Carmela Martino, Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart, EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck learns in talking with Catholic Writers Guild member Carmela Martino, was inspired by the real-life story of two  sisters of 18th-century Milan.  Martino‘s historical Young Adult novel  has insightful descriptions of Milan’s aristocracy and luxury, coupled with beautiful characterizations of two young women who navigate the never-smooth course of true love. The Catholic Marketing Network‘s 22nd annual trade show in Lancaster, PA brought together authors, publishers, retailers, religious media representatives, and spiritual conference news from all over the U.S.


Michelle Buckman, Turning in Circles

At a recent Catholic Marketing Network convention in Lancaster, PA, Michelle Buckman presented her newest novel, Turning in Circles. It’s the second book by this  Catholic Writers Guild member.  Doug Keck, EWTN Bookmark host, quotes an observation of Earl Hamner, Jr., creator of The Waltons, in reflecting that “Turning in Circles is a ‘suspenseful, illuminating and unforgettable story.'” Buckman‘s first novel was Rachel’s Contrition.

Joseph Pearce, Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia

Joseph Pearce returns to the EWTN Bookmark set,  to the delight of EWTN viewers, this time for Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia with Bookmark host Doug Keck. Think C.S. Lewis‘ 7-book Chronicles of Narnia is “For kids, not grown-ups”? Not so, says Pearce: “There is a depth of theology, philosophy, ties to other worlds of literature as part of the Christian heritage – all interwoven into the fabric of this wonderful story of Narnia.” Joseph Pearce‘s hope is that, having read the Chronicles of Narnia, we will grow deeper in our faith as we read Further Up & Further In, and  enjoy the tale of Narnia once again.

Dr. Scott Hahn, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

Dr. Scott Hahn and Doug Keck open this EWTN Bookmark with  a remark Scott heard years ago from  Marquette University professor Fr. Donald Keefe. “If Catholics would simply live the Sacrament of Matrimony for one generation,” Fr. Keefe observed, “we would witness a transformation of society and have a Catholic culture.”  The Sacrament of Matrimony is under ferocious attack today. Sadly, this makes sense, Dr. Hahn says, because “in marriage as in no other form of love, we image God’s life-giving act.” Doug and Dr. Hahn’s discussion of The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order make this EWTN Bookmark episode truly one for the books.

Patrick Kenny, To Raise the Fallen

To Raise the Fallen: A Selection of the War Letters, Prayers, and Spiritual Writings of Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J.,  is the story of a young Irish military chaplain in World War I, told through his impressions on and off the battlefield.  As Dr. Patrick Kenny tells Doug in this EWTN Bookmark interview, Fr. Willie Doyle also writes of his mission in life, his desire to make reparations for the sins of priests, and his ongoing abandonment into the hands of the Lord, for Whom he wishes to become a martyr. To Raise the Fallen is a simple, powerful testament to the far-reaching influence one soul can have, on his comrades-in-arms, and on those who would read his words then, and now.

Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P. Echoing the Mystery

Echoing the Mystery: Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis  is the magnum opus of General Editor Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P., of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The Dominican order, known by EWTN viewers all over the globe for its excellence in educational instruction, has developed a long-needed program for teaching the truths of the Faith to those who pass on the Faith to others. Barbara Morgan’s groundbreaking work in this field provided the invaluable framework for Echoing the Mystery, comments Doug Keck on this EWTN Bookmark interview with Sr. John Dominic. A must-see episode for all Catholics.

Susan Tassone, The St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration

Susan Tassone‘s St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration may be her best ever – full of information you’ll put to good use, regarding adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. What exactly is the best way to spend time in Adoration, what to do if you can’t get to Adoration, what benefits Holy Souls (and your soul!) derive from Adoration, and what the Adoration of Silence Liturgy is, that St. Faustina practiced, all in the St. Faustina Prayer Book for Adoration. And much more, besides!”You’re a bit of a holy soul, yourself…” host Doug Keck remarks to Susan at the end of the EWTN Bookmark interview.