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TOP BOOKS of 2014 – Ken Huck of Meet the Author

Ken Huck host of Meet the Author                                                                                         

Meet the Author

with Ken Huck every Thursday at 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern

I love being a Radio Maria volunteer!  Hosting Meet the Author for nearly four years and I still can’t believe it because each week I have the privilege of talking with the best Catholic authors.   What is my favorite book of 2014?  How can I possibly choose among so many wonderful books!!  Here are my thoughts on my favorites for 2014.

I love conversion stories and we had several wonderful examples this year.  Here are my favorites:

  • “Something Other Than God” by Jennifer Fulwiler May 8, 2014
  • “A Voice UnDefeated” by country music superstar Collin Raye May 29, 2014
  • “Not God’s Type” by Holly Ordway.  Holly’s conversion is about as improbable as St Paul’s! October 16, 2014
  • A book that has had a great impact on my prayer life is “The Better Part” by Fr. John Bartunek November 6, 2014
  • “St Peter’s Bones”by Thomas Craughwell. Because of this book I was able to arrange a visit to the excavation under the Vatican this summer and venerate the bones of St Peter! February 20, 2014
  • For pure fun Simcha Fisher’s “The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning” March 13, 2014
  • But if you really, really, really pressed me, my favorite book discussed in 2014 was “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” by Dr. Brant Pitre April 3, 2014

I know 2015 will be another great year of insightful interviews with top authors of great books.   Listen live every Thursday 2pm central/3pm eastern – rebroadcast Saturday midnight central/1 am eastern and again Tuesday 5am central/6am eastern.

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June 18, 2014 – Time to Reconsider the Merits of a Catholic Education?

C.S. Lewis shows the danger of relativism in education. Once a person is formed in it, he suffers the loss of “will, of strength and of creativity” (1). With regard to subjects such as math, science and language arts, we know how vital they are to a professional career. However, do we recognize that there are other subjects which make possible a life that is fulfilling and satisfying? Are not these characteristics more important than having the best job? A Catholic education is not just about forming students in math, science and the language arts, but also about learning to appreciate truth, beauty and goodness. Pope Francis in his encyclical “Evangelii Gaudium” encourages this type of education to offset the fallout from growing secularism.

(1) The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis, Chptr 1.

May 30, 2013 – Regina Doman

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

May 9, 2013 – Deacon Henry Libersat

Ken talks with Deacon Henry Libersat author of Catholic and Confident – Simple Steps to Share Your Faith (Servant Books) Deacon Libersat is the co-author with Sister Briege McKenna of the bestseller Miracles Do Happen. In his latest book he shows you how to spread the gospel and share your story. His book is available at: www.franciscanmedia.org To learn more about Deacon Libersat visit: www.henrylibersat.com Note: The expected interview with Regina Doman in the second half of the program didn’t occur due to scheduling issues. Look for a discussion with Regina at a future date.

Catholic Classics with Fr. Joseph Koterski

Join Fr. Koterski as he takes a walk through classic Catholic literature starting with Dante’s Divine Comedy.

September 11, 2012 – Christopher (Chris) Bell

Our Guest on the Quest today is Christopher (Chris) Bell the founder of 6 Good Counsel Maternity Homes in New York and New Jersey. I have asked Chris to reflect on his own 9/11 experience of that day as well as sharing with us his experience working with Father Benedict Groeschel to serve homeless pregnant women. Chris is married to Joan Andrews Bell, who can rightly be described as the archangel or patron saint (still alive, so not yet canonized) of the “rescue” movement based on numerous rescues and years of imprisonment. How they met and developed a love relationship is a most interesting part of today’s program.

August 25, 2012 – Vol. 13, Week 7

Diary entries: September 14, 1921, September 16, 1921, September 21, 1921, September 28, 1921

July 28, 2012 – Vol. 13, Week 3

The Book of Heaven: Vol. 13, Week 3
Diary entries: July 14, 1921, July 20, 1921, July 26, 1921

February 24, 2012 – The Life of a Marian Library Volunteer – Part II

Sister Jean Frisk finishes up the discussion about what it is like to be a Marian Library Volunteer.

February 9, 2011- Regina and Andrew

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

September 3, 2010 – Mary as Educator Part 2

This is the second of a two part series in which Sr. Daniell Peters  focuses on Mary’s role as an educator.