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Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 21 years. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews and author interviews at The Catholic Book Blogger on the Patheos Catholic portal (www.catholicbookblogger.com).... Show More

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July 31, 2020
How do we bring people back to Church and at the same time how do we return the Church to her former glory? For decades Church teachings and traditions have been watered down by modern society. This week Brandon McGinley and I discuss this very real problem and what solutions are available to us. Get your copy of Brandon's book The Prodigal Church: Restoring Catholic Tradition in an Age of Deception here
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If there is one thing each of us could use right now it's a little hope. From our personal lives to the life of the Church an interjection of hope would be a truly wonderful thing. Join Kris Frank and I as we discuss the many areas in life where can can play a role in bringing hope to others. Grab a copy of Kris' book Hope. Always. Our Anchor in Life's Storms here
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This week Tim Glemkowski stopped by to discuss parish renewal. We took a particularly hard look at how this has morphed since the covid pandemic. Grab your copy of Made for Mission: Renewing Your Parish Culture here

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This week John DeRosa joins me to discuss his book   One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Clichès, and Fallacies That Atheists Use to Challenge Your FaithUpon reading this book my initial reaction is this book serves as a field manual for engaging atheists. We cover John's 5-step approach when defending the faith and take a look at a few of the twenty slogans atheists commonly use and how we can work our way thro...
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This week Father John Bartunek joins me to discuss how to incorporate scripture into a daily prayer routine. We look at how to be effective pray-ers and why the scriptures are so important to us particularly in today's climate. We also take a look at Father's new four-volume edition of my personal favorite The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. Get your own copy here

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We are feeling our way through some very unprecedented times. Many struggle with job loss and the loss of friends and family due to illness. The recent lockdowns have led to isolation and many are feeling "off". In her book Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach Sister Kathryn Hermes  lays out a roadmap to recovery. Tune in as we discuss ways to overcome depression and anxiety and realize a brighter tomorrow. Get your  c...
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Evangelizing the faith can be a tricky thing. Many Catholics are simply not comfortable with spreading the faith. Thankfully we have some folks who ARE comfortable and are willing to us how. This week Brandon Vogt joins me to discuss ways we can answer the tough questions we may encounter about atheism, the gospel, same-sex marriage, transgenderism and more. Check out Brandon's latest book What to Say and How to Say it: Discuss...
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If you have never heard of The Warning or are curious about it, this episode is for you. Christine Watkins joins me to discuss this message that has been given to numerous people about a time of mercy that has been said to occur in our generation. Learn more by getting Christine's book The Warning: Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscienchere.

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This week Father Sebastian Walshe joins me to share some insight into how we can be successful when we sit down to study scripture. He has some GREAT insight and tools for us to use. Also we take a look at the parables of Jesus and Father's book Secrets from Heaven: Hidden Treasures of Faith in the Parables and Conversations of Jesus. Get the book here.
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This week we go full Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jaymie Stuart Wolfe joins me to discuss a hidden treasure, found in a desk drawer in Poland, that turned into a book penned by the beloved St. Pope John Paul II. Get your copy of Teachings for an Unbelieving World here.
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Death is something many dread but it doesn't have to be that way. When we sit and think about our eventual heavenly reward death takes on a whole new meaning. Join Dr. Scott Hahn and I as we look at death and how it impacts us in a pandemic. Check out Scott's latest Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body here.

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This week Angele Reginier joins me to discuss how we can build strong Catholic families who are in the world but not of the world. Taking it one step further we get into the nuts and bolts of how to keep our kids Catholic. All of this and more on this week's Off the Shelf. Get the Renier families book Brick by Brick: build a strong family that won't lose their faith in a secular culture

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There's a lot of worry in the world today. Many of us are faced with uncertainty on health, finances, and the future as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. My dear friend Allison Gingras joins me this week to give us some insight on how to overcome this worry and focus on the good. Get Allison's latest Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust here.

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Let's talk about truth....not opinions...rather truth. Ann Gariddo joins me this week to break down what truth is and we can use truth to build our society. Get Ann's latest book Let's Talk About Truth: A Guide for Preachers, Teachers and Other Catholic Leaders in a World of Doubt and Discord here

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This week Julie Davis and I explore the prophets. Even though they come from a time long ago they are far from boring! Learn just how great they were and how they can influence us today. Get your copy of Julie's book Thus Sayeth the Lord: A Fresh Take on the Prophets here.

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This week Bryan Mercier stops by to pull the veil back on false Gods. We take a look at centering prayer, yoga, the Law of Attraction and more. Learn how to discern each and why they each have pitfalls and shortcomings. For more get Bryan's book Counterfeit Spirituality: Exposing the False Gods.

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This week Trent Horn joins me to clear the burning question......can a Catholic be socialist? Not to spoil it for you but the answer is no. Tune in and find out why in this week's episode. Grab your copy of Can a Catholic be a Socialist here

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This week I appeared on The Catholic Current hosted by Fr. Robert McTeigue. We discussed the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is impacting families who now face the very real challenge of educating their children at home. We spend our time looking at how CatholicBrain, an online faith formation platform where I serve as Director of Content and Marketing can help. Sign up for free access through Divine Mercy Sunday at www.catholicbrain....
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One critical area of help all parishes need is in the arena of leadership. Father Dave Heney joins me this week to take a look at the ultimate guide to leadership we have, Luke 10. Listen in as we discuss the four steps to leadership Jesus himself gave is and how we can effectively implement them on our parishes. Get Father Dave's book Luke 10 Leadership: How to Succeed at Parish Ministry here

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Raising kids in the current society we live in is TOUGH. We know what values we hold and how we want our kids to be when they grow up by society attempts to derail our good intentions and make the next generation something we would rather they not be. Dr. Ray Guarendi joins em this week to break down the crisis and give sound advice on how to steer a clear path forward. We discuss his book Raising Upright Kids in and Upside Down Wo...
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