Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with Diane Dudenhoefer who will be reporting on the 2015 Washington DC March for Life where approximately 600, 000 pro-lifers gathered on Jan. 22, 2015. Diane experienced the DC March for Life together with her Bishop and 7 busloads of Catholics from her diocese in Ohio. She shares the many graces they received and conveys great hope in the courageous young generation of Catholic pro-lifers.
Ken talks Regina Doman about her latest novel Rapunzel Let Down: A Fairy Tale Retold (Chesterton Press). Regina’s book is the latest in her Fairy Tale Retold series. This one is for an older audience who has grown up with her novels. It tackles very challenging issues facing teens and young adults. Her book is available at: www.chestertonpress.com
In the first half hour Ken talks with guest Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of My Sisters the Saints – A Spiritual Memoir (published by Image, an imprint of Random House). The author is the well know host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture program. Her new book chronicles her fifteen year quest to understand the meaning of her life and identity in light of her Christian faith and contemporary feminism. Visit her website: colleen-campbell.com Purchase her book at www.amazon.com
In the second half of the program Ken talks with Catholic mystery writer John Desjarlais author of Bleeder and sequel Viper (published by Sophia Institute Press) Bleeder is the gripping mystery of the death of a stigmatic priest on Good Friday. In the sequel, Viper, Selena De La Cruz investigates the murder of parishioners whose names have been entered in her parish’s Book of the Dead. Visit is website: www.johndesjarlais.com Purchased his books at: shop.sophiainstitute.com
Ken talks with his guest Jason Evert, co-author with his wife Crystalina, of How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing your Soul – 21 Secrets for Women (published by Totus Tuus Publishing). Jason has spoken internationally to more than one million people about the virtue of chastity. He is a best-selling author of a dozen books, including Theology of the Body for Teens, If you Really Loved Me, Pure Love, and Raising Pure Teens. Visit Jason’s website: www.jasonevert.com His books can be purchased at www.howtofindyoursoulmate.com
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.
In this episode of Sacred Treasures, Kathie speaks with Michael Wick about Servant of God, Fr. John A. Hardon, founder of Institute on Religious Life.
She also talks with actor, Jason Burkey about his latest movie, October Baby. The film is inspired by the life of Giana Jessen whose mother had a failed saline abortion. Burkey plays the role of Jason in the film.
Ken talks with author Claudia Cangilla McAdam author of the novel Awakening (Sophia Institute Press) In this novel you will meet fourteen year old Ronnie who is struggling with the loss of her father and brother. She falls asleep and finds herself waking up in Jerusalem – just days before the crucifixion. Claudia also talks about the presentations she makes to classrooms either in person or over the internet. Visit Claudia’s website www.claudiamcadam.com where you can read the first four chapters, and download the study guides for teachers and book clubs. Her book can be purchased at: http://shop.sophiainstitute.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=409
Ken speaks with Regina Doman and husband, Andrew In this special St Valentine’s Day program, Ken talks with authors Regina Doman and her husband Andrew (Schmiedicke) about his book Our Fairy Tale Romance- How I met a Princess in Disguise and Convinced Her to Marry Me (Chesterton Press) Regina is the author of the popular Fairy Tale Novels, and Andrew tells the story of their meeting, courtship and marriage in his book. Later in the discussion Regina talks about the John Paul II High series (by Christian M. Frank) that she edits. This series (three and, soon to be four books) is also published by Chesterton Press – visit www.johnpaul2high.com All book can be purchases at: www.chestertonpress.com
In this program, Mark talks with fellow Radio Maria presenter, Robin Brun. Robin shares her faith and discusses her new program, Putting Faith and Hope in Your Job Search.
In this program, Kathie speaks to the talented musician, Max Tenny. Tenney talks of his music background and work with the revised Order of the Mass.
In the second half of the program, she speaks with Reggie Dauzat about his faith and healing which enabled him to overcome a terminal illness and regain his sight to continue his work for the Lord.
In this program, Br. Erik Otiende talks about Mary as a Model of the Church Today.
Br. Erik Otiende, in this program talks about how we are waiting with Mary during Advent.