On the centenary of the U.S.’s entry into World War I, Joseph Pearce‘s Death Comes for the War Poets dramatizes the interplay between Siegfried Sassoon’s war experiences and his subsequent conversion to Catholicism. Within the play, Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark observes, are strains of the great poets of the 20th century: T.S. Eliot, G.K. Chesterton, Wilfred Owen, and Siegfried Sassoon. Undoubtedly Sassoon will become one of your favorite poets, as he is of Pearce, as you watch this EWTN Bookmark interview, and read Death Comes for the War Poets.
Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria University, creator of Domino’s Pizza, prior owner of the Detroit Tigers, was well acquainted with Joseph Pearce from Pearce‘s conversion stories of literary figures, and from his faculty position at Ave Maria. Monaghan asked Pearce to be his biographer, wanting an objective documentation of his journey from millionaire business mogul and cradle Catholic enjoying a high-living lifestyle, to the need to return to God, awakened by C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Pearce’s interview on EWTN Bookmark with Doug Keck presents a side of Tom Monaghan that few know, and Doug describes Monaghan: A Life as a book you won’t want to put down.
In Heroes of the Catholic Reformation, EWTN favorite Joseph Pearce captures the Catholic Church’s response to Martin Luther’s rupture with the Catholic Faith, now 500 years ago. Pearce talks with EWTN Bookmark‘s Doug Keck about some of the holy martyrs who stood up against the threats caused by the Protestant Reformation, and tells us why he believes that this Catholic Reformation was a Golden Age for the Catholic Church, and an opportunity for celebrating it.
Dr. Ben Wiker, with this EWTN publication, gives readers a deeper understanding of the characters in his popular EWTN series, Saints vs Scoundrels. Their lives are analyzed in fascinating perspective by playing off the characters of other historical figures whose beliefs and standards are diametrically opposed to their own. Machiavelli never met St. Francis of Assisi, for example, but Wiker draws interesting parallels in what these two men might have had to debate with each other. “What if this scoundrel had met this caliber of a saint?” Wiker poses. The result: Saints vs Scoundrels. A great read!
“With In Defense of Nature,” Dr. Ben Wiker tells host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “I’m trying to heal a growing rift in our society between those who defend the sanctity of our moral natures, and those who elevate the sanctity of nature above all else, dismissing the inherent morality all human beings share.” Each side, Wiker continues, needs to respect the other, in humility and recognition that what might seem to be two opposing sides actually can come together to form a beautiful framework, not a battlefield, for all our actions.
Author and EWTN series host Dr. Benjamin Wiker has an important book for us to read, Doug Keck observes on EWTN Bookmark: not only on the causes of the Reformation, but also on those terrifying, powerful events poised to take over Europe as Martin Luther was posting his 93 Theses to the Wittenburg Castle Church in 1517. Modern history has largely forgotten the apocalyptic circumstances swirling around Martin Luther in those days, but Wiker masterfully brings them out for us, and tells us what may loom ahead for the next 500 years of Catholicism.
What is the “The Marian Option“? Doug Keck asks author Dr. Carrie Gress on EWTN Bookmark. Simply this, Dr. Gress responds: Our Lady’s maternal intercession has broken into and resolved dire situations throughout history; we continue to need her powerful protection in our day and time. Marian devotion will change us, and then it will change the world around us. Dr. Gress shows us how to ask Our Blessed Mother for her help. A wonderful book for all ages and all those seeking the answer to personal and global peace.