Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Dying for Revenge: Book Review

Dying for Revenge Wow! Oh, wow! Dying for Revenge, the debut novel by Barbara Golder is fantastic! Talk about page-turners! Barbara Golder had me hooked from page one. The characters are deep and riveting, to the point where you won’t truly understand the depth of each character until you read the last page of the book. And don’t skip a word! Everything within the storyline is important – very well laid out.

The lead character, Dr. Jane Wallace, is the Forensic Pathologist for western Colorado, unable to forgive, let alone have any mercy for the murderer of her own husband. To handle the pain, she steels herself from human interaction by engrossing herself with autopsies on the dead in the little resort Continue reading

Learning to Love with the Saints – Book Review

Learning to Love with the Saints -- front cover 231 x 346Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, by Jean M. Heimann, is a beautiful story of Jean’s life and love for Jesus. In this book, Jean artfully uses quotes from Saint Theresé of Lisieux, Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Avila to help her tell her life’s story of pain and suffering, joy and sorrow, but most of all, her love for Christ.

We learn of Jean’s upbringing, in a small Illinois town in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. We also learn about the trials and strength of Jean’s parents, as well as the trials of Jean’s own life along with her devotion to Christ. At the heart of all that Jean does, she knows Continue reading

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:

By seeking ways to practice a particular Continue reading

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.

For Continue reading

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