Anthony DeStefano: The Grumpy Old Ox

The children’s stories authored by Anthony DeStefano and the artistry of illustrator Richard Cowdrey have become a duo whose books for the young and the young at heart are in demand. Their latest foray into a Christmas tale is bound to be a classic, Doug Keck observes on EWTN Bookmark. The Grumpy Old Ox is set in Bethlehem, as Joseph and Mary search for a resting place to welcome the Christ Child’s birth. The ox learns to set aside his pride and stubbornness, and in the process is blessed with a miracle, Anthony DeStefano explains. Lessons for children and their parents too, Anthony says, can be subtly passed on by animals, and no defensive barriers go up. Watch for Anthony DeStefano and The Grumpy Old Ox on EWTN Bookmark, and it’s also now available on EWTN On Demand, at https://ondemand.ewtn.com. The charmingly illustrated book is available for Christmas at http://www.ewtnrc.com. www.ewtnrc.com.

Blythe Kaufman, Child Consecration To Jesus Through Mary

Blythe Kaufman, founder of the Children’s Rosary Prayer Group movement, now in its 10th year and with groups in over 34 countries, introduces her Child Consecration to Jesus Through Mary : Following in the Spirit of St. Therese, the Little Flower on EWTN Bookmark. Blythe explains to EWTN host Doug Keck that she wanted to present the classic Consecration to Jesus Through Mary set forth by St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary in a form readily understandable for children. Parents and teachers have welcomed the appealing 33-Day allegory approach, as a little girl named Daisy is guided by her mother to tend her father’s garden. “The story unfolds day by day through the consecration journey,” Blythe shares with Doug, “leading children safely to Jesus through the Blessed Mother.” Watch for the entire episode to be featured on EWTN On Demand (https://ondemand.ewtn.com), and on EWTN Bookmark. Copies of Child Consecration to Jesus Through Mary: Following in the Spirit of St. Therese, the Little Flower, are now available from (http://www.ewtnrc.com).

Patrick Novecosky, 100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World

Patrick Novecosky, who through his work and through God’s providence was blessed to be in Pope St. John Paul II’s presence a number of times, joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about 100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World. “This saint changed every person’s life whom he came in contact with,” Patrick observes to Doug, “reshaping the society we live in, one person at a time.” 100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World is a snapshot of Pope St. John Paul II’s biography, teachings, and views on everything from his signature “Be Not Afraid!” to his devotion to Our Lady and to the Eucharist, to the role he and President Reagan played in the fall of Communism, and through his gift to the Church of the Luminous Mysteries, which emphasize the Christological depth of the Rosary. Don’t miss Patrick Novecosky‘s interview on EWTN Bookmark, coming soon on EWTN’s On Demand (https://ondemand.ewtn.com) platform and after that, to be televised on EWTN Bookmark. Copies of 100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World are now available from www. ewtnrc.com.

Raymond Arroyo, The Spider Who Saved Christmas: A Legend

Raymond Arroyo of EWTN’s World Over joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark for a special children’s book which he describes as “a gift from one of God’s tiniest creatures to the Christ Child, and an ancient legend which ‘fills in the gap’ between the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Holy Family’s arrival in Egypt.” The Spider Who Saved Christmas also explains the tinsel you see every Christmas on trees the world over, a reminder of the golden orb weaver’s gift which protected Jesus, Mary and Joseph on their flight from Herod’s child-murdering soldiers. The beautifully illustrated picture book will be loved by those from 3 to 103, Doug observes. May Mary’s words to Joseph, “We’re all here for a reason,” resound in our hearts this Christmas and always. The Spider Who Saved Christmas : A Legend, is available now from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Debbie Georgianni and Jerry Usher, Trustful Surrender: Stories of Grace Amidst Crisis

On the EWTN Bookmark set, Debbie Georgianni and Jerry Usher join host Doug Keck to discuss their new book, Trustful Surrender: Stories of Grace Amidst Crisis. Debbie and Jerry‘s talk radio show, Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie now in its fifth year, is extremely popular for its uniquely warm environment of welcoming callers from 18 to 80 to share their stories of the issues we all deal with as we journey through life. “We’re a safe, secure place to connect with others,” Debbie observes, “and what callers have learned from each other, they urged us to share in book form.” Thus, 11 stories were culled from a submission of over 50, and Trustful Surrender came about. Pick up a copy of this wonderful collection of witnesses to God’s love and support, and don’t miss Debbie and Jerry‘s appearance on EWTN Bookmark with Trustful Surrender: Stories of Grace Amidst Crisis.

