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Amazing Grace For Fathers: 75 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration, and Humor

Amazing Grace For Fathers: 75 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration, and Humor
$13.99
Amazing Grace for Fathers celebrates the power of fatherhood?and that power is love. The love of our fathers on earth reflects the infinite love of God, our heavenly Father, from which all fatherly guidance, discipline, and protection flows. The powerful stories in this book show just how deep a father's love is for his children, particularly when he lives in and is strengthened by God's grace. Here, you will find support and inspiration for your own fatherhood. In this book, you will meet: ? A young boy suffering intense pain who finds peace and comfort in the hands of his father. ? A loving father who literally comes back from the dead after suffering fatal injuries. ? A surrogate father who makes a big difference in the life of an angry and troubled boy. ? A father who provides a birthday present for his little girl after his death through a series of divine coincidences. ? A young man who heroically saves the life of another because of the wisdom handed down to him by his own father. ? Two fathers who, unable to provide for their families, turn to God and see His fatherly protection take care of them.
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9781932645996
Publication Date: 
2006-09-01
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12 Virtues of a Good Teacher

12 Virtues of a Good Teacher
Grande F S C, Brother Luke M
$17.95

Here is the book you need to discover and develop the twelve virtues that St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) -- patron of teachers, education reformer, and founder of the congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools -- determined were most important for teachers.

Br. Luke Grande, F.S.C., fleshes out the essence of each virtue as it relates to teaching and how educators can cooperate with God's grace to actualize the potentialities of students in their charge.

In page after page, you will be inspired by practical advice and reflections, including:

  • Four prudent ways of establishing a well-run class -- and dramatically reducing disciplinary problems
  • Six "fallouts" of impatience in the classroom -- and the best way to guard against it
  • Techniques for establishing consistency, discretion, and "fair play" among students
  • How to overcome pride, make God the center of your classroom, and accept guidance
  • Two surefire ways to enkindle a love of learning within students and appreciation for small gains
  • The pursuit of wisdom -- knowing when to act and how to await God's help with trust

You will also learn how to provide an example by how you pray and how you do "ordinary things greatly," and how "playing the part" and reflecting the poise of a mature teacher will earn you the respect of your students.

Moreover, you will see how to be a real, practical example of piety, understanding and respect for your duties toward God without scrupulosity or sentimentality. Best of all, you will learn to teach with genuine compassion and a magnanimous spirit toward every student and to cultivate within them a zeal for learning.

St. Jean Baptist de La Salle encouraged his teachers to have "the firmness of a father and the gentleness of a mother," treating each student with the dignity of a child of God. This classic, desperately needed in this time of educational decline, will help you to see the extent to which you influence students as a teacher and your sacred duty to imitate Christ the Teacher.

Here is the book you need to discover and develop the twelve virtues that St. John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) - patron of teachers, education reformer, and founder of the congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools - determined were most important for teachers.

Br. Luke Grande, F.S.C., fleshes out the essence of each virtue as it relates to teaching and how educators can cooperate with God's grace to actualize the potentialities of students in their charge.

In page after page, you will be inspired by practical advice and reflections, including:

  • Four prudent ways of establishing a well-run class - and dramatically reducing disciplinary problems
  • Six "fallouts" of impatience in the classroom - and the best way to guard against it
  • Techniques for establishing consistency, discretion, and "fair play" among students
  • How to overcome pride, make God the center of your classroom, and accept guidance
  • Two surefire ways to enkindle a love of learning within students and appreciation for small gains
  • The pursuit of wisdom - knowing when to act and how to await God's help with trust
  • You will also learn how to provide an example by how you pray and how you do "ordinary things greatly," and how "playing the part" and reflecting the poise of a mature teacher will earn you the respect of your students.

    Moreover, you will see how to be a real, practical example of piety, understanding, and respect for your duties toward God without scrupulosity or sentimentality. Best of all, you will learn to teach with genuine compassion and a magnanimous spirit toward every student and to cultivate within them a zeal for learning.

    St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle encouraged his teachers to have "the firmness of a father and the gentleness of a mother," treating each student with the dignity of a child of God. This classic, desperately needed in this time of educational decline, will help you to see the extent to which you influence students as a teacher and your sacred duty to imitate Christ the Teacher.

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    9781644138120
    Publication Date: 
    2023-02-21
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    Amazing Grace for Married Couples

    Amazing Grace for Married Couples
    Cavins Jeff Pinto Matthew Armstrong Patti
    $13.99

    Every marriage hits rough spots. The question is, how will you face those challenges? Amazing Grace for Married Couples features stories of couples who faced what seemed like insurmountable challenges, but through the grace of God found the strength and love to become closer than ever before.

    In these pages, you will meet: 

    ● A husband and wife whose mutual infidelities threatened to tear their marriage apart. 

    ● A materialistic couple whose professional success could not fill the emptiness of their hearts. 

    ● A marriage that began lovingly but nearly ended in divorce as a result of a gambling addiction. 

    ● A husband whose addiction to pornography devastated his wife and family. 

