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.
On this episode of Off the Shelf Paul George and I dig into what is true happiness. In our consumeristic society many people seek happiness through material goods but come up empty every time. As Paul says in his book Rethink Happiness: Dare to Embrace God and Experience True Joy, “I spent the first twenty years of my life seeking things that didn’t satisfy me – things that were counterfeit.” Listen in and learn how to fill that God shaped hole we all have.
In this episode of Off the Shelf Karlo Broussard discusses some of the many ways to share your faith with family and friends. his book Prepare the Way: Overcoming Obstacles to God, the Gospel, and the Church, Karlo takes a look at questions one may encounter relative to Truth, God, Jesus, Christianity,the Church. If you are struggling with how to evangelize or how to explain your beliefs to friends and family outside the Catholic faith you will not want to miss this episode!
There’s a crisis in youth ministry today and it not something that has happened overnight. It has been a slow creep over the last couple years. Everett Fritz joins me this week for a discussion on what we can do to right the ship when it comes to engaging youth and young adults in the faith. Listen in as we chat about what is is that teens need and Everett’s two-fold solution to the problem with retaining youth that we have in the Church today.
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.