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Support for companions on the 'walk home' Print Email
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Monday, 24 August 2009 03:29 PM America/New_York

may i walk you homeSpiritual guide Joyce Rupp and hospice educator Joyce Hutchison have teamed up to give further advice and comfort to friends and family of the bereaved, who may be at a loss for ways to offer help and encouragement.

Drawing from their understanding of what it means to walk with people through times of grief, the pair provide wisdom and practical insights to assist both caregivers and family members who are dealing with end-of-life issues, in the new edition of May I Walk You Home? (978-1-594-71214-2, $12.95, Ave Maria Press), to be released next month.

Having sold more than 50,000 copies, the book has been reformatted on its 10th anniversary as a resource for professional hospice workers and loved ones caring for someone in their final days. Subtitled "Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill," the 192-page book matches Hutchison's stories with Rupp's prayers.

Ave Maria Press Publicist Amanda Williams said that Hutchison's "experience and empathy" and Rupp's "wisdom and inspiration" combined to help readers "discover the courage necessary to embrace the struggles and rewards of this final companionship."

Also published next month is the companion book, Now That You've Gone Home (978-1-594-71215-9, $12.95, Ave Maria Press), which aims to help readers navigate the bewildering landscape of grief once a loved one has died. The authors also address some of the more complex issues that come with the death of a loved one, including remarriage, and feelings of relief and regret.

For more information or to order May I Walk You Home? or Now That You've Gone Home, call 800-282-1865, or go to

Guide re-introduces ancient spiritual practice Print Email
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Monday, 24 August 2009 03:26 PM America/New_York
Study of Paul encourages a reflective reading of Bible passages praying with saint paul

Praying With Saint Paul Using Lectio Divina: Acts of the Apostles (978-0-809-14645-1, $4.95), just released from Paulist Press, introduces readers to a major project supporting one of Pope Benedict XVI's recommendations for spiritual growth.

The 72-page softcover book presents the practice of "lectio divina," the reflective reading of Scripture that has been a popular devotional practice in the church from the earliest centuries. The four steps are: Read Scripture; Reflect on a small part of the reading; Pray on the message; and Act in response to God's call in daily life.

Catholic Beat CR August 24 Print Email
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Monday, 24 August 2009 03:12 PM America/New_York

prayerfulnessRobert J. Wicks combines ancient wisdom and contemporary psychology in Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life. Released next month by Ave Maria Press, the 192-page book will retail for $20.

From physical healing to bodily protection and divine guidance, Joan Webster Anderson's Where Miracles Happen: True Stories of Heavenly Encounters (Loyola Press, $14.95) gathers 45 stories of miraculous events and angelic encounters. The book releases this month.

bible blueprintAnother August arrival from Loyola is The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic's Guide to Understanding and Embracing God's Word ($9.95). Author Joe Paprocki includes cartoons, sidebars and short quizzes to supplement teachings on the Bible. Eight perforated Bible bookmarks are included.

Edwina Gateley, founder of the Volunteer Missionary Movement that cares for the marginalized on three continents, including a Chicago home for women leaving prostitution, tells her story in In God's Womb: A Spiritual Memoir. The 192-page memoir is published this month by Orbis Books, retail price $20.

Best-selling Catholic titles in July were: Hardcover: 1. Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly (Beacon Publishing); 2. A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church by Rembert G. Weakland (Wm. B. Eerdmans); 3. The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly (Beacon Publishing/Hyperion); 4. The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly (Beacon Publishing/Fireside); 5. The Seven Levels of Intimacy by Matthew Kelly (Beacon Publishing/Fireside). Paperback: 1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (HarperOne); 2. Handbook for Today's Catholic (Liguori Publications); 3. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis (HarperOne); 4. Catechism of the Catholic Church (Doubleday Religion, USCCB Publishing); 5. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories of Faith by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Liguori Publications/Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing). Lists from the Catholic Book Publishers Association.

Catholic Beat CR July 2009 Print Email
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Monday, 06 July 2009 08:50 AM America/New_York

Ryan W. Metlen’s Ewe ($16.95, Paulist Press) is a humorous, illustrated re-telling of the parable of the lost sheep. The 80-page hardcover book releases this month.

New from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this month is Connecting Young Adults to Catholic Parishes: Best Practices in Catholic Youth Ministry. The 200-page softcover book retails for $19.95.

Catholic CR May 09: Gift Bible supports ‘rediscovery’ of God’s Word Print Email
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Monday, 04 May 2009 01:36 PM America/New_York

Released at the beginning of the busiest wedding and anniversary season of the year, The Catholic Gift Bible (978-0-061-80815-9, $14.99) from HarperOne is the first gift and award Bible to be made available in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

The edition was specially designed for personal use or gift-giving for landmark celebrations, and created in response to demand from Catholic readers for a Bible to present to parents, grandparents, friends and parishes to mark events including weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, confirmations and first communions.

Catholic CR May 09: Presenting ‘an accessible approach to prayer’ Print Email
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Friday, 17 April 2009 01:34 PM America/New_York
‘Essential’ guide looks at Catholic spirituality in history and today

altA concise overview of the foundations of Catholic spirituality throughout history is presented in The Essential Spirituality Handbook (978-0-764-81786-1, $14.95), written by Wendy M. Wright and released May 1 by Liguori Publications.

Part of the publisher’s “The Essential Handbook” series, the 288-page book presents the foundations of Catholic spirituality in five sections. Beginning with the theological understanding of the term “spirituality,” the author presents an accessible approach to prayer, virtues, discernment and sanctification in living a spiritual life.