Shameless Monday! (July 2014)

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Shameless Monday

Shameless Monday is back! Every couple months my blog becomes your platform. It’s your chance to shamelessly promote your project, website, or favorite link.

I was inspired by Jon Acuff‘s “Shameless Saturdays”. Here’s the idea:
 

“Post a link to whatever it is you’re all about with no shame or apologizing or feeling like you’re making a comment on a post you really don’t care about but are instead secretly trying to promote your own blog.
 
(I’ve done that myself many times. The best way to do it is to say, “That’s an interesting post. It reminds me of something I wrote recently on my blog ……”)”

 
Whatever it is, we want to hear about it:
 
What’s your blog?
What’s your cause?
What’s your project?
What’s your book?
What’s your ministry?
What’s your product?

What’s the link you want people to see more than anything else?

 
Tell us in the comment box below and be sure to provide a link to whatever you’re sharing.
 

Father Robert Barron MEGA Giveaway!

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“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.


 
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This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Word on Fire, the media evangelization ministry of Fr. Robert Barron. He and the team have donated an amazing giveaway package. One winner will receive a mega Fr. Barron prize pack including the ten-part CATHOLICISM DVD series, the recent CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization DVD series, and a copy of each of Fr. Barron’s nine books.

Read below for a list of all the giveaway items and for details on how to enter:
 

CATHOLICISM DVD series

by Fr. Robert Barron

Word on Fire, DVD, five discs
Released on August 25, 2011

Catholicism DVDFor the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience.

Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr. Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people.

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda, from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Journey deep into the Faith as you watch each episode.

Mike Leonard, a veteran NBC Today Show correspondent and acclaimed filmmaker, is the Executive Producer of this groundbreaking series.

The box set includes five DVDs, each containing two episodes. Each episode runs 50-60 minutes.

 

CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization DVD set

by Fr. Robert Barron

Word on Fire, DVD, four discs
Released on September 10, 2013

DVDCATHOLICISM taught us what the Church believes and why. Now CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization shows us how to put our Faith into action in today’s increasingly secular world.

You’ll follow Fr. Barron around the world to Australia, England, and around the U.S. to examine the Church’s mission within the challenges of Western secular culture. This 90-minute film first tells us what the “New Evangelization” is, and then takes us on a fascinating tour to witness examples of new ardor, new expressions, and new methods of evangelization in action.

The DVD set also includes four hours of extra features, including two Fr. Barron speeches, as well as full interviews and insights on the New Evangelization with George Weigel, Ross Douthat, Brad Gregory, and Brandon Vogt.

 

Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

by Fr. Robert Barron

Image, 304 pages, hardcover
Released on September 6, 2011

Catholicism bookWhat is Catholicism? A 2,000 year living tradition? A worldview? A way of life? A relationship? A mystery? In Catholicism Father Robert Barron examines all these questions and more, seeking to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.

Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Father Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world.

Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Father Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.
 

Eucharist

by Fr. Robert Barron

Orbis, 141 pages, paperback
Released on September 30, 2008

EucharistFr. Barron, the popular preacher and podcasting priest, offers inspiring insights into the beauty of Christ’s presence in our lives and the centrality of the profound mystery of the Eucharist as an important part of that presence.

Today so many believers do not have much understanding or appreciation for the great mystery of the Eucharist, which Vatican II called the “source and summit of the Christian life.” This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God and the real presence of Christ.
 
 

Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ

by Fr. Robert Barron

Crossroad, 240 pages, paperback
Released on April 1, 2008

Word on FireWord on Fire is one of the leading introductions to Catholic faith and culture. Based on specific Bible readings from the Old and the New Testament, Fr. Barron shares enthusiastically from the riches of Christian belief and tradition. His lively presentation of Catholicism uses art, music, painting, poetry, philosophy and the saints’ lives to illustrate the Biblical message.

With sections on God, Jesus, the church, the liturgy, living the spiritual life, and the saints—each one featuring a beautiful illustration by Michael O’Neill McGrath—this book offers passionate evangelism for discerning readers interested in Catholicism, whether in private reflection or in group discussion.
 

Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master

by Fr. Robert Barron

Crossroad, 192 pages, paperback
Released on April 1, 2008

Thomas AquinasIn this book, a young, contemporary theologian examines the life and work of Catholicism’s greatest theologian.

Father Robert Barron shares with the reader not only the deep spirituality within Aquinas’ theological writings, such as the arguments for God’s existence, but also Aquinas’ little known spiritual writings on prayer and other topics. Throughout the book, he makes Aquinas’ teachings accessible and applicable to our daily lives.

The result is that you’ll discover a brilliant saint who is deeply in love with Jesus Christ.
 
 
 

Priority of Christ, The: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism

by Fr. Robert Barron

Brazos, 352 pages, paperback
Released on June 1, 2007

Priority of ChristFor a long time, Christians have tried to bridge the divide between Christianity and secular liberalism with philosophizing and theologizing.

In The Priority of Christ, Father Robert Barron shows that the answer to this debate and the way to move forward lies in Jesus. Barron transcends the usual liberal/conservative or Protestant/Catholic divides with a postliberal Catholicism that brings the focus back on Jesus as revealed in the New Testament narratives.

Barron’s classical Catholic postliberalism will be of interest to a broad audience including not only the academic community but also preachers and general readers interested in entering the dialogue between Catholicism and postliberalism.
 

Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative Evangelical Catholic

by Fr. Robert Barron

Sheed and Ward, 312 pages, paperback
Released on September 17, 2004

Bridging the Great DivideBridging the Great Divide represents a pivotal moment in the life of the Catholic community. Today’s faithful are searching for an expression of Catholic Christianity that is vibrant, colorful, provocative, counter-cultural, deeply rooted in the tradition, and full of the promise of the Good News.

In this timely and prophetic book, Father Robert Barron-himself a member of the younger generation-has minted a new vernacular and blazed a new way that bridges the great divide and gives voice to the concerns of post-liberal, post-conservative, evangelical believers.
 
 
 

The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path

by Fr. Robert Barron

Orbis, 175 pages, paperback
Released on April 9, 2002

The Strangest WayIs Christianity a bland, domesticated religion, unthreatening and easy to grasp? Or is it the most exotic, unexpected, and uncanny of religious paths?

For the mystics and saints—and for Robert Barron who discovered Christianity through them—it is surely the strangest way.

“At its very center, ” writes Barron, “is a God who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life.” What could be more compelling?
 
 
 
 

Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals

by Fr. Robert Barron

Crossroad, 128 pages, paperback
Released on April 1, 2002

Heaven in Stone and GlassLike a mystical tome awaiting to be deciphered, a Gothic cathedral holds many secrets about the soul’s yearning for God.

In Heaven in Stone and Glass, Catholic priest and professor of theology at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago teaches us how to read these secrets, with beautiful reflections on aspects such as light and darkness, the labyrinth, the meaning of gargoyles and demons, and the imagery of vertical space. whether you are preparing for a pilgrimage to York Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, or looking ahead to inspirational bedside reading, this book is the perfect guide.
 
 

And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation

by Fr. Robert Barron

Crossroad, 296 pages, paperback
Released on September 1, 1998

And Now I SeeBarron, professor of systematic theology at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago, offers an accessible exploration of Christian theological concepts He divides his book into three sections as he examines Christianity as a source of human transformation.

In his first section, Barron argues that human nature is alienated from itself and thus humans are in need of a mediator who can draw them back to God and self.

The second section takes up a renewed understanding of God in light of the alienated nature of humanity. In his final section, Barron contends that Christ is a healer and reconciler who seeks to draw humanity back into relationship with God. Along the way, Barron draws on sources as diverse as Dante, Paul Tillich, Thomas Merton and Flannery O’Connor.
 


 

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The winner(s) will be randomly selected next Friday and the books will be sent out, free of charge, shortly thereafter.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

Download your FREE copy of “The Saints’ Favorite Books”

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>> Download FREE copy of The Saints’ Favorite Books (PDF) <<

 
I love to read. And like all heavy readers, I’m always hunting for good books. I constantly ask friends, what are you reading? What books do you recommend? What books changed your life?

The Saints' Favorite BooksBut one day I had a revelation: why not ask the saints?