    These powerful stories of redemption truly celebrate marriage as a covenant of God’s love. They will fill your heart with hope and give you the faith to persevere in times of difficulty. Experience the amazing renewal God can work in the lives of ordinary couples.

    Amazing Grace for Married Couples will deepen your commitment to marriage like no other book. This is a collection of inspiring stories about renewed relationships that were once on the brink of disaster. While most people would have written these couples off as hopelessly incompatible, through the grace of God, they overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. As a result, every couple is more in love today than they were on their wedding day. In this book, you will experience how God's grace healed: ? A marriage that began lovingly but quickly sputtered out when the young wife became addicted to gambling. ? A wife whose addiction to romance novels undermined her relationship with her family and led to much heartbreak. ? A man and wife who discovered they had both been unfaithful to each other. When their lack of trust in each other turned them into virtual strangers, divorce seemed the only option.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    1932645799
    Publication Date: 
    2005-09-15
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    Amazing Grace for Mothers: 101 Stories of Faith

    Amazing Grace for Mothers: 101 Stories of Faith
    $13.99
    Amazing Grace for Mothers will lift your heart and send your spirit soaring. You will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will refresh your mothering through stories of love, inspiration, miracles, and God's amazing grace. This collection of 101 stories will bring you the warmth and support of other women, all dedicated to the same glorious role-motherhood.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781932645262
    Publication Date: 
    2004-09-01
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    Art of Being a Good Friend

    Art of Being a Good Friend
    Black, Hugh, B
    $14.95
    These pages show readers how to transform superficial friendships into soul-nourishing relationships, bringing them from shallowness and frivolity to a deep communion of mind and heart -- a communion that will become, for those who read this book and for their friends, a means for emotional and spiritual growth. Married couples will find here new ways to appreciate the gift God has given to them in their spouse. Best of all, readers will learn how to achieve friendship with God. As they enjoy this divine friendship and enrich their human friendships, they'll come to see how truly author Hugh Black speaks when he says that no one would care to live without friends, even if he had all other good things.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780918477620
    Publication Date: 
    1999-08-01
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    At Home in This Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises

    At Home in This Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises
    Greer, Jerusalem Jackson
    $18.99
    In another 'Benedict Option' the author shares about her hunger for a deeper spiritual life, how Benedictine spirituality has shaped her practice, and the ways she has learned to embody Christian spirituality in everyday life. --James Matichuk

    Foreword by Shauna Niequist

    In the midst of beauty and mess, chaos and monotony, celebrations and mourning, Jerusalem Greer tells her story of finding redemption in what is rather than what could be, by practicing the presence of God through rediscovering ancient contemplative teachings and practices (solitude, study, work, prayer, and service) and pairing them with domestic arts (baking, gardening, sewing). Jerusalem writes with a raw honesty that reassures readers they are not alone in feeling not good enough, not wise enough, not Christian enough to figure out God's plans. Jerusalem is active on Facebook and Pinterest and regularly posts on her blog 'Slow Living in a Fast World' where she records what she calls her "beautymess" attempts at living a sacramental life.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781612616322
    Publication Date: 
    2017-05-18
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    Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

    Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
    Meyer, Joyce
    $16.99
    Break free from patterns of negative thinking with the help of Joyce Meyer's New York Times bestselling classic, offering readers the chance to change their lives and live freely and confidently in God's truth.

    Our outward behavior is only a reflection of our inner thoughts. Broken relationships, harmful habits, and low self-worth do not align with the life God wants for you. Instead, the Enemy has been strategically telling you lies that are meant to leave you hopeless and stuck. This way of thinking did not happen overnight, but instead through years of wrong--and often unaware--patterns of toxic thoughts.

    Begin renewing your mind with bestselling author and Bible teach Joyce Meyer. She will equip you with practical examples and life-changing truths that will help you recognize damaging thoughts and stop them from influencing you. Whether you struggle with worry or defeat, you can find freedom to start living victoriously today. When you know what God says about you, you can have confidence in Him and the incredible life He wants you to lead.

    No matter what stage of life you're in, now is the time to take control of your mind. Stop making plans for second-best and start living the life God intends for you.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780446691093
    Publication Date: 
    2002-10-01
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    Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life

    Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life
    Schuchts, Bob
    $17.95

    “Somewhere deep inside each one of us is a burning desire to finally become the person God created us to be.”

    Do you suffer from spiritual or emotional wounds that are keeping you from reaching that goal? The bestselling book Be Healed is based on retired Catholic therapist Bob Schuchts’s popular program for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. Incorporating elements of charismatic spirituality and steeped in scripture and the wisdom of the Church, this book offers hope in the healing power of God through the Holy Spirit and the sacraments.

    Schuchts, founder of the John Paul II Healing Center, sensitively shares his own journey of healing after enduring a series of betrayals in high school—his father’s infidelity, his parents’ divorce, his older brother’s drug addiction—and his subsequent periods of struggle with God and faith.

    Be Healed includes helpful tools such as charts, tables, lists, reflection questions, and personal challenges to guide you on your journey of healing. Schuchts’s trusted process for finding inner peace and healing is boldly Christ-centered, maintaining focus on the person of Jesus as “the life-giving and ever-present physician of our souls.” Schuchts will help you recognize your brokenness and find your hope and healing in the risen Christ.

