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10 Good Reasons to be a Catholic

10 Good Reasons to be a Catholic

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Help teens answer the questions and deal with the doubts they may have about the Church and Catholic practices.

9th Grade Survival Guide

9th Grade Survival Guide

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The first year of high school can be exciting and scary at the same time.
FEAR NOT! The 9th Grade Survival Guide is here to help. On these pages, teens will find everyday situations that ninth graders face and some tips on how to navigate high school life with style and grace. Some of the topics covered include hazing; getting lost; dealing with disappointment; meeting new people; understanding teachers, parents, and peers.
Ablaze Stories of Daring Teen Saints

Ablaze Stories of Daring Teen Saints

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Following Christ isn't always easy. You need faith, courage, patience, and love.

Colleen Swaim looks at eight young souls who became saints for the against-the-current, selfless heroism of their teen years. In addition to the inspiring stories, Ablaze includes maps, recipes, prayers, journal prompts, scripture references and reflection questions to help the reader apply the saints' experiences to every day life.

Read how an Italian high school student inspired thousands as she faced cancer joyfully. Follow a new Christian as he marches to his death by fire after standing firm in his faith in the face of a wretched king. Lock arms with a young man and his crucifix as he dares brawling teens to throw the first stone.

We are all called to follow Christ in our own ways. This book will inflame your heart with vivid storytelling, saintly challenges, prayers, images, and more. Discover how you can set your world ablaze with love for the Lord!

Features: Saint Dominic Savio; Saint Teresa of the Andes; Saint Kizito; Blessed Chiara Luce Badano; Saint Stanislaus Kostka; Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception; Blessed Pedro Calungsod; and Saint Maria Goretti.

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If you're a mom of teens like me, you're constantly on the lookout for books and resources that will help inspire your family. With this new book by Colleen Swaim -- her first, but hopefully just the start of a prolific writing career -- we discover a treasure of the faith for Catholics young and old.

Ablaze is aimed at teens, but truthfully, the resources contained within this book will aid anyone looking to grow in sanctity and faith. Colleen profiles the lives of eight young saints and blesseds, sharing their path to sainthood with accounts that are filled with insight and detail. She has a voice that truly manages to bring these stories to life. Perhaps it's her work as a high school teacher that has provided her with an insight into what will move, challenge and inspire young people. Ablaze is filled with so much more than simply biographical details, including sidebars, vocabulary descriptions, maps, sacramental lessons, and even recipes. Journal prompts, prayers, scripture references and reflection questions help the reader to fully interact with the content presented, applying it to the challenges of every day life.

Each of the saints profiled, though living in different periods of history, has a freshness and a relevance to the world our teens face today. Colleen Swaim aptly brings their heroic virtues to light in a way that will have teens (and grown ups too!), eagerly interacting with her content and asking for more. I give Ablaze my highest recommendation and will enjoy sharing it with my own son this summer.

Adventure living out your relationship with God (Catholic Edition)

Adventure living out your relationship with God (Catholic Edition)

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The Adventure: Living Out Your Relationship with God (Catholic Edition) is your one-of-a-kind guide to the adventure God is calling you to live. It includes getting to know God, why having a relationship with him matters, and how to become friends with him (yes, it's possible). You'll learn how he talks to you, how you can talk to him, how you can do things with him, and how we connect with him and one another through the sacraments and the Church.

Anointed: Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Anointed: Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Pope Francis' words to those seeking to give a firm profession of faith--which has always been the particular effect Catholic tradition has ascribed to confirmation--ring true for all of us. In Anointed, Jayme Stuart Wolfe has compiled the Holy Father's words about wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord as special gifts for those continuing the commitment of their baptism into confirmation and beyond, as well as appropriate Scripture readings and prayers.
A collection of the Pope's thoughts on the gifts of the Holy Spirit especially for Confirmation

Confirmation is an important milestone in the life of every believer. If baptism is the sacrament of rebirth into a new and supernatural life, confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. This confirmation in the power of the Holy Spirit leading to a firm profession of faith has always been the particular effect that Catholic tradition has ascribed to the sacrament.

Pope Francis has spoken frequently about confirmation and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This volume, developed with young people in mind, is a collection of the Pope's encouraging words to us on the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Compiler Jaymie Stuart Wolfe has added a foreword and a section of prayers that include the Holy Spirit in Scripture, praying with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Veni Sancte Spiritus. Designed to engage the young and foster a life-giving faith, Anointed makes the perfect gift for all those celebrating or preparing for the sacrament of confirmation.

Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Girls

Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Girls

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The perfect journaling companion to The Catholic Youth Bible® has arrived: designed for girls to discover who they authentically are! Its inviting pages will make them want to write, color, draw, and doodle in response to the open-ended prompts. It will help them reflect on their gifts, their goals, their self-image, and their mission; and it will encourage prayer. 

From the author:

As a young woman, I often heard that advice. Sometimes I wondered, "What does that really mean?" Other times I thought, "I don't really know who that is yet."

I came to realize that we discover how to "be ourselves" through our relationship with the God who created us. The same awesome God who knew the universe needed a sun and air also knew the world needed you. How amazing is that?

