A friend of the show and a friend of mine joined us – Rhonda Zweber. She is the author of Reading between the Signs: Unexpected Directions on the Ultimate Journey, which was the spring book club offering from WINE: Women in the New Evangelization last spring. Rhonda is entering another chapter of cancer and chemotherapy. She has some beautiful insights of her own deeper conversion, becoming a disciple, and entering Lent. After you listen, you can order Rhonda’s book here.
Today we spoke with the author of Fatima: 100 Questions and Answers about the Marian Apparitions. It is a book that has coincides with Fatima, the movie. This book was a delight and I would recommend it for everyone—parents could even use it to teach their children about Our Lady of Fatima and the visionaries Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco. Our conversation began with some of the background of the families, the children themselves, the visions, and even the popes since Benedict XV to Francis and their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. When you finishing listening, you can get the book here.
This is the second time Fiorella De Maria has been on the show. She is a writer of the Father Gabriel murder mysteries; the book we spoke about today was See no Evil. What an absolutely delightful book – it is a page turner. When reading the book, I did figure out one clue, but it was an easy one at the beginning. But Fiorella completely surprised me with the rest, although once revealed – it all made sense. In the interview we spoke about Fiorella’s ability to take into account forgiveness and the promise of new life, right in the middle of a murder mystery. It is set right after WWII, which adds to the beautiful tapestry of the book. After listening to the interview, you can get the book here.
Lent has begun and these ladies have some amazing ideas how to deepen the journey! Let me introduce my guests today:
Kelly Wahlquist is the founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, Evangelist, Author of Created to Relate, and good friend of mine.
Allison Gingras is an author of Gift of Invitation, the co-author of Our Friend Faustina, and a book coming out in May 2020, Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust. She is also the National WINE Steward for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization.
Heidi Harvey is a speaker and a teacher at the School of the Holy Spirit in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis.
We are having a round table discussion – grab a cup of coffee and join us. Then seek more information about WINE: Women in the New Evangelization here.
Today we welcome a young singer and evangelist. Alex Schindler is a cradle Catholic whose faith was lukewarm and left the faith after high school. Eventually in college, she found herself invited to the Catholic Newman Center, which began a journey home. She returned to the Church, this time having been well catechized. She also realized in college that she had an amazing ability to sing! Her re-version opened her to the possibility of a vocation to the religious life, and this journey led her to life of healing of old wounds. Alex’s story is one of inspiration!
Her first novel is out and it is a hit! Eleanor Bourg Nicholson joins us today to speak about A Bloody Habit, which takes place in turn-of-the-century London, and evil is besieging the city. Her main character is reading Dracula during the telling of the story. Nicholson masterfully weaves the two novels together. Her retelling is utterly Catholic, but in subtle way. We had a wonderful conversation about some of the themes of the book, how Nicholson came to write, and she gives us the promise that she is working on another imaginative novel. After listening to the show, you will want to get the book – you can do so here.
What a joy today to have both Kelly Wahlquist and Allison Gingras with us. Kelly is a Catholic evangelist, speaker, and founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization., and Allison is Catholic blogger, author, speaker, social media evangelist, and hosts a podcast. We spoke about the new book edited by Kelly and written by a number of women associated with WINE. Gaze upon Jesus: Experiencing Christ’s Childhood through the Eyes of Women is a wonderful book. In it you will find references to scripture readings, explaining them in a way you may not have thought of before. Then, there is biblical fiction, placing you right into the story, then writings on virtue, and a modern look at how the story still has meaning now. Perhaps my favorite part of the book is the visio divina – contemplating the Lord through sacred images. There are full color copies of Vatican paintings, a description of them, and a way to pray with them. This book is a 10! I was enthralled, and then so grateful to speak to Kelly and Allison. After listening, you can go to catholicvineyard.com to get the book and join the virtual book club!
Today we are joined by Emily Cavins, Regina Neville, Lisa Bromschwig, and Linda Wandrei. They have written The Great Adventure Storybook, which includes a book with the narrative stories of Salvation History, a book of plays for your children to retell the stories themselves, and a teacher’s guide. The women have come from a variety of backgrounds, but are all moms. They were looking for a way to teach their own children, but then found another calling, to help teach other children as well. You will love the work they have done, and can find it at The Great Adventure Storybook series: https://shop.ascensionpress.com/search?type=article%2Cpage%2Cproduct&q=The*+Great*+Adventure*+Storybook*.
We were joined by Rhonda Zweber, and even had a surprise visit from Sally Zweber, Rhonda’s sixteen-year-old daughter. Rhonda has just written Reading Between the Signs: Unexpected Directions on the Ultimate Journey. The hour was filled with stories of Rhonda’s last eleven years – those being of carrying the cross of cancer. Yet, Rhonda has been able to experience a host of graces during this time. Her story has something for everyone. Her book is available on www.chesterton.org