Great Autumn Reading


7 Secrets of Confession

by Vinny Flynn (Ignatius)


Do you put off going to confession? Maybe there’s something you’re too embarrassed to tell the priest, or maybe you just don’t see the point in repeating the same old laundry list of sins time after time. Maybe you just hate waiting in line. Whatever your reason, know that you are not alone, and then read 7 Secrets of Confession. Following on his popular 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, author Vinny Flynn unpacks the sacrament of reconciliation so that we will not only appreciate it but actually long for it. With intriguing chapter titles such as “Sin Doesn’t Change God,” “Your Sin Is Different from My Sin” and “It’s Not Just About Forgiveness,” the book explains confession as an intimate, healing immersion in the mercy of God. Guaranteed to transform your attitude from “hafta go” to “got to go.”

The Miraculous Medal

Stories, Prayers, and Devotions


by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (Servant Books)


Next to a set of rosary beads, the sacramental most likely to be found somewhere in every Catholic home is the miraculous medal. Where did this medal come from? Is it really “miraculous”? Why should you want to wear or carry it with you? O’Boyle’s book gives a detailed biography of St. Catherine Laboure, the Visitation order novice who received numerous visions and messages from heaven, including instructions to have the medal made and distributed. Until the time of her death, Sister Catherine’s privileged status remained unknown to anyone but her confessor, who took on the burden of manufacturing and distributing the medal. The book goes on to recount not only the wave of miracles that initially followed distribution of the first miraculous medals, but also many recent stories that demonstrate what a great channel of grace Our Lady has given the world.


Dangers to the Faith

Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents

By Al Kresta (Our Sunday Visitor)


“Don’t believe everything you see in print,” is time-honored advice. “Don’t believe everything you see and hear on TV” is even better. But when earnest “experts” pontificate, and talk-show hosts nod their heads in solemn agreement, it’s hard to know what to think of all the fads, philosophies, -isms, and attitudes that are promoted these days. As a result, many Catholics—consciously or unconsciously—have absorbed messages that are incompatible with Christianity. Catholic communicator Al Kresta debunks the most prevalent of these in Dangers to the Faith. Relativism, scientism, reincarnation, and the Christian/New Age mishmash he calls “the spirituality of Oprah” are just a few belief systems that Kresta helps the reader to see through. He also describes the dangers of looking to the government as a secular savior, and he urges every reader to examine the extent that consumerism has become a stealth danger to the faith. Kresta’s prose is riveting and brings much needed clarity in a confusing age.

If Aristotle’s Kid Had an Ipod

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents


by Conor Gallagher (St. Benedict’s Press)


Here’s a parenting book like no other. You won’t find guidelines for how many minutes in time-out are appropriate for which age, or opinions on sibling rivalry. Instead, you’ll get a philosophy of parenting based on the principles of human nature as articulated by an ancient Greek. Does that sound dryand difficult? On the contrary, it’s fascinating. Conor Gallagher tells us what Aristotle learned about nature, reason, and emotion, and how these discoveries impact development of virtue, formation of relationships, and ultimately, happiness. He supports Aristotle’s ethics with examples from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, scientific studies, and the world of sports. This book is fun! It empowers parents with the best reasons for doing the right thing. It might even inspire them to examine their own moral formation, spot the glitches, and make a few timely repairs.

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