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.
Matt Nelson tackles the topic of spiritual indifference in his latest book Just Whatever: How to Help the Spiritually Indifferent Find Beliefs that Really Matter. Matt went through a stage of indifferent-ism himself in college and gives us some insight on the dilemma in this episode of Off the Shelf. Join us as Matt and I discuss the Why’s and What’s of the indifferentism running rampant today.
This week Joseph Pearce returns as a guest on Off the Shelf. We discuss why the beloved Narnia series by C.S. Lewis is a worthy read for adults as well as children. This episode serves as a Narnia primer of sorts as Joseph and I discuss each book in the seven book series.. Learn the Christian theology in the pages of Narnia which Joseph Pearce covers in his book Further Up and Further In: Understanding Narnia.
This week on Off The Shelf Trent Horn returns to talk about his latest book What the Saints Never Said: Pious Misquotes and the Subtle Heresies They Teach You. Think Saint Francis actually said “Preach the gospel always; if necessary, use words”? That never happened. Or how about Mother Teresa saying ” The fruit of abortion is nuclear.”? That one lacks credibility as well. Join Trent and I as we tackle these and many quotes and determine whether they are valid, misattributed or outright fakes.
This week Scott Hahn shares insight into two of his recent books. The Fourth Cup” Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross takes a look the often obscure and unknown rituals of the Passover and how the Last Supper foreshadowed the passion of Jesus Christ. Scott also weaves in how research into this affected his journey to the Catholic faith. In The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order Scott explores how the sacrament of marriage can rescue our culture that has gone astray. Join us as we cover both of these books, Scott’s conversion and how life as a grandparent has affected his worldview.
One of the greatest mysteries in Church history was where exactly was the final resting place of Saint Peter? Tradition had always told the Early Christians that Peter was buried on Vatican Hill under what is now known as St. Peter’s. John O’Neill is my gust this week and he uncovers the details of the quest to find the final resting place of Peter’s bones. It involves a Pope, a Texas oilman, and the quest of a lifetime. Join John O’Neill and I as we discuss his book The Fisherman’s Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican’s Secret Search.