Book Reviews & Recommendations

The Way

by Saint Josemaria Escriva

The Way is an inspirational collection of brief meditations and reflections.  Josemaria's books are addressed to ordinary Christians, to invite them to begin and maintain a personal friendship with God.  The compact size is ideal to carry in your packet or in your purse.

As a teenager, Josemaria Escriva discovered his vocation to the priesthood when he saw the bare footprints of a monk in the snow.  The language of God is often surprising - his faith made him respond.  Josemaria Escriva spent most of his life teaching and learning in universities.  His lasting impact lies in the foundation of Opus Dei which he devoted his life to expanding.

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Spain on January 9, 1902 and died in Rome on June 26, 1975.  Pope John Paul II canonized the founder of Opus Dei in St. Peter's Square on October 6th 2002.  His feast day is June 26th.


Also by St. Josemaria Escriva:

Furrow, The Forge, Christ is Passing By and Friends of God

The Temperment God Gave Your Kids

Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children

by Art & Laraine Bennett


Art and Laraine Bennett provide an accessible synthesis of classical wisdom, modern counseling, science, Catholic spirituality, and wonderful storytelling to the four basic temperaments that serve as the foundation of one's personality and approach to life. This is the authors third book on the topic of temperaments, sharing not only their professional expertise but also their personal life experiences. They have been married for thirty-four years and have four children one each of the four temperament types!

Breaking Through : Catholic Women Speak For Themselves

by Helen M. Alvare


Catholic women are some of the most maligned, most caricatured, and most intriguing people in American society. 

America is flirting with the idea that being a Catholic female means saying "yes" to the faith as a private source of comfort, but "no" to living out its more countercultural moral and social teachings. Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the church itself -- questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today's toughest issues? 
Nine such Catholic women -- varying widely in age, occupation and experience -- share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories -- full of honesty, but ultimately hope -- shed new light and new clarity on women's continued attraction to the Catholic faith. 

If Aristotle's Kid Had a iPod

by Conor Gallagher


In If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents, Conor Gallagher dusts off Aristotle's Ethics and reveals a vibrant, illuminating philosophy no less powerful and profound than when it was first penned.

Gallagher masterfully weaves Aristotle, scientific studies, pop culture, and parenting tales together making If Aristotle's Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents a funny, rich, and informative read, and an indispensible guide for any parent who wants to pass on the secrets of a happy life to their kids.

Style, Sex & Substance

10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter


Here is a fresh look at life from the perspective of ten Catholic women who live in the spotlight of the Internet ten bloggers who keep it real every day with their personal posts relating their triumphs, trials, and temptations for all to see. In the same way, nothing is off limits in Style, Sex, & Substance. Enjoy real stories, real struggles, and best of all, real faith and trust that God will bring out the best in all circumstances whether in the family room, the bedroom, or at work.

We Need to Talk

God Speaks to a Modern Girl

by Susan Brinkman


When she decided to return to the Church, she did so kicking and screaming. She had so little faith that God had to open her eyes and heart to her true calling. When God entered Susan Brinkmann's world, he waded into knee-deep piles of sin and daily dealt with her stubborn refusal to like him. And he did something amazing. This is the story of that miracle--not just a little moment, but something huge. He didn't change her. He helped her become who she really was. If you've drifted into complacency, find in We Need to Talk the inspiration to recognize the pull of God's voice and respond

Extreme Makeover


Women Transformed by Christ Not Conformed to the Culture

by Teresa Tameo


What are women steeped in the Hollywood and Cosmo girl version of reality to do? Undergo Tomeo's Extreme Makeover. With the help of this book, they can shed the toxic messages that objectify and enslave them and embrace the truth about being a beloved daughter of God.

Surrender !

The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will

by Fr. Larry Richards


Experience the one-of-a-kind spiritual shock therapy of Fr. Larry Richards for effective Christian living. A gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, author, and retreat master, Fr. Richards will challenge you to let go of attachments, assumptions, and excuses that hold you back and give yourself more fully to God.

Hunting for God Fishing for The Lord

Encountering the Sacred in the Great Outdoors

by Rev. Joseph F. Classen


Discover the Great Outdoors!

Take the trek of a lifetime. Join companion and confidante Fr. Joe Classen, a young priest inspired by God's creation, as he experiences the great outdoors. Share in empowering reflections about life, spirituality, and "the pursuit," as he recounts tales from boyhood to manhood, articulating the deep satisfaction and awesome responsibility of he who becomes one with nature.

Be A Man!

Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

by Fr. Larry Richards


Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life. And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it. While some writers apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the Christian life, Father Richards draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men. In Be a Man!, he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one’s faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world.



Build the House & Songs of Faith

Contemporary Christian Music by: Michael Howard


Local worship leader Michael Howard releases "Build the House", an original contemporary worship CD created to benefit the rural towns of Saba and Rio Esteban, Honduras, two communities struggling with ever-present poverty. 

"Songs of Faith" Inspired by a man and a young girl working to change the lives of orphans in their native village, "Songs of Faith" is a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together.

*** Both CDs on sale today at the Catholic Book Exchange ***


Notes from the artist: "Several months ago, I was approached to do what I thought would be a simple contract job: write a song to promote a foundation in return for some promotion on a website. Simple enough. . . until I heard their story. I left my first meeting completely overwhelmed and began thinking about songs that would capture the feelings I was experiencing. I'm not sure if I was successful, but "Songs of Faith" is the result of that effort. I hope you like it. More importantly, I hope you visit the Footprints of Faith Foundation website ( to read their story and decide to do something to help."

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