalministries.net

With the recent canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, people worldwide saw the culmination of a lengthy process of proclaiming someone a “saint.” While most media covered the event, many people are still puzzled by the process, as well as the peripheral elements associated with saints such as relics, patronage, symbols, and more. Patricia Ann Kasten presents a thorough recap of the topic in a fresh, fun, and approachable way. Patricia’s book is available at: www.osv.com Visit Patricia’s “scripture based puzzle” website: www.tri-c-a-publications.com

June 26, 2014 – Timothy Gabrielli

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Guest host Spencer Hargadon talks with Timothy Gabrielli author of Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All about Us (Liturgical Press) What are we doing when we confirm teenagers? Why is the religious education of teenagers so perplexing? Why is confirmation often a moment of graduation” out of parish life? Confirmation, more than any other sacrament, has interacted with secular culture to give rise to these kinds of pastoral challenges. At the same time, confirmation has, over the course of the twentieth century, become a sacramental stamp of approval for various Catholic renewal movements. The cultural shifts of the last century have led to various theological themes for confirmation, creating a crisis of meaning today. Is confirmation a personal choice for faith, or is it the deepening of an ongoing relationship with the Divine? Timothy Gabrielli gives us a fresh approach for addressing these pressing questions. Tim’s book is available at: www.litpress.org

June 12, 2014 – Clayton Barbeau

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Ken talks with Clayton Barbeau author of The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective (Sophia Institute Press) Here’s the award-winning classic that for over forty years has shown Christian men how to be the loving husbands and gentle fathers that Christ calls them to be. Rooted firmly in Scripture, these pages call on husbands to stop thinking of themselves simply as bosses and breadwinners. Rather, husbands should see themselves as co-creators with God, imitators of Christ’s love for His people, high priests in the domestic Church, teachers of their children, witnesses to society, providers of spiritual and material goods, and models of holiness. Good fathers are the secret to happy homes. Mr. Barbeau’s book is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Visit his website: www.claytonbarbeau.com

June 5, 2014 – Dena Hunt & Jason Evert

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Ken talks with Dena Hunt Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England (Sophia Institute Press) and Jason Evert Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves (Ignatius Press) Joseph Pearce says this about Dena Hunt’s novel
“Treason is one of the most powerful historical novels I’ve ever read. It brings to vivid and shocking life the age in which Shakespeare lived and in which the English martyrs died.” This novel won the Gold medal in the Religious Fiction category of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Dena’s book is available at: shop.sophiainstitute.com

In Jason’s new book discover the five great loves of St. John Paul II through remarkable unpublished stories on him from bishops, priests, students, Swiss Guards, and others. Jason has uncovered these many gems, offering a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint’s life. After a brief overview of John Paul’s life, Evert explores in depth his five great loves: Young People, Human Love, The Eucharist, Our Lady, The Cross. Jason’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Jason visit: www.chastityproject.com

May 29, 2014 – Collin Raye & Michael Nicholas Richard

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Ken talks with Collin Raye – A Voice UnDefeated and Michael Nicholas Richard – Tobit’s Dog (both by Ignatius Press)
Collin Raye is one of America’s best-loved country singers. He produced twenty-four Top Ten singles, sixteen were Number One hits, and a total of five straight platinum and two gold albums. Collins autobiography gives readers an account of his personal and professional life. From his childhood in Arkansas and Texas, his conversion to Catholicism, his rise to stardom, this book is both a journey to the top of the music world and an intimate diary of a soul that has suffered great professional and personal losses. Collin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit his website: www.collinraye.com
Tobit’s Dog is a retelling of the biblical story of Tobit. Set in North Carolina during the Depression, it brings to life in surprising ways the beloved Old Testament characters including the important but often overlooked family dog. A humble man named Tobit Messenger who, despite the ever-present oppression of the Jim Crow South, becomes a prosperous and well-respected man. One day forces beyond his control start a cascade of misfortune that leaves him blind and nearly destitute. Michael’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Michael visit: michaelnicholasrichard.wordpress.com

May 22, 2014 – Devin Schadt

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Ken talks with Devin Schadt, author of Joseph’s Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness – Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power As a Father (Ignatius Press) Society goes by way of the family and the family goes by way of the father. If you want to change the world, change the human father. Joseph’s Way: Prayer of Faith is the first release of a two-volume series, which transmits the biblical vision of fatherhood, its necessity, its glory, and its irreplaceable effect on families and society. It is a tough, bold, game-changing challenge to men of our age to pursue fatherly greatness. By comparing St. Joseph with the great patriarchs of old, Joseph’s Way provides fathers with invaluable practical tools and profound spiritual insights to help them become the great father that God has created them to be. Devin’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com To learn more about Devin Schadt visit: josephswaybook.com and fathersofstjoseph.org

May 15, 2014 – Robert Reilly and Bert Ghezzi

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Ken talks with Robert Reilly Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything (Ignatius Press) and Bert Ghezzi The Heart of Catholicism: Practicing the Everyday Habits that Shape Us
(Ave Maria Press) In his book, Robert Reilly asks: Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America? Bert Ghezzi, bestselling author and popular speaker, invites readers into his deep love for the Church. With great warmth and authenticity, he shows how foundational habits such as praying, studying scripture, serving others, celebrating sacraments, and learning from the saints remind us who we are as followers of Christ. Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com Bert’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com Visit Bert’s website: bertghezzi.com In Bert Ghezzi’s book he has a link to a Spiritual Gifts Inventory check it out: sgi.churchdb.com


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