Category Biography

Redeemed by Grace

Redeemed by Grace
By Ramona Trevino and Roxane Salonen
Ignatius Press
Retail Price $17.95
Amazon Price: $15.20

Book Description: 

At age eight, Ramona Treviño climbed to the top of a roof and begged God to let her know he was real. After receiving a sign, she made a pact with herself to follow him always. But family difficulties and growing pains made it hard for her to continue on that path.

Pregnant at 16, she dropped out of high school and entered an abusive marriage, which ended in divorce. Wanting to make a difference and to help girls in similar tough situations, she accepted a job as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas. Over time, however, Ramona began to grapple with whether she was doing women more harm than good, setting her on a path to seek the truth, no matter where it might lead.

Realizing she could no longer refer women for abortions or provide them with false assurances of risk-free sex, Ramona took a leap of faith and left the financial security of her job. Her ultimate conversion involved a full return to the Catholic faith of her childhood and a new role as a pro-life advocate and speaker.

This compelling story tells of Ramona’s struggle to reconcile her identity as a daughter of God with a world that sends conflicting messages concerning the source of our dignity and happiness. It is the honest and heartfelt account of a woman who, with the help of grace, strove to overcome the wounds of her own past while becoming an agent of healing for others.

Review

This book was inspirational.  Within its pages the author shares her life…the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She has a way of connecting with the reader and getting directly to the heart of the matter.  She is deeply insightful, helping you to examine your own life and encouraging you to take the steps to living life to its fullest.  This was a powerful, interesting, exciting and life giving book that has helped me to better understand God, his love and grace.

~Reviewed by Deb O.

 

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    Getting to Know The Apostle Paul

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    Getting to Know The Apostle Paul
    by Nancy I. Sanders
    Zonerkidz
    Retail Price $6.99
    Amazon Price: $6.99

    Book Description: 

    Apostle Paul—part of the Get to Know series—is a unique biography about Paul. Focusing on the life and character of this Biblical hero, using color photographs, maps, and other visual resources to tell the whole story, young biography fans will come to learn more about this man of the God, his writings, his impact on the early church, and the role he plays in history.Featuring a bibliography and scriptural references throughout, this is sure to become a favorite for young readers and for first book reports.

    Review

    This book is part of Zonderkidz biographical “Getting to Know” series and is an excellent choice for young readers who are want to learn more about biblical heroes.  It is a great book for visual learners as it is bright and colorful with lots of pictures and maps as well as the text.  For being only 128 pages, it gives a good overview of the Apostle Paul’s life, from his youth until his death. It does an especially nice job on covering Paul’s missionary journeys.  This is a great resources for homeschoolers as well.

    ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

     

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      The Unbreakable Boy

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      The Unbreakable Boy
      by By Scott Michael LeRette
      Thomas Nelson
      Retail Price $24.99
      Amazon Price: $18.29

      Book Description: 

      Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn’t let any of that stop him.His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best day of his life.

      Written with remarkable candor by Austin’s father, Scott, and New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father—and everyone else he encounters—to have faith in God and trust that one day life’s messes will all make sense.

      Austin’s journey dares us all to believe that miracles are possible, that hope does spring eternal, and that we can find joyous moments to celebrate every day.

      Review

      The book very moving and inspirational.  Scott tells the life story of his son in such a way that you feel that you are with him on his journey. Even though the topics can be heavy, he relates them in a light, easy manner.  I could not put this book down and enjoyed it from start to finish!  It will encourage you to overcome the obstacles in your own life and come out on top. I highly recommend reading this book!

       

       

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        Saints and Social Justice

         

        Saints and Social Justice
        by Brandon Vogt
        Our Sunday Visitor   – cowsik@osv.com
        Retail Price $12.95
        Amazon Price: $10.32

        Book Description: 

        Catholic social teaching has explosive power for changing not just individuals, but whole societies. And it’s the saints who light the fuse. – Brandon Vogt

         

        The value of human life. The call to family and community. Serving the poor. The rights of workers. Care for creation.