    In the tradition of beloved spiritual teachers like Francis MacNutt and Michael Scanlan, Be Healed offers in book form Bob Schuchts's popular program for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781594714764
    Publication Date: 
    2014-03-24
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    Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments

    Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments
    Schuchts, Bob
    $17.95

    Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Sacraments. (First Place).


    How can Christians grow spiritually in the midst of our sinfulness? How can we transform our lives in a way that allows us to share in the resurrection of Jesus?

    God has already given us the perfect solution--the sacraments.

    Whether it is the wound of past hurts, the strain in our relationships, or the stress of daily life, we all need to be comforted and made whole by Christ. In this follow-up to his bestselling Be Healed, Bob Schuchts explains how the sacraments can fuel your emotional and spiritual healing and bring you closer to God.

    Based on more than thirty-five years of experience as a therapist and decades spent in parish ministry, Schuchts demonstrates how each of the seven sacraments can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, communicated through the power of the Holy Spirit. He pairs each healing sacrament with one of the seven deadly wounds that emanated from original sin in the Garden of Eden. We perpetuate and deepen those wounds each time we sin, but the sacraments are God's remedy for sin. They give us a way to restore us to wholeness in Christ.

    In Be Transformed, You'll discover how each sacrament can help you heal from wounds that can impede your relationships and sense of self-worth. With Schuchts's help, you'll learn how:

  • Baptism makes us beloved children of God, healing our wounds of rejection
  • Holy Communion heals our wounds of abandonment by inviting us to share in Jesus' abiding presence
  • Confirmation overcomes our powerlessness through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Holy Orders heals wounds of confusion and disorder by re-establishing God's authority in our lives
  • In marriage, God's faithful love heals wounds of fear and mistrust
  • Reconciliation restores purity and releases us from shame
  • Anointing of the Sick provides enduring hope to overcome our hopelessness
  • Be Transformed offers all of the tools you need for a fresh understanding of the sacraments, including reflection questions, scripture meditations, prayers, and inspiring stories. You'll come away hungry for the sacraments in a way you never knew possible.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781594716812
    Publication Date: 
    2017-03-03
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    Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection

    Breakthrough: The Miraculous True Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection
    Smith, Joyce
    $14.99
    The Impossible reveals prayer's immediate and powerful impact through the true account of a family whose son died and was miraculously resurrected.

    Through the years and the struggles, when life seemed more about hurt and loss than hope and mercy, God was positioning the Smiths for something extraordinary-the death and resurrection of their son.

    When Joyce Smith's fourteen-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than sixty minutes. But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save him.

    Miraculously, her son's heart immediately started beating again.

    In the coming days, John would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed.

    The Impossible is about a profound truth: prayer really does work. God uses it to remind us that He is always with us, and when we combine it with unshakable faith, nothing is impossible.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781546010609
    Publication Date: 
    2019-03-12
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    By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride

    By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride
    Von Hildebrand, Alice
    $14.95

    "Because of human imperfections, difficulties crop up in marriage, even between people who love each other deeply. You'll soon find that for this reason, although love is a gift, it must also be learned."

    So begins this remarkable book of letters to Julie, a young bride -- letters that reveal the beauty and importance of high ideals in marriage while teaching you practical tips to help you live up to those ideals daily.

    You'll learn how to grow in wisdom and in love as you encounter the unglamorous, everyday problems that threaten all marriages. As the author says: "If someone were to give me many short bits of wool, most likely I would throw them away. A carpet weaver thinks differently. He knows the marvels we can achieve by using small things artfully and lovingly. Like the carpet weaver, the good wife must be an artist of love. She must remember her mission and never waste the little deeds that fill her day -- the precious bits of wool she's been given to weave the majestic tapestry of married love."

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780918477514
    Publication Date: 
    1997-06-01
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    Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again

    Catholic Guide to Depression: How the Saints, the Sacraments, and Psychiatry Can Help You Break Its Grip and Find Happiness Again
    Cihak, John
    $19.95

    Countless Christians -- including scores of saints -- have suffered profound, pervasive sorrow that modern psychiatrists call "depression." Then, as now, great faith and even fervent spiritual practices have generally failed to ease this wearying desolation of soul.

    In these pages, Catholic psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty reviews the effective ways that have recently been devised to deal with this grave and sometimes deadly affliction -- ways that are not only consistent with the teachings of the Church, but even rooted in many of those teachings.

    Extensive clinical experience treating patients with depression has shown Dr. Kheriaty that the confessional can't cure neuroses, nor can the couch forgive sin. Healing comes only when we integrate the legitimate discoveries of modern psychology and pharmacology with spiritual direction and the Sacraments, giving particular attention to the wisdom of the Church Fathers and the saints.

    Here, with the expert help of Dr. Kheriaty, you'll learn how to distinguish depression from similarlooking but fundamentally different mental states such as guilt, sloth, the darkness of sin, and the sublime desolation called "dark night of the soul" that is, in fact, a privileged spiritual trial sent to good souls as a special gift from God.

