Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side – 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at www.juliecragon.com To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary’s Bookstore, visit www.stmarysbookstore.com Her books can be purchased at www.catalog.osv.com
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Ken talks with his guest Daniel Horan, O.F.M. author of Dating God – Live and Love in the Way of St Francis. The author points out that the desire, uncertainty, and love we experience in relationship with God resembles our earthly relationships: We set aside time for the people who are most important to us. Horan reminds us that St. Francis of Assisi understood and even described his relationship with God in a similar way. For more information visit his website is www.danhoran.com He blogs at www.datinggod.org His books can be purchased at catalog.franciscanmedia.org
Ken talks with his guest Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms – Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Lisa is the founder and editor of www.catholicmom.com a website focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting, and Catholic cultural topics. In the “handbook” you will find advice and resources for the Catholic mom. In her new book for Advent you will find prayers that a family can use to establish a family tradition of praying during Advent. For more information visit Lisa’s website is www.lisahendey.com She blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/lisahendey Her books can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.
Ken talks with his guest Eric Sammons, author of Holiness for Everyone – The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva. The early Church held that all believers could achieve holiness. Over time, this conviction was largely forgotten. Sainthood seemed to be an honor only intended for a select few among the priests and religious. Eric Sammons tells us how Spanish priest and canonized saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, recovered the message of the universal call to holiness. His legacy is the belief that each of us can, by God’s grace, achieve holiness through the course of our ordinary life and work. You can download the introduction and 1st chapter of his book at www.ericsammons.com You can read all of St Escriva’s writings for free at www.escrivaworks.org His book can be purchased at catalog.osv.com
In the first half hour Ken talks with his guest Fr Joseph Fessio S.J, the founder and editor of Ignatius Press. Fr Fessio talks about the book The Price to Pay – A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ (published by Ignatius Press) The book author, Joseph Fadelle, lives in France. This is the author’s true story of a harrowing escape from Iraq to enter the Catholic Church with his wife and children. Mr. Fadelle was heir to a very prominent Iraqi family, members of whom had him thrown in prison and tried to kill him for becoming a Christian. The book can be purchased at www.ignatius.com
In the second half hour Ken’s guest is T.M. “Tom” Doran, author of the novel Terrapin (published by Ignatius Press) This book is an exciting murder mystery and coming of age story. His book can be purchased at www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with his guest Nancy Mayer-Whittington author of For the Love of Angela (Saint Catherine of Siena Press) Her book is an inspirational memoir in which Nancy recounts her experience of carrying and delivering her daughter, Angela, who died shortly after birth. The author focuses on how her Catholic faith saved her in these circumstances and how her relationship with Angela has changed and enriched her life. To learn more about Nancy and her story read this article in “The Catholic World Report” magazine www.catholicworldreport.com To learn more about the support group Nancy cofounded visit www.isaiahspromise.net Her book can be purchased at www.saintcatherineofsienapress.com
Ken talks with his guest Chris Haw author of From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart – Rekindling My Love for Catholicism (Ave Maria Press) Chris’s journey spans contemporary American Christianity–from a nominal Catholic background to megachurch Evangelicalism, to a new monastic community, and then back to Catholicism after an intense spiritual experience on Good Friday. Visit his website at www.chris-haw.com His book can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.
Ken talks with his guest Bruce Sullivan, author of Christ In His Fullness – A Protestant Minister Discovers the Fullness of Christ in the Catholic Church (published by Coming Home Resources) Christ In His Fullness details the journey of Bruce Sullivan into the Catholic Church. This book presents a full-length treatment of the primary issue that propelled Bruce on his journey, namely that of authority. But perhaps more importantly, it emphasizes in a positive way the great gift awaiting all who will embrace the Catholic faith, the gift of having Christ in all of His fullness. To purchase a copy of his book visit www.chnetwork.org
Ken talks with his guest Ruth Haley Barton, author of Pursuing God’s Will Together – A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (InterVarsity Press) Meetings can sap our energy, rupture community and thoroughly demoralize us. What if there was another way? Church boards and other Christian leadership teams have long relied on models adapted from the business world. Ruth Haley Barton, president of the Transforming Center, helps teams transition to a much more suitable model–the spiritual community that discerns God’s will together. In these pages you will discover personal and group practices that will lead you into a new way of experiencing community and listening to God together. To purchase and autographed copy of her book and learn more about the Transforming Center visit www.thetransformingcenter.org
In the first half hour Ken talks with Joe Paprocki, author of 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness – Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul (Loyola Press) Joe helps us see the Christian faith not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path–a path whose guideposts for spiritual wellness are sure to lead us to a more meaningful life and to a much richer experience of our faith. Visit Joe’s website at www.catechistsjourney.com His book is available at www.loyolapress.com
Ken’s guest in the second half hour was Jenna Steiger who talked about the Dynamic Catholic Book Program. This is a fantastic program where a wide range of great Catholic books are available for as little as $2 a copy. For details visit: www.dynamiccatholic.com/parishbookprogram