This week on Off the Shelf Steve Hemler returns to discuss the third book in his apologetics trilogy, Catholic Stories of Faith and Hope: How God Brings Good Out of Suffering. If there has ever been a time when we needed to understand¬†this concept those times are now.¬†
We live in a pretty messed up world and the only thing that will fix is to refocus on God. But how do we know if we are doing¬†religion right? Father Kirby returns this week to discuss his book Real Religion: How to Avoid False Faith and Worship God in Spirit and Truth. Get your copy here.¬†
One of the hardest things we can endure is when a loved one leaves the Catholic faith. Our minds are often filled with questions, blame, and doubt¬†in ourselves. Father Jeffrey Kirby has written a wonderful devotional to help bring those loved ones back home. Way of the Cross for Loved Ones Who Have Left the Faith is a fantastic way to pray your loved ones back to the Church and....surprise....it's not just for Lent! Get your copy here.
It's pretty¬†obvious to most of us that we have gone through twelve months like no other in our lives. Hopefully the end of the tunnel¬†is near! Many of us have struggled emotionally and physically through¬†this pandemic. Many of us have dealt with a large dose of worry. Gary Zimak joins me this week to discuss worry, how we can overcome¬†it, and what good may have come from the pandemic. Get a copy¬†of his latest book Give Up Worry for Good!: 8 Weeks to Hopeful Living and Lasting Peace here.
In April 2019 I had the privilege to connect with¬†Father Ubald Rugirangoga to discuss his recently released book¬† Forgiveness Makes You Free. It was a wide ranging interview¬†¬†that covered a lot of ground and really pulled the layers back on how simple forgiveness¬†can be. I shelved that episode for quite some time as the audio wasn't the best. Father's connection was via cellphone and with his accent some of what he said was a bit hard to hear.¬†
This week Susan Tassone returns to the show. We discuss her fantastic¬†new book for Lent, Praying with Jesus and Faustina during Lent and in Times of Suffering. As the title suggests this book is not just a Lent book. It's a devotional you will return to often when suffering strikes. Get your copy here.
This week I welcome¬†back my dear friend Dr. Scott Hahn to the show. We tackle the hot topic of the day.......politics and what we need to concern ourselves with as Catholics. How do we get involved and what is our role in our cities,¬†states and country as a whole?¬†We answer these questions¬†and more so tune in. Get your copy of Scott's latest book¬†It Is Right and Just: Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion from the St. Paul Center¬†here.¬†
This week on Off the Shelf we take a deep dive look at the history of feminism. My friend Kimberly Cook joins me to discuss how the feminism¬†movement impacted her and our country at large. Grab a copy of her book¬†Motherhood Redeemed: How Radical Feminism Betrayed Maternal Love here.
I'm celebrating episode 200 in a BIG way with a very special guest this week. Bishop Joseph Strickland and I take a look at the state of our nation and the church and how each of us can contribute to fixing both. You don't want to miss this episode. Get your copy of Bishop Strickland's book¬† Light and Leaven: The Challenge of the Laity in the Twenty-First Century here.¬†
If there's one thing for certain in 2020...many of us have dealt with or are dealing with anger and stress. Enter my friend Gary Zimak! Join us this week as we discuss a battle plan for defeating anger and stress by utilizing the best soldier of all....the Holy Spirit. Get your copy of Gary's book¬†¬†Let Go of Anger and Stress!: Be Transformed by the Fruits of the Spirit¬†here.
This week we take¬† a look at the current Presidential election. Jesse Romero joins me to discuss why President Donald J. Trump deserves a second term and why Mary has this under control. Get¬† a copy¬†of Jesse's latest¬†A Catholic Vote for Trump: The Only Choice in 2020 for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents Alike here.¬†
Many have come to the realization that we are in the midst of a spiritual battle. This battle has stretched¬†across all aspects of our lives from society, to political, to the Church itself. Kathleen Beckman joins me this week to discuss how we can arm ourselves for the battle. Grab a copy of her phenomenal¬†book A Family Guide to Spiritual¬†Warfare: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing here.
This week on Off the Shelf we are taking a look at something a little lighter during these unique and stressful¬† times. Father Bill Byrne has written a fantastic book filled with wit and humor that is sure to lift your soul. Listen in as Father Bill and I discuss a few of the 50 chapters in his book 5 Things with Father Bill: Hope, Humor, and Help¬†for the Soul. Get your own copy here.¬†
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.
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.¬†
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.¬†
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 out her book Confessions of a Catholic Homeschool Mom¬†here.¬†