    You'll come to know how to identify the various types of depression and come to understand the interplay of their often manifold causes, biological, psychological, behavioral, cultural, and, yes, moral.

    Then you'll learn about exciting breakthroughs in pharmacological and other medical treatments, the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy, the critical place that spiritual direction must have in your healing, and the vital role that hope -- Christian hope -- can play in driving out depression.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781933184760
    Publication Date: 
    2012-10-25
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    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith
    $16.95
    These 101 positive powerful stories from Catholics of all ages will offer hope, deepen faith, and spread love.

    Living Catholic Faith is not only a book about "living the faith" but also about a faith that is living. Whether you are a cradle Catholic or a convert; lay, clergy, or religious; simply curious or struggling; these 101 stories will deepen your faith and hope in God. A great gift for Confirmation, RCIA, graduations, weddings, new parents, and holidays!

    People of all ages and religious experiences share humorous, poignant, faith-filled true stories about:

  • Catholicism as part of daily modern life
  • fun stories of growing up Catholic
  • serious stories of sacraments and miracles
  • God's unconditional love
  • the role the Church plays in personal and professional lives
  • renewing and affirming your faith

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    9781935096238
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    Discerning the Will of God

    Discerning the Will of God
    Gallagher
    $19.95
    Every Chrstian has a Mission. What's Yours?
    "Is it time to change jobs?" "Should I marry?"
    "Am I called to religious life?"

    Sooner or later, every thoughtful Christian asks such questions. For everyone ready to make the shift from "What do I want for my life?" to "what does God want for my life?" Fr. Gallagher offers this new book to help you make sense of your major life decisions.

    Drawing from the timeless methods of Ignatius Loyola and richly illustrated with examples and stories, this book offers practical wisdom for aligning your will to God's will. Fr. Gallagher takes you through each step of the process, including opening your heart to whatever God wants; making use of silence, the Eucharist, Scripture, and spiritual direction; and finding clarity (and what to do when you lack clarity).

    While this book focuses on the major decisions such as marriage and career and vocation choices, the insights gained here can be adapted to other significant life decisions as well. Fr. Gallagher's clear style makes this book an important resource for all who want to discover where God is leading them, as well as for spiritual directors, retreat directors, and counselors

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780824524890
    Publication Date: 
    2009-09-01
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    Discernment: The Art of Choosing Well

    Discernment: The Art of Choosing Well
    Wolff, Pierre
    $14.99

    Making good decisions are among the most difficult challenges in life. In Discernment: The Art of Choosing Well, readers will find a comprehensive guide to making choices, either individually or in groups. It is based on the time-tested spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the sixteenth-century founder of the Jesuits who developed a systemic way of considering and making choices.

    The author, a renowned teacher of Ignatian spirituality, leads readers on a journey of self-reflection, focusing on the process of discernment rather than on the particular problem at hand.

    Paperback

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780764809897
    Publication Date: 
    2003-06-06
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    Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives

    Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives
    $17.99
    "We read to see elements of our own hearts, experiences and stories reflected back to us in the words of others. This collection is just that: stories that help us feel seen, known, and understood. Honestly and beautifully told, this book will keep you in good company along your own journey." --Shauna Niequist, bestselling author of Present Over Perfect Be inspired by the transforming power of story.

    Through the pain, loss, beauty and redemption in these pages, you'll find freedom in Christ and the courage to embrace your own story. The women of Redbud know the importance of spiritual shelter, and how easy it becomes to feel alone and misunderstood. In the Everbloom collection they offer essays, stories and poetry: intensely personal accounts of transformation, and the journeys to find their own voices. Best of all, they invite you to join them, with writing prompts that encourage a response of honesty, faith and imagination. Accept the invitation: set out on the journey to find your own voice.


    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781612619330
    Publication Date: 
    2017-04-01
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    Everything's Coming Up Rosie: 10 Things My Feisty Italian-American Mom Taught Me about Living a Godly Life

    Everything's Coming Up Rosie: 10 Things My Feisty Italian-American Mom Taught Me about Living a Godly Life
    Tomeo, Teresa
    $29.99

    Ever notice that common sense isn't so common anymore? Each time we check our news feeds or turn on the TV, it seems the world is getting wackier. Right is wrong, wrong is right, up is down, and the only thing that's unacceptable is refusing to accept that anything and everything under the sun is . . . acceptable.

    We desperately need a return to basic common sense, and Rosie Posie, a "street-smart theologian" from Jersey City, is just the person we need to help restore it. In this wise and heartwarming book, Rosie's daughter, syndicated talk-show host Teresa Tomeo, shares her top-ten list of unforgettable "Rosieisms" to help you and your loved ones live a sensible, well-grounded, godly life. As Tomeo notes, these real-life stories are simple, direct, and yes, sometimes very funny, but oh-so applicable to everyday life.

