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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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September 18, 2020

 This week Father Jeffrey Kirby and I discuss the oldest prayer of our Catholic faith, the Our Father. We say it every week during Mass and multiple times during the rosary but have you ever stopped to consider what it means? We cover this and Father's latest book Thy Kingdom Come: Living the Lord's Prayer in Everyday Life. Get your copy here.


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 A spiritual battle rages all around us, and in case you haven't noticed it appears to have spilled over onto the earthly realm. There is one saint we can turn to during these tumultuous times and the same one people have turned to for many, many years. Join James Day and I as we discuss the warrior saint, Saint Michael the Archangel. Check out James' book on Saint Michael here

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This week Joe Heschmeyer returns to discuss his book  Pope Peter - Defending the Church's Most Distinctive Doctrine in a Time of Crisis. We take a deep dive look at the papacy and how we can defend it and church hierarchy as the truth. Get Joe's book here


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 More and more families are making the tough decision to abandon the public school system and instead choosing to homeschool their children. These can lead to some very stressful times for first-time homeschoolers. What curriculum should they use? How will each school day look? Will they fail or succeed? Was this the right decision. Join Karen Salstrom and I as we discuss the trials and tribulations of being homeschoolers. Check ou...

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 It's almost a given that at some point during our lives we will question "Who am I?" What is our purpose and why are we here, usually follow. Joe Heschmeyer joins me this week to answer that question within the context of society today. Deep question indeed! You will definitely want to check out his book Who Am I, Lord? Finding Your Identity in Christ here.

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 This week on Off the Shelf I am joined by guest Jared Staudt. We take a look at how the Catholic faith can renew our fractured society. Lots of good stuff in this episode. Be sure to check out Jared's book Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture here.

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 This week Becky Eldredge joins me to talk about our prayer lives and establishing a solid relationship with God can help us navigate through today's troubled waters. You don't want to miss this episode as we pull back the curtains on Contemplative Prayer in the spirit of Saint Ignatius! get your copy of Beckys' book The Inner Chapel" Embracing the Promises of God here


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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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