Video: The Catholic Advantage by Bill Donohue

The controversial president of The Catholic League shows how the Church may be the best guide for achieving long-term health and happiness. In his latest book, The Catholic Advantage, Donohue turns his attention to the ways Catholicism is experienced by believers. Here, he explores a simplified and practical way of looking at the faith, something he calls Common Sense Catholicism. Donohue shows how the application of beliefs, bonds and boundaries yields a life of health, happiness and heaven. But, this isn’t just his opinion: Donohue backs up his insights with new and challenging research.


Video: Joy to the World – Livestream with Scott and Kimberly Hahn

In this special Livestream, Scott and Kimberly Hahn invite you to their home for a front row seat to an intimate conversation between them on Joy to the World, Christmas, the Holy Family, Advent traditions, and more.

Joy to the World is a Christmas book by Dr. Scott Hahn where he leads us through the familiar Christmas story and sheds a fresh light on it by examining the characters and story in light of biblical and historical context.  Learn more at ImageCatholicBooks.com.


NEWS: Scott Hahn’s JOY TO THE WORLD Blog Tour

Dec. 1 –11, 2014

To celebrate the release of bestselling author Scott Hahn’s newest book, Joy to the World, we’re hitting the road, ahem web, for a virtual book tour to 11 of the blogosphere’s finest Catholic blogs!
In Joy to the World, Hahn brings the first Noel to new light through his thought-provoking combination of exciting story-telling and penetrating biblical insight.
On each day of the Joy to the World Blog Tour (Dec. 1-11) one of 11 participating bloggers will post a reflection on the book. Some stops on the tour will also feature author interviews and giveaways.
We’re grateful to our blogging friends for sharing their thoughts and hosting stops on the tour. We encourage you to visit their sites (links below) and read their reviews.
If you’d like to learn more about the book NOW and you just can’t wait for the tour to start…check out this interview that Dr. Hahn did with Brandon Vogt for Word on Fire.
Dec. 1: Stuart Dunn – Stuart’s Study
Dec. 2: William O’Leary – Catechesis in the Third Millennium
Dec. 3: Kathy Schiffer – Seasons of Grace
Dec. 4:   Elizabeth Tichvon – elizabethtichvon.wordpress.com
Dec. 5: Rachel Balducci – Testosterhome
Dec. 6: Katie Warner – Catholic Katie
Dec. 7: Lisa Hendey – Catholic Mom
Dec. 8: Peter Atkinson – The Browning Version
Dec. 9: William Newton – Blog of the Courtier
Dec. 10: Pete Socks – The Catholic Book Blogger
Dec. 11: Abigail Benjamin – Abigail’s Alcove

 

About the Book
What could be more familiar than the Christmas story—and yet what could be more extraordinary? The cast of characters is strange and exotic: shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context. Bestselling author Scott Hahn who has written extensively on Scripture and the early Church, brings evidence to light, dispelling some of the mystery of the story. Yet Christmas is made familiar all over again by showing it to be a family story. Christmas, as it appears in the New Testament, is the story of a father, a mother, and a child  their relationships, their interactions, their principles, their individual lives, and their common life. To see the life of this “earthly trinity” is to gaze into heaven.

 

About the Author
Dr. Scott Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio. He appears on EWTN often.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Scott Hahn, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

 


My Battle Against Hitler Blog Book Tour

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a virtual book tour to commemorate the publication of My Battle Against Hitler by Dietrich von Hildebrand, translated and edited by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby. From Nov. 12 to Nov. 21, nine bloggers will share their thoughts on the book. Some will also feature author interviews and giveaways. We’re grateful to our blogging friends for sharing their thoughts and hosting stops on the tour. We encourage you to visit their sites (links below) and read their reviews.

 

 

Praise for My Battle Against Hitler

“Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs give us an inroad into the soul of another Germany, a Germany thoroughly different from that of Adolf Hitler and of the Nazis. In the years just after the First World War, he warned against the danger of exaggerated nationalism and pleaded for the reconciliation between European nations. Later he would defend the common Christian and Jewish roots of European civilization. His example warms the hearts of all those who love freedom and are willing to defend the values of our civilization.” –Rocco Buttiglione, Italian statesman and collaborator with St. John Paul II

 

About the Author

DIETRICH VON HILDEBRAND (1889–1977), born in Florence, was the son of renowned German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand. A leading student of the philosophers Edmund Hus­serl and Max Scheler, he took up the “great questions”—about truth, freedom, conscience, community, love, beauty—with a freshness that allowed him to break new ground, espe­cially in ethics, but also in epistemology, social philosophy, and aesthetics. His conversion to Catholicism in 1914 was the decisive turning point of his life and the impetus for important religious works. His opposition to Hitler and Nazism was so outspoken that he was forced to flee Germany in 1933, and later across Europe, finally settling in New York City in 1940, where he taught at Fordham University until 1960. He was the author of dozens of books, both in Ger­man and English. He was a major forerunner of Vatican II through his seminal writings on marriage, on Christian philosophy, and on the evil of anti-Semitism.

JOHN HENRY CROSBY (b. 1978), is a translator, writer, musician, and cultural entrepreneur. He is founder and director of the Hildebrand Project, which fosters deep cultural renewal through publications, events, fellowships, and online resources that draw on the continuing vitality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s thought and witness.

 

To request a review copy or to schedule an interview with John Henry Crosby, please contact Katie Moore, publicist, kamoore@penguinrandomhouse.com, 719-268-1936.

 


Saint Spotlight: Thérèse of Lisieux

Saint Spotlight: Thérèse of Lisieux

Thérèse of Lisieux was born in Rue Saint-Blaise, Alencon France on January 2, 1873. Daughter of a lacemaker and a jeweler, she was the youngest of 5 sisters. Her mother passed away from breast cancer when Therese was only 4 years old. An unusually sensitive child, the death of her mother troubled her for the next 10 years.

Thérèse was bullied, and although she excelled in her studies she did not find any joy or friends in school. Christmas of 1886 was a turning point in which Thérèse described ”In an instant, Jesus, content with my good will, accomplished the work I had not been able to do in ten years.” She recovered the joy and strength she lost when her mother died.

One by one, each of her older sisters entered Carmelite monastery at Lisieux. Thérèse longed to follow in their footsteps but was not granted entry until she was 15. When she finally entered the monastery, and was reunited with her sisters, she went to great lengths to keep her distance from her family.  She did not want to cause jealousy among the others in the monastery who would probably never see their family again.

As Thérèse continued her studies she found that she a profound connection with the words of Jesus in the Gospels, and with his life of simplicity, humility and serving of others. Therese entered the Carmel of Lisieux with the desire to become a saint, but after 6 years began to realize how insignificant her efforts alone were. This began her “downward path,”her quest to make herself little in order to make Jesus more.  She began to sign “very little” before her name, and this became what she was known for among her peers.

Thérèse’s health began to decline in 1896, and passed away from tuberculosis on September 30, 1897 at the age 24. 2 million people every year make the pilgrimage to The Basilica of St. Thérèse in her home town of Lisieux. Although Thérèse desired to be unknown, she became popular after her death through her spiritual autobiography, letters, poems, religious plays, and prayers.

Learn more about Thérèse of Lisieux and her impact on the life of one 21st century woman in the book My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell.



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