What's New in the Parish Library?

Books Added to the Collection from September 2015 - May 2016

Children’s Fiction

Who Built the Stable, by Ashley Bryan. CF BRY –Told in gentle rhyme and illustrated with Ashley Bryan’s enormous talent, this is a picture book that captures the reason for the season in all its wonder and beauty. Who Built the Stable? is a celebration of Christmas, of the kindness of children, and of the new hope born with each new baby. (Amazon)

If Kids Ran the World, by Leo and Diane Dillion. CF DIL – A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this last collaboration by the Dillons captures the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us shines forth. If kids ran the world, it would be a better place--for grown-ups, too. (Amazon)

Angelo, by David McAuley. CF McA– High above the rooftops of Rome, Angelo begins his work restoring the façade of a once glorious church. There, among the sticks and feathers, he discovers a wounded bird. Angelo becomes the bird’s reluctant savior. As the church nears completion, Angelo begins to worry about the future of his avian friend. “What will become of you? Where will you go . . . where will you . . . live?” he asks her. Through his artistry as a master craftsman he answers the questions for his humble friend and assures that he, himself will not be forgotten. (Amazon)

Chester’s Way, by Kevin Henkes. CF HEN – Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood. (Amazon)

Bun, Bun, Button, by Patricia Polacco. CF POL– This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one's watching. (Amazon)

Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco. CF POL –When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but the letters just get jumbled up. She hates being different, and begins to believe her classmates when they call her a dummy. Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees through her sadness to the gifted artist she really is. And when he discovers that she can't read, he helps her prove to herself that she can - and will! (Amazon)

The Granddaughter Necklace, by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. CF WYE – With a historical sweep that reaches back to Ireland and to Africa, and an intimacy that resides in every family's treasured stories, Wyeth tells the tale of one family's journey from the old world to the new, from the past to the present, and from mother to daughter. Here's a book that we feel will be passed on from generation to generation too, read in laps and in groups, opening conversations about our own necklaces of memory. (Amazon)

I Don’t Want to be a Frog, by Dev Petty. CF PET – Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right. (Amazon)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. CF ROS – The tale of a brave family's joyous romp through sweeping landscapes.

Otis and the Scarecrow, by Loren Long. CF LON – A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone's favorite tractor, Otis. (Amazon)

Pete the Cat and the New Guy, by Kimberly and James Dean. CF DEA – There's a new guy in town, and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends mean more fun. But who can he be? When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other . . . but that's what makes him cool. Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete and just like you, and there is something everyone can do! The message of acceptance shines through and is perfect for young readers learning to navigate the social waters. Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in the rhythmic storytelling and fun repetition throughout the book. (Amazon)

It’s the Bear!, by Jez Alborough. CF ALB – The last time Eddie went for a walk in the woods, he had the biggest surprise of his life! There was a bear the size of a house in there! Now Eddie's mom is in the mood to picnic in the wood and she insists there aren't any bears in there, (except Eddie's teddy, Freddie). But when Mom forgets the blueberry pie, she runs home to get it while Eddie waits in the woods all alone! What happens next? Just guess! Hold on to your teddies, because Jez Alborough is back with another hilarious story about little Eddie and that oversized bear and this time he's hungry! (Amazon)

Adventures in Assisi, by Amy Welborn. CF WEL – Two cousins, Gianna and Lorenzo, are left in the care of their great uncle, Brother Antonio, a Franciscan friar living in Assisi, for the day while their parents visit a winery. The day threatens to turn into a fiasco until Brother Antonio comes up with a game for them to play: They will discover the places where St. Francis lived and worked. Children will learn about both St. Francis and Assisi in this lovely tale for children ages 5-8, illustrated with the warmth and colors of the Italian countryside. As Gianna and Lorenzo lose themselves in the game, they come to better understand the qualities that marked St. Francis: humility, gentleness, kindness, simplicity, and love. In turn, the cousin’s relationship is mended as they come to see the good in each other. (Amazon)

