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October 31, 2013 – Emily Stimpson These Beautiful Bones – An Everyday Theology of the Body

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Ken talks with Emily Stimpson author of These Beautiful Bones – An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road Publishing) It was Blessed John Paul II’s greatest gift to the Church: The theology of the body. A window into who we are, the theology of the body is a theology for where we work, where we eat, where we laugh, and where we pray. These Beautiful Bones takes you on a walk through those rooms. With both humor and practical wisdom, it sheds light on what the theology of the body has to say about life beyond the bedroom, about the everyday moments of life, helping you discover how to let grace enter into those moments and make of them something extraordinary. You can purchase Emily’s book at: To learn more about Emily Stimpson visit: and

October 24, 2013 – Dr. John Wood

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Ken talks with Dr. John Wood author of Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Mission – 5 Steps to Winning the War Within (Beacon Publishing) There is only one solution to the problems we face… saints! The book is a five step guide to choosing the saint within you. Becoming a saint is a choice, and we must begin choosing the saint within each of us. The biggest crisis of our time is not economic, health care, or vocations, but is an identity crisis. We have forgotten our mission to become saints and forgotten our story as Catholics. We must rediscover that mission and hold each other accountable to accepting responsibility for that mission. Business as usual is not going to cut it. We need heroic Catholicism. We must stop talking, and start walking… stop crying, and start sweating… stop defining ourselves by our sins, and start realizing we are saints in the making! You can learn more about Dr Wood and purchases his book at: To learn more about Saints in the Making University visit:

October 17, 2013 – Sherry Weddell

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Ken talks with Sherry Weddell’s about her book Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor) Her book gives Catholics a renewed sense of spiritual direction.
This is clearly a time of immense challenge for the Church, but, according to Weddell, it is also an immense opportunity for Catholics to rebuild the Church. Drawing upon 15 years’ experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute — which Weddell co-founded to equip parishes for training lay leaders — she guides readers through steps that help both Catholics and non-Catholics enter into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ in the midst of His Church. You can purchase Sherry’s book at: To learn more about the Catherine of Siena Institute, visit

October 10, 2013 – Fr. Joseph Fessio The Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI and Echo Lewis Victorious Exile – The Unexpected Destiny of Katya Kolyschkine

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Ken talks with his guests Fr. Joseph Fessio about The Transforming Power of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI (Ignatius Press) and Echo Lewis author of Victorious Exile – The Unexpected Destiny of Katya Kolyschkine (Madonna House Publications) Pope Benedict XVI introduced his catecheses for the Year of Faith, a series of sixteen talks given at his weekly audience at end of his papacy. These talks explore how and why faith is relevant in the contemporary world. Echo Lewis writes about the life of Katya Kolyschkine, who came to be known in the West as Catherine de Hueck Doherty, who lived a life of adventure, peril, persecution and exile from her native Russia. The darkness of poverty and near despair closed in on Katya; but propelled by a love so great nothing could overpower it, she proved victorious in her quest to show the face of that love to thousands of others. You can purchase Pope Benedict’s book at: You can purchase Echo’s book at: To learn more about Madonna House, visit

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