    Refreshingly, Rosie speaks her mind and has precious little "tolerance." You will find that her practical advice will help you cultivate virtue in your life. You will learn to "nevva [never] get too big for those britches" and to "awfa [offer] it up" and put things "at the foot of the Crawse [Cross]." You'll come to see how your sacrifices help others in ways you may not have considered. And through Rosie's life and example, you'll come to appreciate the value of your sufferings, big or small, and how they benefit you and your loved ones. You will also learn:

  • How "go ride your bike!" relates to health (and it's not what you think).
  • Ways to always see the glass as half full
  • A bit of wisdom that Tomeo learned from both her mother and the Rolling Stones
  • How round-trip guilt trips can be a good thing
  • Why you should listen to your mother and "keep smiling"
  • Tomeo's memories provide rollicking humor and Catholic wisdom from the quintessential Italian mother. She also provides spiritual resources for self-reflection from the Catechism, Scripture, and the saints to help you grow in grace-filled living. Best of all, you will see the miracles of God's love in Tomeo's family and the maternal intercession of Our Lady in their lives. In the words of Rosie, "Rememba, the Blessed Mutha is watching you!"

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781644133170
    Publication Date: 
    2023-04-18
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    Finding God's Will for You

    Finding God's Will for You
    De Sales, Francisco
    $14.95

    If your life seems to make no sense, or if you don't know which path to take, St. Francis de Sales will console and inform you. In this warm little book, he explains to you what God's will is and how He reveals it -- yes, even to you, and even in the seemingly random events of your life.

    No matter what you're going through now (or may have gone through), you'll see why you should love and trust in God's will -- and long for its fulfillment. Best of all, you'll learn a sure method for discovering God's will in any situation -- today!

    As you begin to discern God's loving hand even in seemingly chaotic events, St. Francis de Sales will lead your mind and your heart to the still waters of God's gentle consolation.

    From St. Francis de Sales you'll learn:

  • Four signs that your heart conforms to God's will -- does yours?
  • How to accept God's will even when it seems terrifying and painful
  • Sacred inspirations: not just for the prophets. The many ways God may be knocking on your door -- now!
  • Changing your life's direction: how to spot and avoid all-too-common dangers
  • The simple rule of charity: how it can help you make vital decisions
  • Are you as mature in the virtues as God wills you to be?
  • How to distinguish zeal for God's will from selfish arrogance
  • Three ways you can recognize a thought or sentiment that comes from God
  • The key ingredient that makes all your actions pleasing to God: can you name it?
  • Making decisions: practical advice to help you distinguish between times when you should move slowly and carefully, and when you should act quickly, without undue time for deliberation
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9780918477835
    Publication Date: 
    1998-10-01
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    Finding Peace in the Storm: Reflections on St. Alphonsus Liguori's Uniformity with God's Will

    Finding Peace in the Storm: Reflections on St. Alphonsus Liguori's Uniformity with God's Will
    Burke, Dan
    $17.95

    Sometimes discernment seems complicated, and we struggle to "be still" to listen to God's voice. Following the death of his spiritual director, St. Alphonsus Liguori penned timeless advice in a letter to one of his spiritual daughters, and it became the famous work titled Uniformity with God's Will. Now Dan Burke breaks open St. Alphonsus's eighteenth-century classic for you. He intersperses relevant explanations and insights within the text of this great saint and includes reflection questions for each chapter.

    St. Alphonsus explains, "We should most confidently abandon ourselves to all the dispositions of divine providence, since they are for our own good." In page after page, Burke shows you how the "wind and waves" can help you ascend to union with God. You will discover:

  • The "paralyzing cocktail" we drink when we reject God's will
  • When good works are displeasing to God (Can you guess?)
  • Three prayers that will assist you in directing all things to God's will
  • Two ways we can know God's love and hear His voice
  • Two life-altering spiritual disciplines according to St. Teresa of Ávila
  • How humiliation, adversity, and trials can bring freedom, healing, and salvation (You will be shocked!)
  • Liguori intersperses fascinating real-life examples from the saints to assist you in remaining steadfast amid afflictions. He explains three temptations that confront us and how to resist them, along with four practices of uniformity to God's will and a surefire way to unite your sufferings to Christ's sufferings.

    You will acquire tips on what to do during periods of aridity or desolation. Above all, you will discover how to enjoy peace of heart in all circumstances and foster loving conversation with God. By learning how to entrust yourself fully to God's holy will, you will experience His divine embrace and the fulfillment of your deepest desires.

    A "What Next?" section helps you take practical steps in doing God's will. Burke also provides a summary of the Paradigm of Ascent, which provides often hidden but foundational insights and practices necessary to live out Liguori's wisdom and to know the peace promised by God. In addition, he provides a simple action plan to implement these fruitful practices in your life.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9798889110262
    Publication Date: 
    2023-09-19
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    Four Levels of Happiness: Your Path to Personal Flourishing

    Four Levels of Happiness: Your Path to Personal Flourishing
    Spitzer S J Ph D, Robert
    $21.95

    Based on his study of great theologians and philosophers dating back to Aristotle, eminent philosopher and physicist Rev. Dr. Robert Spitzer devised his Four Levels of Happiness, asserting that whichever level dominates our lives will dictate our actions and determine the depth and endurance of our happiness. Incorporating examples from science, philosophy, psychology, and everyday life, Spitzer engagingly lays out achievable ways to ascend the ladder of happiness and find the fulfillment of all your desires.

