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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
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
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
Ken talks with Jennifer Fulwiler author of Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It and Robert Ovies author of The Rising (both by Ignatius Press) Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Asking the unflinching questions about life and death, good and evil, led Jennifer to Christianity, the religion she had reviled since she was an awkward, skeptical child growing up in the Bible Belt. In The Rising – When nine-year-old C.J. Walker touches the arm of his mother’s dead friend at her wake service and whispers the wish that she wouldn’t be dead, he’s just trying to do the right thing. But when the undertaker sees the woman’s rosary sliding off her outstretched fingers and tumbling down her raised left arm, the firestorm can’t be held in check.
Jennifer’s book is available at http://www.ignatius.com. Visit Jennifer’s website: www.ConversionDiary.com
Robert’s book is available at www.ignatius.com To learn more about Robert’s program “Together with Jesus Couple Prayer Series” visit www.coupleprayer.com
Ken talks with May 1 Cari Donaldson author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale (Sophia Institute Press) Take a two-income, quasi-New Age, newlywed couple with two Greyhounds and the resolve never to have children or to embrace any form of organized religion. Add ten years of hunger for “something more.” What do you get? You get a conversion story that is only slightly less dramatic that St Paul on the way to Damarcus – but certainly a lot more humorous. Cari’s book is available at shop.sophiainstitute.com. Visit Cari’s website: www.clan-donaldson.com
Ken talks with David Pierre author of Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories. Dave Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the media’s coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Yes, Catholic priests terribly abused minors, and bishops failed to stop the unspeakable harm. That is an undeniable truth. Nothing justifies such an evil. However, major media outlets are unfairly attacking the Catholic Church, and these two compelling books have the shocking evidence to prove it. Double Standard provides background and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused has more specific stories. Both are excellent. David’s books are available on Amazon, and Kindle versions are available for only $3. Visit his website: www.TheMediaReport.com
Ken talks with Elizabeth Ficocelli author of Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (Ave Maria Press) Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli introduces her readers to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like as she journeyed from a successful career as a marketing executive to what she found was a more authentic, even counter-cultural Catholic womanhood. Ficocelli offers women the wisdom of these saints for their own spiritual journeys. Elizabeth’s book is available at www.avemariapress.com Visit her website: http://elizabethficocelli.com
Ken talks with Dr Aaron Kheriaty editor of True or False Possession: How to Distinguish the Demonic from the Demented (by Jean Lhermitte and published by Sophia Institute Press) and Dr. Christopher Kaczor author of The Seven Big Myths About Marriage: What Science, Faith, and Philosophy Teach Us about Love and Happiness (Ignatius Press). Genuine demonic possessions, admits Lhermitte, evade the explanations and exceed the competence of even the wisest physicians. Skilled physicians and trained clergy must discern whether they’re dealing with real possession, or only pathology, mental or physical. You can purchase Dr Kheriaty’s book at: shop.sophiainstitute.com Dr Kaczor explores the nature of marriage, and the love they promise to each other, which is agape, a selfgiving love that is the choice to do good for the other. He also examines alternatives to covenant marriage, such as polygamy and samesex marriage, as well as cohabitation. Finally the book explores the value of children. To make sense of Catholic teaching on contraception, he says that we must first reconsider the value of fertility and having children. Kaczor’s book is available at www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with Dr. Brant Pitre author of Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper and Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (both by Random House) In his bestselling Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist Brant shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. This book has been out a couple of years and continues to be a best seller. Christians are familiar with the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ is the ‘Bridegroom’ and the Church is the ‘Bride’. But what does this really mean? And what would ever possess Paul to compare the death of Christ to the love of a husband for his wife? You will find answers to these questions and more in Jesus the Bridegroom. You can purchase Brant’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com Visit Brant’s website: http://brantpitre.com
Ken talks with Fr. Robert Hater author of Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past, Road Map for the Future (Our Sunday Visitor) Fr. Hater develops his common sense approach within a historical perspective that follows the lines of his own journey of faith. He traces his catechetical story from the 1950’s to the present time. As he tells his story, he takes the best from the memorization approach of the early 20th century, the use of the Baltimore Catechism, the insights of Vatican II, the chaotic period of the late 60s and 70s, the experiential approach of the 80s and 90s, including the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the systematic approach of the 90s until today, and finally, The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can purchase Fr. Robert’s book at: www.osv.com