Summer spiritual reads

It’s summertime, and the reading is easy. Only one of these titles tops 200 pages. All of them are packed with truth and inspiration, yet they are easy to digest.  Stunned by Scripture   How the Bible Made Me Catholic  by John Bergsma (Our…

Are you saved?

Popular author, Scripture scholar, and EWTN host Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, takes on a question that has divided Catholics and Protestants for centuries. His book, Saved: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics (Our Sunday Visitor, 2017) examines…

Daily devotionals for Lent

Daily spiritual reading during Lent is a fantastic way to grow in our relationship with Christ. Almost any Catholic book will do, starting with the Bible, a work of theology, a saint’s life — you name it — it will work. But you might…

Books for your Lenten journey

Still looking for Lenten reading? Here are a few ideas for you. Drawing Closer to Christ A Self-Guided Icon Retreat  By Joseph Malham (Ave Maria Press) That’s a pun in the title, because this do-it-yourself retreat is ideal for anyone with…

Faith and Fitness

We all know exercise is good for us. But our relationship with it is … complicated. Some of us are “yo-yo” exercisers. Our treadmills, weights, bikes, fitness apps, and gym memberships see bursts of use and then gather (real or…

Books for dads

Father’s Day is June 17 this year. There are a lot of great Catholic books out there, but here are some with extra guy appeal. Grit & Glory Cross Training Your Body and Soul by Kaiser Johnson (Our Sunday Visitor) Kaiser Johnson is…

Books for the Catholic nerd

As the writer of the Bookshelf column for Catholic Digest, I find the most difficult part of the job isn’t the actual writing, but the selection process. Anywhere from 12 to 20 new titles come through my mailbox each month. After weeding…