Hold My Hand: Five Stories of Love and Family, by Charlotte Zolotow. CF ZOL – Charlotte Zolotow's collection of five stories and poems focuses on the subjects young children care most about: love and family. Here are the quintessential experiences of childhood: a baby uttering his first words; a young girl taking a walk with her Dad on a summer night; a big brother with a tag-along little brother, and more. With tender and exuberant watercolors by Carol Thompson, this is a collection to be shared and treasured. (Amazon)

Over and Over, by Charlotte Zolotow. CF ZOL – The year’s seasonal changes and festivities that are important in a little child’s life are imaginatively described. The story ends with the happy realization that it will all come round ‘over and over’ again.’ (Amazon)

Children’s Nonfiction

Mary’s Song, by Lee Bennet Hopkins. C232.91 HOP – On that first Christmas night, the earth bursts with praise at the Savior's birth. Donkeys bray, sheep bleat,  horses neigh, and shepherds come from nearby fields -- but Mary simply wants to be alone with her sweet babe. When quiet finally falls, Mary cradles her son and sings her mother-song, leaving readers dreaming of that silent night so long ago. Mary's Song, with its melodic language and rich illustrations, is a lovely reminder of the meaning of Christmas and a welcome pause in the midst of a bustling world. (Amazon)

Friendship with Jesus, by Amy Welborn. C264.02036 – To receive Jesus in Holy Communion is to enter into a lifelong friendship with him. In this beautifully illustrated book, Amy Welborn, well-known author and blogger, introduces Pope Benedict's profound yet simple answers to various questions put to him by children in Rome who had recently made their First Holy Communion. Pope Benedict's answers, and the children's wonderful questions concerning this very important spiritual occasion in their young lives, provide inspiring text for this beautiful gift book for First Communion. (Amazon)

All God’s Children, by Lee Bennett Hopkins. C242.82 HOP –Twenty-two prayers--some traditional, some brand-new--are compiled in one lovely volume by the renowned anthologist. Prayers to grace a meal, offer in thanks, and to say at bedtime are colorfully illustrated to celebrate the loving relationship between God and all His children. A thoughtful gift from a parent, grandparent, or godparent, All God’s Children is a book to be treasured and handed down from one generation to the next. (Amazon)

The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde. C398.2 WIL –When a giant refuses to allow children to play in his garden, the garden becomes bleak and dark, perpetually enveloped by winter, until a special child melts the giant's heart and brings spring back to the garden, in a beautifully illustrated rendition of Wilde's beloved fable.(Amazon)

Junior Nonfiction

Prove It: YOU, by Amy Welborn. J282 WEL– God took all the trouble to make the very specific person called you, so there must be a reason, right? Your parents may see you one way, and your friends may see you a different way, but who are you really?  Prove It! You focuses on one of God's greatest works of art, you! Best-selling author Amy Welborn, known for her ability to translate theology into practical, real life terms looks at all the important issues of your life: Friends, Faith, Family, and Your Future (Amazon)

Adult Fiction

A Rich Young Man: A Novel Based on the Life of Saint Anthony of Padua; A Man Born Again: A Novel Based on the Life of Saint Thomas More; and A Man Cleansed by God : A Novel Based on the Life of Saint Patrick, by John E. Beahn.  F BEA – In 1958, American novelist John Edward Beahn first introduced these imaginative retellings of the Saints stories. Based on the historical records of their lives and times, the adventures of these beloved Saints come to life again in the TAN Legend series of biographical fiction. Highly entertaining and inspiring!

Adult Nonfiction

Beyond the New Morality: The Responsibilities of Freedom, by Germain Grisez and Russell Shaw. 171.3 GRI — A college level Ethics textbook emphasizing Natural Law written by Germain Grisez, a highly regarded Catholic moral philosopher. Shaw has a similar reputation as a Catholic writer and public affairs expert.  

