Dr. John Jackson and his wife Rebecca have put together a guide to understanding the Shroud of Turin – the burial shroud of Jesus Christ, on which is imposed the almost unbearable suffering Our Lord endured on the Cross. “We should understand the Shroud,” Dr. Jackson explains, “because Christianity has based itself on what it stands for: the Resurrection.” The reader finds understanding within the pages of The Shroud of Turin on how to interpret the many theories which abound today on this topic, this, as some would call it, “Polaroid of the Resurrection.”
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda has painted a portrait of Edith Stein which is unlike any other biography: a woman who was a Jewish scholar, surrounded by an intellectual community of philosophers like herself in pre-World War II Germany, who thirsted for the truth. Edith found The Truth when she gave her heart to Our Lord and became St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
Leila Miller‘s book on the walking wounded of divorce – children – is groundbreaking, as Leila found in interviewing adults whose parents divorced when they were children. “No one asked them about how the experience affected them, and none of them felt that they could talk about it,” Leila comments to Doug Keck in this episode of EWTN Bookmark. The effects of divorce remained, whether the divorce had occurred 10, 20, or 30+ years ago. The sorrow of a broken home for children can no longer be downplayed, Doug comments. Primal Loss is must reading for counselors, teachers, all those in ministry, and those contemplating divorce.
Johnnette Benkovic has a new book to talk about with Doug Keck on EWTN Bookmark. Graceful Living is a calendar book for the liturgical year, with passages from Scripture, the writings of holy men and women, and brief biographies of saints. Johnnette includes questions for reflections after each reading, to help the reader deepen his or her own daily walk with God. She suggests that we use Graceful Living in our own time of prayer, saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit before we begin, and then simply resting in the assurance that God hears us with a ready and loving ear.
Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda brings us the little known story of a true soldier of Christ. Fr. Stanley Rother, ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma in 1963, served as a missionary priest in Guatemala. Shortly before his torture and death in the village of Santiago Atitlan in 1981, his final Christmas letter to fellow Oklahoma Catholics would conclude, “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger.” Scaperlanda follows Fr. Rother‘s life from his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma farm boy, to his canonization in 2017. “A hero and a man of God for our day, whom we all should strive to emulate,” host Doug Keck comments on this inspiring EWTN Bookmark episode.
Stephen Schwarz and Kiki Latimer‘s book is unlike other presentations on this troubling topic, as it expresses the heart of each position, as Dr. Schwarz would say, evenly and objectively. Thus, Understanding Abortion is a great gift for anyone who wants to understand what each side of the issue is truly saying. A most worthy and, some might feel, overdue perspective – be sure to catch the EWTN Bookmark interview with Doug Keck, and pick up a copy of the book at EWTN Religious Catalogue.
Dan Burke and Connie Rossini have given us a beautiful new book on the Rosary, and a beautiful approach to praying the rosary that you may have never before considered. The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila incorporates the reflections of these two great saints, showing us how contemplative is not only for the monk or cloistered nun, but for all of us. The complete interview with Doug and Dan Burke appears on EWTN Bookmark; don’t miss it!