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And God Said,"It's Good!"

And God Said,"It's Good!"

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And God Said, "It's Good!" takes the sport of football and compares this favorite Sunday pastime to the Bible--and it works. Once again, Gary Graf combines his love of sports with the Bible, resulting in an amusing and fun-loving book that delights any sports fan.

Comparisons include Hail Mary passes and answered prayers; immaculate receptions and Immaculate Conceptions; football stadiums and cathedrals; biblical verses and double reverses, plus good books and playbooks. These and many more parallels fill this lively and entertaining book.

On any Sunday, you can bet some are brought closer to the spirit of the sport while others are more connected to the Bible. The twenty chapters in this book compare football and the Bible--with remarkable results!

  • "Forgiveness and good works were just pre-game drills for the Lord's true purpose here on earth."

  • "God rested on Sunday. Football is mostly played on Sunday. Coincidence? I think not."


  • Any author who can find similarities between the dazzling colors of a football team and the colorful vestments of a priest--needs to have his book read cover to cover. A delightful read for everyone--even if you're not remotely interested in football.

    And God Said,"Play Ball!"

    And God Said,"Play Ball!"

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    This book manages to be entertaining and educational, as well as fanciful and inspirational. It draws from the lives of Jesus Christ and Yogi Berra, Joseph of Nazareth and Joe DiMaggio, Moses and Hank Aaron, Saint Peter and Jackie Robinson. And God Said, "Play Ball!" makes the Bible more approachable by relating it to a game loved by both children and adults. It shows that baseball is not only a game, but a never-ending series of lessons about life, as well. And God Said, "Play Ball!" will appeal to Christian Athletes of any denomination.

    The author has been a baseball fan for more than forty years and a Catholic a lot longer than that. He has played, coached, watched, or taught baseball since he was seven years old. He is very active in lay ministry and catechetics at his Catholic parish in Seattle, and has found both the Bible and baseball to be among the greatest teachers in his life.
    This book includes 8 pages of timeless photographs. You won't find a more inspiring gift for that baseball player in your life--of whatever age--or that fan in front of your TV!

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    BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awsome Dad

    BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awsome Dad

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    Internationally known marriage and family expert Greg Popcak draws on more than twenty years as a counselor as well as his own experience as a father to show how the Beatitudes can be viewed as a practical guide to understanding the love of God and applying that love to being a better father.

    In the first book to uniquely focus on the Beatitudes and fatherhood, Greg Popcak helps you stop focusing on yourself and instead focus on God, learning how to be the father God wants you to be by becoming a servant leader in your home.

    As a father of three children, Popcak realized that Jesus' call to be humble in the first Beatitude--Blessed are the poor in spirit--stands in direct opposition to what modern men learn growing up. Instead, they are taught they should live a life of unbroken success, defined by promotions at work and beautiful wives and honor students at home.

    The Catholic author, speaker, counselor, and radio host will show that when you practice meekness, you will connect with your family by asking them questions and listening closely to their responses. By practicing mercy, you come to know your own sins, the difficulties that lie on the path to sainthood, and how your family needs to hear about God's grace in their lives.

    In BeDADitudes, you discover the profound love of God found in the Beatitudes and understand how that love can transform you into being an awesome dad.

    Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today

    Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today

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    What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have been eroding for decades, now the very categories of male and female are being discarded with reckless abandon. How does one act like a gentleman in such confusing times?

    The Catholic Gentleman is a solid and practical guide to virtuous manhood. It turns to the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church to answer the important questions men are currently asking. In short, easy- to-read chapters, the author offers pithy insights on a variety of topics, including

  • How to know you are an authentic man
  • Why our bodies matter
  • The value of tradition
  • The purpose of courtesy
  • What real holiness is and how to achieve it
  • How to deal with failure in the spiritual life
  • Faith of Mike Pence

    Faith of Mike Pence

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    Several books have been published about Vice President Mike Pence, but none have touched upon what may be the most fascinating aspect of our nation's second in command: his deep faith.
    The Faith of Mike Pence offers an intimate look at the man who calls himself "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."
    Author Leslie Montgomery details Pence's spiritual journey and examines how the vice president's commitment to Christ has been a key component in his life as a husband, father, and public servant. Montgomery examines Pence's encounters with politicos and evangelistic leaders such as James Dobson and Charles Lake. She shows the role of Pence's faith in running for various offices, implementing faith-based initiatives, and responding to 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the infamous Anthrax scare in Congress that directly affected him.
    The Faith of Mike Pence is a powerful account of one of the most conservative vice presidents in American history, with exclusive interviews and insightful commentary from friends, family, and colleagues. It is a serious and moving reflection about one of America's most admired and respected politicians.
    Grief of Dads Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss

    Grief of Dads Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss

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    For a variety of reasons--including cultural norms, a man's traditional role in the family, and lack of support--a father's grief often fades into the background when his child dies. The Grief of Dads was written by Catholic fathers just like you who have lost a child at any age and from any circumstance. These dads offer the support, spiritual guidance, and companionship you need as you make your way through grief.

    The Grief of Dads is an important resource to help you know that you are not alone and to work through loss and the upheaval of deep grieving with help from men who have been there, too.

    Authors Patrick O'Hearn and Bryan Feger, along with Ryan Breaux of Red Bird Ministries--an organization that guides individuals and couples through the trauma of losing a child--want to normalize conversations about men's grief.

