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3 Moments of the Day

3 Moments of the Day

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33 Days to Greater Glory

33 Days to Greater Glory

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Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of 33 Days to Morning Glory, one of the most popular Catholic books of the last decade, brings us his first new book in three years. 33 Days to Greater Glory completes a trilogy of consecrations: first to Mary, then to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, and now to God, our Father. This final consecration to our Heavenly Father truly is the "greater" consecration, the one in which all others find their origin and end.
33 Years in the Holy Land- What Jesus Saw from Bethlehem to Golgotha

33 Years in the Holy Land- What Jesus Saw from Bethlehem to Golgotha

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"After a trip to the Holy Land, the author reflects on the earthly life of Jesus"--
40 Days with Jesus Celebrating His Presence

40 Days with Jesus Celebrating His Presence

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Honor the Easter season for 40 days with our Redeemer.

The sanctity of Easter...how do you approach and honor this holy time of year? Now you can spend 40 days with Jesus--from leading up to His death on Good Friday, to celebrating His resurrection on Easter Sunday--and draw into worship and praise as never before. Select devotionals from Sarah Young's bestselling "Jesus Calling" are compiled into this gift book to create an experience of closeness with the Savior during the Lenten season.

7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul

7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul

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In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, best-selling author Joe Paprocki provides a prescription for spiritual health based on the rich wisdom of Catholic Tradition. Through his nondogmatic, downright inviting style of writing, Paprocki makes this book eminently accessible to non-Catholics and "seekers" as well.

Recognizing that the spiritual immune system is weakened almost daily by toxic patterns and attitudes that negatively impact our ability to live in a harmonious relationship with God and others, Paprocki offers seven enduring and reliable strategies for achieving spiritual wellness. After identifying practical ways to integrate each of these strategies into daily living, he describes seven persistent dangers to our spiritual well-being and how these dangers manifest themselves in our lives.

At its core, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness helps us see the Christian faith not as a collection of rules and doctrine, but as a spiritual path--a path whose guideposts for spiritual wellness are sure to lead us to a more meaningful life and to a much richer experience of our faith.

A Travel Guide to Heaven

A Travel Guide to Heaven

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A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A Travel Guide to Heaven is the entertaining and enlightening result.

Using the Bible as his guide, the author notes that heaven is not only a spiritual place, but also a physical place, a fabulous "luxury resort" more sumptuous than any on Earth. The residents are real, their bodies transformed into their most perfect selves--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By making a spiritual subject immensely physical, the book provides a picture of amazing places to visit, things to do, luxuries for pampering--not to mention deep, abiding joy.

Combining the clarity and logic of C. S. Lewis with a terrific sense of fun and adventure, DeStefano creates a brilliant, reassuring portrait of heaven, a place that has intrigued and puzzled humankind throughout history. With its clear view of the afterlife, A Travel Guide to Heaven might best be compared to James Van Praagh's Talking to Heaven or Betty J. Eadie's Embraced by the Light in its tremendous message of comfort and reassurance.

Abandonment to Divine Providence

Abandonment to Divine Providence

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"Let go and let God." This popular phrase captures the essence of Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade's 18th century treatise on trust, Abandonment to Divine Providence. Do you doubt? Do you suffer? Are you anxious about the trials of life? Father de Caussade offers the one sure solution to any spiritual difficulty: abandon yourself entirely to God by embracing the duties of your station in life. With wisdom and gentleness he teaches how to practice complete submission to the will of God in every situation, whether we are beginners or seasoned travelers on the way of perfection. True abandonment, he explains, is a trusting, peaceful, and childlike surrender to the guidance of grace.
Abandonment to God - The Way of Peace of St. Therese of Lisieux

Abandonment to God - The Way of Peace of St. Therese of Lisieux

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With simplicity and grace, these pages illuminate for you the wisdom in Saint Thƒrƒse's Little Way, showing how it can enable you, too, to abide in the serenity of the children of God.
Abba

Abba

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The title of the book, Abba, is the term used in more than one place in the New Testament for addressing God as Father and it is with the 'Our Father' prayer that these meditations are concerned. At first sight it might be thought impossible to say anything fresh on something so familiar to all Christians as the Lord's Prayer. Yet the inexhaustible depths of meaning to be found in it may, by the very fact of familiarity, all too easily escape notice and understanding.

Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola

Abide in the Heart of Christ: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Ignatius Loyola

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In Abide in the Heart of Christ, Rev. Joe Laramie, S.J., offers accessible wisdom from the foundations of Jesuit spirituality--St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises--in a ten-day personal retreat that will help you encounter Christ, grow your relationship with him, and shape your heart.

Laramie is your guide through this accessible retreat into the heart of Jesus. Based on a structure and approach he developed as a retreat leader at White House Jesuit Retreat in St. Louis, Laramie introduces you to classic themes of the Christian life, including sin, forgiveness, and creation.

This book also helps you learn how to use key scripture passages to reflect on your own experiences. Each reflection includes teachings from the Spiritual Exercises and offers examples from Laramie's own life. Reflection questions and activities guide you in further contemplation to help you see what's in your heart, encounter Christ in your daily life, and live more fully in his love each day.

