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Recommended Reading for Advent

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The Catholic News Service has compiled a selection of recent releases that might be suitable for your spiritual reading during Advent, which begins Dec. 1, and the Christmas season:

– “Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Augustine” by Agnes Cunningham, SSCM. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2013). 102 pp., $11.99.

–“The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed” by Judith Valente, Brother Paul Quenon, OSCO and Michael Bever. ACTA Publications (Chicago, 2013). 215 pp., $14.95.

– “Encountering Jesus in Word, Sacraments and Works of Charity” by Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 128 pp., $12.95.

– “God’s Bucket List: Heaven’s Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond” by Teresa Tomeo. Image Books (New York, 2013). 176 pp., $17.99.

– “Faith Beginnings: Family Nurturing From Birth Through Preschool” by Michele E. Chronister and Amy M. Garro. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2013). 140 pp., $14.99.

– “Startled by God: Wisdom From Unexpected Places” by Joe McHugh. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2013). 122 pp., $14.99.

– “On a Mission: Lessons From St. Francis de Sales” by Patrick Madrid. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2013). 138 pp., $15.99.

– “Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus” by Pope Francis. Translated by Joseph V. Owens, SJ. Herder & Herder (New York, 2013). 297 pp., $29.95.

– “When Faith Feels Fragile: Help for the Wary, Weak and Wandering” by R. Scott Hurd. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2013). 208 pp., $12.95.

– “The Catholic Prayer Book,” compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley and edited by Tony Castle. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2013). 319 pp., $14.99.

– “Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections” by Diane M. Houdek. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2013). 98 pp., $3.99.

– “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas” by Edward Sri. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2013). 99 pp., $12.99.

– “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith” by Judith Valente. Sorin Books (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 181 pp., $15.95.

– “The Transforming Power of Faith” by Pope Benedict XVI. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2013). 109 pp., $14.95. – “Mind Your Body, Work Your Soul” by Clare Strockbine. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2013). 143 pp., $14.99.

– “Goulash, Garage Sales & God” by Bernadette McCarver Snyder. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2013). 123 pp., $9.99.

– “The Power of Daily Prayer: The Way to Experience God’s Love” by Bert Ghezzi. Word Among Us Press (Ann Arbor, Mich., 2013). 159 pp., $11.95.

– “The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers and Devotions” by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2013). 131 pp., $14.99.

– “One in the Lord: Living Our Call to Christian Community” by Susan Muto. New City Press (Hyde Park, N.Y., 2013). 110 pp., $12.95.

– “The Prayer: Unlock a Life Full of Miracles, Unconditional Love and Answered Prayers” by Jacqueline Mary von Zwehl. Johann Press (Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2013). 241 pp., $14.95.

– “Walking the Disciple’s Path: Eight Steps That Will Change Your Life and the World” by Linda Perrone Rooney. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 160 pp., $13.95.

– “Honoring the Void: Meditations on the Meaning of Life from Maryknoll Magazine” by Joseph R. Veneroso. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, N.Y., 2013). 167 pp., $20.

– “Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life” by Elizabeth Scalia. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 168 pp., $14.95.

– “Real Men Pray the Rosary: A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer” by David N. Calvillo. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 134 pp., $12.95.

– “Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice” by Christine Valters Paintner. Sorin Books (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 143 pp., $15.95.

– “Winning the Battle Against Sin: Hope-Filled Lessons from the Bible” by Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ. Word Among Us Press (Ann Arbor, Mich., 2013). 180 pp., $12.95.

– “Prayer: Our Deepest Longing” by Ronald Rolheiser. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2013). 64 pp., $8.99.

– “Running Hard, Finishing Strong: 7 Steps to Building Momentum in Your Spiritual Life” by Rick Sarkisian. Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Ind., 2013). 111 pp., $12.95.

– “Carry On In Faith” by Thomas P. Leiker. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Mo., 2013). 105 pp., $10.99.

– “Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home” by Tim & Sue Muldoon. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Ind., 2013). 160 pp., $14.95.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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