    Drawing on the richness of the Catholic faith, they offer stories from the men in the Bible and from male saints who knew the pain of losing a child and yet found hope and healing in God. The authors share their own stories and the experiences of seven other fathers who lean on their faith and seek healing with help from the sacraments, the Bible, fellow Catholics, and the devotional practices of the Church.

    The book includes resource lists, journaling space, prayers, spiritual reflections, and letters of spiritual support, as well as guidance for friends, family, and pastors of grieving fathers. Kelly Breaux, cofounder and president of Red Bird Ministries, wrote a chapter for wives as well.

    Hunting for God Fishing for the Lord Encountering the Sacred in the Great Outdoors

    Hunting for God Fishing for the Lord Encountering the Sacred in the Great Outdoors

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    Fishing and Hunting, Outdoor Adventure, & Christian Values - All in One Book!

    Come along on an unforgettable adventure into God's great outdoors in this newly updated, revised edition of Joseph Classen's best-selling book Hunting for God - Fishing for the Lord...now part of the long-awaited Hunting for God Trilogy.

    Share in empowering reflections about life and faith through this fun and inspiring collection of exciting (and often humorous) hunting and fishing stories. Perfect for every hunter, fisherman, or outdoor adventurer, this one-of-a-kind book guides you to:

  • Spiritual growth and enlightenment while in the woods and on the water
  • The healing power of nature
  • Growing in one's relationship with God and searching for the truth
  • The power of prayer and positive thinking
  • Address personal shortcomings and obstacles through faith, hope, and love
  • The essentials of Christian living and Christian spirituality
  • Find lasting sources of strength and happiness through hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors
  • Makes a perfect Christian gift for those who enjoy hunting and fishing
  • Join the expedition and order your copy today!

    Indispensable Dad

    Indispensable Dad

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    By Stephen Gabriel

    The best givers of advice are those who encourage while they share their own accounts of learning through failure and celebrating success. This book offers just that. 

    As a father of eight adult children, Stephen Gabriel has years of flubs, wins, trial-and-error, joys, sorrows, lessons learned, lessons shared, observing, trench-time, and plenty of reflection on the vocation of fatherhood. His book offers a go-to virtue-checklist of sorts, full of relatable stories that relate to the grind of the Everyday. 

    Dads: use this book as a measure and reminder of your indispensable role as virtuous leaders of your family! 

    With reliance on the grace and guidance of the Heavenly Father, the sacraments, a life of prayer, the blessing of friendship and community, and common sense, Gabriel’s insight is a source of invigorating support for all fathers. 

    Manly Art of Raising a Daughter

    Manly Art of Raising a Daughter

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    There is a fierce battle happening between Our Lord and Satan for the soul of your daughter. If God is to win, you must do your part as a man, leading her as the Good Shepherd leads us all. You've got to stop being an overworked, out-of-touch father, and become the firm but gentle leader of your home.

    In these honest and insightful pages - based on decades of his own experiences with his three daughters - author Alan Migliorato admits that it takes sustained efforts to learn the manly art of raising a daughter. But the reward is great, yielding just the kind of father-daughter relationship your daughter needs if she is to grow into a strong, well-balanced woman of faith.

    Among other things you'll learn here are:

    - How to repair a damaged relationship with your daughter - and even your wife.

    - Why it's im

    Priestly Fatherhood: Treasure in Earthen Vessels

    Priestly Fatherhood: Treasure in Earthen Vessels

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    Recognizing the strong and gentle fatherhood which our Heavenly Father bestows on us lovingly and daily indefinitely changes the scope of our spiritual lives. Amidst the crisis of fatherhood in today's society, it is imperative, more than ever, that all men—especially priests—be images of this unfalteringly generous fatherhood of God. What does true fatherhood consist of? How can true fatherhood help a person gain access to the freedom found through the knowledge of his or her identity as a child of God? While answering these questions, Fr. Jacques also presents the spiritual path which allows a priest to guard himself against possible shortcomings and ambiguities as he strives to live out his priestly fatherhood, the gift received by him in ordination. This book will not only be of interest to priests, but will also help all those who are called to exercise a certain paternity in the Church or in society: fathers of families, spiritual fathers, educators, and leaders.

    Pure Manhood

    Pure Manhood

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    Every day boys and young men are bombarded with messages and images that encourage them to make sexual impurity a way of life. But Jason Evert's Pure Manhood will help them to see things in a new light. Answering the toughest questions- What do girls want? How far is too far? Safe sex? and more.
    The Father Wound and Beyond

    The Father Wound and Beyond

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    There is a wound in almost every man's heart, an unblessed injury passed down from the one man in our lives who was called to protect and care for us. This is "the father wound." It cuts deep into our souls, destroying our unique identity, and causing us to erect barriers of anger and shame that affect us and our children's lives for generations to come. But there is hope to break this cycle of pain caused by abuse and neglect. Author Bob Kroll examines this complicated maze of confusion and self-destructive habits and provides a rock-solid approach for Catholic men to find healing and restoration through faith, forgiveness, and foundational living. Through personal story, biblical exegesis, and practical application, this book walks with the reader along the road to recovery, so that he can become the great man, husband, and father he was called to be by God.

    The Father Wound...and Beyond will help you discover the battles within your heart, and what you can do to live life to the fullest--a must read for every Catholic man who is serious about his faith!