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September 5, 2013 – Fr Ray Ryland

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Ken talks with Fr Ray Ryland, author of Drawn from Shadows into Truth – A Memoir (Emmaus Road Publishing) Fr Ryland is well known to many listeners because of his work with Marcus Grodi and the Coming Home Network and his work with Catholics United for the Faith. Fr Ryland was an Episcopal minister for 17 years before he and his wife and their five children joined the Church in 1963. Fr Ryland was ordained a Catholic priest in 1983, and at the age of 92 is still actively serving the Church. His book can be purchased at: www.emmausroad.org

August 29, 2013 – Maura Zagrans & Fr David Link

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Ken talks with his guests Maura Zagrans and Fr David Link, the author and subject of “Camerado, I Give You My Hand – How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars” (published by Image, an imprint of Random House). David Link had a successful professional career in law, politics and as the dean of Notre Dame Law School. He was married to his wife Barbara for 45 years, and in 2003, just as they were thinking about retirement, Barbara was lost to cancer. In 2008, at the age of 71, when many of us would think about slowing down, Fr David was ordained a Catholic priest. He is now changing the lives of prisoners in the Indiana state prison system. Visit Maura’s website: http://maurazagrans.com There are a couple videos you may want to check out: www.youtube.com/video1 and www.youtube.com/video2

August 22, 2013 – Anthony Ryan & Joyce Coronel

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Ken talks with his guests Anthony Ryan and Joyce Coronel. Anthony Ryan, Ignatius Press Marketing Director, discusses the book Bakhita- From Slave to Saint by Roberto Italo Zanini. At age 9, St Bakhita was kidnapped near Darfur, Sudan, by Arab slave traders. For several years she was subjected to brutal and humiliating treatment until she was ransomed and taken to Italy, where she became a Catholic and a nun. Joyfully and serenely Bakhita served with the Canossian sisters in a small, obscure town in northern Italy until her death in 1947. Then something even more remarkable than her redemption happened. The book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com Joyce Coronel’s novel A Martyr’s Crown reads like today’s headlines regarding the attacks on Christian’s in the Middle East. American journalist, Sarah Castillo has a life-changing encounter with a Catholic priest who survived torture at the hands of jihadists. Sarah learns what forgiveness, faith and love really mean. To learn more about Joyce and to purchase her book visit: http://joycecoronel.com/

August 15, 2013 – Ann Carey and Dr Michael Norman

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Ken talks with his guests Ann Carey author of Sisters in Crisis Revisited – From Unraveling to Reform and Renewal (Ignatius Press) and Dr Michael Norman author of Unbridled Grace – A True Story about the Power of Choice (Dog Ear Publishing) Ann Carey’s new edition of her book describes how the ideological shifts and upheavals of the 1960s left most women’s orders in a state of crisis, but she also gives us reasons for renewal and hope. Her book can be purchased at: www.ignatius.com Dr Michael Norman tells the true story of how his life became a living nightmare when he inadvertently became involved with Russian organized crime. This dark period of his life lead to a renewal of his Catholic faith. To learn more about Dr Norman visit: www.unbridledgrace.com

August 8, 2013 – Fr. Donald Calloway & Vinny Flynn

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Ken talks with his guests Fr. Donald Calloway and Vinny Flynn. In his new book Under the Mantle – Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest (Marian Press) Fr. Calloway, MIC, deftly shares his personal insights on topics including Divine Mercy, the Eucharist, the papacy, the Church, confession, prayer, the cross, masculinity, and femininity. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the central thread weaving a tapestry throughout with quotes about Our Lady from saints, blessed, and popes. Fr. Calloway’s book can be purchased at: www.catholicword.com Visit his website: www.fathercalloway.com In 7 Secrets of Confession (MercySong), best-selling author Vinny Flynn explores the “hidden” truths of this encounter with Jesus, presenting what to many will be a whole new way of going to confession, and inviting you to begin an exciting personal journey to healing and holiness. Mr. Flynn’s books is available at www.catholicword.com To learn more about Vinny Flynn visit: www.vinnyflynn.com