Adult Faith Growing in Wisdom & Understanding

Adult Faith Growing in Wisdom & Understanding

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Adults today seek spiritual meaning in ways very different from previous times. They seek adult answers to adult questions & wish to be part of the dialogical process that helps to unearth deeper truth.
All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters

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What's the one thing that defines your life and brings you the most good, the most love?

Pat Gohn knows what her one thing is: "More than any single factor in my life, belonging to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church has had the greatest impact on me. Faith gives meaning to everything in my life."

In this passionate and unapologetic account of why her faith in Christ and the Catholic Church are the source of meaning and joy in her life, Gohn--popular speaker, retreat leader, catechist, and author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious--invites you to become more confident in the power of the Catholic faith to transform your life as well.

Being a cradle Catholic, cancer survivor, wife, and mother are all a part of Gohn's story. But in this appealing, personal book, she shares why her relationship with Jesus and her confidence in his Church are so much bigger than her medical diagnosis, more powerful than her family history, and more significant than her career path.

Gohn ardently shares why belonging to the Church will strengthen and nurture your relationship with God. It will keep you connected with Jesus and the sacraments--conduits of grace, forgiveness, healing, wisdom, and renewal. Belonging to the Church connects you to millions of others around the world, to the saints, and to your loved ones in heaven. These relationships are at the heart of Catholicism. In this time when life and society are so fragmented, the joy of belonging to a community--as imperfect as it can be--easily outweighs the agony of separation or isolation.

Gohn's confidence in her faith emerged despite and even out of a struggle with disillusionment. Working in a parish when news of the sex abuse scandals broke in Boston, she confronted heartbreak and anger within herself and her fellow parishioners. Yet she never left the Church and relates how she found a way to dig deeper and discover reasons to stay faithful.

Each of the nine chapters identifies a dimension of the Catholic faith that is a source of Gohn's confidence, including the Incarnation, God's plan, the Fatherhood of God, the friendship of the Holy Spirit, and the love of neighbor. Each chapter also features reflection questions to challenge you.

All That's Good- Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment

All That's Good- Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment

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Winner of the 2018 TGC Book Award for Christian Living

"And God saw that it was good..."

Look out over the world today, it seems a far cry from God's original declaration. Pain, conflict, and uncertainty dominate the headlines. Our daily lives are noisy and chaotic--filled with too much information and too little wisdom. No wonder we often find it easier to retreat into safe spaces, hunker down in likeminded tribes, and just do our best to survive life.

But what if God wants you to do more than simply survive? What if he wants you to thrive in this world, and be part of its redemption? What if you could rediscover the beauty and goodness God established in the beginning?







By learning the lost art of discernment, you can. Discernment is more than simply avoiding bad things; discernment actually frees you to navigate the world with confidence and joy by teaching you how to recognize and choose good things. When you learn discernment and develop a taste for all that's good, you will encounter God in remarkable new ways. Come, discover the God who not only made all things, but who will also make all things good once again.

Amazing Grace For the Catholic Heart 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration

Amazing Grace For the Catholic Heart 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration

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This book will help you celebrate your faith like no other book you have ever read. It will take your heart and soul on a joyous spiritual retreat from the challenges and struggles of everyday life. This collection of 101 stories of faith, inspiration, hope, and humor attest to the power and beauty of God's amazing grace.
An Ignatian Journey of the Cross

An Ignatian Journey of the Cross

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This book is a collection of fifteen spiritual exercises for people who seek to experience God in everyday life with the help of Ignatian discernment. At times, life looks like a way of the cross. Pain is there, uninvited. Art and beauty have long been able to deepen our spirituality. By contemplating a work of art, we are invited to follow step by step the downward path of the disfigured Christ, who configures us in his glorious transfiguration. This Ignatian journey follows the steadfast rhythm of a bronze way of the cross, in which artist Werner Klenk has captured with astonishing and disarming power the essence of a Christian lifestyle made of encounters.
Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire Lessons I Learned from the Fathers of the Church

Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire Lessons I Learned from the Fathers of the Church

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In Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire, bestselling author and multiplatinum recording artist John Michael Talbot reveals how the Church fathers--great martyrs, saints, theologians, and mystics--helped him to become closer to Jesus.

Talbot weaves his own spiritual journey with thirteen lessons he learned from Church Fathers including Sts. Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and Gregory the Great, explaining how their witness became part of the sure foundation of his own faith and ministry.

The early Church Fathers built on the foundation of Christianity passed down to them by Jesus through the apostles. In this powerful work, John Michael Talbot introduces readers to both well-known and less familiar but highly influential Church Fathers of the first through eighth centuries. These are the great minds and hearts of ancient discipleship that have deeply influenced Talbot's own spiritual, professional, personal, and religious life. Their words and witness have drawn Talbot closer to Jesus, giving him, and all of us, the guidance, assurance, and wisdom we all seek as we walk with the Lord.

