Off the Shelf2019-05-05T11:02:47-05:00

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 ( 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 151 with Noelle Mering

Home. When you say the word what thoughts spring to mind? In Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday co-authors Carrie Gress, Noelle Mering, and Kim Baile reflect upon the role of our homes in our faith journeys. Join Noelle Mering and I as we look upon a world that seems so hectic it barely has time to stop to breath and how refocusing on the home can save the day. Get you copy of Theology of the home here.  

By |November 15th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf – Episode 150 with Michael Naughton

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.

By |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf – Episode 149 with Rhonda Gruenewald

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.

By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf – Episode 147 with Kevin Wells

Join Kevin Wells and I as we discuss a book our generation of the Church most desperately needs. Kevin has written, in a loving and straightforward manner, The Priests We Need to Save the Church and it DELIVERS…….big time! This is an episode you will want to listen to and share with friends and even your parish priest! Get your copy here.

By |October 21st, 2019|Categories: Off the Shelf, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Off the Shelf – Episode 146 with Deal W. Hudson

We live in a fractured society. If you haven’t noticed it is a very “us versus them” environment we currently find ourselves in. To make matters worse we are chained to devices that provide nothing more than talking heads filtering information to us to suit their end goals. What is the answer to all this chaos? The classics! Join Deal W. Hudson and I as we discuss classic books, music, and movies and how they can turn society around by making each of critical thinkers. Check out Deal’s book How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: Educating Yourself Classically to Resist Cultural Indoctrination.


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