We truly discover our identity when we nourish our relationship with God and learn His will for our life. This journal is designed to help you enjoy learning about God's will for you.

This girl's journal is divided into six sections:

  • Who You Really Are
  • Peace
  • Love
  • Prayer
  • Talents and Gifts
  • Your Life

It is versatile. Some days she may go right to the “Prayer” section; other days she may just want to find a page to color. With this journal, she can choose where she wants to go, when she needs to. The journal is designed to be flexible for her needs, wherever her heart may lead her.

Breakthrough: A Journey From Desperation to Hope

Breakthrough: A Journey From Desperation to Hope

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Are you disconnected from God? Do you feel that your life has no hope? As a teenager, Fr. Rob Galea's reaction to those painful feelings was addiction, violence, and destructive friendships. When the recording artist and former Australian X Factor contestant finally let God in, his life completely changed. In Breakthrough, Galea shares his journey from scared teenager to passionate priest and invites you to learn more about the Catholic faith so you, too, can find hope in Christ.

Rob Galea was a lonely, miserable teenager. He wanted to feel like he belonged, so he joined a gang. He went clubbing. He drank. He stole things. He lied. His reckless lifestyle ultimately led him to hide in fear for his life from other gang members. He was so desperate in those days spent in his dark bedroom that he contemplated ending his life.

Then a phone call from his grandmother about a youth group at a nearby church--an invitation not originally intended for him--helped Galea turn his life around. When he finally let God break through his loneliness and fear, he began to experience freedom and God's unconditional love.

In Breakthrough, Galea takes you on his journey to seminary, the move from his home country of Malta to Australia, and the development of his ministry as a priest, speaker, singer/songwriter, and recording artist. Along the way, he'll help you to see the life-changing journey of discipleship and how to find hope in your Catholic faith.

Breakthrough: The Companion Journal

Breakthrough: The Companion Journal

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"How can you keep your heart focused on Jesus, our first love?"
"What kind of relationship do you desire to have with Jesus?"
"What gifts has God given you that you can use to glorify him?"

In Breakthrough: The Companion Journal, Fr. Rob Galea's reflections on faith and the lessons he learned and shared in the bestselling Breakthrough are highlighted and paired with questions such as these to assist you in applying these lessons to your own faith. The journal takes you chapter by chapter through Breakthrough, guiding you as you consider your faith, your relationship with God and others, your past, and your future.

Breakthrough shares Fr. Rob Galea's journey from desperation to hope--from a lonely and angry teenager to a passionate priest--while Breakthrough: The Companion Journal invites you to consider your own life and faith in light of the experiences Galea shares and the lessons he learned from his troubled past.

This full-color, visually appealing journal also includes inspirational quotes from the book to contemplate as you write and full-page quotes that you can pull out of the book and post as a daily reminder.

Whether you are reading Galea's book for the first time or the fifth, Breakthrough: The Companion Journal will help you more deeply understand his journey to hope and apply its lessons to your own life.

“How can you keep your heart focused on Jesus, our first love?”

“What kind of relationship do you desire to have with Jesus?”

“What gifts has God given you that you can use to glorify him?”

In Breakthrough: The Companion Journal, Fr. Rob Galea’s reflections on faith and the lessons he learned and shared in the bestselling Breakthrough are highlighted and paired with questions such as these to assist you in applying these lessons to your own faith. The journal takes you chapter by chapter through Breakthrough, guiding you as you consider your faith, your relationship with God and others, your past, and your future.

Breakthrough shares Galea’s journey from desperation to hope—from a lonely and angry teenager to a passionate priest—while Breakthrough: The Companion Journal invites you to consider your own life and faith in light of the experiences Galea shares and the lessons he learned from his troubled past.

This full-color, visually appealing journal also includes inspirational quotes from the book to contemplate as you write and full-page quotes that you can pull out of the book and post as a daily reminder.

Whether you are reading Galea’s book for the first time or the fifth, Breakthrough: The Companion Journal will help you more deeply understand his journey to hope and apply its lessons to your own life.

Care & Keeping of YOU 1 The Body Book for Younger Girls

Care & Keeping of YOU 1 The Body Book for Younger Girls

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Our best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. (Medical consultant: Cara Natterson, MD.) You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what's happening, you'll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!
Catholic, Reluctantly John Paul 2 High Book 1

Catholic, Reluctantly John Paul 2 High Book 1

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When a school shooting causes Allie Weaver to join John Paul 2 High, a newly-established parent-run Catholic high school, she and her six fellow students face personality conflicts, problems with the nearby public school, and mysterious threats from a prankster and possibly even the shooter himself.
Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church

Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church

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What do you really want to do with your life? Who do you want to be in your life? How does God speak to you about your life? This volume, like the Catholics on Call program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, raises these important questions. The highly respected essayists shed light on the variety of vocational paths in the church while providing insights about discernment, ministry, and prayer. They seek to offer young men and women information, guidance, and inspiration as they discern a life of ministry, and help them to discover that discerning a vocation is not a matter of choosing the more appealing of a variety of options; rather, it is an openness to discovering God's will.