In Ancient Wisdom, Living Fire, Talbot highlights thirteen essential lessons that will show us how to grow closer to Jesus, including:

  • how to be true children of our fathers in faith
  • why prayer is non-negotiable
  • how to choose Christ over everything else
  • why we look to the Virgin Mary
  • how to make room for all in need
  • You, too, can walk along the path of the ancient fathers with Talbot to become closer to Christ.

    Annunciation A Call to Faith in a Broken World

    Annunciation A Call to Faith in a Broken World

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    Sally Read converted from atheism to Catholicism when her daughter Flo was only four, yet from the beginning Flo accompanied her closely--sharing her excitement, discoveries and passion, yet aware that old friends and family did not share their beliefs. This consciousness of 'two worlds' led to a great many questions in Flo, and some rebellion--which culminated two nights before her First Communion in suddenly questioning whether she should receive the Sacrament at all.

    Sensing the precarious nature of faith in an overwhelmingly secular world, Read, through meditation and anecdote, began writing down the compelling reasons for holding onto both God and Church. Taking the Annunciation as her template (that most fundamental yes to God), she explores common experiences of the spiritual life: His presence and invitation (And he came to her); the fears we have to let go of (Do not be afraid); the realization of our identity in God (Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord) and what our vocation might be (Let it be to me according to your word); and when God feels very distant from us (And the angel departed from her).

    Drawing on Scripture, lives of the saints, and the lives of people she has known personally and professionally as a nurse, Read shows how God is with us always--through suffering, spiritual dryness and depression, as well as in joyful and mystical ways. This book was inspired by a mother's loving response to a daughter--but what has resulted is something that will speak to any believer engaged in the bliss and bewilderment of a relationship with God.

    Answering God's Call a scripture-based journey for older adults

    Answering God's Call a scripture-based journey for older adults

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    God's call for us doesn't end when we retire. In fact, many of our biblical saints were in their later years before God called them to the adventures for which we know them: leadership, new life, transformation, healing. Their lives demonstrate that true callings are discerned not simply through reason and circumstance but also through self-knowledge and conversation with God.

    In Answering God's Call, spiritual director Barbara Lee uses Scripture-focused prayer to help readers connect with some of our elder saints and consider what God reveals to us through their lives. We will spend time with Anna and Abram, Simon's mother-in-law and Namaan the Syrian, a widow, a leper, a king, and a late-in-life mother-to-be, among others, who will open for us the calls to

  • trust
  • humility
  • stillness
  • forgiveness
  • service
  • radical change
  • letting go
  • choosing
  • caregiving
  • courage...

  • Dare to receive what your life is now--and ask God how to live it best.

    Art of Discernment Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices

    Art of Discernment Making Good Decisions in Your World of Choices

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    An explanation of the discernment process first developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola.
    Art of Faith

    Art of Faith

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    Uses a wide variety of artistic topics and disciplines--e.g., painting, poetry, music, quilting, and cooking--as a means to develop a more rich and profound spiritual life.
    Ascending with Ignatius 30-day at-home retreat

    Ascending with Ignatius 30-day at-home retreat

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    Deepen your faith life with this at-home retreat! Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, combines his Louisiana storytelling, his knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and his gifts as a spiritual director to create an at-home retreat that is a journey of transformation. Experience God's presence in a deeper way, and encounter God's personal love for you as you follow along with this book over thirty days.

    Awaken My Heart

    Awaken My Heart

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    Winner of a first-place award for best front-cover artwork from the Catholic Media Association and second-place honors in collections of prayers from CMA and in the prayer category from the Association of Catholic Publishers.

    Do you feel as if you are running on empty? Have you fallen asleep to the glory of God and his love being revealed to you each day?

    Bestselling and award-winning author and popular YouTuber Emily Wilson Hussem has been there too. She invites you on a year-long transformational journey of practicing gratitude, becoming more closely aware of God's presence in your every day and serving others in his name. These fifty-two reflections will help you cultivate a deeper prayer life, find freedom from the frenzy of tasks and the noise of the culture, and discover the lasting joy that can only blossom in a heart awakened to the beauty of God's quiet, loving presence.

    Awaken My Heart is an invitation to become aware of the presence of God in your life. Emily Wilson Hussem provides a road map for replacing busyness and distraction with intentional moments of noticing God's abiding love and practicing gratitude for his many gifts--big and little blessings such as a visit from a friend, a call from your sister, the laughter of your children, a setting sun, or crumbs on the floor. These fleeting moments and everyday happenings can seem insignificant, but when you behold them with intention and thank God for making them possible, you'll find yourself in regular conversation with Jesus, the lifeblood of your deep connection with God.

    This fifty-two-week devotional blends spiritual insights, authentic vulnerability, and wise guidance for women of every age who want to have a heart fully awakened to God's presence and the beautiful bouquet of blessings he's put in your life. The reflection for each week includes a specific focus for the upcoming seven days. With stories, challenges, and insights into scripture, each reflection is designed to draw you deeper into awareness of Christ's love and the love he is calling you to share with the world. Wilson Hussem also offers practical ways to choose to love--visiting the elderly, calling your mom, or pausing to pray for a special intention--that are simple enough for even the busiest lifestyle.

