Off the Shelf 2019-01-03T16:07:48+00:00

Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 21 years. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews and author interviews at The Catholic Book Blogger on the Patheos Catholic portal (www.catholicbookblogger.com). Pete hopes to take what he finds between the covers of books and share insightful topics with the audience here at Breadbox Media on his show Off the Shelf. When not reading,  writing and podcasting Pete is the happily married father of five making a living as a freelancer in rural PA.

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Off the Shelf – Episode 121 with Fr. Kevin McKenna

Catholic social teaching confuse you? Not certain what it is or what the Church really teaches on the subject? Public debate often circles around such hot-button topics as immigration, abortion, health care, racism, religious freedom and capital punishment. It’s helpful to allow the Church to guide us on these matters. Father Kevin McKenna joins me this week to help cut through the confusion and discuss his book A Concise Guide to Catholic Social Teaching: Third Edition.


By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf with Pete Socks – Episode 120 with Gary Jansen

This week on Off the Shelf Gary Jansen returns to discuss a recently released book from Image Books that is likely familiar to many of us. Your Life is Worth Living: 50 Lessons to Deepen Your Faith by Fulton Sheen has been brought back to print by Image and as Gary tells us it’s one he knew he had to bring back. Listen in as we explore some of the timeless wisdom Bishop Sheen has for all of us. 


By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf with Pete Socks – Episode 119 with Steve Weidenkopf

The history of the Catholic Church is one word…FASCINATING. It”s a 2000 year history full of drama, intrigue, promise, love, hope, and heartache. The Church has been filled with fascinating heroes, devious villains, and a myriad of people in between. Steve Weidenkopf has written one of the most approachable books I have ever read on this history. Join us as we discuss the very real and exciting history of the Church and Steve’s book Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church.  


By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf with Pete Socks – Episode 118 with Steve Hemler

Everyone at some point in their is searching. They are after the truth so as to obtain happiness. Some are still searching in frustration today as nothing they attempt to use to fill that emptiness is working. Steve Hemler and I discuss this and how one can find true happiness as described in his book Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness. The answer is a personal relationship with God. Strugglling or no someone who is…..have a listen!

By | March 29th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf with Pete Socks – Episode 117 with Patti Maguire Armstrong

Leading a holy life doesn’t have to be difficult. Simply put we just need to persevere. The market is filled with books on life hacks but what about our faith life? Patti Maguire Armstrong joins us to discuss her book Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven. We discuss simple hacks to build your prayer life, ward off the devil, and everything in between. Institute a few of the nearly 500 holy hacks in this book and you’ll lead a more engaging faith life in no time! 


By | March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments