“The Romance of Religion” Book Giveaway!


“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

Each giveaway lasts seven days with a new one beginning every Friday. You can enter any time during the week. Check out my past giveaways here.

Thanks to the good folks at Thomas Nelson, I’m giving away TEN copies of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s new book, The Romance of Religion:

My Son Isaiah, 5-Year-Old Priest (Video)

Many of you have seen the YouTube video of our son, Isaiah, celebrating Mass when he was three years old. It’s been watched over 80,000 times around the world, and I still receive emails from people telling me how much it moved them. (My wife and I joke that despite me being so involved with new media—and even writing a book on the topic—nothing I’ve produced has garnered the acclaim of our three-year-old son’s video. He’s the most viral Vogt.)

Two years later, Isaiah has grown into a gifted five-year-old, full of faith and devotion. He still loves the Mass, which he attends every morning, and he still breaks out his Mass kit every now and then. A few weeks ago he asked to play with it and we decided to capture the whole thing on video so that we could create a nice film. Watch it above, and be sure to stick around to the end to catch his outtakes!

PS. For another inspiring look at the priesthood, check out Fr. Robert Barron’s new short film, “Heroic Priesthood”.

The Romance of Religion: An Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker


Romance and religion aren’t two words that most people normally associate, but Fr. Dwight Longenecker does. The witty and imaginative priest just released a new book titled, The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty (Thomas Nelson).

Fr. Dwight recently sat down with me to discuss Jesus, adventure, myth and more.

BRANDON: You introduce your new book, The Romance of Religion, by saying Jesus’ table-turning episode was the key to your own life turning upside-down. How did this happen?

My Vatican Radio Interview on Pope Francis, Social Justice, and the Saints


Last week I was interviewed on Vatican Radio about my new book, Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World. It was short—only about six minutes long—but we covered lots of topics including Pope Francis, social justice, and the saints.

Listen by clicking below!

(If the audio player doesn’t work, click here to download or stream the MP3.)