The Church and New Media by Brandon Vogt
I heard more buzz about The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet before its release than any other book in recent memory. Perhaps this was because the author and contributors to the book, which is essentially about the Catholic Church harnessing the power of social media, put their own advice into action to spread the word about this phenomenal book through the very social media they discuss within its pages. I worried about starting the book with such high expectations, but after having read only the first chapter, I already felt that I had learned enough to make the book worthwhile even if the rest fell flat (which it didn’t!)...continue to full review
In The Founders’ Key, Larry P. Arnn reinforces the connections and continuity between the two quintessential American documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The book is a response to progressives who Arnn claims hold up the Declaration as justification for circumventing the Constitution either through purposeful misinterpretation of the documents or naïveté of their origins.
The Founders’ Key is not only a great book for strengthening one’s knowledge of the connection between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, it is also a great source for increasing an understanding of the individual documents and the Founding Fathers’ objectives. As an aspiring history teacher, I appreciated the numerous sources Arnn weaves together to create his argument...continue to full review
We mention the “Kingdom of God” each time we pray the Our Father and hear it regularly in the Gospel readings. In Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI calls the Kingdom of God the “core content of the Gospel”. It is mentioned 122 times in the New Testament, 90 of them by Christ himself in the Gospels. It is unlikely that any Christian is unaware of the Kingdom of God, yet how many of us really understand what it? How then can we fulfill our responsibility as Christians to create and maintain it?...continue to full review
When I was in fifth grade, I quit ballet. As much as I loved dancing, that love didn’t compare to how intensely I hated the way I looked in a leotard and tights. In a ballet studio, with every wall covered in mirrors and unforgiving lighting, I became acutely aware that I didn’t fit in with the petite girls in my class. When I look back on it now, it saddens me that I gave up something that brought me so much joy because of an insecurity with my body. What is even more disheartening is that this was not the only time that I let my weight affect my life choices, rather it was the first incident in a more than decade long battle with body image...continue to full review
As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I started looking for a book specifically for expectant Catholics, however, it was late in my pregnancy that I discovered that one did in fact exist, Your Labor of Love: A Spiritual Companion For Expectant Mothers. I had high expectations for this book both because it came highly recommended to me and because I found a great personal need for spiritual guidance during my pregnancy. My pregnancy, while a joyous experience, ha lacked the spiritual depth that I expected to gain while intimately participating the creation of new life...continue to full review