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Author Interview with Leah Libresco on her book “Building the Benedict Option”

Author Interview with Leah Libresco on her book “Building the Benedict Option”

April 27, 2021
Building the Benedict Option is a combination of a spiritual memoir and a practical handbook for Christians who want to build communities of prayer, socialization, and evangelization in the places where they live and work.
 
Beginning when the author was a new convert, she desired more communal prayer and fellowship than weekly Mass could provide. She surveyed her friends--busy, young, urban professionals like herself--and created unique enriching or supportive experiences that matched their desires and schedules. The result was a less lonely and more boisterous spiritual and social life.
 
No Catholic Martha Stewart, Libresco is frank about how she plans events that allow her to feed thirty people on a Friday night without feeling exhausted. She is honest about the obstacles to prayer and the challenge to make it inviting and unobtrusive. Above all, she communicates the joy she has experienced since discovering ways to open her home (even when it was only a small studio apartment).
 
The reader will close this book with four or five ideas for events to try over the next few weeks, along with the tools to make them fruitful. From film nights to picnics in the park to resume-writing evenings, there are plenty of ideas to choose from and loads of encouragement to make more room in one's life for others.
 
Best Chapter Books for Kids from Bethlehem Books

Best Chapter Books for Kids from Bethlehem Books

April 26, 2021
Need great chapter books for your kids that are wholesome, engaging, and exciting? We are going to talk about the best books for kids from Bethlehem Books!
Correction: Eleanore M. Jewett is an American, not an English author.
Her two books published by Bethlehem Books are set in Medieval England.
Discussion about “Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur”

Discussion about “Salt and Light: The Spiritual Journey of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur”

April 26, 2021
Join us for a discussion about the incredible story of Élisabeth and Félix Leseur - who was this couple, what was so intriguing about their spiritual life, where does Élisabeth's cause for canonization stand?
 
About: Élisabeth and Félix Leseur began their life together in France as a carefree young couple with a bright future ahead of them. They were beautifully and compatibly matched, except for one major difference—Élisabeth was a devout Catholic, and Félix was a firmly decided atheist. As they faced the seasons of life together, their relationship was tested, and both were called to deep spiritual transformation.
 
Out of love for her husband, Élisabeth spent her life offering her many sufferings for the sake of his conversion. After her death, and in response to the profound love he encountered in her writings, Félix converted and offered the rest of his life to God as a Dominican priest.
 
This biography is a lovely narrative of their marriage and the transformative power of God's love and grace in their lives. It also presents a charming picture of upper-middle-class French society at the turn of the last century. The cause for the canonization of Élisabeth Leseur has been opened by the Catholic Church.
Author Interview with Kendra Tierney on her book, “The Catholic All Year Compendium”

Author Interview with Kendra Tierney on her book, “The Catholic All Year Compendium”

April 26, 2021
About the author: Kendra Tierney is a wife and a mother of ten children from newborn to teenager, and an enthusiastic amateur experimenter in the domestic arts. She writes the award-winning Catholic mommy blog "Catholic All Year", is a regular contributor to 'Blessed Is She' Ministries, and is the voice of liturgical living at Endow Ministries. She is the author of The Catholic All Year Compendium and A Little Book about Confession for Children.
About the book: If you have been wondering how to bring the rich traditions of the Catholic Church's liturgical year into your family life, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what the liturgical year is, but you are looking for ways to bring your faith home from Sunday Mass—in every season, all year long—this is the book for you too.
 
With wisdom and humor mother and blogger Kendra Tierney shares how her family celebrates Catholic seasons and feasts—from Advent and Christmas, through Lent and Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. She provides ideas for stories, activities, foods, and decorations that will help you to celebrate your Catholic faith with your family and friends without expertise or much advance planning. She also offers tips and survival tricks from her fifteen years in the Catholic mommy trenches about such challenges as bringing young children to Mass and saying a family Rosary.
 
Whether you're a convert or a revert or a lifelong Catholic, a member of a big family or a small one, a stay-at-home or a working parent, you're sure to find ways to make your Catholic faith a memorable and meaningful part of your busy family life—and have fun doing it!
 
Interview with authors Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning on their book, “The WillPower Advantage”

Interview with authors Tom Peterson and Ryan Hanning on their book, “The WillPower Advantage”

April 26, 2021
Christians, as well as all men and women, are called to holiness and happiness, but everyone struggles to take the practical steps necessary to overcome the vices that rob us of our peace and steal our joy. The WillPower Advantage shows that we need to renew our minds with the truth about ourselves in order to develop the good habits we need to handle the challenges we face. We are not called to be passive; we are called to use our will and our strength to receive God's grace and transform the world, beginning with ourselves.
 
The WillPower Advantage helps people to build the virtues they need by providing practical wisdom from ancient and contemporary sources. The book includes a Spiritual Audit, which identifies a person's temperament along with its strengths and weaknesses. The virtues each temperament needs to work on are then presented systematically with practical tips for strengthening them.
 
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