Contributors:
Robin Ryan, CP, editor
Thomas P. Rausch, SJ
Donald Senior, CP
Sheila McLaughlin
Robert Schreiter, CPPS
Charlene Diorka, SSJ
Bishop Robert Morneau
Stephen Bevans, SVD

Come Clean - Teen Guide to Reconciliation

Come Clean - Teen Guide to Reconciliation

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Maybe the last time you went to confession was seven years ago…or seven days ago. Regardless of if you’ve been away from the sacrament for a long time or only a couple of weeks, the feeling of waiting in the confession line is always a little bit tense. Don’t wait alone.

Come Clean is filled with tools to help prepare your heart for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will help calm any pre-forgiveness anxiety you may be feeling. The next time you go to receive the sacrament – whether it is next week or next month – bring Come Clean along with you and don’t wait alone in the confession line.



Come Walk

Come Walk

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He carried the weight of your sin with His cross and walked up a hill to be crucified. It was a walk that led to the redemption of humanity. It is more than history. It is more than a movie. It is a path of transformation. Will you follow Jesus on the way?

Come Walk is an incredible pocket-sized book that will take you through the Stations of the Cross and Jesus’ Passion and Death in a way you never have experienced it. Scripture, prayer, and reflection make this a powerful devotional that is perfect for Lent and Triduum.  

Dating Detox - 40 Days of Perfecting Love in an Imperfect World

Dating Detox - 40 Days of Perfecting Love in an Imperfect World

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If we want love, why do we often settle for less?
-- from the Foreword by Jason and Crystalina Evert

Tired of toxic relationships, many young adults want to clean up their love lives. They desire to give their lives to Christ and turn away from sin--but without a concrete plan, they quickly fall back into old habits. Featuring daily reflections and resolutions, this forty-day detox provides a practical cleanse for those who want to purify themselves from the poisoned dating culture and live a life of authentic freedom, respect, and love.

Inside you'll find:

  • Compelling and clear explanations of God's plans for love, dating, and sex
  • Hopeful true-life stories of people who have successfully moved from desiring chastity to actually living it
  • Practical tools, habits, and strategies to live more virtuously with joy and freedom
  • Day by Day with People of the Bible Reflections for Teens

    Day by Day with People of the Bible Reflections for Teens

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    Sometimes it's seeing God at work in ordinary human experiences that nurtures faith. The Bible has so much to teach about life and the people of the Bible have so much to teach about living. In a very real way, these people are our spiritual ancestors who show us how to deepen our relationship with God. The 366 reflections in Day by Day with People of the Bible will help teens examine the stories of over 70 biblical characters. With a Scripture passage, commentary, brief question, and prayer, these daily reflections will allow teens to carry the wisdom of God into their daily lives.

    Sometimes it's seeing God at work in ordinary human experiences that nurtures faith. The Bible has so much to teach about life, and the people of the Bible have so much to teach about living. In a very real way, these people are our spiritual ancestors who show us how to deepen our relationship with God. The 366 reflections in Day by Day with People of the Bible will help teens examine the stories of over 70 biblical characters. With a Scripture passage, commentary, brief question, and prayer, these daily reflections will allow teens to carry the wisdom of God into their daily lives.

    Dear God, You Can't Be Serious!

    Dear God, You Can't Be Serious!

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    This is the second book in the Dear God series in which author, Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren't answered in a time of adversity - and more importantly, the timeless question of: "Is He even listening?" When Luke, a 5th grader, finds out he's going to be homeschooled with his brothers, he can't believe it and questions whether or not God is listening when he prays to go back to school with his friends. Will Luke end up learning that sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we don't expect?
    Discernment Do's and Don'ts: A Practical Guide to Vocational Discernment

    Discernment Do's and Don'ts: A Practical Guide to Vocational Discernment

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    A practical guide to discerning any vocation, married or celebrate!

    Do you feel like God is calling you to...something, but you don't know what? Don't know where to start? Do you find it hard to clear away the noise of life, and apps, and phones and really listen to God?

    You're not alone! But, happily, now there is a book to help you cut through the clutter so as to prayerfully discern God's will for your life...that life to which he calls you and for which He created you.

    Discernment Do's and Don'ts, a practical guide to vocational discernment for Catholic teens and young adults, combines the teachings of Scriptures, Church documents, the Church Fathers, and the saints -and a healthy dose of good old common sense - into one handy "How to" guide on finding God's will for you.

    College chaplain, tech apostle, and parish priest Fr. George Elliott shows young people how to navigate seven different states of the discernment process and provides one best practice (the Do's) to employ and one pitfall to avoid (the Don'ts) at each stage.

    Discernment Do's and Don'ts is an invaluable guide offering a wealth of practical advice and resources including:
  • Tips to help you hear God calling you by name
  • Aids to identify obstacles in the discernment process and overcome them
  • Stories of real teens and young adults finding (or not finding...yet) their vocations
  • Scripture passages, teaching from the Church Fathers, and examples from the lives of the Saints
  • It's easy to "get stuck" when discerning your vocation. Fr. Elliott has gone through the process himself and helped countless young people find God's plan for their lives...and now he'll help you!