    How and when you use the devotional is completely flexible: You can start on any day of the week and return to it as often as you need to. Each week's focus is designed to draw you deeper into the heart of God by learning to love Jesus, others, and yourself more fully.

    Awaken My Heart Prayer Journal

    Awaken My Heart Prayer Journal

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    Are you feeling restless and out of balance? Are you often anxious and exhausted from the chaos of life?

    The Awaken My Heart Prayer Journal by bestselling author and popular YouTuber Emily Wilson Hussem is here to remind you that God is your refuge and the ultimate source of inner calm.

    Featuring a beautiful full-color design and a ribbon bookmark, this guided prayer journal will usher you through soul-stirring reflections and writing prompts so you can begin living with a heart awakened to the beauty of your life. Wilson Hussem's wisdom and cheerful encouragement, along with relevant scripture verses and saint quotations, will help you:

  • discover the desires of your heart,
  • discern God's will for you,
  • deepen your prayer life,
  • create goals for actively loving and serving your family and community,
  • practice giving thanks for life's simple joys, and
  • record your prayer intentions.
  • Wilson Hussem also suggests activities such as visiting the elderly, calling mom, or praying for a special intention that are easy enough for busy women. This prayer journal can be used alone at your own pace or in conjunction with the Awaken My Heart fifty-two-week devotional. It's perfect for a personal treasure or as a gift for a friend or family member.

    Awakening at Lourdes

    Awakening at Lourdes

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    "This is your cross, and I am not going to take it away from you. I will be with you, and I will help you, but it is yours to carry."

    Christy Wilkens heard Jesus speak those words after she prayed for her son Oscar's healing in her parish adoration chapel one bright September day. Almost a year later she would find herself in Lourdes, France, seeking a miracle.

    The grotto at Lourdes is known as a place of healing. But sometimes the miracle that occurs is not physical, but something much deeper. Wilkens made the long trek to Lourdes with her husband, Todd, and their toddler--who is plagued by mysterious seizures--through a program with the Order of Malta. In Awakening at Lourdes, Wilkens shares that while Oscar's condition did improve after their visit, the real healing took place between she and her husband. Through their time at Lourdes, they discovered a deeper love for each other, a renewed sense of appreciation for their faith community, and an abiding confidence in God's mercy.

    Persuaded by her husband to take the trip, Wilkens summoned her faith- faith in God, faith in her husband, and faith in the doctors and other helpers who surrounded them every step of the way--to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Recording their experiences with deeply personal yet highly relatable language, Wilkens offers a firsthand account of the traditions and culture of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and the shrine's special servers, the Order of Malta. She also captures her own doubts, questions, and fears as she attempted to process the family's physical and emotional journey.

    The Wilkens family's story will help you learn to be open to what God has in store for you and to see that if you surrender control, open yourself to God's grace, and lean on your community, you are never alone.

    The book includes a study guide for individual or group use.

    Awakening to Prayer A Woman's Perspective

    Awakening to Prayer A Woman's Perspective

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    "Awakening to prayer is to notice the intimacy between all aspects of your life and God. Awakening to prayer is to become increasingly conscious of the most holy Mystery to whom we are invited and encouraged to relate."--From the Prologue The word "prayer' is almost as generic as food or book, says Clare Wagner in Awakening to Prayer: A Woman's Perspective, and the varieties of prayer forms are countless. In this best and worst of times, Wagner writes, it is intriguing to ponder how women of the twenty-first century pray and enter into a relationship with Holy Presence. At this moment of enormous change, rapid technological advancement and a new relationship between faith and science, Wagner says we are called to see prayer in new, creative ways. To help us see anew, she draws on the wisdom of the Scriptures, the insights of the mystics and the experience of ordinary, vibrant women and men living in our midst. She offers suggestions of words to use and rituals to experience to help us awaken to prayer--to see that separation from Divine Mystery is an illusion and that the spiritual life is a journey that lasts a lifetime. That journey itself is home, and prayer is foundational as we travel.
    Back to Virtue

    Back to Virtue

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    We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him. For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means manly strength. But how do we know when we are being meek--or just cowardly? When is our anger righteous--and when is it a sin? What is the difference between being virtuous--and merely ethical? Back to Virtue clears up these and countless other questions that beset Christians today. Kreeft not only summarizes scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life, he contrasts Christian virtue with other ethical systems. He applies traditional moral theology to present-day dilemmas such as abortion and nuclear armament. Kreeft restores to us what was once common knowledge: the Seven Deadly Sins have an antidote in the Beatitudes. By setting up a close contrast between the two sets of behaviors, Kreeft offers proven guidance in the often bewildering process of discerning right from wrong as we move into the questionable mores of the twenty-first century. He provides a road map of virtue, a map for our earthly pilgrimage synthesized from the accumulated wisdom of centuries of Christians, from Paul and the early Church Fathers through C.S. Lewis.
    Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn From Them

    Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn From Them

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    Ten of the Bible's best-known femmes fatales parade across the pages of this popular and unforgettable study with situations that sound oh-so-familiar.

