Five Years in Heaven
The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions
by John Schlimm (Image)
He was a young, Harvard-educated, high-powered publicist who craved simplicity. She was an 80-something nun who made ceramics for the monastery gift shop. Steve Schlimm’s first visit to Sister Augustine’s workshop sparked an instant friendship. His weekly talks with her renewed his faith, hope, and joy in life. A Christopher Award winner, Schlimm’s account of Sister Augustine’s wisdom, humor, and humility has inspired readers across all faiths and walks of life.
The Walls Are Talking
Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories
by Abby Johnson with Kristin Detrow (Ignatius Press)
You won’t be able to put this book down — it’s not pleasant, but it’s gripping. The former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic, Abby Johnson has made it her life’s work to “rescue” abortion clinic workers who have become pro-life but fear unemployment. In this book, many of them (who themselves usually had abortions) tell the truth about what happens in the supposedly “caring” and “pro-women” places where they worked. These stories will shock and motivate the reader to action.
Divine Mercy for Moms
Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina
by Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet
(Ave Maria Press)
You can’t avoid the topic of mercy these days. It’s everywhere. Pope Francis talks about it, the Catholic media echo his thoughts constantly, and we’re finishing up the Jubilee of Mercy. But the average mom might still be wondering what she should do about it, given that she’s just holding it together with her job and caring for her family. In this (blessedly short) book, two moms take inspiration from the Divine Mercy writings of St. Faustina and show how mothers can share God’s mercy through their prayers and actions and still get the laundry done.
Professing the Faith Through the Ages
by Scott Hahn
(Emmaus Road Publishing)
We recite a creed (Nicene, Apostles, or baptismal vow renewal) every Sunday of the year. Is a creed a dry, dusty formula composed by dead Mediterranean guys, or is it a revolutionary, even defiant, profession of our very identity as Christians? Popular biblical scholar Scott Hahn traces the history and content of the Nicene and Constantinople creeds, explaining how they flesh out the basic act of faith and shape who we are.