St. Josemaria Escriva claimed, “Reading has made many saints.” That’s so true. While some saints were illiterate, like Catherine of Siena, many of them were faithful readers. So why not follow their lead?

I spent several months trying to uncover the books they enjoyed. I read biographies, journals, personal letters, and more. I then collected all that research into a new book, titled The Saints’ Favorite Books: Read What They Read, Become Who They Are.

And here’s the best part: I’m giving the book away completely FREE to people who sign up for my new email list!

To get your copy, simply click the link below:

Download FREE copy of The Saints’ Favorite Books (PDF)

 
(If that link above doesn’t work for you, just visit SaintsFavoriteBooks.com.)

Inside, you’ll find fourteen saints and their favorite books, including:

  • St. Augustine of Hippo
  • St. Benedict of Nursia
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • St. Teresa of Ávila
  • St. John of the Cross
  • St. Francis de Sales
  • St. John Eudes
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • St. Teresa Benedicta
  • Servant of God Dorothy Day
  • Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

This isn’t just a plain, black-and-white text document. It’s a professionally designed eBook with beautiful graphics and interactive links. Here are a couple sample pages:
 
The Saints' Favorite Books

The Saints' Favorite Books

I also threw in a special BONUS Appendix on “The Popes’ Favorite Books.” Which book did Pope Pius X keep on his nightstand? Which book did Pope Benedict say he would bring on a deserted island? Find out when you download your FREE copy of The Saints’ Favorite Books.

After you read the book, be sure to let me know what you think in the comment box below! Enjoy!

The Saints' Favorite Books

“Forming Intentional Disciples” Mega-Giveaway!

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“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.
 


 
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Thanks to the good folks at Our Sunday Visitor, I’m giving away TEN Forming Intentional Disciples prize packs. Each of the ten winners will receive two books:
 

 

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

by Sherry Weddell

Our Sunday Visitor, 224 pages, paperback
Released on July 10, 2012

FIDHow can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples.

These are times of immense challenge and immense opportunity for the Catholic Church. Consider these statistics for the United States.

  • Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing.
  • Fully 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics.
  • The number of marriages celebrated in the Church decreased dramatically, by nearly 60 percent, between 1972 and 2010.
  • Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God.

If the Church is to reverse these trends, the evangelizers must first be evangelized-in other words, Catholics-in-the-pew must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before they can draw others to him. This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, a book designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within.
Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help Catholics enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.

Learn about the five thresholds of postmodern conversion, how to open a conversation about faith and belief, how to ask thought-provoking questions and establish an atmosphere of trust, when to tell the Great Story of Jesus, how to help someone respond to God’s call to intentional discipleship, and much more.

And be prepared for conversion because when life at the parish level changes, the life of the whole Church will change.

 

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

by Ximena DeBroeck

Our Sunday Visitor, 16 pages, paperback
Released on March 28, 2014

FID-StudyGuideWhat is keeping so many of us, and so many of our parishes, from becoming powerhouses of faith and evangelization is that we don’t have a living relationship with Christ that transforms us into intentional disciples.

Forming Intentional Disciples has become one of the most talked-about books of the decade in Catholic parishes across the country.

Written by Sherry Weddell, co-founder and co-director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, Forming Intentional Disciples takes a cleareyed look at the state of the Church today. Based on more than a decade of research with Catholics from across the country, the issues and opportunities in this book connect seamlessly with Pope Francis’ call for evangelization as we open wide the doors of faith!

Now the book that is changing hearts has a study guide that will help you change your parish or small faith community. Created by people who have experienced the transformative impact of discipleship firsthand, the Forming Intentional Disciples Study Guide provides tools and resources to “break the silence,” initiate conversations, share the story of faith, and begin walking the path of discipleship together.

 


 
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By entering this giveaway you agree to occasionally receive email updates from me—no spam, just updates about new blog posts, giveaways, and books.
 


 
The winner(s) will be randomly selected next Friday and the books will be sent out, free of charge, shortly thereafter.

In the future I’ll be giving away more books and resources, sometimes multiple items per giveaway! So subscribe via feed reader or email to ensure you never miss your chance to win.

(Since I’m covering the shipping costs, only residents within the continental United States are eligible to win.)

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  • "There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." - Léon Bloy