    Discernment Do's and Don'ts lays out a clear path and helps young people identify anything that may be interfering with the discernment process and suggests ways to overcome those obstacles. Though written for teens and young adults, every Catholic not yet settled in a definitive vocation and anyone who cares about such "seekers" (That's you, parents!) should read this book.
    Do I Have To Go? 101 Questions About Mass, Eucharist and Spiritual Life

    Do I Have To Go? 101 Questions About Mass, Eucharist and Spiritual Life

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    From playing video games to sleeping-in, teens can think of countless things they would rather do than go to Mass on Sunday morning. That is, unless they knew what they were missing. Do I Have to Go? explains the meaning and the mystery of Mass in such a way that teens will be asking, Why wouldn't I go? With wit, clarity, and common sense, Matthew Pinto and Chris Stefanick answer the tough questions teens have about the Mass-from the rituals contained in the liturgy, to the doctrines of the Eucharist and the priesthood. When teens understand that the Mass is literally the meeting place between heaven and earth, they will have a newfound sense of awe and a deeper understanding of their role as a Catholic in a post-modern world. In Do I Have to Go? you will learn: Why the Mass is an essential part of the Christian life The mystery of the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Jesus's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity How the redemptive work of Jesus Christ is communicated to and through the Church and the sacraments The meaning of all the gestures and symbols of the the Mass How the Mass has developed from its roots in the Old Testament, through its institution by Christ The importance of the liturgical seasons for the spiritual life And much, much more

    From playing video games to sleeping in, teens can think of countless things they would rather do than go to Mass on Sunday morning. That is, unless they knew what they were missing. Do I Have to Go? explains the meaning and the mystery of Mass in such a way that teens will be asking, ‘Why wouldn’t I go?’

    With wit, clarity, and common sense, Matthew Pinto and Chris Stefanick answer the tough questions teens have about the Mass—from the rituals contained in the Liturgy, to the doctrines of the Eucharist and the priesthood. When teens understand that the Mass is literally the meeting place between heaven and earth, they will have a newfound sense of awe and a deeper understanding of their role as a Catholic in a post-modern world.

    In Do I Have to Go? teens will learn:

    • Why the Mass is an essential part of the Christian life.
    • The mystery of the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Jesus’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
    • How the redemptive work of Jesus Christ is communicated to and through the Church and the sacraments.
    • The meaning of all the gestures and symbols of the Mass.
    • How the Mass has developed from its roots in the Old Testament, through its institution by Christ.
    • The importance of the liturgical seasons for the spiritual life.
    Everyday Justice 365 Reflections

    Everyday Justice 365 Reflections

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    Everyday Justice brings the principles of Catholic social teaching to teens, whether they are using it as a companion for a social justice course, to broaden their personal understanding for justice issues, or as a reflection guide while they are on a service project. But more than that, it inspires them to respond to our Gospel call. Each day begins with a quote from the Scriptures, a Church document, or an advocate of justice and is followed by a reflection, a prayer, and a call to action.

    Everyday Justice brings the principles of Catholic social teaching to teens, whether they are using it as a companion for a social justice course, to broaden their personal understanding of justice issues, or as a reflection guide while they are on a service project. But more than that, it inspires them to respond to our Gospel call. Each day begins with a quote from the Scriptures, a Church document, or an advocate of justice and is followed by a reflection, a prayer, and a call to action.

    Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus

    Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus

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    Winner of a 2019 Association of Catholic Publishers Award: Teen Books (First Place).


    How well do you know Jesus? Like, REALLY know him?

    Catholic author and speaker Katie Prejean McGrady shares sometimes embarrassing, often humorous, and always inspiring stories about how she came to know and love Jesus and how you can, too, through prayer, scripture, sacraments, and service.

    In the summer of 2016, Katie Prejean McGrady walked off the stage feeling great about a forty-five-minute talk she had just given, when a young man from the audience stopped her for advice. His questions caught her completely off guard.

    "Who is Jesus?"
    "How can I get to know him?"

    Prejean McGrady--who speaks to tens of thousands of Catholic teens and young adults a year about her passion for Jesus--couldn't give the guy a straightforward answer. And it bugged her. Bigtime.

    In Follow, she uses engaging, sometimes awkward, and frequently funny stories from her own life to show you four simple and practical steps to get to know Jesus and have life-changing friendship with him:

  • Prayer (lift your heart)--She helps you understand that prayer is just talking to God and gives you the tools to start.
  • Scripture (open your ears)--Prejean McGrady introduces you to an easier way to start reading the Bible.
  • Sacraments (receive God's grace)--She encourages you to see the sacraments as spiritual fuel for your relationship with Jesus.
  • Service (share the gift)--She will nudge you beyond your comfort zone in the Church's common mission to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
  • Prejean McGrady will help you open your heart and mind to meeting Jesus in a personal way and challenge you to see him for who he really is.

