Grace & Justification: An Evangelical’s Guide to Catholic Beliefs

Stephen Wood, a familiar face and name to EWTN Viewers  for many years, as host of his Carpenter’s Shop series, presents a highly readable and eye-opening rationale for both Catholic and Evangelical views on justification by faith, grace, and the faith-works issue. All potential sources of division between Catholics and Protestant Evangelicals, Wood so clearly and winsomely points out the similarities that exist between these (potentially) contentious schools of thought, that by the end of Grace and Justification – indeed, by the end of this interview with Doug on EWTN Bookmark! – you will find yourself smiling, nodding, and re-reading the Book of Romans.  A must-read for Catholics and Protestants; do yourself a favor and experience once again God’s overwhelming love and poured-out-in-abundance grace to his children.


The Four Last Things: A Catechetical Guide to Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell

Fr. Wade Menezes, C.P.M, one of the Fathers of Mercy’s most well-known speakers throughout the United States and beyond, has summarized the first series he made for EWTN in a book by the same name. He tells Doug on EWTN Bookmark that his straight-from-the-hip talks on  death, heaven, hell, and the final judgment, were also the basis of a mission he preached from the Fathers of Mercy Divine Mercy Chapel in Auburn, Kentucky. Only a little over 100 pages, The Four Last Things “tells us like it is,” as we used to say, enabling us to keep our heads and think clearly when life’s slings and arrows are coming at us.

Mother Angelica, On Prayer and Living for the Kingdom

“If you can only read one of Mother’s books,” Fr. Joseph Wolfe, MFVA and EWTN’s Chaplain, comments to Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark, “make it this one.” Mother Angelica, On Prayer and Living for the Kingdom, is modest in size, but a blockbuster in the wisdom it shares, and the lives it’s already touchedThe fifth and last book in a series exclusive to EWTN Publishing, are Mother Angelica’s original mini-books. These are the writings from her earliest teachings to her own Poor Clare Sisters, and from talks that Mother gave to the network’s employees every Friday. Mother Angelica, On Prayer and Living for the Kingdom, speaks especially to her spirituality of living in the moment, as well as many other topics unique to, as Raymond Arroyo glowingly described her,  “this little nun, her nerve, and the worldwide network of miracles that she followed Our Lord into.”

The Incredible Catholic Store

EWTN Bookmark‘s Doug Keck caught up with two Catholic store owners at the 2017 Catholic Marketing Convention in Schaumburg, IL.  Bearing out the convention’s theme, “The Incredible Catholic Store,” Barb Gaskell, director of St. Raphael Bookstore, Canton, OH, and also manager of Living Bread Radio, remarks to Doug on the tremendous synergy of Church, Catholic store, and radio, in helping others come to know Christ.  Tim Brox, owner of Gloria Deo in Lincoln, NE, likewise sees the local Catholic store touching people in ways that online services can’t, with great products, and a quality one-on-one customer experience.  Barb and Tim’s interview is posted on EWTN youtube, and on a future EWTN Bookmark episode.

The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Johnnette Benkovic and Thomas Sullivan team up to bring us a new look at the Rosary as a powerful spiritual weapon for our day. The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare, Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark comments, “includes not only great stories of victories won by praying the rosary in times of crisis, but also  personal accounts of Johnnette’s and Tom’s, that should make us all pick up our beads with renewed devotion to Our Lady and Our Lord.”   

The Lion of Munster: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis

EWTN Bookmark‘s Doug Keck hosts Fr. Daniel Utrecht, priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Toronto,  to discuss his new biography, The Lion Who Roared: The Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis. Fr. Utrecht’s  interest in Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, bishop of Munster from 1933 to 1946, stems from meeting von Galen’s family while studying  in Germany; Fr. Dan soon realized that stories of the Cardinal’s bravery during the brutal Nazi regime needed to be told. Thus the germ of The Lion Who Roared was planted, which Doug calls “a highly valuable contribution to the inside story of Munster and its citizens during World War II.”

From Atheism to Catholicism: Nine Converts Explain Their Journey Home

EWTN Publishing‘s Brandon McGinley has culled interviews of nine former atheists from past Journey Home episodes, to assemble  From Atheism to Catholicism.  The result? Nine insider views of the why’s and wherefore’s of a life minus a ‘vertical dimension,’ as presenter (and host of The Journey Home) Marcus Grodi describes it.  Inspiring to read, EWTN Bookmark‘s Doug Keck comments, to reflect upon with family and friends, and a great book to pass along to anyone interested in the Catholic Church.