    Whether you are religiously minded or a skeptic, you will explore the fascinating relationship between science and the transcendent and gain keys to attaining the heights of joy. You will discover:

  • Four questions that will help you determine where you are on the happiness scale
  • The essential ingredient for level-one happiness
  • The endless loop people get stuck in with level-two happiness
  • The keys to level-three happiness and what goes into deciding to move to level four
  • Nine questions to ask yourself about others that will enlighten your mind and change your life
  • You will also learn about five transcendental desires that pull you up toward the fourth level of happiness and five cosmic inadequacies that drive you beyond the world of the senses.

    Through the lens of science, Spitzer sheds light on the origins of the universe and man and the benefits of supernatural faith. Additionally, he explains three types of prayer and methods for developing a personal relationship with the Creator to find lasting and authentic joy.

    Most significantly, you will find what it truly means to reach the level of transcendence. As you learn practical tips based on Ignatius of Loyola's Rules of Discernment, you will be empowered to live an enlightened, purposeful, joyous life. Above all, through Spitzer's logical, systematic reasoning you will see the beauty of Providence at work in you and how to open your heart to the power of love.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9798889112341
    Publication Date: 
    2024-05-21
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    Girl, Arise!: A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World

    Girl, Arise!: A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World
    Swinarski, Claire
    $14.95

    Winner of a 2020 Catholic Press Association book award (second place, gender issues-inclusion in the Church).


    Is it possible to be both a Catholic and a feminist? Claire Swinarski, writer and creator of The Catholic Feminist podcast, believes it is: "I'm a feminist for the same reason I'm bold and honest and sometimes ragey: because Jesus was all of those things."

    In Girl, Arise!, Swinarski reconciles the two identities by demonstrating the strength and abilities women have to share with the Body of Christ, the importance of women throughout the history of the faith, and how the love you experience through Christ and the Church can change you and the world around you.

    In Girl, Arise!: A Catholic Feminist's Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World Swinarski points out that while both "feminism" and "Catholicism" can mean different things to different people, both feminists and Catholics desire to make the world a better, fairer place. And she shows that by treating women with dignity equal to that of men--by calling them his friends and teaching them--Jesus acted as a feminist as well.

    With humor and sass, Swinarski addresses her frustration with the traditional concerns churches ascribe to women, as shown by the many talks directed at women focused on marriage and modesty rather than social justice. But she pinpoints the areas where modern feminism goes too far, arguing against abortion and exploring what it means to serve others rather than focus on our own needs first.

    Swinarski also tells the stories of holy women--including Vashti in the book of Esther, Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux and Joan of Arc, Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary--to show how their faith influenced their actions, even when those actions went against traditional norms and roles of women.

    You will be empowered to embrace your God-given abilities as you follow the women who have gone before you in faith who--by announcing Christ to his disciples, believing in God's promises, and being faithful in hardship--changed the world.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781594718939
    Publication Date: 
    2019-02-08
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    He Leadeth Me

    He Leadeth Me
    $16.00
    NATIONAL BESTSELLER - A deeply personal true story of one man's spiritual odyssey and the unflagging faith which enabled him to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse

    Captured by a Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a "Vatican spy," Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek spent twenty-three agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. Only through an utter reliance on God's will did he manage to endure the extreme hardship. He tells of the courage he found in prayer--a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek relates, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amidst the "arrogance of evil" that surrounded him. Ciszek learns to accept the inhuman work in the infamous Siberian salt mines as a labor pleasing to God. And through that experience, he was able to turn the adverse forces of circumstance into a source of positive value and a means of drawing closer to the compassionate and never-forsaking Divine Spirit.

    He Leadeth Me is a book to inspire all Christians to greater faith and trust in God--even in their darkest hour. As the author asks, "What can ultimately trouble the soul that accepts every moment of every day as a gift from the hands of God and strives always to do his will?"

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780804141529
    Publication Date: 
    2014-05-06
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    Healing Stories of Jesus: Signs of the New Creation

    Healing Stories of Jesus: Signs of the New Creation
    Grams, Louis
    $11.95
    This Bible study, part of our popular Keys to the Bible series, will examine six of the Gospel stories in which Jesus healed those suffering from a variety of physical or spiritual afflictions. While healings demonstrate the love and compassion that Jesus has for each one of us, they are also a sign of the new creation he came to inauguratean announcement that the kingdom of God is at hand. Even today, supernatural healing gifts are meant to be a sign that God is present and active in the world today. This study will help you view Jesus healings in a new way and encourage you to pray for healing for yourself, your family, and those you encounter each day.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781593252908
    Publication Date: 
    2016-05-01
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    Hope Always: Our Anchor in Life's Storms: Our Anchor in Life's Storms

    Hope Always: Our Anchor in Life's Storms: Our Anchor in Life's Storms
    $16.95

    Of the three cardinal virtues of faith, hope, and charity, hope may be the hardest to define. A deceptively simple virtue, people often reduce hope to a mere optimism about the future, or they may see it as synonymous with trust in God. In Hope Always, Kris Frank, a popular Catholic speaker and youth minister, offers his down-to-earth and personal reflections on hope and how this crucial but often-misunderstood virtue can change our perspective on life’s difficulties.

