Ken talks with Stephen Martin about The Messy Quest for Meaning – Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation. (Published by Sorin Books, an imprint of Ave Maria Press) Drawing on lessons learned from Catholic monks and saints as well as his own experience, Stephen Martin has crafted five unique practices to help Catholics and other seekers grapple with life’s truly important questions and discover their calling in the world. Stephen blogs at www.messyquest.com His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-933495-32-4/The-Messy-Quest-for-Meaning/
Archive for July, 2012
Ken talks with Mary Eberstadt about her two most recent books. In Adam and Eve after the Pill – Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary challenges widespread attitudes about the benefits of contraceptives and the sexual revolution – especially the impact on women. In her book The Loser Letters – A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism she challenges “the new atheists” in an effective humorous manner. This book has been compared favorably with C. S. Lewis’s famous The Screwtap Letters. Her books (both published by Ignatius Press) are available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/AEAP-H/adam-and-eve-after-the-pill.aspx and http://www.ignatius.com/Products/LOSLET-P/the-loser-letters.aspx
Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late
Ken talks with Dr Jay Richards about the book he coauthored with James Robinson: Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late (published by Ignatius Press) This book offers a fresh diagnosis of our cultural disease, how we contracted it, and what we must do to cure it. It examines politics, faith, and culture from a Christian perspective. The authors tackle some of the tough moral, political, and economic issues that all Americans face. The book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/INDV-H/indivisible.aspx
This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.
1. Pillar & Bulwark by Marcus Grodi
This is the long awaited sequel to How Firm a Foundation, the fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. Full disclosure – I have yet to read this book and it is on my summer reading list. I have been assured by someone, who’s opinion I trust, that it is even better than How Firm a Foundation
2. Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
A completely updated edition to this best selling book was published in 2011. David Murrow is an evangelical Christian who has studied this serious problem occurring across all Christian denominations. You may not agree with everything in his book, but I guarantee it will generate good conversations. This is a must read by everyone involved in parish faith formation.
3. The Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Domain
This is the first volume of Regina’s Fairy Tale Novels series. This is a great book for a mom, aunt or grandmother to read and then pass on to daughters, nieces and granddaughters. There are five volumes in the series so they make great gifts for teen age readers. This book is really for girls, a good choice for boys (and girls will like to too) is Catholic, Reluctantly by Christian M. Frank. This is the first volume of the John Paul II High series, and Regina Domain is the editor for the series.
4. The Father’s Tale by Michael D. O’Brien
I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is his most recent. It may look like a daunting read at over 1000 pages, but you will enjoy every page.
5. Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home by Lorene Duquin
In this book you will find the stories of well know Catholics such as actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and Father John Fletcher who many of our listeners will know because of his programs on Radio Maria.
6. Be a Man! by Father Larry Richards
This is a great book for men. If you have ever heard a talk by the every popular Father Larry Richards you will hear that same voice in his writing. If you have already read this book, then read his latest titled Surrender!
7. Atheist to Catholic Stories of Conversion by Rebecca Vitz Cherico
I admit to being a fan of conversion story books. This one is very unique in that it is the stories of former atheists.
8. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Flannery O’Connor is a giant in Catholic literature. In her short life, this woman from Georgia created some of the most memorial characters in fiction. She has influenced and inspired generations of writers.
9. unPlanned by Abby Johnson
This is the best selling true story of Abby Johnson’s dramatic conversion from director of an abortion clinic, to outspoken ProLife advocate.
10. Fatherless by Brian Gail
This is the first volume of Brian Gail’s American Tragedy in Trilogy series. The story follows the conversion of fictional priest Father John Sweeney and members of his parish. This dramatic series has become a Catholic favorite.