    Go Bravely: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be

    Go Bravely: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be

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    As a young Christian woman, do you struggle with insecurities and feel bogged down by the pressures and expectations of society? Do you find it challenging to take care of yourself and be a faithful daughter of God?

    Emily Wilson Hussem used to feel the same way. In Go Bravely, the Catholic musician and speaker offers twenty bits of advice that will equip you to tackle your deepest concerns about relationships, self-esteem, and dating while strengthening your faith at the same time.

    "Sometimes even the smallest acts of living out faith require great bravery."

    In Go Bravely, Wilson Hussem offers readers warm and friendly encouragement as she shares her experiences with other young women as their youth minister as well as her own struggles with insecurity, relationships, loving and forgiving herself, and living her faith. You'll feel right at home as she challenges you to be a light in the world while simultaneously offering you easy-to-digest advice on your most pressing questions.

    Fresh off figuring out who she is as a daughter of God, how to cultivate healthy friendships, how to save sex for marriage, and how to develop a prayer life, Wilson Hussem gives you advice about what she learned in the midst of becoming a young woman. Aware of the information overload that young people face today, she shares simple wisdom for bravely living your faith, such as:

  • Always be kind to other women.
  • Work hard at what you love.
  • Recognize God's plan for your life.
  • Remember that nobody is perfect.
  • Cultivate authentic friendships.
  • These are basic ideas, Wilson Hussem says, but taking care of yourself and loving others are easy tenets of our faith to forget. A book that can be read in short snippets or in one sitting, Go Bravely offers you the encouragement and tools you need to live out your Christian faith with purpose and zeal.

    Growing Up Girl Sharing Your Heart with Your Mom

    Growing Up Girl Sharing Your Heart with Your Mom

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    What if you and your mother could peek into each other's world? What if your hearts could intersect at a deeply emotional level of acceptance and love? Much more than a book of prayers, Growing Up Girl is an interactive resource that helps mothers and daughters experience the wonder of their relationship. Each chapter, which is full of ways to discover how the mother-daughter threads intertwine with God, addresses the challenging aspects of growing up:
  • Tangles: When Your Body Changes
  • Knots: When Worry Strikes
  • Twists: When People Are Mean to You
  • Loops: When Life with Others Gets Complicated
  • Snags: When You Lose Confidence
  • Coils: When You Are Confused
  • Spirals: When Your Life Feels Out of Control

    Growing Up Girl gives mothers and daughters a resource for creating that quiet, reflective time to be with each other and with God. The book makes a special gift from Mom to daughter or the perfect Confirmation present. Ages 11-15.

  • Holy Goals for Body & Soul

    Holy Goals for Body & Soul

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    This title links lessons from the world of sports and fitness especially the experiences of a Catholic bishop who plays ice hockey with concrete ways to live a holy life.
    How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard 40 tips for Faithful College Students

    How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard 40 tips for Faithful College Students

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    A Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and devout Catholic tells you everything you need to know about keeping your faith at a modern university. Drawing on her recent experience, Aurora Griffin shares forty practical tips relating to academics, community, prayer, and service that helped her stay Catholic in college.

    She reminds us that keeping the faith is a conscious decision, reinforced by commitment to daily practices. Aurora's story illustrates that when you decide your faith matters to you, no one can take it away, even in the most secular environmnets and under strong peer pressure. Throughout the book, she shows how being a Catholic in college did not prevent her from having a full college experience, but actually enabled her to make the most of her time at Harvard.

    She encourages students who are about to begin this formative journey, or those now in college, that the most valuable parts of college life--lasting friendships, intellectual growth, and cherished memories--are experienced in a more meaningful way when lived in and through the Catholic faith.

    I Choose the Sky: A Scriptural Devotional for Women

    I Choose the Sky: A Scriptural Devotional for Women

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    HEROIC WOMEN, REMARKABLE LIVES

     The Bible is filled with pages of narratives of people that gave their entire lives to God. Many of these stories are about men and a natural question arises, “Are there women in the Bible? Do they have a place in the Church?” It is a good question with a great answer. There are many women who are a vital part of salvation history and their stories are critical parts of Sacred Scripture. Do you know them?

    I Choose the Sky paints a beautiful portrait of just a handful of these women – seventeen, in fact, whose stories are easily glossed over, but not easily forgotten. These women, heroic and virtuous, teach us something about the very fabric of human-kindness and God’s love. This book is about their choice to raise their eyes heavenward despite difficulties and live their lives with hope, boldness, generosity, and great faith.

    This scriptural devotion will inspire young women to raise their heads along with Mary, Martha, Lydia, and Esther and look into the eyes of Jesus, the God who loves deeply and perfectly. 

    If You Really Loved Me 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships, & Sexual Purity -Revised and Expanded-

    If You Really Loved Me 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships, & Sexual Purity -Revised and Expanded-

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    These days, virgins may be embarrassed by their lack of "experience" while non-virgins may feel it's too late for them. Men and women of all ages feel compelled to "take their relationships to the next level"--meaning they think it's time to have sex, not try on wedding rings. Chastity author and speaker Jason Evert addresses these issue, and dozens more, in If You Really Loved Me: 100 Questions on Dating, Relationships, and Sexual Purity.