    Sharing stories from his own experience, along with Scripture passages and theological commentary solidly grounded in Church teaching, Frank teaches by example, demonstrating how the practice of hope can help any person, in any state of life, and in any situation. Each chapter tackles a different tough topic and shows how hope can transform a difficult situation. Whether someone is anxious, grieving, discouraged, or troubled in any way, hope in God reveals that there is a path forward, however challenging it might be.

    Frank tells us “hope is neither nebulous nor ethereal. Hope has a name. Hope has a face.” By placing our trust in the person of Jesus, we can learn to anchor our lives in something, or Someone, greater than mere human confidence.

    In Hope Always, Kris Frank, a popular Catholic speaker and youth minister, offers his down-to-earth and personal reflections on hope and how this crucial but often-misunderstood virtue can change our perspective on life's difficulties. Sharing stories from his own life, along with Scripture passages and theological commentary solidly grounded in Church teaching, Frank teaches by example, demonstrating how the practice of hope can help any person, in any state of life, and in any situation.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780819834638
    Publication Date: 
    2020-10-01
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    How to Be Happy How to Be Holy

    How to Be Happy How to Be Holy
    O'Sullivan, Op Fr Paul
    $16.95
    Very few Catholic writers indeed can touch the minds and hearts of all Catholics-whatever their background -and Fr. Paul O'Sullivan happens to be one of these rare few. In How to Be Happy-How to Be Holy, Fr. O'Sullivan teaches all Christians about prayer: 1) how to pray, 2) how to derive immense benefits from prayer, and 3) how to enjoy the deep consolation of prayer. In the process, he focuses first on the profound meanings of our basic Catholic prayers: The Sign of the Cross, The Our Father, The Hail Mary, The Glory Be, The Apostles' Creed, The Morning Offering, The Confiteor, etc. Next follows a full and beautiful explanation of the Rosary and each of its Mysteries. Then he paints the wonders of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and finally he concludes on the power of ejaculations and the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The most beautiful aspect of this consoling and moving book-as in fact of all Fr. O'Sullivan's writings-is his frequent use of lovely, short anecdotes from the lives of the Saints. And the principal value of this book is that it proves one need not be a saint to enjoy prayer and to derive great benefits from it. Every Catholic should own and read this charming book, for if ever a book were conceived and written to inspire people to pray, and to show them what great results and consolations are to be derived from prayer, it is Fr. O'Sullivan's How to Be Happy-How to Be Holy.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    0895553864
    Publication Date: 
    1942-12-31
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    How To Raise Good Catholic Children

    How To Raise Good Catholic Children
    Newland, Mary
    $18.95

    First published fifty years ago, How to Raise Good Catholic Children is a rare treat for today's parents: a wise and readable book on child care that derives its wisdom from the Catholic home rather than from psychologists.

    Author Mary Reed Newland here draws on her own experiences as the mother of seven to show how the classic Christian principles of sanctity can be translated into terms easily applied to children - even to the very young.

    Because it's rooted in experience, not in theory, nothing that Mrs. Newland suggests is impossible or extraordinary. In fact, as you reflect on your experiences with your own children, you'll quickly agree that hers is an excellent commonsense approach to raising good Catholic children.

    Let Mrs. Newland show you how to introduce even your littlest ones to God and develop in your growing children virtues such as:

  • The habit of regular prayer
  • Genuine love of the Rosary
  • A sense of the dignity of work
  • Devotion to Mary and the saints
  • A proper love for the things of this world and for the things of Heaven
  • Attentiveness at Mass
  • Love for the Eucharist
  • An understanding and love of purity
  • The ability to make good confessions
  • And dozens of other skills, habits, and virtues that every good Catholic child needs.
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9781928832867
    Publication Date: 
    2006-09-01
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    How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between

    How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between
    Burbach, Vicki
    $18.95

    Many of us commit to some form of spiritual reading, but we find that our book choices are sporadic and often based on a whim rather than following a purposeful plan. Designed for individual or group settings, How to Read Your Way to Heaven will guide your quest to delve deeper into a relationship with Christ by meditating on the written word while organizing your reading around the four pillars of the Catholic Faith the Creed, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.

    How to Read Your Way to Heaven is not merely another book to read. It is designed to be an invaluable tool for guiding and organizing your reading to help you on your journey to become a saint. And best of all, this fully integrated do-it-yourself spiritual reading program that can be easily followed by the busiest of Catholics with the tightest of schedules.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781622823604
    Publication Date: 
    2017-01-26
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    I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

    I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know
    Warren, W Lee
    $25.99
    This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science--and between death and hope--as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

    WINNER OF THE ECPA CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARD(R) - "Beautiful, haunting, powerful."--Daniel G. Amen, MD

    Dr. W. Lee Warren, a practicing brain surgeon, assumed he knew most outcomes for people with glioblastoma, head injuries, and other health-care problems. Yet even as he tried to give patients hope, his own heart would sink as he realized, I've seen the end of you.

