Ken talks with Paul Thigpen author of A Year with the Saints: Daily Meditations with the Holy Ones of God (St Benedict Press) and Karen Edmisten Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line (Our Sunday Visitor) In his beautifully bound book, Paul Thigpen’s 365 reflections draw from the writings and lives of holy men and women across two thousand years. Their spiritual and practical insights for Christian living are as fresh and relevant today as they were when they were first written. When you pray to the saints, you speak to them, and let them speak to you. In Karen’s book you’ll read the compelling stories of thirteen people who finally found peace with the Lord in the last months, weeks, or even hours of their lives, including: Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Gary Cooper, Gangster Dutch Shultz, Buffalo Bill, and many more. You can purchase Paul’s book at: books.benedictpress.com You can purchase Karen’s book at: www.osv.com To find out more about Karen Edmisten visit: www.karenedmisten.com
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Ken talks with Teresa Tomeo and Mark Latkovic. In her new book, God’s Bucket List: Heaven’s Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond (Image) Teresa examines what God wants for each of us: mercy, fruitfulness, fellowship, and peace, just to name a few, and will explain what the Christian faith teaches about these gifts and how we can begin to achieve and cross out, one by one, the items on that heavenly list. In his book What’s a Person to Do? : Everyday Decision That Matter Mark Latkovic discusses everything from Internet access to lottery tickets, pet ownership to R-rated entertainment, we’re faced with more ethical decisions than we might realize, every single day. What’s a person to do — especially when there is no definitive Catholic teaching on a subject?
You can purchase Teresa’s books at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com To find out more about Teresa: www.teresatomeo.com Mark’s book is available at: www.osv.com/Shop and he has a Facebook site for the book: www.facebook.com/whatsapersontodo
Ken talks with George Weigle, biographer of Blessed Pope John Paul II, about his two most recent books Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic Books) In Evangelical Catholicism he explains why the Catholic Church is on the threshold of a bold new era in its two-thousand year history. Evangelical Catholicism a way of being Catholic that comes from over a century of Catholic reform; a mission-centered renewal honed by the Second Vatican Council and given compelling expression by Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Roman Pilgrimage documents how, in recent decades, Americans in Rome have revived an ancient Christian custom: the daily pilgrimage to dozens of Rome’s most striking churches during Lent and Easter Week. Along this historical and spiritual pathway, pilgrims encounter hidden artistic wonders and treasured Christian commentaries, while also confronting the great mysteries of the Christian faith through a program of biblical and early Christian readings. This book is illustrated with beautiful photographs. You can purchase Mr. Weigel’s books at: http://perseusbooks.com
November 14, 2013 – Trent Horn Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity
Ken talks with Trent Horn Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity (Catholic Answers Press) Today’s New Atheists don’t just deny God’s existence (as the old atheists did) – they consider it their duty to scorn and ridicule religious belief. We don’t need new answers for this aggressive modern strain of unbelief: We need a new approach. In Answering Atheism, Trent Horn responds with a fresh and useful resource for the God debate, based on reason, common sense, and more importantly, a charitable approach that respects atheists sincerity and good will making this book suitable not just for believers but for skeptics and seekers too. You can purchase Trent’s book at: shop.catholic.com To learn more about Trent visit: trenthorn.com
November 7, 2013 – Holly Pierlot A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to our Soul
Ken talks with Holly Pierlot author of A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to our Soul (Sophia Institute Press) Motherhood and homeschooling had overwhelmed her. Holly felt frustrated, discouraged, and alone. She couldn’t find time to snuggle and have fun with her five children or to go out with her husband. Today, everything s better. Holly brought about these changes with what she calls her Mother’s Rule of Life, a pattern for living that combines the spiritual wisdom of the monastery with the practical wisdom of motherhood. You can purchase Holly’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com To learn more about Holly visit: www.mothersruleoflife.com
Ken talks with Emily Stimpson author of These Beautiful Bones – An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road Publishing) It was Blessed John Paul II’s greatest gift to the Church: The theology of the body. A window into who we are, the theology of the body is a theology for where we work, where we eat, where we laugh, and where we pray. These Beautiful Bones takes you on a walk through those rooms. With both humor and practical wisdom, it sheds light on what the theology of the body has to say about life beyond the bedroom, about the everyday moments of life, helping you discover how to let grace enter into those moments and make of them something extraordinary. You can purchase Emily’s book at: www.emmausroad.org To learn more about Emily Stimpson visit: www.emilystimpson.com and www.CatholicVote.com
Ken talks with Dr. John Wood author of Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Mission – 5 Steps to Winning the War Within (Beacon Publishing) There is only one solution to the problems we face… saints! The book is a five step guide to choosing the saint within you. Becoming a saint is a choice, and we must begin choosing the saint within each of us. The biggest crisis of our time is not economic, health care, or vocations, but is an identity crisis. We have forgotten our mission to become saints and forgotten our story as Catholics. We must rediscover that mission and hold each other accountable to accepting responsibility for that mission. Business as usual is not going to cut it. We need heroic Catholicism. We must stop talking, and start walking… stop crying, and start sweating… stop defining ourselves by our sins, and start realizing we are saints in the making! You can learn more about Dr Wood and purchases his book at: www.extraordinarymission.com To learn more about Saints in the Making University visit: www.saintsinthemaking.com
Ken talks with Sherry Weddell’s about her book Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor) Her book gives Catholics a renewed sense of spiritual direction.
This is clearly a time of immense challenge for the Church, but, according to Weddell, it is also an immense opportunity for Catholics to rebuild the Church. Drawing upon 15 years’ experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute — which Weddell co-founded to equip parishes for training lay leaders — she guides readers through steps that help both Catholics and non-Catholics enter into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of His Church. You can purchase Sherry’s book at: www.catalog.osv.org To learn more about the Catherine of Siena Institute, visit www.siena.org
October 10, 2013 – Fr. Joseph Fessio The Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI and Echo Lewis Victorious Exile – The Unexpected Destiny of Katya Kolyschkine
Ken talks with his guests Fr. Joseph Fessio about The Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI (Ignatius Press) and Echo Lewis author of Victorious Exile – The Unexpected Destiny of Katya Kolyschkine (Madonna House Publications) Pope Benedict XVI introduced his catecheses for the Year of Faith, a series of sixteen talks given at his weekly audience at end of his papacy. These talks explore how and why faith is relevant in the contemporary world. Echo Lewis writes about the life of Katya Kolyschkine, who came to be known in the West as Catherine de Hueck Doherty, who lived a life of adventure, peril, persecution and exile from her native Russia. The darkness of poverty and near despair closed in on Katya; but propelled by a love so great nothing could overpower it, she proved victorious in her quest to show the face of that love to thousands of others. You can purchase Pope Benedict’s book at: www.ignatius.com You can purchase Echo’s book at: www.madonnahouse.org/publications To learn more about Madonna House, visit www.madonnahouse.org
Ken talks with his guest Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church (Oxford University Press). Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion, Dean’s compelling new book investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice. American teenagers have embraced a hodgepodge of self-serving, feel-good beliefs that bears little resemblance to traditional Christianity. What is to be done? In order to produce ardent young Christians, Dean argues, churches must rediscover their sense of mission and model an understanding of being Christian. You can purchase her book at: www.amazon.com To learn more about Kenda Dean visit her Face book page or here website: www.kendadean.com