Soul’s in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, by Christian Smith.  200.84 SMI – How important is religion for young people in America today? What are the major influences on their developing spiritual lives? How do their religious beliefs and practices change as young people enter into adulthood? Christian Smith's Souls in Transition explores these questions and many others as it tells the definitive story of the religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults, ages 18 to 24, in the U.S. today.(Amazon)

Synopsis of the Four Gospels, by Kurk Aland 226.1 ALA – This book is a synopsis of the four canonical Gospels. The similar passages are placed next to each other. The Greek text (placed on the odd pages) is the 27th edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek NT. The English text (placed on the even pages) is the 2nd edition of the RSV Bible. If you like the Bible and want to have a deeper picture of the Gospels you will love this book.(Google Books)

Redescubre el Catolicismo, by Matthew Kelly 230.2 KEL – En una epoca en que muchos catolicos estan desiluionados, cuestionando su fe y llenos de dudas sobre la relevancia del catolicismo en el mundo actual, un hombre levanta su voz a la comunidad de fe mas grande del mundo con una claridad que es singular e inspiradora. Redescubre el Catolicismo nos lleva hacia una aventura de proporciones transformadoras de vida. Comenzando con nuestro comun anhelo de felicidad, Kelly revela la esencia de la autentica espiritualidad catolica, al tiempo que se refiere a algunas de las preguntas mas importantes que enfrentamos hoy en dia, como individuos y como Iglesia. En cada generacion surge un lider que es capaz de revivir el christianismo de forma tal que revitaliza a los individuos a las comunidades y a la iglesia universal. Cuando experimentes su estilo audaz, briliante, practico e inspirador, entenderas por que tantos consideran a Matthew Kelly como una de las mas grandes voces espirituales de nuestro tiempo. (Amazon)

Storytelling: Imagination and Faith, by William J. Bausch 230.1 BAU – The ancient art of teaching through story is explored here in a refreshingly contemporary way. Father Bausch uses a wellspring of stories from the masters of antiquity to well-known authors today, both religious and secular. He celebrates the power of stories to capture and pass on from one generation to the next the wisdom, imagination, and faith of a people. This is both a book of stories and about storytelling. (Goodreads)

The Living God, by Romano Guardini. 231 GUA – The Living God is a short book by Romano Guardini which is a treatise on God as a living, active force in our lives, not just a concept of theology to be studied on paper. (Amazon)

Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa, by Immaculee Ilibagiza. 232.91 ILI – This book, written by a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, tells the story of the Vatican-approved Marian apparitions in Kebeho Africa in the early 1980’s.

The Wonder of Guadalupe, by Francis Johnston. 232.91 JOH – This relatively short book is widely regarded as the best on the apparition of Our Lady in 1531 in Mexico City. Tells the complete story: From the Conquest of Mexico and the conversion of the Aztecs through the development of the devotion and on into the modern era. An enthralling story and an essential devotion for our times!(Amazon)

The Glories of Mary, by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori. 232.91 LIG – Written as a defense of Our Lady at a time when Jansenistic writers were ridiculing Marian devotion, this classic work combines numerous citations from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church with Saint Alphonsus' intense personal piety to produce a timeless treasury of teachings, prayers, and practices. (Amazon)

The Theology of the Body in John Paul II: What it Means, Why it Matters, by Richard M. Hogan. 233.5 HOG – An illuminating and comprehensive commentary that explains why Pope John Paul 11's teaching on the theology of the body speaks so powerfully to a new generation of believers. At the heart of John Paul's series of talk is the unchanging truth that we are created in God's image, and so are called to love as God loves and to express that love in and through our bodies.(Amazon)

The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. 233 RAT– Written over three decades ago, Cardinal Ratzinger's profound treatise on the true meaning of Christian brotherhood is perhaps even more timely and important now as a clear statement on the biblical grounds for cooperation among believing Christians. In treating Christian brotherhood from the perspective of salvation history, Ratzinger opens up the meaning of both the Old and New Testament in this most essential area. After establishing the distinctively Christian sense of brotherhood (vis-a-vis Judaism, Hellenism, Stoicism, the Enlightenment, and Marxism), he shows how fraternal charity can only be perfected through God's fatherhood, Christ's divine sonship, and our brotherhood in Christ. (Amazon)

Amazing Grace for Those who Suffer: 10 Life Changing Stories of Hope and Healing (Amazing Grace Series), by Jeff Cavins and Matthew Pinto. 234.131 CAV – These 10 real-life stories are more than powerful. They carry the reader through a dark journey of pain into the light of God's grace. Amazing Grace shows us step by step, how to find God's peace and profound hope and healing for the heart and soul. The stories show us the value of suffering....in some stories their deep faith carried them through their pain; in others, they found Christ in the midst of their suffering. (Amazon)

How can I get to Heaven? The Bible’s Teaching on Salvation Made Easy to Understand, by Robert Sungensis. 234 SUN – This is a book on the Catholic teaching on Justification. It is written especially for you: the beginner, the student, the housewife, the young adult, the non-scholarly layman. As with most things that are godly and true, the answer is really very simple. And if your mind and heart are open, this book will not only show you the way to heaven but it will also give you a new outlook on life on earth. After reading it, you will know what God expects of you and what will lead you to his heavenly mansion. (Goodreads)

7 Secrets of the Eucharist, by Vinny Flynn. 234.163 FLY. – Deeply based on the Scriptures, the writings of the Saints, and the teachings of our two most recent Popes, this profound and remarkably readable book will introduce you to some of the hidden truths of the Eucharist truths that have always been embraced by theologians, saints, and mystics, but have rarely been passed on to the average person in a meaningful way. (Amazon)

The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, by Walter Wink. 235 WIN – The Powers That Be reclaims the divine realm as central to human existence by offering new ways of understanding our world in theological terms. Walter Wink reformulates ancient concepts, such as God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, principalities and powers, in light of our modern experience. He helps us see heaven and hell, sin and salvation, and the powers that shape our lives as tangible parts of our day-to-day experience, rather than as mysterious phantoms. Based on his reading of the Bible and analysis of the world around him, Wink creates a whole new language for talking about and to God. Equipped with this fresh world view, we can embark on a new relationship with God and our world into the next millennium.(Amazon)

Greater than you Think: A Theologian Answers the Atheists about God, by Thomas D. Williams. 239 WIL – The recent runaway bestsellers God Is Not Great and The God Delusion have left Christians feeling defensive but not necessarily equipped to refute the accusations of nonbelievers. The bestsellers have also provoked those who are the fence about whether God exists, and if so, whether He's good. In his trademark elegant prose, Father Williams provides accessible but intellectually rich answers for both groups. Questions include "Isn't religion just another name for superstition (or magic or myth)?" "If God is all-good and all-powerful, how can evil exist in the world?" and "Hasn't science disproved God's existence?" For believers and those searching for something to believe in, Father Williams offers an easy-to-use resource for building up one's own faith and igniting others.(Amazon)

Human Sexuality: A Catholic Perspective for Education and Lifelong Learning, by USCC.  241.66 USCC – Provides educational and informational guidance on the difficult questions and problems involved with human sexuality.

Abortion: The Silent Holocaust, by John Powell, S.J. 241.6976 POW –Addresses the issue of abortion by emphasizing the sacred and absolute value of each human life, the power of love, and the inalienable right to life.

The Almond Tree Speaks, by Murray Bodo. 242 BOD – To celebrate his twentieth year as a published writer, Murray Bodo has put together a collection of an all-new title piece and material from his previous books. Bodo weaves together his lifelong love of Francis of Assisi, his experiences as a Franciscan among the urban poor and his identity as a committed disciple of Jesus. (Amazon)

Journeys Home, by Marcus Grodi. 242.242 GRO – These conversion stories provide insight, encouragement, and inspiration for those who are thinking about making the same journey and for Catholics born in the faith as well. 

