Fr. Cessario Romanus, O.P., The Grace to Be a Priest

“I wrote The Grace to Be a Priest,” Fr. Cessario Romanus, O.P. confides to EWTN Bookmark host Doug Keck, “for my fellow priests, but also for those who might wonder about the priesthood, and how  men choose to respond to, and then live out this calling.” Doug comments that The Grace to Be a Priest is particularly welcome at this point in time, in addressing the nature of priesthood, and the graces God bestows upon the men whom He calls to serve at His altar. Watch for Fr. Romanus‘ entire episode on EWTN Bookmark. 


Maurice Prater, Saved by the Alphabet

Maurice Prater‘s Saved by the Alphabet will appeal to preschoolers through first graders, and to their parents and grandparents, Maurice Prater tells Doug Keck of EWTN Bookmark, because the book not only teaches them the alphabet in a colorful way, but also shows them the heroes and heroines of the Bible. Illustrated by Jason Koltuniak, each letter represents a person in the Scriptures who plays a role in our salvation. This is Maurice Prater‘s second book with Divine Providence Press. 

Amanda Lauer, A World Such as Heaven Intended, and A Life Such as Heaven Intended

Amanda Lauer‘s two historical novels were born on the job as a newspaper journalist. The gentleman Amanda was interviewing had a home full of Civil War memorabilia, and he was happy to tell her the story behind an arresting portrait of a Civil War officer. That officer’s experiences formed the basis for A World Such as Heaven Intended. Lauer also consulted with experts on Church customs and practices of the 19th century, to render both A World Such as Heaven Intended and A Life Such as Heaven Intended truly authentic. A fascinating EWTN Bookmark interview with Doug Keck from one of the fine Catholic Writers Guild authors present at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network gathering.

Joseph Wetterling, President, Catholic Writers Guild

Joseph Wetterling, President of Catholic Writers Guild, stops by the Catholic Marketing Network‘s  EWTN Bookmark booth to give Doug Keck an overview of the history of the Guild, his role as president, and what the Guild offers to authors interested in joining. Doug will also be interviewing a few of the Guild‘s many authors at the CMN Lancaster, PA location. Don’t miss  Bookmark Briefs with Amanda Lauer, Maurice Prater, Michelle Buckman, and Carmela Martino.

Fr. Chris Alar, M.I.C., After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You

“Everywhere I go,” Fr. Chris Alar  comments to Doug Keck at a recent Catholic Marketing Network gathering in Lancaster, PA, “someone will come up to me, asking for prayers for a loved one who took his or her life. It’s such a huge problem today.” Fr. Chris wrote After Suicide: There’s Still Hope for Them and You for those struggling with grief, to understand the Church’s stance on suicide. The Catholic Church does not teach that someone who commits suicide is necessarily lost, which is a great cause for hope. “After Suicide is a little book with a big message, the host of EWTN Bookmark concludes. “If you’ve not lost anyone in this tragic way, you will undoubtedly be able to help someone else going through this sorrow.”

Dr. Ray Guarendi, Thinking Like Jesus: The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple

Dr. Ray Guarendi, radio host of The Doctor is In and t.v. host of Living Right with Dr. Ray,  joins Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark to discuss Thinking Like Jesus: The Psychology of a Faithful Disciple. What does psychology have to do with Jesus and Christianity? Plenty, Dr. Ray assures us. “If there’s a God,” Guarendi explains, “He knows the best way to live. When psychology agrees with God, those truths provide valuable insights into our thought processes.  When psychology counters God, the ultimate outcome is…” Catch this Bookmark and you’ll learn a lot from Dr. Ray.

Dr. Ray Guarendi, Being a Grandparent: Just Like Being a Parent, Only Different!

“What’s the biggest challenge in being a grandparent?” EWTN Bookmark Doug Keck asks Dr. Ray Guarendi.  Dr. Ray tells us that unsolicited advice from parents to their grown sons and daughters on child-raising usually means friction is dead ahead. His recommendation to Doug on this week’s EWTN Bookmark episode is the closed-mouth policy : unless  asked, have nothing but good things to say about their parenting, because you want above all to be involved with your grandchildren’s lives. “We recommend Being a Grandparent to everyone, young or old, grandparent or not!” is Doug‘s conclusion.