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Ken talks with Ryan Topping author of Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape Our Common Life (Sophia Institute Press) Rarely does a book come along that so succinctly explains the decline of modern culture, articulates a defense of the Church’s teachings, and offers a hope-filled path for building a civilization grounded in Catholic truth. In these pages, Dr. Ryan Topping does all three, pulling back the curtain on the false philosophies of the secularists and showing that in the West today the most formidable threat to freedom is not failing economies or Islam, but secularism. You can purchase Ryan’s book at: http://shop.sophiainstitute.com
Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)
Ken talks with Thomas Craughwell author of St Peter’s Bones: How the Relics of the First Pope Were Lost and Found and Then Lost and Found Again (Image Books) and Lawrence Cunningham author of The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide Mr. Craughwell’s book is a fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, he takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century. You can purchase Thomas’s book at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com and visit his website: http://thomascraughwell.com
Renowned theologian Lawrence Cunningham traces the roots of the seven deadly sins to the mystic experiences of the desert fathers, who—in total solitude—experienced and identified these corrupt inner desires as forces that twist us away from God. He offers examples and insights from scripture, Christian tradition, and modern life, helping readers meet each of the seven deadly sins with a corresponding virtue. You can purchase Dr Cunningham’s book at: www.avemariapress.com
Ken talks with Anthony Buono author of Would You Date You? (Servant Books) Anthony Buono is a pioneer in Catholic Internet dating, founding Ave Maria Singles (www.avemariasingles.com) Would You Date You? asks a pointed question, and then goes on to provide honest answers. Many singles have an unrealistic approach to dating, feeling shock and dismay when someone to whom they are attracted is not interested in them. Sadly, it never dawns on them that they might be the problem. Anthony Buono challenges his readers to look closely at themselves to discover areas that might be preventing them from having successful relationships. He explains the importance of self-knowledge in becoming comfortable with who we are meant to be, because anything less cannot be sustained over a lifetime. You can purchase the Anthony’s book at: catalog.franciscanmedia.org Anthony blogs at: http://6stonejars.com/
Ken talks with Tim & Sue Muldoon authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home (Ave Maria Press) and Anthony Ryan discusses Bountiful Goodness: Spiritual Mediations for a Deeper Union with Christ (Ignatius Press) by Thomas a Kempis. Tim and Sue Muldoon bring a wealth of experience as parents, spiritual guides, and religious educators to a practical book for parents that offers six sacred rules for integrating faith formation into everyday family life. The Imitation of Christ, also by Thomas À Kempis, is the most famous and beloved Christian devotional ever written. The simplicity, piety and wisdom that readers have found in that classic will also be discovered in these new modern-English translations of A Little Garden of Roses and The Valley of Lilies. You can purchase the Muldoons’ book at: www.avemariapress.com To learn more about their book visit: www.patheos.com You can purchase the Kempis book at: www.ignatius.com
Ken talks with Milton Walsh author of Into All Truth : What Catholics Believe and Why (Ignatius Press) Karl Keating, Founder, Catholic Answers, said it best: “Decades of turmoil have left many Catholics in a state of suspension. They aren´t sure what the Church teaches and what they are to believe. They will not find a better resource than Milton Walsh’s latest book, written precisely with these ‘suspended’ Catholics in mind.” You can purchase Milton’s book at: www.ignatius.com The study guide for this book is at: www.intoalltruthbook.com
Ken talks with Mark Shea about his book By What Authority? : An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition In this newly updated, expanded version of his popular work of apologetics, Shea presents a lively and entertaining look at his conversion to Catholicism from Evangelicalism and his discovery of Christian tradition. As an Evangelical, Shea accepted the principle of “sola scriptura” (Scripture alone) as the basis of faith. Now as a Catholic convert, he skillfully explains how and why Sacred Tradition occupies a central role in Divine Revelation. Tracing his own journey of intellectual and spiritual awakening, Shea begins by looking for a rejoinder to those modern-day false prophets who would claim that Scripture itself is not to be trusted, and ends with his conviction that tradition, as explained by the Catholic Church, is the only sure guarantee of the truth of the revelation of Jesus Christ. You can purchase Mark’s book at: www.ignatius.com Mark blogs at: www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/ and www.ncregister.com/blog/mark-shea/
Ken talks with Alyssa Bormes author of The Catechism of Hockey (ACS Books) & Michael O’Brien author of Voyage to Alpha Centauri (Ignatius Press) Alyssa Bormes uses the metaphor of devotion to hockey, and sports in general, to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings and observances of the Church.
Michael O’Brien’s latest novel is set eighty years in the future and chronicles an expedition sent from the planet Earth to Alpha Centauri, the star closest to our solar system. The story explores vital question about human nature, and the resiliency of the Church. You can purchase Alyssa’s book at: http://www.chesterton.org/store/#!/~/product/category=2885097&id=27012421 To learn more about Alyssa Bormes visit http://alyssabormes.com/ You can purchase Michael’s novel at: http://www.ignatius.com/Products/VAC-H/voyage-to-alpha-centauri.aspx To learn more about Michael O’Brien visit: http://www.studiobrien.com/
Ken talks with Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars. (St Benedict Press) Since 1976, Monica Miller has made it her life’s work to defend the unborn: she has counseled pregnant women outside abortion clinics and organized pro-life groups and sit-ins at many of those same clinics. She has blocked abortionists cars, been arrested, and gone to jail. And she has pulled the bodies of thousands of unborn babies out of dumpsters and given them a proper burial. Abandoned is the profound, breathtaking, and often daring journey of one woman, but it is much more than that. It is a history of the Pro-Life movement since Roe vs. Wade, a suspenseful, true-life tale of life and death, an insightful look into the unique and terrible horror of abortion, and a plea for the protection of the most helpless and innocent members of the human family. You can purchase Monica’s book at: books.benedictpress.com To learn more about Dr. Miller and her work on behalf of the unborn visit the following websites:
Ken talks with Sherry Boas & Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur. Sherry Boas (author of the popular “Lily” series) is back to discuss her novel “Wing Tip” (Caritas Press). In this story a young priest discovers that his dying mother has been holding onto a family secret. This unique tale of relentless love offers a profound look at the mercy of God as revealed through the trials of one man and the failures and flaws in his family line. Patrice’s “The Catholic Baby Name Book” is part of the CatholicMom.com series from Ave Maria Press. With more than ten thousand names of saints and biblical figures, this first-ever guide to Catholic baby names helps expectant parents find a beautiful and creative name for their child, or a Confirmation name for older children. Each entry includes the meaning of the name, language of origin, variations in form, a capsule biography, and relevant feast days and patron saint information. While it has become increasingly popular to name a baby after a town or a food, readers of The Catholic Baby Name Book will discover a bounty of names that are fun, creative, and Catholic. You can purchase Patrice’s book at: www.avemariapress.com You can purchase Sherry’s book at: www.caritaspress.org