My Room in the Trees

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My Room in the Trees
The Innocence Mission (Badman, 2010)

On the Innocence Mission's most straightforward folk album yet, Karen Peris sings of seasons, of weather (mostly rain), of Monday mornings, of driving, and of East Coast states in simple but profound poetry. There is the sound of deep heartache behind My Room in the Trees, but it's not presented without the characteristic hope that makes the Innocence Mission one of the most refreshing and soul nourishing bands to listen to--particularly on days when you feel like wallowing in self-pity.


Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith

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Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith by Steve Givens (Twenty-third Publications, 2010)

I have never physically met Steve Givens but we have been friends for the past eight years. I am always awakened by his daily reflections in Living Faith, so one day I sent him an e-mail and we have corresponded ever since.


The Bible's Best Love Stories

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The Bible's Best Love Stories by Allan F. Wright (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010)

When it comes to love stories, I'd be willing to bet that the first thing that comes to mind is not the Bible but romantic movies or novels. Perhaps you might think of couples you knows whose love stands out in the crowd. Yet, God is the author of love, and the Bible, as the Word of God, is a wonderful place to look for examples of love and role models for our own relationships.


American Slang

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The Gaslight Anthem (Side One Dummy, 2010)


iPray: Smartphone apps for the faithful

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No need to lug volumes of spiritual readings around—God’s on your smartphone.

It took me months to save up the money to buy the four leather-bound volumes of the liturgy of the hours. As the 28-year-old primary breadwinner of a family of five, the $39.99 per volume set was not a high priority in our budget.

But after pinching every penny, I purchased all four volumes in a pristine white box. The next day I proudly showed off one volume, with its eight bookmark ribbons, to a friend.

"Isn't this great?" I asked.


Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
By Gregory Boyle, S.J. (Free Press, 2010)

While reading the stories of the “homies” that Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. has worked with for the past 20 years at his Homeboy Industries ministry among gang members in Los Angeles, it is easy to forget that these young people probably strike fear in most Americans. They are from the toughest neighborhoods, have shot and killed others, and have done time in prison.


Olivia and the Little Way

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Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger (Harvey House Publishing, 2008)

Olivia and the Little Way is a delightful children's novel about Olivia, a 10-year-old who moves with her family from Texas to Michigan. She is nervous about going to a new school so her grandmother gives her a St. Thérèse chaplet and tells her about the Little Way that St. Thérèse believed in: "You can show your love for God by doing little things for Him with great love."


Toy Story 3

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Directed by Lee Unkrich (Disney/Pixar, 2010)

In the third chapter of Pixar's saga about a boy's toys, the plastic and wooden playthings that fill their owner's toybox face the sad reality that their child-owner has grown up and is heading to college, and they are about to be kicked to the curb like a pair of empty-nester parents.


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