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April 15, 2013 – Award Winning Author, Patricia Treece on “God Will Provide”

Host Kathleen Beckman dialogues with best selling author, Patricia Treece on her latest book, “God Will Provide”, “How God’s Bounty Opened to Saints and 9 Ways It Can Open for You, Too” (Paraclete Press). Looking at God’s providence through the lens of saints such as Father Solanus Casey, Chiara Lubich (d. 2008), Blessed John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, Dorothy Day, and Blessed Mother Teresa, they discuss the life long process of letting go and letting God provide. Patricia has written extensively about the lives of the saints and how surrendering to God, fully and without reservation, is the path to a life without worries.

2012 Summer Reading List

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.

September 15, 2011 – Lorene Duquin

 Ken talks with author Lorene Duquin and discussed her book Recovering Faith – Stories of Catholics Who Came Home (published by Our Sunday Visitor). This book contains the stories of 18 Catholics who returned to the Church.  Many of the stories are by very well know individuals, including actor Martin Sheen, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, best selling author Dean Kootz and our own Father John Fletcher –  who many of our listeners will know because of his programs here on Radio Maria.  Her book can be purchased at https://catalog.osv.com/Catalog.aspx?SimpleDisplay=true&ref=osvtn&ProductCode=T1137

June 23, 2011 – Rapture: The End-Times Error that Leaves the Bible Behind

Ken talks with best selling author David B. Currie about his book Rapture: The End-Times Error that Leaves the Bible Behind. It explores the Biblical, historical, and theological roots of the modern “left behind at the rapture” movement. This book addresses common errors in “end-times” theology. David meticulously lays out a clear, concise, comprehensive Catholic alternative regarding the end-times. David’s first book, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, details how David grew up as a preacher’s son in the fundamentalist movement. After an often painful search for the truth; he and his wife Colleen, along with their six children found themselves reluctantly knocking on the door of the Catholic Church. Talks by Mr. Currie are available on CD from St Joseph Communications www.saintjoe.com

Bringing Up Geeks (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids) – Oct. 13, 2010

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Dr. Cheryl Reichel, Principal of Incarnation School, (Centerville, OH); School Counselor Mary Pierce, Leanne Seguin, Parent/Event Planner and Marybeth Hicks, top selling author of Bringing Up Geeks (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids): How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world. Marybeth Hicks, mother, radio personality and popular syndicated website writer will present the culminating event of the “GEEK’S Book Study” at Incarnation School Gymnasium, Centerville, OH on Thursday, October 28th at 7:00 PM.