    Women everywhere marvel at those "good girls" in Scripture-Sarah, Mary, Esther-but on most days, that's not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they're honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel's take-charge pride or Eve's disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today's modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires.

    So what's a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved Bible study teacher and speaker Liz Curtis Higgs, and choose a better path. Whether they were "Bad to the Bone," "Bad for a Season, but Not Forever" or only "Bad for a Moment," these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life.
    With her trademark humor and encouragement, Higgs combines a contemporary retelling of the stories of these "other women" in Scripture with a solid, verse-by-verse study to teach us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.
    Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun!

    Includes Discussion Questions and Study Guide

    Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During the Most Difficult Days of My Life

    Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During the Most Difficult Days of My Life

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    Winner of a 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers (third place, spirituality).


    As a parent, do you struggle with trusting God's will for your life and for those you love? Are you tired and afraid?

    In Be Brave in the Scared, Catholic writer Mary Lenaburg shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her--and can teach you--that trusting in God and accepting his will can lead to profound joy, no matter what challenges you face.

    Be Brave in the Scared is an uplifting account of human frailty (and stubbornness) surrendered to faith. Lenaburg tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter affected her self-image, marriage, family life, and faith.

    Although she initially struggled to accept God's will and her own limitations, Lenaburg ultimately learned how to trust God. She found in that trust inexplicable joy, even during the most difficult days of her life. She writes boldly and authentically about challenges we all encounter, such as trials with control, blame, exhaustion, fear, and acceptance.

    Each chapter concludes with an invitation to write and a place for readers to express their thoughts and feelings. Lenaburg's extraordinary story affirms that God's redeeming love never fails and that he is there to help us through all of the challenges we encounter.

    Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life

    Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life

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    In the tradition of beloved spiritual teachers like Francis MacNutt and Michael Scanlan, Be Healed offers in book form Bob Schuchts's popular program for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing through the power of the Holy Spirit and the sacraments.
    Be Holy A Catholic's Guide to the Spiritual Life

    Be Holy A Catholic's Guide to the Spiritual Life

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    If you're hoping to get to heaven, you'll need a plan to reach your goal. Do you pray? Give any thought to the virtues? Do works of mercy? And what about the sacraments? Been to confession lately? Are you doing any spiritual reading? This handy manual not only presents all the elements of a successful life, it also helps you incorporate those elements into everyday practice. Be Holy is the guide you need to achieve holiness now and heaven later.
    Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

    Be Not Troubled: A 6-Day Personal Retreat with Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

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    For more than 250 years, Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade has offered inspiration and spiritual balm for those plagued with doubt, anxiety, and fear. Motivated by his own life-changing encounter with this spiritual classic and the popular resurgence in practicing Christian mindfulness, bestselling author and retreat leader Rev. Jeffrey Kirby serves up six meditations, rooted in Caussade's work, for today's reader and presents them as a personal retreat. Perfect for anyone looking to renew their trust in God and live freely in the present moment, Be Not Troubled invites you to let go of what you can't control and discover a place of deep serenity in God.

    How does the contemporary person who is constantly forced to multitask, is fragmented and torn in different directions, and feels more connection through technology than through face-to-face interaction come to know and experience God's presence?

    In Be Not Troubled, Kirby draws on his decades of experience as a popular retreat leader and speaker to offer you the wisdom of Caussade distilled into a six-day personal retreat that equips you to embrace the present moment and shake fear from your mind--all by recognizing the power of God.

    This process begins with time-tested tools drawn from the renowned spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence, which presents a series of influential spiritual reflections from Caussade, a beloved eighteenth-century French Jesuit.

    In popularizing this classic for today's readers, Be Not Troubled

  • rejects a spirituality of fear and shame by introducing you to God as a loving provider who knows you and wills your happiness;
  • guides you in personally surrendering your will to God--an essential step in developing deep faith;
  • helps you see God in the details as you recognize ordinary moments as opportunities to experience God and his love for you; and
  • instructs you in embracing the sacrament of the present moment, dispelling doubt and anxiety from your life.
  • Practical steps, invitations to practice presence, and reflective prayers guide you through these spiritual habits, which are broken out into six days of brief, accessible meditations that can be completed in the midst of your daily life.

    Rather than the future or the past, and rather than in cyberspace or somewhere else, God is found in this moment and in this place. The present moment can be lived and cherished as a sacrament, a visible sign of invisible graces. And it's in this sacrament that we can most know ourselves and encounter the living God.

    Be Transformed - The Healing Power of the Sacraments

    Be Transformed - The Healing Power of the Sacraments

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    Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Sacraments. (First Place).


    How can Christians grow spiritually in the midst of our sinfulness? How can we transform our lives in a way that allows us to share in the resurrection of Jesus?

    God has already given us the perfect solution--the sacraments.

    Whether it is the wound of past hurts, the strain in our relationships, or the stress of daily life, we all need to be comforted and made whole by Christ. In this follow-up to his bestselling Be Healed, Bob Schuchts explains how the sacraments can fuel your emotional and spiritual healing and bring you closer to God.

