Movie and Book Reviews
“Ten: How the Commandments Can Change Your Life,” by Mary Elizabeth Sperry delivers a wonderfully contemporary spin on the rules for right living put forth through the Ten Commandments. Each chapter is devoted to one of the 10 and is laced with Scripture and quotes to drive the purpose of the commandment home. A point to remember section concludes each chapter along with culture connection, a role model, “try this” section with pertinent questions to stimulate generalization, talk it through questions and a meaningful prayer. Sperry offers her readers ways to form habits to balance their lives in relationship to Him and others. Franciscan Media, ISBN: 978-1-61636-408-3, $14.99.
“Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue,” by William B. May offers a conversation in a reason approach to the public policy debate on marriage. May targets the rights of children in the legal definition of marriage and offers guidelines for avoiding common traps that hinder conversations advocating marriage. Emmaus Road Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-937155-80-3, $5.95.
“Yours is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World,” by author and editor of more than 30 books on Catholic history, doctrine and devotion, Mike Aquilina showcases the proactive role the Church has played in preserving spiritual freedom and nourishing culture throughout the ages. This book is sure to renew the confidence of Catholics everywhere. Servant Books, ISBN: 978-1-61636-434-2, $14.99.
“A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible: 50 verses to Ease Anxieties,” by Gary Zimak presents chapters filled with Scripture verses complimented with insightful reflections and questions to help the reader defuse his or her worries. With topics including confusion, doubt, fear, sickness and trials Zimak shows in this 112-page book that worry can be a blessing leading closer to Jesus. Liguori Publications, ISBN: 9780764-821639, $10.99
“Jesus: What Catholics Believe,” by Alan Schreck is an engaging, straightforward explanation of when and how Jesus lived, what He taught, His human and divine nature and how He continues to be present in the sacraments and the lives of believers. Unpack this book to find the treasure of Jesus’ life in Scripture. Servant Books, ISBN: 978-1-61636-319-2, $14.99.
“Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist,” by author and radio personality Patrick Madrid provides a fascinating look inside Catholic apologetics, covering topics that include comparative religion to all things Catholic. His personal observations offer insights into how his thinking has matured over the years. Servant Books, ISBN: 978-1-61636-484-7, $19.99.
“Kateri Tekakwitha: Model of Bravery” and “Juan Diego: Mary’s Hunble Messenger,” by Barbara Yoffie are books one and two of six in the first “Saints and Me! set, Saints of North America. The 32-page biographies in the set introduce children to the concept that saints are people who live around them. Liguori Publications, $4.99.