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February 5, 2015 – John Michael Talbot and Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

1st segment February 5 Ken talks with John Michael Talbot author of “The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today” (Image Books) www.imagecatholicbooks.com
John Michael Talbot website: johnmichaeltalbot.com

2nd segment February 5 Ken talks with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle author of “Bringing Lent Home with St. John Paul II: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families” (Ave Maria Press) www.avemariapress.com
Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com

April 17, 2014 – Elizabeth Ficocelli

Ken talks with Elizabeth Ficocelli author of Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love (Ave Maria Press) Author, speaker, and retreat leader Elizabeth Ficocelli introduces her readers to three remarkable women saints who became not only her role models, but also her life-changing friends. Thérèse, Faustina, and Bernadette taught Ficocelli about faith, hope, and love, and showed her what true Catholic womanhood looks like as she journeyed from a successful career as a marketing executive to what she found was a more authentic, even counter-cultural Catholic womanhood. Ficocelli offers women the wisdom of these saints for their own spiritual journeys. Elizabeth’s book is available at www.avemariapress.com Visit her website: http://elizabethficocelli.com

February 27, 2014 – Fr. Dwight Longenecker and comments on three devotion books for Lent

Ken talks with Fr. Dwight Longenecker author of “The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty” (Thomas Nelson) Former Anglican priest and now Catholic priest Fr. Dwight Longenecker argues that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told. Fr. Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. You can purchase Fr. Longenecker’s book at: www.thomasnelson.com If you would like an autographed copy of Fr. Longenecker’s book: dwightlongenecker.com. They should make sure they add a note in the comments section so Father can sign it for them. Fr. Dwight Longenecker blogs at: www.patheos.com Ken also reviews three books for Lent: “Bringing Lent Home with St. Therese of Lisieux” by Donna-Maria Cooper O’Boyle, “The Living Gospel” by Theresa Rickard, O.P. (both by Ave Maria Press), and “Meditations for Lent” by Jacques-Benigne Bossuet (Sophia Institute Press)

June 6, 2013 – Russell Shaw and David Calvillo

On June 6th Ken talks with guests Russell Shaw American Church – the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius Press) and David Calvillo Real Men Pray the Rosary – A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer (Ave Maria Press) Russell Shaw asks if the “Americanization” of American Catholics-their cultural assimilation, has been a blessing or a curse for the Church in the United States? Or has it been a bit of both? Cultural assimilation has undoubtedly conferred many benefits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular culture of America, however, now threatens the Catholic identity of millions of faithful and of their institutions, such as schools, universities, and hospitals. His book is available at: www.ignatius.com
Ken’s second guest David N. Calvillo says that the Rosary isn’t just for “old ladies and funerals,” that it’s a powerful tool for men as well. Praying the Rosary “enables one to see our Lord and experience our Christian faith through Mary’s eyes.” David’s book is available at: www.avemariapress.com To find out more about his organization visit: http://realmenpraytherosary.org/

April 4, 2013 – Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran

Ken’s guests are Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran the authors of Rebuilt – Awakening the Faithful Reaching the Lost Making Church Matter (Ave Maria Press) Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life. When their parish reached a breaking point, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them. For additional information visit www.rebuiltparish.com You can purchase their book at: www.avemariapress.com

March 14, 2013 – Monsignor Charles Murphy and Brian Kennelly

Ken’s first guest Monsignor Charles Murphy author of Eucharistic Adoration – Holy Hour Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (Ave Maria Press) This creative prayer compendium invites readers to spend an hour in Eucharistic adoration while meditating on the seven last words of Jesus and shows them how to do it. Charles Murphy also profiles seven contemporary Catholics–like Edith Stein and John Paul II–who are inspiring models of Eucharistic devotion. You can purchase his book at http://www.avemariapress.com
Ken’s second guest, Brian Kennelly discusses his novel Two Statues (Saint Benedict Press) Follow two heart warming friendships: Two unlikely retired neighbors and two priests who have know each other since seminary. You can purchase his book at https://books.benedictpress.com

November 1, 2012 – Chris Haw

Ken talks with his guest Chris Haw author of From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart – Rekindling My Love for Catholicism (Ave Maria Press) Chris’s journey spans contemporary American Christianity–from a nominal Catholic background to megachurch Evangelicalism, to a new monastic community, and then back to Catholicism after an intense spiritual experience on Good Friday. Visit his website at www.chris-haw.com His book can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.

September 27, 2012 – Dr. John Bergsma

Ken talks with Dr John Bergsma, author of Bible Basics for Catholics – A New Picture of Salvation History (published Ave Maria Press) From biblical scholar John Bergsma—two-time Teacher of the Year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville—comes Bible Basics for Catholics, a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the “big picture” of salvation history. This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma’s wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan University. Those looking for a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and its great figures will find this book to be an easily accessible and enlightening resource. Visit Dr Bergsma’s website at http://johnbergsma.com/ His book is available at  https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-291-3/Bible-Basics-for-Catholics/

August 9, 2012 – Fr James Kubicki

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

July 19, 2012 – Stephen Martin

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/

June 7, 2012 – Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Ken talks with Msgr. Stephen Rossetti about his book, Why Priests are Happy – A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests (published by Ave Maria Press) This book presents evidence that is counter to common opinions.  Msgr. Rossetti’s ground breaking work shows that priests are some of the happiest, most fulfilled men in our society.  His book is filled with great news about the satisfaction and joy of men in the priesthood.  This book and its information need to be given the widest distribution to encourage vocations. His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-274-3/Why-Priests-Are-Happy/

April 26, 2012 – Fr Louis Cameli

Ken talks with guest Fr Louis Cameli author of The Devil You Don’t Know – Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life (Published by Ave Maria Press) Fr Cameli paints a challenging , unsettling portrait of the devil as a formidable adversary who works great harm, often in quite, less-visible ways.  Fr Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  His book is available at https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-272-7/The-Devil-You-Dont-Know/

March 29, 2012 – Christine Watkins

Ken talks with guest Christine Watkins author of Full of Grace – Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary’s Intercession (Ave Maria Press) In her book Christine tells her own dramatic story of miraculous healing and conversion to the Catholic Church, along with the stories of five others.  You will read stories as varied as a homeless drug addict, and a modern day hero who has rescued thousands of children and was nominated for a Nobel Prize.  Visit her website at www.christinewatkins.com  You can purchase her book at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-226-3/Full-of-Grace/