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Ken talks with Deacon John Green, author of Streetwalking with Jesus – Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy (published by Our Sunday Visitor). For over two decades John has been ministering to inter-city men on the margins of society. John shares the lessons he learned through the stories of men who struggle to escape poverty, addiction and sexual sin – while encounter Christ in the process. Learn more about Deacon Green’s ministry at www.streets.org and www.streetwalkingwithjesus.com John’s wife has a vital role in his ministry and is a singer/songwriter. To learn more, and listen to some of her music, visit www.greenchoby.com John’s book is available at www.osv.com
Ken talks with Brandon Vogt, author of The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (Published by Our Sunday Visitor). Brandon tells us how Christians can harness all the new media tools to reach out, teach, cultivate community, and change the world. Brandon blogs at two websites, bother are a treasure trove of great information: www.brandonvogt.com and www.churchandnewmedia.com His book is available at www.osv.com
Ken talks with Fr James Kubicki about A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Kubicki explains one of the oldest, but also often misunderstood, Catholic devotions. Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer and order his book at www.apostleshipofprayer.org His book is also available at www.avemariapress.com Learn more about Fr Kubicki and the Apostleship of Prayer. If you order his book from his website he will inscribe it for you: www.apostleshipofprayer.org
Parenting Your Adult Child: Keeping the Faith (And Your Sanity)
Ken talks with Susan Vogt about Parenting Your Adult Child: Keeping the Faith (And Your Sanity) (Published by Franciscan Media) How did your baby grow up so quickly? As a parent, do you have anything left to say to your son or daughter? Is there anything your child still needs to hear from your – or tolerate you saying? Susan blogs at www.SusanVogt.net/blog Her book is available at www.franciscanmedia.org.
Ken talks with Stephen Martin about The Messy Quest for Meaning – Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation. (Published by Sorin Books, an imprint of Ave Maria Press) Drawing on lessons learned from Catholic monks and saints as well as his own experience, Stephen Martin has crafted five unique practices to help Catholics and other seekers grapple with life’s truly important questions and discover their calling in the world. Stephen blogs at www.messyquest.com His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-933495-32-4/The-Messy-Quest-for-Meaning/
Ken talks with Mary Eberstadt about her two most recent books. In Adam and Eve after the Pill – Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Mary challenges widespread attitudes about the benefits of contraceptives and the sexual revolution – especially the impact on women. In her book The Loser Letters – A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism she challenges “the new atheists” in an effective humorous manner. This book has been compared favorably with C. S. Lewis’s famous The Screwtap Letters. Her books (both published by Ignatius Press) are available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/AEAP-H/adam-and-eve-after-the-pill.aspx and http://www.ignatius.com/Products/LOSLET-P/the-loser-letters.aspx
Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late
Ken talks with Dr Jay Richards about the book he coauthored with James Robinson: Indivisible – Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late (published by Ignatius Press) This book offers a fresh diagnosis of our cultural disease, how we contracted it, and what we must do to cure it. It examines politics, faith, and culture from a Christian perspective. The authors tackle some of the tough moral, political, and economic issues that all Americans face. The book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/INDV-H/indivisible.aspx
This list was inspired by a listener who asked if I had a Top 10 Summer Reading List. We often think of summer reading as light, enjoyable books that we take on vacation or read while sitting on the patio. With that in mind, this list is heavy on fiction and uplifting personal stories. The list is in no particular order.
1. Pillar & Bulwark by Marcus Grodi
This is the long awaited sequel to How Firm a Foundation, the fictional account of a protestant pastor’s path to the Catholic Church. Full disclosure – I have yet to read this book and it is on my summer reading list. I have been assured by someone, who’s opinion I trust, that it is even better than How Firm a Foundation
2. Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow
A completely updated edition to this best selling book was published in 2011. David Murrow is an evangelical Christian who has studied this serious problem occurring across all Christian denominations. You may not agree with everything in his book, but I guarantee it will generate good conversations. This is a must read by everyone involved in parish faith formation.
3. The Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Domain
This is the first volume of Regina’s Fairy Tale Novels series. This is a great book for a mom, aunt or grandmother to read and then pass on to daughters, nieces and granddaughters. There are five volumes in the series so they make great gifts for teen age readers. This book is really for girls, a good choice for boys (and girls will like to too) is Catholic, Reluctantly by Christian M. Frank. This is the first volume of the John Paul II High series, and Regina Domain is the editor for the series.
4. The Father’s Tale by Michael D. O’Brien
I have enjoyed all of O’Brien’s novels, and this is his most recent. It may look like a daunting read at over 1000 pages, but you will enjoy every page.
5. Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home by Lorene Duquin
In this book you will find the stories of well know Catholics such as actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and Father John Fletcher who many of our listeners will know because of his programs on Radio Maria.
6. Be a Man! by Father Larry Richards
This is a great book for men. If you have ever heard a talk by the every popular Father Larry Richards you will hear that same voice in his writing. If you have already read this book, then read his latest titled Surrender!
7. Atheist to Catholic Stories of Conversion by Rebecca Vitz Cherico
I admit to being a fan of conversion story books. This one is very unique in that it is the stories of former atheists.
8. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Flannery O’Connor is a giant in Catholic literature. In her short life, this woman from Georgia created some of the most memorial characters in fiction. She has influenced and inspired generations of writers.
9. unPlanned by Abby Johnson
This is the best selling true story of Abby Johnson’s dramatic conversion from director of an abortion clinic, to outspoken ProLife advocate.
10. Fatherless by Brian Gail
This is the first volume of Brian Gail’s American Tragedy in Trilogy series. The story follows the conversion of fictional priest Father John Sweeney and members of his parish. This dramatic series has become a Catholic favorite.
Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words
Ken talks with Rod Bennett about his book; Four Witnesses – The Early Church In Her Own Words (published by Ignatius Press) What was the early Church like? Rod shows that there is a reliable way to know – the writings of the Early Church Fathers. The four Early Fathers in Rod’s book actually knew the Apostles, and their writings survive to this day. What you will find in the pages of his book is a window into the earliest days of a Church that was very Catholic! His book is available at http://www.ignatius.com/Products/FWEC-P/four-witnesses.aspx
Ken talks with Canadian author/painter Michael D. O’Brien about his two latest novels, The Father’s Tale and Theophilos (both published by Ignatius Press) Kevin is the CEO of the Coming Home Network International. The Father’s Tale is the epic tale of a father who travels to the end of the earth to save his son. St Luke addresses his gospel and Acts to a mysterious “Theophilos.” Who is Theophilos? Scripture scholars don’t know, but Michael O’Brien creates a fictional account of this mystery man. Visit Michael’s website www.studiobrien.com to see examples of his artwork along with a variety of information about his books. His books are available at www.ignatius.com