“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 my good friend Bert Ghezzi, I’m giving away FIVE signed copies of his excellent books on the saints, prayer, and the spiritual life. You likely know Bert through his “Learning from the Saints” series here on the blog. He’s a renowned saint-watcher who always writes with clarity, grace, and insight. I’ve benefited from his many books and I think you will too. The books the winner will receive include:
The Power of Daily Prayer: The Way to Experience God’s Love
by Bert Ghezzi
Word Among Us Press, 159 pages, paperback
Released on August 1, 2013
Daily prayer is the “hard drive that makes our Christian life work, the engine that drives our spiritual growth.” In this book, popular Catholic writer and speaker Bert Ghezzi encourages us to open ourselves to the gift of prayer so that we can be transformed from the inside out.
In practical ways, he shows, by example, how to come into God’s presence, how to listen to his word, how to pray in the Spirit, how to pray with Scripture, and how to intercede for others.
Each chapter ends with helpful questions for reflection as well as actions we can take to strengthen our commitment to daily prayer.
“When Bert Ghezzi writes about Catholic matters, they seem self-evident. He brings lofty truths down to earth.”
— Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Rome Sweet Home
Voices of the Saints: A 365-Day Journey with Our Spiritual Companions
by Bert Ghezzi
Loyola Press, 808 pages, paperback
Released on September 1, 2009
Catholics around the world rely on the Catholic saints for guidance and inspiration, so it’s important that the saints and their stories be easy to find. Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi provides readers with many convenient ways to look up 365 Catholic saints: chronologically, alphabetically, by feast day, even by theme. The saint’s patronage is also listed when available, as is the date of beatification or canonization.
While the reference possibilities are abundant, the inspiring stories of these saints are still the primary focus of the book, and each entry is written in such a way as to help us feel the companionship of the saint. The voice of each saint comes through clearly in quotations drawn from their own writings, the recollection of witnesses, and the careful work of biographers.
Saints at Heart: How Fault-Filled, Problem-Prone, Imperfect People Like Us Can Be Holy
by Bert Ghezzi
Loyola Press, 176 pages, paperback
Released on March 4, 2011
“You’re no saint!” is a familiar phrase, and one that nearly all of us probably believe accurately reflects our own hearts and lives. We assume that sanctity is reserved for an elite group of people who follow spiritual disciplines so difficult and impractical that no ordinary person could ever perform them. But best-selling author Bert Ghezzi believes every one of us can be holy, and he shows us how in Saints at Heart.
By pointing out that all the saints—even the apostles—were sinners, he helps us understand how holiness is not about being perfect, but rather about making a heartfelt decision to fall in love with God and put God first. Each of the 10 saints featured in this book illustrates a specific spiritual practice that can help us draw closer to God. St. Francis models lifelong conversion; Dorothy Day, prayer and the study of Scripture; and Pope John Paul II, evangelization. Every chapter ends with a section titled “Think, Pray, and Act,” which contains questions for reflection and application.
Everyday Encounters with God: What Our Experiences Teach Us about the Divine
by Bert Ghezzi and Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Word Among Us Press, 152 pages, paperback
Released on September 1, 2008
Who is God, and how do we know what he’s like? In thirty short chapters that cover a wide range of subjects, best-selling authors Fr. Benedict Groeschel and Bert Ghezzi alert us to the manyfaceted ways we can learn about God through the daily circumstances of our lives. The face of God is unveiled by Groeschel and Ghezzi in engaging stories about forgiveness, kindness, conversion, and family, taken from personal experience, Scripture, literature, and the lives of ordinary people.
In this unique book, the authors open our eyes to the Lord’s attributes — his love, his providence, his generosity, his justice, his creativity, his preoccupation with beauty, and more—by discovering them in places as varied as the vastness of the heavens, the intricacies of our bodies, the genius of artists, and the love and care of our parents. Questions for personal reflection and group discussion will help readers to look for God themselves each day, as they learn to see him in fresh, new ways.
Getting Free: How to Overcome Persistent Personal Problems
by Bert Ghezzi
Sophia Institute Press, 112 pages, paperback
Released on February 1, 2001
Simple willpower isn’t enough when you’re struggling against anger, anxiety, addictions, sexual temptations, and other common problems. Bert Ghezzi, author of this engaging and practical guide, insists that the power of the Holy Spirit and only that power is strong enough to overcome these deeply rooted and disheartening difficulties. Best of all, he shows how you can tap into the Spirit’s power now.
Ghezzi, the author of many popular Catholic books (including Voices of the Saints), helps you see exactly what you’re up against in dealing with these problems. He details how you can and must be vigilant against temptations, and points the way for you to experience real freedom from evil influences.
His advice, which is firmly rooted in the wisdom of the saints, helps you gain the Spirit’s power both in your individual spiritual life and in your relationships. You’ll learn how to trust Jesus more and to control your thoughts as well as how to let go of grudges and how to place your dealings with others on a firm Christian footing.
Ghezzi’s forthright, Holy Spirit-centered approach gives you trustworthy, tested ways to gain the freedom that only God can give.
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