    Based on more than thirty-five years of experience as a therapist and decades spent in parish ministry, Schuchts demonstrates how each of the seven sacraments can be a life-changing encounter with Christ, communicated through the power of the Holy Spirit. He pairs each healing sacrament with one of the seven deadly wounds that emanated from original sin in the Garden of Eden. We perpetuate and deepen those wounds each time we sin, but the sacraments are God's remedy for sin. They give us a way to restore us to wholeness in Christ.

    In Be Transformed, You'll discover how each sacrament can help you heal from wounds that can impede your relationships and sense of self-worth. With Schuchts's help, you'll learn how:

  • Baptism makes us beloved children of God, healing our wounds of rejection
  • Holy Communion heals our wounds of abandonment by inviting us to share in Jesus' abiding presence
  • Confirmation overcomes our powerlessness through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Holy Orders heals wounds of confusion and disorder by re-establishing God's authority in our lives
  • In marriage, God's faithful love heals wounds of fear and mistrust
  • Reconciliation restores purity and releases us from shame
  • Anointing of the Sick provides enduring hope to overcome our hopelessness
  • Be Transformed offers all of the tools you need for a fresh understanding of the sacraments, including reflection questions, scripture meditations, prayers, and inspiring stories. You'll come away hungry for the sacraments in a way you never knew possible.

    Be Who You Are: Developing Your Christian Personality

    Be Who You Are: Developing Your Christian Personality

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    As St. Catherine of Siena so aptly stated, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!" Despite our fallen natures, we have the ability, through the solid Christian understanding of the human person—body and soul—how we can rise above it all. The authors of this Christian personality book guide us towards spiritual maturity, by teaching us how to improve one's personality, self-esteem, and virtue, without imitating models that distract us from our own identity. We learn how to live a happier and more coherent life, and how to acquire greater empathy with others—especially with our own family members and those in our immediate environment.

    Becoming Eucharistic People The Hope and Promise of Parish Life

    Becoming Eucharistic People The Hope and Promise of Parish Life

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    We can't just talk about Christ's presence in the Eucharist; we have to believe it, celebrate it, and live it both individually and as a community of the faithful. And we must cultivate a culture in our parishes that treats Real Presence not only as an important Catholic doctrine, but also as the most important part of parish identity.

    In Becoming Eucharistic People, theologian Timothy P. O'Malley, author of Real Presence, outlines four essential dimensions of a Eucharistic culture in a parish--one that fosters reverence and unity among the faithful, includes every dimension of human life in the mystery of Christ's Body and Blood, and invites people back to parish life or to become Catholic for the first time.

    O'Malley--director of education at the McGrath Institute of Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, and a member of the executive planning team for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Eucharistic Revival--shows what it means to foster a parish culture where the Eucharist infuses the worldview, priorities, and practices of its members. O'Malley leads you through discovery and discernment about how to create a parish culture where each person is called to holiness and receives the spiritual, theological, and pastoral help they need to meet Christ fully present in the Eucharist and to become a witness to him in the world.

    O'Malley will help you reflect on four essential facets of a Eucharistic parish culture:

  • liturgies of joyful reverence that celebrate the gifts of diversity;
  • formation that engages the mind, imagination, understanding, and will;
  • a rich life of popular piety and the vibrancy of the domestic Church; and
  • a commitment to solidarity with your neighbor.
  • O'Malley says that when we reflect Christ's Real Presence to others, our parishes will become sacred spaces in which every person is led to deeper communion with God and with their neighbors.

    Online resources, including ideas for parish retreats, teaching resources, and videos based on this book and the US bishops Eucharistic Revival are available from the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

    Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church's most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices. Perfect for seekers and new Catholics, clergy and catechetical leaders, and everyone in between, the series expands the McGrath Institute's mission to connect the Catholic intellectual life at Notre Dame to the pastoral life of the Church and the spiritual needs of her people.

    Beginning Well

    Beginning Well

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    Are you starting a new job, retiring, getting married, expanding your family, or making any significant change in your life?

    The first year of almost anything new can be both a blessing and a challenge. In Beginning Well, Joel Stepanek, vice president of parish services at Life Teen International, shows how being shaken out of your routine when you start something new can free you to become a better Christian. He offers seven spiritual practices to get you through transitions and help you lay a strong foundation for true happiness.

    Stepanek has worked in pastoral ministry and organizational development for more than fifteen years; he understands that life's transitions are important to spiritual and emotional well-being and provide the chance to see Christ in places you may not have thought to look before. Stepanek will help you refine your thoughts and behavior to more closely align your life to the Gospel as you grow through your first year of almost anything.

    In Beginning Well, you will learn how to

  • let go of what you left;
  • use what you've already learned;
  • ask, listen, watch, and learn;
  • create routines and rituals to help bridge the old and the new;
  • pause and assess;
  • find a good mentor; and
  • seek and embrace joy.
  • Stepanek draws on his experience, personal faith, biblical narrative, and Catholic tradition to show you how to grow and thrive as you begin your next big thing.

    Benedictine Promises for everyday people- Staying Put, Listening Well...

    Benedictine Promises for everyday people- Staying Put, Listening Well...

