I have debated for years whether I should do a writing round-up here. I mean, I have a Twitter feed that’s dedicated to that. But I think I may just start rounding some things up here on Sundays. Or not. We’ll see. (How’s that for a non-decision?)


The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid, by Greg Willits (Servant Books, 2013)

This book not only left me feeling motivated and heartened, it also gave me a lot of ideas. I could actually, in parts, hear Willits’s voice, and I’m sure other fans of his work over the years will find the same.

I said more in my full review, but yes, you should read this book. And buy a copy for your pastor, your best friend, and your parish library.


On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, by Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Abraham Skorka (Image Books, 2013)

When I got my hands on a copy ofOn Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, I knew I’d be reading it. I assumed I’d be whipping through it (which, yes, is always my assumption).

I was wrong. I actually read it rather slowly, and it was like chocolate melting slowly on my mind as I soaked it in and resolved to reread it someday.

So what did I love? My review’s up at Book Notes at CatholicMom.com.


Do No Harm: A Novel, by Fiorella de Maria (Ignatius Press, 2013)

My fiction book club actually picked this, and I’m glad they did, because it didn’t get a chance to gather any dust on my shelf that way.

Michael O’Brien, step aside. C.S. Lewis, move over. G.K. Chesterton…okay, let’s not go overboard here. (Yes, she really is that good of a writer.)

I’ve reviewed it at Happy Catholic Bookshelf and there’s an excerpt I shared over at CatholicMom.com. (Next week: an interview with the author. Stay tuned!)

3 resources every catechist should have and use

And finally, something a little different from the other three: 3 Essential Texts Every Catechist Should Have (and Use).

In the years I’ve been a catechist, I’ve come to realize that there are only three texts that are essential. There are plenty that are nice, some that are even helpful, but only three that I would call “must have.”

You can guess what they are, but to hear why I picked these three, you’ll have to read the rest over at Amazing Catechists.