    This landmark work features the most common questions Evert is asked when speaking about the virtue of chastity in hundreds of Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and public schools. His humorous, friendly and blunt approach opens hearts and minds to a topic often either rejected out of hand or misunderstood.

    Teens will find this book a useful guide to starting a relationship, deciding one's vocation, one day finding a potential spouse, and maintaining purity--without forsaking love. This book will give parents and educators new insights to help teens know the difference between love and lust. They may even look at their own lives differently, because as Evert explains, chastity is not only for singles; married couples must practice this virtue as well.

    Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith

    Jesus Calling for Teens: 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith

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    If you're looking to move from knowing about God to having a personal relationship with Him, this is a wonderful devotional for you. Jesus Calling(R) 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith brings the warmth and insight that more than 25 million people have enjoyed through Jesus Calling(R) in devotions curated to help you grow and nourish your faith.

    The Jesus Calling(R) 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith features 50 topical readings from Jesus Calling(R) gathered together in a new way and combined with relevant Scripture verses on the topics of faith and spiritual growth.

    This book is part of a three-book series for teens, each focusing on a felt need. The other two books in the series focus on themes of thankfulness and dealing with busy days. These books are great for an individual study and make a great set for gift giving.

    Readers around the world already love how Sarah's words help them connect with Jesus. Now the new Jesus Calling(R) topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and friends.

    With a beautiful, classic cover and affordable price point, these topical devotionals are a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand.

    Last Book of Catholic Jokes [Satis Satis Est] Enough ius Enough

    Last Book of Catholic Jokes [Satis Satis Est] Enough ius Enough

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    The fourth (and final) book in a series of Catholic Jokes by Deacon Tom Sheridan. Over 20,000 in print in the four editions.
    LifeWork - Finding your Purpose in Life

    LifeWork - Finding your Purpose in Life

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    LifeWork is a unique approach to discovering the presence of God in all that we do. A special emphasis is placed on the unique, personal vocation and mission to which all are called; of special interest to students and young adults.
    Making Your Way After Your Parents' Divorce

    Making Your Way After Your Parents' Divorce

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    Written by a "child of divorce" for "children of divorce," Making Your Way After Your Parents' Divorce is a supportive guide that helps personal growth. It takes an honest look at the effects that divorce can have in the life of a teenager or young adult, and the ways that they can move toward healing and forgiveness after their parents' divorce.

    Although aimed at teenagers and young adults, this book is a valuable resource for counselors, ministers, religious educators, social workers, and divorced parents themselves. Ideal for both individual and group use.

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    Man Enough - Lessons From St. Joseph on Becoming a Godly Man

    Man Enough - Lessons From St. Joseph on Becoming a Godly Man

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    THE STRONG, SILENT TYPE

    Saint Joseph was chosen by God to help raise Jesus. In all four Gospels there are no words attributed to St. Joseph – but plenty of actions. His witness reveals incredible truths to us about masculinity and what it means to “be a man.” Spoiler alert: It isn’t what our current culture tells us.

    Man Enough is a powerful reflection on the life and example of St. Joseph and the many ways that he challenges us to live as holier men and disciples of Jesus Christ. Words are important but our actions speak volumes. It is time to ask, “Am I man enough to follow Christ?”

    My Dear Young Friends

    My Dear Young Friends

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    My Dear Young Friends: Saint John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, and Courage is based on the actual words of Saint John Paul II spoken to the youth of the world.

    Young people from across the United States selected the specific quotes used in this book, because they had found them to be particularly challenging and inspiring.

    It is a collection of 52 weekly reflections, each containing a message from Saint John Paul II, a “Think About That,” a “Take Action,” a “Say a Prayer,” and a “Did You Know?”

    Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex

    Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex

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    When Chris Padgett met Linda Dodge for the first time at the end of high school, sparks flew. Or maybe that was just the glare from Chris's mustard-yellow polyester vintage suit, a typical item in his shock-and-awe wardrobe. Linda was impressed if puzzled, but the beautiful cheerleader and Chris, winner of the senior class's Most Unique Personality award, were soon a couple. Even sooner, the two young Christians found themselves involved in a passionate sexual relationship. Certain they should stop but just as certain they couldn't, the relationship began to unravel. When they found the courage, in college, to choose chastity, they discovered a renewed friendship, affection and the self-discipline that would serve as a firm foundation for marriage.

    Wondering if you have the resolve to choose sexual purity? Wondering why you should choose it? Read the Padgetts' story for some straight talk about sex and the truth that will set you free.

    Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in the Hookup World

    Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in the Hookup World

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    Hookup culture is about much more than the quest for pleasure. It offers an easy way out of real communication and lasting relationships. It also teaches us to treat each other as objects for personal satisfaction. Even those who reject the hookup culture can still be negatively affected by it and develop poor habits of relating to others. In Off the Hook, Timothy P. O'Malley, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, shows how God's plan for love serves to heal the wounds of hookup culture and is a medicine for what ails our understanding of sex, romance, love, and marriage.