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    Best is Yet to Come - Living Fully in Each Moment

    Best is Yet to Come - Living Fully in Each Moment

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    Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin (1943-2014) was a beloved storyteller with an unforgettable sense of humor. In her final book, The Best Is Yet to Come, Smollin--the author of five books, a gifted motivational speaker, and a trusted counselor--warmly encourages readers to live each moment fully, to discover the sacred in the ordinary, and to remember that the best is yet to come, affirming Christian hope.

    In what was to be the last chapter of the book, Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin wanted to tell the story of a woman who wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. The woman told her husband that at the many potluck church dinners she attended, she was always told to hold onto her fork after the main dish because there was still one more course--dessert. The best was yet to come!

    Sr. Anne possessed an uncanny gift to inject new life into familiar words and simple lessons such as life is a precious gift, don't take yourself too seriously, and little things mean a lot. She reminds us in her final work that no matter how difficult some moments in life can be, the best is yet to come.

    In the tradition of her popular books Tickle Your Soul and Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed, Sr. Anne's down-to-earth wisdom and warm sense of humor once again break through the mundane routine of life, inviting you to wake up and take a fresh look around. Twenty-seven brief chapters will take you on a delightful tour through topics such as keeping perspective, living in the present moment, seeing the connections, and appreciating the past.

    The book was written just before Sr. Anne's untimely death and is being published posthumously in honor of her work and inspiration. Lifelong friend Sr. Patricia St. John, C.S.J., put the finishing touches on this manuscript. In her foreword, Sr. Patti recalls some of Sr. Anne's personal qualities--her wide-open heart to anyone in need, her delight in simple things, her ability to lovingly focus on each person she met--the same qualities she imparts as you read this book.

    Beyond me, My selfie and I

    Beyond me, My selfie and I

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    You might not know it by observing popular media, but the world does not revolve around "me, my selfie and I".

    Teresa Tomeo, media expert and host of the syndicated radio program Catholic Connection, believes "selfie culture" represents a society that is losing touch with its humanity. In Beyond Me, My Selfie and I, she offers real ways to rebel against the narcissism of modern life and rediscover our relationship with each other, the beauty of nature--and, most importantly, God.

    Tomeo explores Church teachings and Scripture passages about self-centeredness versus other-centeredness, as well as the thoughts of Popes John Paul II, Benedict and Francis, all of whom have written and spoken extensively about the proper use of media. She's also gathered practical advice from a number of media experts on how to find balance when it comes to selfies and other media activities.

    Tomeo makes the case for "selfie control," with advice for moms and dads on navigating today's media minefields. She'll also provide research-backed methods for finding real happiness by giving and putting others first rather than staying focused on oneself.

    When your identity is focused in Christ--as opposed to yourself--life becomes so much more than fleeting moments of attention. You'll read inspiring examples of individuals who made a real difference in the world, as well as people whose change in media habits changed their lives--and the lives of others--in surprising ways.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

    Beyond Sunday; Becoming a 24/7 Catholic

    Beyond Sunday; Becoming a 24/7 Catholic

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    Through personal stories, research, and practical steps, readers will discover the fruits of living out the Catholic faith beyond Sunday. This resource explains how to integrate faith into daily life, no matter where one is in his or her faith life.
    BIG Hearted

    BIG Hearted

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    The Big Hearted book gives you an inside look into the triumphs, struggles, joys, and sorrows of ordinary families with generous hearts. It invites you to witness extraordinary love in ordinary moments like the simple cooking of a meal or the hug between a teenaged brother and his baby sister and other inspiring family stories. Just like your family, these families experience pain, setbacks, and challenges. And just like your family, they also experience love and immeasurable blessing through their commitment and care for each other. 

    Blessed Are the Stressed - Secrets to a Happy Heart from a Crabby Mystic

    Blessed Are the Stressed - Secrets to a Happy Heart from a Crabby Mystic

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    Blessed are the stressed, grouchy, and grumpy--for they too can learn the secrets of a happy heart! Best-selling author Sr. Mary Lea Hill helps you delve deeper into the beatitudes, our special passageways to joy, and unlocks their secrets for a happy life. You will find yourself smiling, if not laughing out loud, at her unique insights into the would-be blessings often hidden in the ups and downs of our everyday lives.
    Blessed By Less Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly

    Blessed By Less Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly

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    Susan Vogt knew she had far more stuff in her closets than she needed. So, for Lent one year, Susan took action: she gave away one thing a day for forty days. But what happened during that penitential period surprised her; she became so addicted to identifying unnecessary things in her life that she continued the practice for a full year. Then she began letting go of other baggage--some physical, some emotional--and found that, far from feeling poorer, she felt freer and more fulfilled than ever before. A spiritual place had opened that allowed Susan to unclutter her mind and deepen her faith.Blessed by Less offers encouragement and inspiration for all who are burdened down by "things" in their homes and hearts but don't quite know how to begin the process of letting go. Susan includes tips for beginners and challenges for those who've been simplifying for years. Rather than making readers feel guilty for all the stuff they've accumulated, Susan gently nudges them to see all that they have to gain--physically, emotionally, and most of all spiritually--by living lightly. Practical from start to finish, Blessed by Less shows how one woman's journey into a simpler, less cluttered life can also be our journey and how taking a spiritual perspective on the matter can lead to abundant blessings we would have otherwise missed.
    Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

    Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

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    An instant New York Times bestseller

    Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.



    Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships--or, as they would say, because of them--they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

    In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

    They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

    This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

    We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy--from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

    The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

    Bored Again Catholic - How the Mass Could Save Your Life

    Bored Again Catholic - How the Mass Could Save Your Life

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    A series of reflections on every part of the Mass that describes boredomthe "good" boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter Godas a "sweet gift." It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible.
    Braving the Thin Places

    Braving the Thin Places

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    A "thin place" is where God's grace is waiting to happen.

    Your thin place might be an important threshold, a soul friendship, a fresh chapter in your own life story, a painful secret or fear, or a time of hardship. Whatever the circumstance, a thin place is where God and humanity meet in a mysterious way. These moments open us to places of rawness and beauty. When we enter into a thin place, something seems to break open inside us, and words are inadequate to describe what we are experiencing. In these moments, we feel a sense of breakthrough as we break free of the ordinary and experience the extraordinary amid our daily lives.

    Drawing on her Irish-Celtic heritage, Julianne Stanz helps us explore those times and holy places of transformation. Inspired by faith and guided by spiritual practices, we can experience each thin place as a point of departure on a sacred journey to a truer understanding of who we are meant to be.

    Breathing Under Water

    Breathing Under Water

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    "Brother Rohr may just take you to places you've both avoided and longed for, to truth, union, joy, laughter, and, greatest of all, to your own precious self, here on earth with us, child of God."--Anne Lamott, from the foreword

    We all suffer from unhealthy dependencies that we continually return to in hopes of having a better life. But after yet another TV show is streamed or another drink is swallowed, we find we once again feel worse, not better, than we did before. Where is the hope for that fully awakened life we long to live?

    World-renowned author Richard Rohr says we can only be healed and find true fulfillment by facing our dependencies head-on. In Breathing Under Water he will guide you to:

  • Disentangle from cultural cycles of sin and emptiness
  • Discover how to get free from your personal toxic dependencies
  • Learn how the Twelve Step program can supplement Christian teaching
  • Find compassion for others and yourself
  • Enjoy a deeper spiritual life, feeling certain of God's love for you

  • Those who are ready to break negative patterns and experience greater internal freedom will find bold hope and transformation in this insightful book.


    Breathing Under Water- Companion Journal

    Breathing Under Water- Companion Journal

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    A valuable new companion journal to the bestselling Breathing Under Water! We are all addicted to something, according to Franciscan Father Richard Rohr. This Companion Journal can help you work your way through the wisdom of the twelve-step program as outlined in Breathing Under Water to help you determine the source and solution for your own addictions. The journal contains reflections, discussion questions, and room for your own notes to help you explore the process in a way that's relevant and meaningful in your own life.
    Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation

    Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation

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    Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart

    Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the Seven Longings of the Human Heart

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    You are gods.

    Blasphemy? No, those mysterious words, spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of John and alluded to in Psalm 82, point to a holy longing deep in our hearts that tells each of us that we were created for more.

    "Imagine that you were to wake up tomorrow to discover that, by some miracle, you had become a god overnight," writes Dr. Gregory Popcak. "Not THE God--omnipresent, all-knowing, all-powerful--but a god in the classic sense. That is to say, you woke to find that you were perfect, immortal, utterly confident in who you are, where you were going in life, and how you were going to get there. It might seem ridiculous to consider at first, but allow yourself to imagine this truly miraculous transformation. What would it be like to live without fear? How would it feel to be completely at peace with yourself and the people in your life? Imagine what it would be like to be able to resolve--once and for all--the tension that currently exists between all your competing feelings, impulses, desires, and demands. What would change in your life as a result of your having become that sort of divinely actualized person?"

    Bold questions are in need of bold answers. And in Broken Gods, a work that is both practical and inspirational, Dr. Greg explores what our deepest desires--and even our darkest desires-- tell us about our ultimate destiny and reveals a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life.

    Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life

    Busy Lives & Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life

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    2019 Best Book Awards, Finalist: Religion--Christian Inspirational

    If you've already figured out your life and feel totally complete, then this book may not be for you. But if you are like the rest of us, every day presents a mountain of to-do items, jobs to go to, errands to run, projects to complete, meals to cook, children to raise... You forge ahead and get it done, but you know that things aren't as they should be. Even when you check every item off your daily list, you still feel as though something meaningful and essential is missing from the very center of your life.

    Spiritual director and writer Becky Eldredge has felt that same longing, and she knows what people are missing--a relationship with God through prayer. In Busy Lives & Restless Souls, Eldredge interprets principles of Ignatian spirituality in a fresh way to equip us with prayer tools that are accessible and practical within the relentless realities of our daily routines. Just as important, she shows us how we can bring our relationship with God to life by becoming what St. Ignatius called "contemplatives in action." For all who sense that there is a missing peace in their lives, Busy Lives &Restless Souls will help them find it--right where they are.