A Seasonal Book of Hours, compiled by William G. Storey.  242.3 STO – A Seasonal Book of Hours for Morning and Evening Prayer during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. This book will give your daily prayer the solemn and festive tone you yearn for during the solemn seasons of the Church's year. This book combines prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours and from the traditions most eloquent authors to provide a simple and graceful order of prayer appropriate for individuals or groups. (Amazon) 

What Every Catholic Needs to Know About Lent, Triduum, and Easter, by Kevin McGloin. 242.35 McG –This little book walks the average Catholic through the history of the season, its various rituals, their role in the liturgy, and prayers and activities they can do with their own families at home. (Amazon)

Purity 365: Daily Reflections on True Love, edited by Jason Evert. 242.64 EVE – These to-the-point daily reflections on purity counter the lust served up by the media 365 days a year. If you've ever felt alone in your efforts to lead a clean life, read these quotes and remember that real men and women are fighting the same fight today. (Amazon)

The Rosary: A Path into Prayer, by Liz Kelly. 242.74 KEL – Designed to introduce readers to the mysteries of the rosary, this book by author Liz Kelly gently guides the reader on an exploration of this powerful prayer that is well suited even to this modern world. The Rosary, full of the history and practice of this great devotion, includes surprising and moving personal testimonies of the author, other devotees, and saints and holy figures—showing how rosary devotion is a practical and gratifying means of meditation that every person can use. A significant part of the book is devoted to the mysteries of the rosary, including the new luminous mysteries. Exploring the practical as well as the spiritual side of the rosary, Kelly reveals how this prayer can lead us into a closer relationship with God. (Amazon)

Marian Manual of the Fatima Family Apostolate, by Fr. Robert J. Fox. 242.74 FOX – The Marian Manual contains what is necessary for devotion to Our Lady, and needed for Fatima Family Apostolate prayer groups. Includes prayer/study group formats for every age range. It may be used for Holy Hours by parishes or individuals for First Saturday devotions. It has multiple uses connected with devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

No Price Too High: A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic, by Alex Jones. 248.22 JON – This book tells the story of Alex's life from his childhood all the way to his conversion to Catholicism in 2001.

Praying With Julian of Norwich, by Gloria Durka.  248.22 DUR – This is a well written journey in understanding this Anchoress's life and showings.  This book is one of the “Companions for the Journey”                          series.

Dark Night of the Soul: A Masterpiece of Mysticism, by St. John of the Cross. 248.22 JohnC – In this translation , by E. Allison Peers, St. John describes the process of moving away from routine religious rituals and embracing a Being who can be known only through love.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola: A Do-it-at-home retreat, by Andre Ravier, S.J. 248.3 RAV – A most helpful and careful guide to anyone who desires to make an Ignatian retreat but is unable to make the Spiritual Exercises in a normal retreat. It is designed for those who want sincerely to place themselves "face to face" with God so as to order their lives along his loving designs.

Praying with John of the Cross, by Wayne Simsic. 248.3 SIM – John of the Cross was a poet, mystic, theologian, spiritual director, administrator, and collaborator with Teresa of Avila in the reform of the Carmelites Pope Pius XI proclaimed John a Doctor of the Church. This book is a “Companions for the Journey” book that takes you through the spiritual teachings of St. John of the Cross and offers meditations to guide you on your own spiritual journey.

Light and Images: Elements of Contemplation, by Adrienne Von Speyr. 248.34 SPE – This book is an introduction to contemplative prayer. She sets forth the deepest theological foundations of contemplative prayer according to the reciprocal relationship between "light" and "images".

When the Spirit Comes in Power: Rediscovering the Charismatic Dimension of the Christian Life, by Peter Herbeck. 248.482 HER  – With testimony, anecdotes and sound teaching, Catholic evangelist Peter Herbeck describes the work of the Holy Spirit in the personal lives of Christians, the Church and the world. Readers will learn how to grow in likeness to Christ, experience spiritual freedom and work with the Lord for the expansion of his kingdom on earth.

