Book Marks: New releases on intimacy, Pope Francis, and Mary, Mother of God
Here are some interesting new book releases:
Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom
By Marge Fenelon
In her book Imitating Mary (Ave Maria Press, 2013) , author Marge Fenelon gives advice to mothers around the world from one of the most admirable role models for mothers ever—Mary, the Mother of God. By digging deeply into ten stories from the Bible about Mary’s life and the virtues she possessed, Fenelon shows how Mary can offer her wisdom, companionship, and support for the modern mom.
Common Sense Faith
By Patrick J. Brennan
Patrick Brennan offers an opportunity for readers to approach God and spirituality through common sense and the vantage point of human experience in his book Common Sense Faith (Orbis, 2013) . The reflections he writes are split into six sections: Jesus, Conversion, the Church, Prayer and Sacraments, Relationships, and Mercy and Justice. By connecting contemporary issues, scripture, and psychology, Brennan preaches what following Jesus in the modern world truly means.
Rock-Bottom Blessings: Discovering God’s Abundance When All Seems Lost
By Karen Beattie
Rock-Bottom Blessings (Loyola Press, 2013)  is a personal account in which author Karen Beattie shares her inspiring story of how she found strength through God in times of difficulty. The serious challenges she faced were overcome by trusting in the Lord and finding God’s presence and grace in the drawbacks of her life. Through her accounts, she proves that God’s love for us is truly the most abundant when we need him the most.
The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy
By Donna Freitas
Through thousands of interviews with college students from religious, public, and private schools, Donna Freitas discovered that many who participated in the hookup culture of today are deeply unhappy with their social and sexual intimacies. The End of Sex (Basic Books, 2013)  is an honest picture of the challenges faced by young adults when they fall victim to pressures from peers, the media, and sometimes even their parents. Freitas helps students find the romance and intimacy they deserve.
There have also been a large number of books written about the life and works of Pope Francis. Here are some that we’d like to highlight:
By Francesca Ambrogetti and Sergio Rubin
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013)
By Mario Escobar
(Thomas Nelson, 2013)
By Robert Moynihan
(Image Books, 2013)
Illustration by Angela Cox