August 1, 2013 – Rick Sarkisian & Karen Eifler

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Ken talks with his guests Rick Sarkisian and Karen Eifler. Rick is the author of Running Hard, Finishing Strong – 7 Steps to Building Momentum in Your Spiritual Life (Our Sunday Visitor) Here is a practical guide for developing a momentum mindset that connects your faith with real life in a way that supports, motivates encourages, and enhances your efforts along the way. To find out more about Rick Sarkisian vist: www.lifework.com Rick’s book can be purchased at: catalog.osv.com
Karen Eifler is the author of A Month of Mondays – Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom (ACTA) Using humorous and touching real-life stories to make her points, Karen digs deep into the connection between teaching and spirituality. Karen’s book is available at www.actapublications.com

July 25, 2013 – Renee Bondi

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Ken talks with his guest Renee Bondi author of Still I Will Praise – The Power of Praising God … Even When You Don’t Fell Like It (published by CLC Publications). In early 1988 Renée’s future was incredibly bright. It was only two months before her wedding. She had a beautiful singing voice, a thriving career as a music teacher, and a loving family. But then one night a bizarre accident left her a quadriplegic. Renée lost not only all use of her arms and legs, but also her singing voice she could barely speak above a whisper. She miraculously began to sing again and went on to live more fully than she ever dreamed. Whether performing or sharing her victorious story Renée are uplifted and mesmerized by her angelic voice, music and messages. Most importantly, all who hear Renée are encouraged to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. To learn more about Renee, and to purchase her books and CDs: www.reneebondi.com

July 18,2013 – Sherry Boas “Lily” Series

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Ken talks with his guest Sherry Boas author of the “Lily” Series (published by Caritas Press). There are currently four novels in the series: Until Lily, Wherever Lily Goes, Life Entwined with Lily’s, The Things Lily Knew. The series grew out of Sherry’s own experience with her adopted daughter who has Downs Syndrome. Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix has said, “Boas has a way of depicting the action of God’s grace in persons not eager to receive it in a way that rivals Flannery O’Connor. Her novels lift up the dignity of each human person, not through an in-your-face approach, but through excellent character development.” Visit Sherry’s website: www.lilytrilogy.com Her books can be purchased at www.catholicword.com

July 11, 2013 – Al Kresta and Fr. Brian McMaster

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Ken talks with his guests Al Kresta (Dangers to the Faith – Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st-Century Opponents) and Fr. Brian McMaster (Totus Tuus – A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II) Both book are published by Our Sunday Visitor. No one is more qualified to pull back the curtain on the challenges the Catholic Church faces today than Al Kresta, popular Catholic author, speaker, and radio show host. Mr Kresta blogs at http://krestaintheafternoon.blogspot.com and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com

Fr. Brian McMaster takes St de Montfort’s classic work and recasts it in a contemporary version using the writings and example of Pope John Paul II. Visit Fr McMasters Facebook page and his book is available at http://catalog.osv.com

June 27, 2013 – Dan Lord & Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B.

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Ken talks with his guests Dan Lord and Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. In his book, Choosing Joy – The Secret to Living a Fully Christian Life (Our Sunday Visitor), Dan Lord outlines what joy is and isn’t, four obstacles to experiencing it, and how to put the ideas into day-to-day practice. The book has wonderful personal stories from Dan’s life and the life of others to help us grasp this fruit of the Holy Spirit. In her book, The Ear of the Heart – An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows (Ignatius Press), Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. tells her amazing journey from becoming a convert at a very young age, as a glamorous top Hollywood actress, and her entry and life as a religious at Regina Laudis Abby. Dan’s book is available at: http://catalog.osv.com Visit Dan’s website: http://thatstrangestofwars.com Mother Hart’s book is available at: www.ignatius.com Visit the Regina Laudis Abby website: http://abbeyofreginalaudis.org/