    But it became far more personal when the acclaimed doctor experienced an unimaginable family tragedy. That's when he reached the end of himself.

    Page-turning medical stories serve as the backdrop for a raw, honest look at how we can remain on solid ground when everything goes wrong and how we can find light in the darkest hours of life.

    I've Seen the End of You is the rare book that offers tender empathy and tangible hope for those who are suffering. No matter what you're facing, this doesn't have to be the end. Even when nothing seems to makes sense, God can transform your circumstances and your life. And he can offer a new beginning.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780525653219
    Publication Date: 
    2020-01-07
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    Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You

    Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You
    Burke, John
    $16.99
    It's obvious from the bookshelves and the big screen that heaven is on everyone's mind. All of us long to know what life after death will be like. Bestselling author John Burke is no exception. For decades, he has been studying accounts of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors clearly point to the God of the Bible and the exhilarating picture of heaven he promises.

    Imagine Heaven is an inspirational journey through the Bible's picture of heaven, colored in with the real-life stories of heaven's wonders. Burke compares gripping stories of NDEs to what Scripture says about our biggest questions of heaven: Will I be myself? Will I see friends and loved ones? What will it look like? What is God like? What will we do forever? What about children and pets? This book will propel readers into an experience that will forever change their view of the life to come and the way they live life today. It also tackles the tough questions of heavenly reward and hellish NDEs. Anyone interested in NDEs or longing to imagine heaven more clearly will enjoy this fascinating and hope-filled book.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780801015267
    Publication Date: 
    2015-10-20
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    It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

    It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
    TerKeurst, Lysa
    $24.99

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    What do you do when God's timing seems questionable, his lack of intervention hurtful, and his promises doubtful? Lysa TerKeurst unveils her heart amid shattering circumstances, inviting you to live assured when life doesn't turn out like you expected.

    Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a season, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned at best and overwhelmed and hopeless at worst. We quietly start to wonder about the reality of God's goodness and why he allows us to suffer and experience grief and loss.

    Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But after many tears, godly counseling, and prayerful seeking, she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability, and honest humor, helps us to:

  • Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
  • Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy, so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
  • Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
  • Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
  • Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God's truth, the Bible.
  • Look for additional biblically based resources and devotionals from Lysa:

  • Good Boundaries and Goodbyes
  • Forgiving What You Can't Forget
  • Uninvited
  • You're Going to Make It
  • Embraced
  • Seeing Beautiful Again
  • ISBN/SKU: 
    9780718039851
    Publication Date: 
    2018-11-13
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    It's Ok to Start with You

    It's Ok to Start with You
    Hogan MS Lcpc, Julia Marie
    $14.95

    Self-care is often misunderstood in our society. Far too many of us dismiss it as selfish pampering, and the results can be devastating for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Real self-care is anything but self-indulgent. It's an essential discipline, rooted in the reality of who we are as God's beloved children.

    In It's OK to Start with You, therapist Julia Marie Hogan, LCPC, makes the case for making self-care a priority -- beginning with reclaiming your own worth. Based on her practice as a therapist, she offers deep insights into the reasons why we neglect to take care of ourselves and provides needed tools to change our habits of thinking and acting so we can show up fully in our lives and relationships. With step-by-step instructions for building a tailored self-care plan, reflection questions, and note-taking space, this book is the ultimate guide to becoming the most authentic version of yourself.

    "Julia Hogan offers a meaningful, faithful, and well-balanced approach to self-care that we all need as beloved children of God. For years, I've longed for a book to recommend to women that discusses self-care within the Catholic worldview. This is that book." -- Leah Darrow, author of The Other Side of Beauty

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Julia Marie Hogan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, she leads workshops and writes on topics related to self-care, relationships, and mental health. She is passionate about empowering individuals to be their most authentic selves. You can find more of her writing online at Verily. She completed her Master's in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781681922058
    Publication Date: 
    2018-06-01
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    Legacy of Mercy: A True Story of Murder and a Mother's Forgiveness

    Legacy of Mercy: A True Story of Murder and a Mother's Forgiveness
    Crowe, Gretchen R
    $19.95

    On May 31, 1999, Rachel Muha experienced a mother's worst nightmare. Her youngest son, Brian, and his friend Aaron Land were taken by force on a journey of about 20 miles, spanning three states, that ended in torture and death. They were roommates and students at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the murders shocked the campus and the wider community.

    Even before her son's body was found, Rachel publicly forgave her son's killers. It was a life-changing moment, not just for her but for everyone who heard her powerful act of forgiveness and love. Rachel has continued to choose mercy and forgiveness every day since then, now leading a ministry that serves inner-city children in the hope that they won't choose the same life that Brian's murderers did.

    Legacy of Mercy tells the story of raising and losing a son; the story of forgiving his murderers; and the story of a mother responding to her son's death not with vengeance or self-pity, but with love and a desire to serve others in need.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781681926995
    Publication Date: 
    2022-11-14
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