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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This week I appeared on The Catholic Current hosted by Fr. Robert McTeigue. We discussed the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is impacting families who now face the very real challenge of educating their children at home. We spend our time looking at how CatholicBrain, an online faith formation platform where I serve as Director of Content and Marketing can help. Sign up for free access through Divine Mercy Sunday at www.catholicbrain.com
One critical area of help all parishes need is in the arena of leadership. Father Dave Heney joins me this week to take a look at the ultimate guide to leadership we have, Luke 10. Listen in as we discuss the four steps to leadership Jesus himself gave is and how we can effectively implement them on our parishes. Get Father Dave’s book Luke 10 Leadership: How to Succeed at Parish Ministry here.
Raising kids in the current society we live in is TOUGH. We know what values we hold and how we want our kids to be when they grow up by society attempts to derail our good intentions and make the next generation something we would rather they not be. Dr. Ray Guarendi joins em this week to break down the crisis and give sound advice on how to steer a clear path forward. We discuss his book Raising Upright Kids in and Upside Down World here.
This week on Off the Shelf Dan Burke joins me to discuss a powerful and much needed topic……the discernment of spirits. Learn how to fortify yourself spiritually and how to tell when the enemy is the root cause of your problem. Want to live in victory over the enemy? Join us as we discuss Dan’s book Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits. Get your copy here.
This week we spend some time focusing on the messages given to us at Fatima by our Mother Mary. Some may wonder why over 100 years later her apparition to 3 shepherd children and the resulting messages she gave are still relevant. They are VERY relevant. Join author Joseph Pronechen and I as we discuss his book Fruits of Fatima: A Century of Signs and Wonders. Get your copy here.