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October 3, 2013 – Kenda Creasy Dean

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Ken talks with his guest Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church (Oxford University Press). Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion, Dean’s compelling new book investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice. American teenagers have embraced a hodgepodge of self-serving, feel-good beliefs that bears little resemblance to traditional Christianity. What is to be done? In order to produce ardent young Christians, Dean argues, churches must rediscover their sense of mission and model an understanding of being Christian. You can purchase her book at: To learn more about Kenda Dean visit her Face book page or here website:

September 26, 2013 – Fr. W. Paul Jones

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Ken talks with his guest Fr. W. Paul Jones author of A Different Kind of Cell – The Story of a Murderer Who Became a Monk (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing). Clayton Fountain was thought by most to be beyond all hope of redemption. Serving several life sentences for five violent murders (four of them committed while behind bars), he was condemned to live out his days in solitary confinement, entombed in a cell of concrete and steel built specifically for him in Marion, Illinois. Yet even this ruthless murderer was not beyond the limits of divine mercy. Although he never again emerged from his cell, Fountain undertook a profound spiritual journey that led to a genuine religious conversion and his decision to become a hermit and a brother in the Trappist Order. Father Jones, who served as Fountain’s spiritual advisor for six years until Fountain’s sudden death in 2004, tells this amazing story with candor and compassion. You can purchase his book at: To learn more about Fr. W. Paul Jones and the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center in southern Missouri visit

September 19, 2013 – Dr. Edward Sri

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Ken talks with his guest Dr. Edward Sri author of Walking With Mary – A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross (Image, an imprint of Random House). In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri looks at the crucial passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers insight about the Blessed Mother’s faith and devotion that we can apply in our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events unfolding around her. You can purchase his book at: To learn more about Dr Sri and the Augustine Institute visit

September 12, 2013 – Ambassador Michael Novak

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Ken talks with his guest Ambassador Michael Novak author of Writing from Left to Right – My Journey from Liberal to Conservative (Image, an imprint of Random House). Coming from a Catholic, working class, Democratic family in Pennsylvania, he was an ardent liberal who worked for the campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, Robert Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, and George McGovern. In time, however, he saw ill tendencies in liberalism, and he saw the Democratic party increasingly influenced by academic and Hollywood elites. President Ronald Reagan named to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and 1982. In his book you will also learn about his relationships with people as varied as British Prime minister Margaret Thatcher, Steve Forbes, Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. In the 1990s, he became friends with Blessed Pope John Paul II and influenced the pope’s on social and economic thinking. You can purchase his book at:

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:

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: There are a couple videos you may want to check out: and

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: 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:

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: 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:

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: Visit his website: 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 To learn more about Vinny Flynn visit:

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: Rick’s book can be purchased at:
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