Robert R. Reilly, America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding

“A new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” opens Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Where these ideas of freedom sprang from is the topic of America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding. EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck and author Robert Reilly discuss the contributions of societies throughout history, and the overarching contribution of the transcendent God, in whose image we are made. “The outcome of the current struggle between the primacy of reason in God and Christianity’s beliefs, and the primacy of force, will, and power setting itself against these things, will determine whether our nation endures,” Reilly observes. As Doug comments, “America on Trial – I think we can see it in the streets.” Don’t miss this important Bookmark episode with Robert Reilly, and pick up a copy of America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Paul Kengor, The Devil and Karl Marx

“Communism is making a comeback,” author and Political Science professor Paul Kengor remarks to EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck, “among young people who were never taught the horrors and the evils of this atheist ideology.” The Devil and Karl Marx: Communism’s Long March of Death, Deception, and Infiltration traces the history of Socialism and Communism from Marx’s Communist Manifesto in 1846, through the militant atheistic philosophies of Lenin, Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong in the 20th century, to our present day. The Catholic Church has condemned the principles of Marxism (abolition of the family; abolition of private property, to name a few) since the 1840’s as anti-Christian, Kengor continues. Pope Benedict XVI and St. Pope John Paul II openly recognized that this militant atheistic philosophy was above all a spiritual problem, rooted in the loss of the concept of original sin, and the refusal to believe in the existence of God. Join Doug and Paul Kengor for a gripping EWTN Bookmark episode which lays out the evils our society faces if we do not learn the lessons set forth in The Devil and Karl Marx; available from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Susan Tassone, Jesus Speaks to Faustina and You

Susan Tassone, the all-time best-selling author in the history of EWTN network, joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to talk about Jesus Speaks to Faustina and You. Susan shares with Doug what inspired her to write this, her fifth book on St. Faustina, and how Our Lord defines mercy – the answer may surprise you! Susan also tells us what advice Jesus gives us, when we’re discouraged. Doug mentions that spiritual warfare has had a lot of traction lately, and asks Susan what Jesus would teach us about spiritual warfare. Again, the answer may surprise you! Don’t miss this terrific episode, and pick up a copy of Jesus Speaks to Faustina and You from http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Fr. Gabriele Amorth, My Battle Against Satan, and The Devil is Afraid of Me

Until his death in 2016, Fr. Gabriele Amorth was the world’s best-known exorcist. Michael Lichens shares two of the Italian priest’s books, My Battle Against Satan, and The Devil is Afraid of Me, with host Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark. “Fr. Amorth wanted to talk openly and bluntly about the reality of the devil, the spiritual warfare that we are all in, whether we want to be or not,  and what an exorcist does,” Lichens says, “because so many priests today do not want to talk about, or admit, that the devil and his demons, are real.” While we may never experience demonic vexation, both My Battle Against Satan and The Devil is Afraid of Me will tell us how we can be assured that we are safe from spiritual attacks.” Watch for Michael Lichens‘ full EWTN Bookmark interview, and pick up a copy of My Battle Against Satan and The Devil is Afraid of Me at http://www.ewtnrc.com.

Michael Pakaluk, The Memoirs of St. Peter

The Memoirs of St. Peter is the historic reference to the apostle Mark’s writings about Peter in 150 AD.  It was the tradition of the Early Church,” Michael Pakaluk shares with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “that Mark was a scribe for St. Peter, recording Peter’s teachings about Jesus, and thus bringing about this Gospel.” The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark, consists of a translation and a commentary, which Pakaluk designed to help Catholics become more careful readers of the New Testament. The book’s spontaneous immediacy brings home the fact that this is an eyewitness account. Watch for this EWTN Bookmark episode with Doug Keck and Michael Pakaluk, and pick up a copy of The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark at http://www.ewtnrc.com.

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