No Greater Love, by Mother Theresa. 248.482 TerC — This book features Mother Theresa’s thoughts on love, generosity, forgiveness, prayer, service, and what it means to be a Christian.

Being Disciples of Jesus in a Dot.com World: A theological Survival Guide for Youth, Adults, and other Confused Christians, by Ted V. Foote and P. Alex Thornburg. 248.485 – Foote and Thornburg make a fun and enlightening examines Christian discipleship in the midst of the postmodern world.

Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life, by Johnnette S. Benkovic. 248.843 BEN – "Johnnette Benkovic masterfully combines the teachings of Scripture and the Church with a down-to-earth program for the way to holiness, upholding the mission of Christian women in the world today."—Father George T. Montague, S.M. (Amazon)

Tears of God: Perservering in the Face of Great Sorrow or Catastrope, by Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel. 248.86 GRO – All religions attempt to deal with catastrophe, all confront the mystery of suffering and of evil. Christianity invites you to share the burden of your catastrophe with the person who is our Savior and Redeemer, one who Himself endured great pain and sorrow, the son of God, Jesus Christ.(Amazon)

Parish Ministry for Returning Catholics , by Patricia Barbernity. 259.08822 Bar – An informative, caring and community-focused guide for parishes embarking on a ministry for returning Catholics. (Amazon)

The Way of the Modern World Or, Why It’s Tempting to Live as if God Doesn’t Exist, by Craig M. Gay. 261 GAY – Gay takes a critical look at the modern world and exposes the foundational worldview of contemporary secular society and the ideas that undergird modern culture. Gay shows how, for Christians, one of the most seductive temptations fostered by these ideas is the temptation toward practical atheism-living as if God does not matter. Practical atheism has become so attractive that even some Christian churches have embraced it. In The Way of the (Modern) World Gay describes in detail the far-reaching consequences of practical atheism and what it will eventually mean for Christians. Yet Gay is not without hope for today's Christians. Arguing for the eviction of certain modern ideas from our churches, he shows that there is a biblically sound way to live in but not of the world. (Amazon)

A Short History of the Mass, by Alfred McBride, O.Praem.  264.02 McB – Alfred McBride expertly guides us through the history of the Mass—the meaning of each element, the saints who illumined our understanding of it, the Church and political influences that challenged it. With dozens of illustrations, McBride offers a clear explanation for those new to the Mass and a deep revelation for those well-acquainted with it. (Amazon)

Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples, by Sherry A. Weddell. 266.2 WED – Sherry A. Weddell  has gathered together experienced leaders and collaborators whose exceptional field-tested wisdom and enthusiasm for transforming Catholic parishes into centers of discipleship and apostolic outreach is both inspiring and practical. (Amazon)

33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration, by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC. 273 GAB – An extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian consecration with four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Blessed John Paul II. Fr. Michael masterfully summarizes their teaching, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So, if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make. (Amazon)

Young Catholics in a New Millennium, by John Fulton. 282.08 FUL – Focusing on the experiences of young Catholics in the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Malta, these authors provide a thorough portrait of young Catholics today. They look at how they relate to religion in their lives, and whether they remain with their faith or abandon it. What are their feelings about the Church's teachings on sex, divorce, abortion, and capital punishment? How do they view the Pope and priestly celibacy and should women be allowed to become priests? What are their feelings about confession and the sacraments? What lessons can the Church draw from the attitudes of these young people? (Amazon)

Young and Catholic: The Face of Tomorrow’s Church, by Tim Drake. 282.73 DRA – Veteran Catholic journalist Tim Drake introduces you to some of the surprising ways in which the Holy Spirit is working in the hearts of these Catholic young people today. You’ll meet teen groups dedicated to Christian service, to prayerful devotion, and to living a life of chastity. There are twentysomethings working together to deepen their knowledge of the Faith, to spread the gospel here and overseas, and to promote the Church’s teachings on marriage and the family. (Amazon)

Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice, by Dean R. Hoge, et. al. 282.73 HOG – This work covers a study of young adult Catholics aged 20 to 39. It compares Latino and non-Latino Catholics on a wide array of beliefs, attitudes, and practices. (Amazon)

Seeds of Hope: Young Adults and the Catholic Churchin the United States, by Tim Muldoon. 248.843 BEN – Asks what kind of church we are inviting young people to join, and analyzes the contemporary social and ecclesial landscapes for signs of hope for the future of the Church. (Amazon)

Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church, by Christian Smith. 282.73 SMI – Young Catholic America, the latest book based on the groundbreaking National Study of Youth and Religion, explores a crucial stage in the life of Catholics. Drawing on in-depth surveys and interviews of Catholics and ex-Catholics ages 18 to 23--a demographic commonly known as early "emerging adulthood"--leading sociologist Christian Smith and his colleagues offer a wealth of insight into the wide variety of religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and life-altering events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults.(Amazon)

Prayers for Parents, by Renee Bartkoski.  291.433 – Packed with more than 60 prayers, Prayers for Parents is an easy-to-read, everyday parenting guidebook that provides effective ways for us to pass on Christian wisdom to our children. In the process, it helps us connect with the wisest parent of all--our Father in heaven--who is always ready and willing to give us the strength, the patience, and the insight we need to cultivate maturity, responsibility, and love in our children. (Amazon)

Faith Opens Jail Doors, by Margaret Carew, CCVI, MA. 291.61

Lost in Transition, by Christian Smith. 305.24 SMI – Christian Smith and his collaborators draw on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages 18-23) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficulties, and the consequences both for individuals and for American society as a whole. (Amazon)

Soul of a Lion: Dietrich Von Hildebrand, by Dr. Alice von Hildebrand. B  VonH – Based on a very long "letter" Dietrich wrote to his wife late in his life, it tells his story from his glorious youth with a unique intellectual and cultural formation, his conversion to Catholicism, his great passion for truth and beauty, his extensive writing on Christian philosophy and theology, and his steadfast, determined opposition to Nazism that made him a marked man who miraculously escaped execution. A powerful biography of a relentless fighter against injustice, a devoted son of the Church, a man who had the "soul of a lion". Illustrated.  (Amazon)

Media

Karol: A Man who Became Pope, MOVIE JPII – The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Mary of Nazareth, MOVIE Mary – Mary of Nazareth is a film about the Mary, the mother of Christ. It provides us her life from her childhood to the resurrection of Jesus based on the four gospels.

Saints and Heroes Series (DVDs) – Titles include: The Day the Sun Danced – The True Story of Fatima, Francis the Knight of Assisi, Nicholas – The Boy Who Became Santa, Bernadette – The Princess of Lourdes, Columbus – Adventures to the Edge of the World, Ben Hur – A Race to Glory, Odyssey – A Journey Back Home, Xavier – Francis Xavier and the Samurai's Lost Treasure, Patrick – Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle, My Secret Friend – A Guardian Angel Story, Juan Diego – Messenger of Guadalupe. Please note that all movies are individually packaged (All ages/English/Spanish/French/30 min)

Lost Gospels or False Gospels? produced by Ignatius Press. 273.1 IgN – This DVD helps answer the questions that arise from recent media stories and bestselling books that allude to the alternative writings about Jesus such as the Gnostic gospels. Top scholars of early Christian writings discuss the relationship between these works and the Gospels in our New Testament

Shroud Encounter, by Russ Breault. 232.966 BRE – This DVD is an investigative journey through medieval history, modern science, medical forensics, ancient art and religious tradition into the Shroud of Turin.

Cosmic Origins: The Scientific Evidence for Creation, by Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., PhD. 231.7652 SPI – This DVD explains what we know about the beginning and nature of the universe, as well as why this evidence points to the existence of God.

Catholicism: The New Evangelization,  by Father Robert Barron.230.2 BAR – This DVD documentary set explores the church’s mission within the challenges of contemporary culture.