    Here are a few things Timothy O'Malley discovered from students in his popular undergraduate course, Nuptial Mystery: Divine Love and Human Salvation:

  • Hookup culture is present in all his students' lives, whether they're hooking up or not.
  • Some students approach sex and love as transitory and fleeting transaction--they love the idea of romance; they love the sexual chase; and they crave the hookup, but not the commitment.
  • Other students have come to idolize the mystery of marriage and so their conception of what sex, love, and marriage will be like is overly romanticized and largely naive. This group lacks understanding about what real love and intimacy demand of two people in everyday life.
  • In Off the Hook, O'Malley explains how the ethics of hooking up shape relationships between men and women and examines the considerable harm to individuals and society that results. By exploring the sacrament of marriage in its biblical, theological, and liturgical dimensions, he offers Catholic young adults and those charged with their formation and pastoral care a wealth of insight into God's plan for love.

    Young people will find help grappling with the Church's countercultural understanding of sex, love, and marriage. Parents and pastoral workers will discover a refreshing presentation of the Catholic theology of marriage and wise counsel about forming young people in the Church's vision. Newly married, and even long-married couples will find hope, courage, and the promise of sacramental love that can sustain them for a lifetime.

    One-Minute Devotions for Boys

    One-Minute Devotions for Boys

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    400 page One Minute Devotions for boys with 366 devotions by Jayce O'Neal has padded front cover.
    One-Minute Devotions for Boys

    One-Minute Devotions for Boys

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    One-Minute Devotions for Boys Navy Blue, Lux-Leather edition presents daily lessons organized by a monthly theme, for a more thorough exploration of God's Word. For January, he'll learn, "What Smart People Do (Wisdom from Proverbs), and in May, he will learn to take comfort in "Talking To God" through prayer. Each of the 366 devotions include a Scripture verse, a real-life story - with an explanation of the message, and a short prayer. The tone in this volume is winsome and conversational and, though instructive, young-at-heart. This delightful volume features: a padded hardcover binding with spot varnish accents; an attached ribbon page marker and a presentation page for gift-giving.
    One-Minute Devotions for Girls

    One-Minute Devotions for Girls

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    This one-minute devotional for girls features a Scripture quote, uplifting paragraph, and prayer, designed to encourage. A joy to open with an inviting cover design, presentation page, decorateve page accents, and satin ribbon bookmark, 400 gilt-edged pages, and meaningful words of wisdom from award winning Christian author Carolyn Larsen.
    Philip Rivers Passion and Purpose

    Philip Rivers Passion and Purpose

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    Sports fans across the nation laud Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers for his myriad franchise and NFL records, but few recognize the love for God, pursuit of virtue, and devotion to faith that have driven not only Philip's career but, in fact, his entire life.

    Now comes an opportunity for children ages 6 and up to meet Philip not only as a football star, but also as a spiritual role model"€"and their teammate in holiness! With special photographs and behind-the-scenes stories, God's Quarterback relates how Philip has pursued excellence both at the altar and on the field.

    Prove It! Church

    Prove It! Church

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    Straightforward answers to questions teens have about the Church, including what it means to be saved. The book doesn't talk down to teens, but it does give clear answers in a way anyone can understand. It's especially good for teens who don't know what to say to their fundamentalist friends.
    Prove It! Jesus

    Prove It! Jesus

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    What do we really know about Jesus? How do we know it? Why does the Church say things about Jesus that other Christians don't agree with? Here are the answers to questions every teenager asks about Our Lord.
    Prove It! Prayer

    Prove It! Prayer

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    Why didn't God answer my prayers? What's the best way to pray? Does praying do any good at all? For many teenagers, the whole subject of prayer is a mystery. Amy Welborn helps them understand what the Church teaches, and why what the Church teaches is right.
    Pure Love

    Pure Love

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    The Pure Love/Pillar of Fire, published by Catholic Answers is no longer available and is out of print. Ant questions copntact Carole Zolezzi @ 888-291-8000 ext 320
    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.
    Pure Womanhood

    Pure Womanhood

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    If you've ever tried to talk to a young girl about purity and chastity, especially one who's just entering high school, you know how difficult it can be. Finding the right words to let her know about all of the temptations and pressures she'll be facing as she grows up can prove quite a task. What if you could give her something to read that she'd enjoy — and believe? Now you can. "Pure Womanhood" focuses on the concerns and difficulties faced specifically by girls. From questions such as "What guy wants a pure girl?" to "It's my body; isn't it my choice?", Crystalina Evert addresses these challenges in a most engaging way: through sharing her own experiences and how she eventually turned her life around. Crystalina's story raises many questions about the challenges our young people face every day — and the answers she provides will give girls plenty to think about. Whether the young women you know have yet to discover the ways of the world or if they've already made mistakes and are heading down a destructive path, "Pure Womanhood" gives them the reasons — and the assurance — that chastity is the right choice and that it's never too late to start over. With her powerful testimony and blunt words of wisdom, Crystalina restores a young woman's hope for love. She shows that real love is possible, regardless of the past. 

