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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Every one of us should take the time to escape and find a way to push aside the demands of the world and focus on our faith and relationship with God. In his book Abide in the Heart of Christ, Father Joe Laramie walks readers through a 10-day retreat with St. Ignatius of Loyola as a companion. Join us as we discuss how to encounter Christ in your daily life, and live more fully in his love each day. FInd his book here.
This week I welcome back my friend Paul Thigpen. We discuss a book that quite frankly scared the hell out of me and it should you too! Join us as we dive into his book Saints Who Saw Hell: And Other Catholic Witnesses to the Fate of the Damned. Get your copy here.
We live in a world that puts a big emphasis on success. In some ways that’s okay but more times than not we allow that mentality to overwhelm else and soon our success in work becomes our golden calf. As my guest Michael Naughton says, “We will not get our work right if we don’t get our leisure right.” Join us as we discuss the proper role of work in our lives. Be sure to check out Michael’s book Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World.
This week we have a special episode just in time for National Vocation Awareness week. Rhonda Gruenewald joins me to discuss her non-profit Vocation Ministry, which she began in her own parish to help bring awareness to the need to cultivate the next generation of priests and religious. We take a look at her incredible book Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry which lays out an actionable step-by-step plan for parishes to begin their own Vocation Ministry program.