Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Storyteller’s Guide – Vol II – Book Review

Storyteller's GuideIn A Storyteller’s Guide to a Graced-Filled Life – Vol. II, by Tony Agnesi, we get to read 43 additional stories that couldn’t fit into Vol I. As with Vol I, Agnesi’s stories in Vol II make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more!

There is a special spot in my heart for the story, Keith, about a young homeless man, who Agnesi befriended. One day, Tony asked Keith about his goals. Keith told Tony that he had three goals, 1) to find a job, 2) to find housing, and 3) to become Catholic. Well, it was that last goal that tugged at my heart. It would for any Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator, Continue reading

Champions of the Rosary – Book Review

Champions of the RosaryIt’s one thing to “say” the Rosary. It’s quite another thing to “know” the Rosary. In Champions of the Rosary, by Donald H. Calloway, MIC, we not only learn how to “say” the Rosary, but we also learn of its history, as well as of those greats who came before us who championed the recitation of the Rosary. Most importantly, Fr. Calloway communicates to us WHY we should say the Rosary.

The Rosary is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of the Divine Craftsman. 1

Fr. Calloway takes great pains to explain that the Rosary is a gift from God, given to St. Dominic via a visitation from the Blessed Mother. It is God, Continue reading

Waiting with Elmer, by Deanna Klingel – Book Review

Waiting with ElmerWaiting with Elmer, by Deanna Klingel is excellent book for the young adult in your life who needs to learn patience. Learning to wait for God’s timing can be an impossible task for anyone, but especially for a child. Meet Willy Skyes, left at a train station, by his father, to fend for himself. As Willy sits on a bench, waiting for the father who will never return, he meets Elmer, who seems to run the town of Waitnsee. Elmer introduces Willy to all the town’s residents, especially Rake, who runs the Union Street Mission.

Willy and his dad were always running from town to town because of the misdeeds of Willy’s dad. Now Willy was alone, but not Continue reading

A Love Such as Heaven Intended – Book Review

A Love Such as Heaven IntendedIn A Love Such as Heaven Intended, the third in a Civil War series, Amanda Lauer shows us that even during times of war, love wins. In this enchanting book, we meet Josephine Katherine Bigelow, a social elite, of the Washington D.C. circuit. As a recent graduate from the Georgetown Academy for Young Ladies, Josephine has grand plans to become a writer. Thinking she needs no further education, she readies herself to conquer the world with her pen. Yet, her father, on the other hand, Brigadier General Matthias Bigelow, has different designs.

Although the country is at war, and the General is one of President Abraham Lincoln’s right-hand men, he wants to see his daughter receive more education. But, Continue reading

Waiting for a Miracle – Book Review

Waiting for a MiracleWaiting for a Miracle, by Cyndi Peterson, M.D. is a story of faith, conversion of heart and a mother’s love, all wrapped up in one page-turning true story. Cyndi Peterson is a dermatologist, married to a pediatrician. She is a lukewarm Catholic, going through the motions. Too busy with the demands of the world, Cyndi paid little attention to faith and a relationship with Jesus. That is, until one day when that nagging emptiness became a bit much to take. To squelch the nagging feeling, Cyndi begins to sneak around trying to learn more about Jesus. She attends events at her Church, reads books and does some soul-searching.

As Cyndi’s faith begins to blossom, we see a conversion of Continue reading

Belt of Truth – Book Review and Scavenger Hunt

Belt of Truth

The Armor of God: Belt of Truth, by Theresa Linden, is the first in a new series of chapter books for young adults that teaches children the virtues! In this first installment, we meet George, a young lad of eight years, who longs to one day become a knight. However, there is much to learn, and just getting into knight school is a hurdle! Only the brightest get selected for such an honor.

After two years of trying to get accepted into knight school, it finally happens! Now, George believes that all his dreams will come true. That is, until he almost burns down his home and lies to his parents as to how the fire started! This first Continue reading

Stealing Jenny – Book Review

Stealing JennyStealing Jenny, by Ellen Gable, is an interesting read about a wife and mother, named Jenny Callahan, who is nine-months pregnant with her sixth child. Just before Jenny’s due date, Denise Kramer, an unstable woman desperate to have her own baby, kidnaps Jenny. In this riveting, and page-turning novel, we see the Ontario police’s perseverance to find Jenny. We also learn about faith, courage, love and forgiveness. This book exhibits much virtue.

Jenny Callahan, a loving wife to Tom Callahan, is a stay-at-home mom. One sunny afternoon, she goes to meet her children at the bus stop. However, before the bus arrives, Jenny disappears, leaving her young son tethered to the bus stop sign. From there the pursuit begins Continue reading

Life’s Greatest Lesson – Book Review

Life's Greatest LessonIf you are looking for a quick read that sets your heart aglow, then you will want to pick up a copy of Life’s Greatest Lesson, by Allen R. Hunt.  We can all use a feel-good story every now and then, and this one is a winner! In this charming story, we meet 10-year-old Christopher Grace, the first-born grandson of Lavish Grace. Christopher, and his Grandpa, Tom Grace, tell us all about Lavish through various interactions and stories.

Grandma was one special lady. Her passing brought all kinds of people to her funeral. Throughout Lavish’s life, she poured love on everyone, exemplifying the virtues of love and generosity.

Life’s Greatest Lesson

Grandma Lavish lived by the credo and Continue reading