        The church has always taught certain undeniable truths that can and should affect our society. But over the years, these teachings have been distorted, misunderstood, and forgotten.

        With the help of fourteen saints, it’s time we reclaim Catholic social teaching and rediscover it through the lives of those who best lived it out. Follow in the saints’ footsteps, learn from their example, and become the spark of authentic social justice that sets the world on fire.

        Learn from heroes like:

        • Bl. Teresa of Calcutta
        • St. Peter Claver
        • St. Frances of Rome
        • St. Roque Gonzalez
        • Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
        • St. Damien of Molokai
        • St. John Paul II

        Review

        I love this sort of book.  The author provides us many stories of people who have made a difference in their sphere of influence and beyond because they cared for “the least, the last, and the lost.” Vogt does a great job of highlighting the lives of 14 different saints from all walks of life who were open to follow God’s will and live on mission and relating them to our own lives, causing us to search our own hearts to see what mission God has for us.  It was a thought-provoking book and though it might make you a little bit uncomfortable, it can spur you on to great things.  I found this book inspiring, helping me to understand social justice issues, and my own responsibility.

        ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

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          Revival

          Revival
          By Adam Hamilton
          Abingdon Press
          Retail Price $14.99
          Amazon Price: $11.29

          Book Description: 

          Wesley’s message and his faith continue to speak to 21st-century Christians—calling for a revival of our hearts and souls so that our world might be changed. Join Adam Hamilton for a six-week journey as he travels to England, following the life of John Wesley and exploring his defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Wesley’s story is our story. It defines our faith and it challenges us to rediscover our spiritual passion.

          Review

           

          If you want to get a clear idea of what the Methodist Church is all about this little book starts you on your way with a good look into the mind of John Wesley. The author share’s Wesley’s life and theology by weaving stories of faith throughout the historical details. This book is written in language that can be understood by laity making it a fantastic resource for  group study on Wesley’s theology. It helps put Wesley’s theology into 21st century terms.

          ~Reviewed by Todd D.

           

           

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            Thank You, Sisters

            Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our LivesThank You, Sisters
            By John Feister
            Franciscan Media
            Retail Price $14.99
            Amazon Price: $12.48

            Book Description: 

            Since the April 2012 announcement of the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, there has been considerable media attention focused on Catholic Sisters.The first report, and the consequent naming of bishop-oversight and guidance of LCWR for the next five years, has resulted in an outcry of support for U.S. religious sisters from much of the Church, and a concurrent outcry of support for the Holy See and criticism of sisters from other parts of the Church. There has not been much reliable analysis of this reaction yet: Is it liberal-conservative? Young or old? Neither is the point of this book.

            Thank You, Sisters highlights the positive impact that sisters have had on a cross-section of Catholics. It steps back from finger-pointing and position-taking and simply tells inspiring, true stories of Sisters and the people they have influenced. The book shows the effect religious women have had not only on the U.S. Catholic Church, but on the nation as a whole, in areas such as health care, education, social justice, and pastoral ministry.

            The contributors to this book are prominent Catholics who write from a wide range of experience. They include:

            • James Martin, S.J.
            • Cokie Roberts
            • Mary Fishman— producer of Band of Sisters
            • Adriana Trigiani
            • Binka Le Breton, on Amazon martyr Sister Dorothy Stang
            • Maureen Orth
            • Liz Scott, on Sr. Helen Prejean
            • Teresa Gardner and Sr. Chris Kenney
            • Maurice Nutt, C.S.S.R. on Sr. Thea Bowman
            • Teresa Wilson on Sr. Joan Chittister
            • Dan Horan, O.F.M.

            Review

            Written in simple to understand language, this book takes a look at women’s history from the perspective of Catholic Sisters and their contributions to society. Many of the Sisters in the book have been social activists, helping to feed the hungry and provide health care to the poor.  Some of the sisters were political activists, fighting for the rights of the those who could not fight themselves.  The work they have done has often been overlooked, but this book seeks to right that wrong and pay tribute to this group of women who are truly an inspiration.

            ~Reviewed by Fran O.

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