Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Live Today Well: Book Review

Live Today Well

Live Today Well: Saint Francis de Sales’s Simple Approach to Holiness, by Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S is a gem! This five-star book offers anyone wanting to grow closer to God a practical means of doing so. Fr. Dailey takes the reader through Saint Francis de Sales’ Spiritual Directory, using contemporary ways of applying this ever useful, and timeless instruction of St Francis on how to live today well; from one’s first rising in the morning until one lays their head down to sleep at night. This book offers prayerful ways that we can grow in virtue; thus grow in holiness.

My favorite line from Fr. Dailey’s book is this:

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Becoming More Like Christ – Book Review

Becoming More Like ChristBecoming More Like Christ: A Daily Prayer Guide to Living the Beatitudes by Monsignor David E. Rosage

Christ is sending me a message, and I am hearing it loud and clear. As with last month’s book review of Blessed are the Stressed, by Sister Mary Lea Hill, the Holy Spirit seems to have placed another book in my path centered on the Beatitudes! Becoming More like Christ, by Monsignor David E. Rosage, is a wonderful daily prayer guide to living the Beatitudes. Given that the Beatitudes are focused on discipleship, via the embrace of such virtues as humility, meekness, peace, and justice, I was in my glory reading this book.

Monsignor Rosage took pains to find the most Continue reading

Blessed are the Stressed – Book Review

Blessed are the Stressed

Blessed are the Stressed: Secrets to a Happy Heart from a Crabby Mystic, by Mary Lea Hill, FSP

Feeling stressed, but not necessarily blessed? Do you want to feel better about the direction of your life? Well, Blessed are the Stressed: Secrets to a Happy Heart from a Crabby Mystic, by Sister Mary Lea Hill, FSP focuses on reducing your stress by embracing the tenets of the Beatitudes. Specifically, this book addresses the importance the Beatitudes play in your life, especially in a culture that tells us that happiness can be found in a slick new car, or a fancy new house. According to Sister Mary Lea, true happiness, or blessedness, is found in being meek, striving for Continue reading

Awesome Book! Stay with Me – Book Review

Stay with MeAwesome, simply awesome! That is it in a nutshell regarding the fantastic book, Stay with Me, by Carolyn Astfalk. This Christian fiction novel centers around two young people in their 20’s, named Chris Reynolds and Rebecca Rhodes. Chris is Catholic and Rebecca is not. This fact comes out early in the story. From that point on, we see two people of different backgrounds with different beliefs and baggage, who fall in love with each other. We see how they face the challenges of maintaining chastity in their relationship. We see how they grow in purity and love for one another. This book is packed with virtue, displayed, oh so brilliantly, by Carolyn Astfalk in the most positive manner.

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Pope Francis: The Church of Mercy

pope francis 2The Church of Mercy, by Pope Francis: Book Review

For the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, I decided to learn more about the virtue of Mercy. What better book to read than Pope Francis’ The Church of Mercy?

I found this book very insightful. In this book, Pope Francis provides a selection of his 2013 speeches and homilies. Taking into consideration his election as Pope occurred in March 2013, these speeches and homilies were some of his first. Mercy, a hallmark of Pope Francis’ papacy, remains a priority for moving the church forward, as evidenced by his declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Throughout the book, Pope Francis defines what Continue reading

From the Hub to the Heart Book Review

Hub to Heart

“Heart” is what From the Hub to the Heart; My Journey is all about. In this autobiography, Andrew Lavallee, along with the assistance of Leticia Velasquez, tells a heart-warming story of how to move from sin to virtue. “Andy” as he calls himself, was not so saintly growing up on the tough streets of Charlestown, MA. He hung around with a tough crowd. He drank and gambled quite a bit. God was far from his mind as he navigated through his youthful years.

In From the Hub to the Heart; My Journey, we learn though Andy’s life experiences, how to forgive others for the pain they caused us; how to forgive ourselves, and most importantly, how to grow closer Continue reading

Seven Stories for Christmas Book Review

Seven Stories

Christmas Gift Idea

Christmas stories add to the joy of the Christmas season, and Seven Stories for Christmas by Henry von Blumenthal, provides a wonderful take on the birth and life of Jesus from St. Luke’s perspective. Mr. von Blumenthal takes us back in time, to when St. Luke was doing his research for, what we today call, the Gospel according to St. Luke. In his research, Luke, known as Dr. Lucan, first visited with Mary to learn what Jesus was like as a child. He then met up with Zacchaeus, the tax collector to hear his story of what Jesus was like. Mr. von Blumenthal weaves through each chapter discussing other pertinent characters and their telling of Christ’s Continue reading

Little Lamb Finds Christmas – Book Review

Little Lamb Finds Christmas

Christmas is on its way, whether you are ready for it or not! What better way to get your Christmas shopping started than with the purchase of a beautifully illustrated book about the very first Christmas morning of Christ’s birth! This lovely story, written by Catherine C. Gilmore, presents the morning of Christ’s birth from the animals point of view, that of a lamb, but also of a lion. The lamb represents the young and weak of society, and the lion represents the strong and mature; where both come together and recognize the babe as their King and true leader. This is a wonderful story to teach children that we can be different, looking at life differently, yet be united Continue reading