    Reflections for Ragamuffins

    Reflections for Ragamuffins

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    Brennan Manning shares his joyful message in a powerful new way with his first-ever collection of daily devotions. For every day of the year the beloved author of "Ragamuffin Gospel" and "The Boy Who Cried Abba" offers a verse of scripture, and each day's mediation is completed with a complementary reading from his own writings.

    Whether your life has already changed by Brennan Manning's dynamic version of the good news or you are meeting him here for the first time, "Reflections for Ragamuffins" will open your mind and heart to a profound new experience of God's unconditional love.

    Survival Guide for Young Catholics

    Survival Guide for Young Catholics

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    Do you wonder why, as a Catholic, you do some of the things that you do? Have you ever found yourself unable to answer basic questions about what you believe and why you believe it? The Survival Guide for Young Catholics will tell you a bunch of stuff that you might already know and a lot more that you probably don't. You won't get long, boring answers. Instead you'll get quick-fire, straight-up answers that any parent or pope would be proud to hear. So prepare for an overview of the Catholic faith that is sure to leave you a little smarter, a lot more confident and the envy of your fellow Catholics.

    Theology of His/Her Body

    Theology of His/Her Body

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    From Genesis we know that God created men and women in His image and likeness, and from the first letter of John that God is love. Therefore men and women are made in the image and likeness of Love. This isn't hard to see. Look at the design of the male and female bodies. They are made for each other. In fact, neither makes complete sense apart from the other. The man's body is made for a woman's body - made to be a life-giving gift to her; her body reveals his calling - and vice versa. In this book - which utilizes a dynamic, flip book design to be two books in one well-known chastity speaker and author Jason Evert unpacks the mystery of what is means to be male and female in light of the Theology of the Body in a language teenagers understand. Teens will learn about the profound realities to which their bodies point - and how to live chastely and lovingly towards those of the opposite sex.
    Theology of the Body for Beginners

    Theology of the Body for Beginners

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    Broken families, abortion, AIDS, Internet pornography, sexual abuse scandals, homosexual marriage, our Church and our world are in the midst of a profound sexual crisis. Is there a way out? For such a time as this have we been given Pope John Paul IIs Theology of the Body. Based on the words of Jesus, John Paul II's famous reflections on the body and sex take us to the root of the modern crisis and chart the path to an authentic sexual liberation. Yet the Pope's dense scholarship often intimidates the average person. In his book, Theology of the Body Explained, Christopher West offered a more detailed, six-hundred page commentary on John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Here, he provides a short and popular summary of the Pope's revolutionary teaching. What is the meaning of life? Why did God create us male and female? Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it? How do we attain true happiness on earth? What kind of joys await us in heaven? How can we experience the love we long for in the depth of our hearts? The first edition of Theology of the Body for Beginners (2004) quickly became an international best-seller. This freshly revised and expanded edition is based on Dr. Michael Waldsteins much improved translation of John Paul IIs catechesis. New for this edition: All quotations have been updated with the new translation. Key insights discovered through Dr. Waldstein's access to the John Paul II archives have been incorporated. The outline of the text has been substantially reorganized to reflect the newly discovered outline of John Paul's original manuscript. John Paul's hidden and previously untranslated addresses are summarized.
    Three Rules for Living a Good Life

    Three Rules for Living a Good Life

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    Legendary former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz shared three easy to remember and impossible to forget rules for life during a commencement address at Franciscan University Steubenville.

  • Do what is right.
  • Do everything to the best of your ability.
  • Show people you care.
  • Now in paperback, Three Rules for Living a Good Life: A Game Plan for after Graduation offers a quick, sometimes humorous, and always practical formula for recent college graduates and other young adults to reach success in their business, personal, and spiritual lives.

    Three Rules for Living a Good Life is a great gift book for a young adult looking for a quick read that offers encouragement and concrete advice for transitioning to the workforce and to deeper, more committed relationships.

    Holtz, one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, shares a message that is genuine and sensible. Punctuated with examples for keeping and living the three rules each day from his years of working with teams, in business, and with his family, Holtz's book keeps the discussion light, humorous, and real.

    Holtz's commencement message is one he often shares with business leaders around the world. He points to the foundation of his Christian faith and the necessity for young adults who have been raised in the faith to take stock of themselves at this crossroads of their life. "Don't ignore God! Don't give up the faith!" he writes.

    A sought-after motivational speaker, Holtz annually gives hundreds of presentations on topics having to do with leadership, success, and achieving peak results. Holtz has also given many commencement addresses and been awarded a number of honorary degrees. In Three Rules for Living a Good Life, this iconic Notre Dame football coach sums up his essential graduation message in a way that college grads will find useful as they take their place in the "real world."

    True North: A Roadmap For Discerment

    True North: A Roadmap For Discerment

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    MAKE DECISIONS THAT MATTER

    You are going to make thousands of decisions today and one of them might change your life. Are you confident that what you want and what God want are the same thing? Don’t leave it up to chance - leave it in the hands of the Holy Spirit.