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Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School

Mary Rice Hasson and Teresa Farnan
Regnery Publishing/ Gateway Editions, 256 pages

Are our public schools toxic? Although there remain many good teachers and administrators within the system, they are not the ones calling the shots. Instead, it’s the progressive ideologues who exert the overriding influence on school boards, superintendents, curricula, policies, and hiring practices. The result is a public school system that advances a troubling political correctness that embraces the LGBTQ agenda, the “gender revolution,” moral relativism, and practical atheism. Is it a radical solution for Christian parents to completely abandon the public schools in favor of private education or homeschooling? Arguably, it is, but the stakes couldn’t be higher – our children’s minds, hearts, and souls are at risk.

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How Christianity Saved Civilizations… and Must Do So Again

Mike Aquilina and Jim Papandrea
Sophia Institute Press, 270 pages

 

“The Church can learn from the Church of the past,” declares the title of the first chapter of this marvelous work. Using a keen lens to examine the Church’s role in shaping history, the authors identify seven “revolutions” that took place as Christianity, once targeted for elimination through persecution, transformed and civilized the brutal Roman Empire. It was the Church that introduced the pagan world to such concepts as respect for life, the dignity of women, the need to protect the weak and vulnerable, and the servant role of those who govern us. From this history lesson, Christians can draw inspiration for transforming our increasingly hostile culture today.

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Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues

Leila Miller with Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Press, 249 pages

 

With all the moral confusion that today’s secularized culture throws at us, how do we help our children and teens recognize the truth? Here’s a book that shows how you can break down into simple-enough language the guiding principles that underlie Catholic moral teaching on issues such as contraception, abortion, divorce, pornography, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, reproductive technologies, and transgender identity. Drawing from their own experiences as parents and professionals, the authors provide answer many of the objections we often hear so as to enable us to equip our children with the deal with some of the “hard questions” they must face.

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Catholic Republic: Why America Will Perish Without Rome

Timothy Gordon
Sophia Institute Press, 304 pages

 

Did America’s founding fathers, nearly all Protestants or Enlightenment Deists, draw inspiration from the likes of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Robert Bellarmine, and Catholic natural law? Although they wouldn’t admit as much, philosopher Timothy Gordon says it’s so, and America’s moral and social decline is attributable to our gradual drift from those founding principles. “America is wired Catholic, labeled Protestant, and currently functioning as secular,” he writes. The solution: Since Catholic natural law is essential to the success of any republic, we need to get back to it – before it’s too late.

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To Raise the Fallen: A Selection of the War Letters, Prayers, and Spiritual Writings of Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J.

Patrick Kenny
Ignatius Press, 209 pages

Paralleling Legatus magazine’s March 2019 review of Bravery Under Fire – the documentary on Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J., a World War I chaplain who died on the battlefields – this is the book on Fr. Doyle by Patrick Kenny, who was interviewed prominently in that film. Fr. Doyle’s inspiring story of holiness and self-sacrifice comes through strongly in his writings collected here. “Heroism is a virtue which has an attraction for every heart,” Fr. Doyle writes in one meditation. “It seems to lift us out of our petty selves and make us for a moment forget our own selfish interests.” This book likely will have a similar effect on readers.

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Still Amidst the Storm: A Family Man’s Search for Peace in an Anxious World

Conor Gallagher
St. Benedict Press/TAN Books, 172 pages

Living in today’s stressful world, where and how does one find time and space to decompress, to find peace? Recall that even Jesus withdrew from the crowds and took time away to spend time alone in prayer. But too often people are like the Apostles in the boat, asea in a storm, fearing the worst. In this little book, Conor Gallagher, a father of 12, suggests practical ways to find some peace even amid helter-skelter lives. It’s all about focusing on the present moment and listening to God’s voice – timeless pillars of common sense and of Christian spirituality.

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Knowing and spreading your faith

As I have shared in past columns, I enjoy reading books. Every now and then, I come across a special one. Recently, I came across such a book. I was getting ready to go on vacation, so I stopped by the Catholic bookstore next to our chapel to find something for the trip. The title of a book on display caught my Attention: Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, A Myth-busting Apologist Sets the Record Straight, by Gerard Verschuuren, Ph.D.

Tom Monaghan

After a couple of chapters, I knew it was going to be a great book, and on finishing it I think it is a book every Catholic should read. It is very clear and well written, packed full of useful and interesting information, and it is understandable for a layman like myself.

As I read each chapter, I was impressed by the author’s knack for taking complex topics and explaining them in a clear and non-threatening fashion. When I travel, I try and strike up conversations with those I sit next to and after listening to how they are doing or letting them talk about their interests, I try and bring up something about faith. If they seem open, I will sometimes ask if I can mail them a book. Most of the time, they are open to the gesture. I think this book will work well for this type of evangelization, which I believe comes across as non-threatening because they get to read the book in the privacy of their own home. There are many former Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith and just need a little nudge to come back to the Church.

I am excited because I also believe this book will help Catholics who want to better understand their faith or to assist those who regularly experience anti-Catholic rhetoric being thrown their way. Another reason I think this book is well suited for ministry in the skies (the abovementioned practice of sharing one’s faith while flying) is because while Verschuuren presents the uncompromising truth about what the Church teaches, he does so in charity. I believe this will go a long way in not alienating non-Catholic readers because I do not think they will feel attacked.

To give you a flavor of some of the topics addressed, this book set the record straight regarding accusations about the Catholic Church ranging from the Church being oppressive to women to rejecting science… And accusations that Catholics worship statues and Mary to the Church inventing purgatory and many other commonly misunderstood subjects.

I will be giving copies to all the members of the board of governors at our meeting later this month, and I have already ordered plenty of copies to have on hand in my office to give away… all a part of studying, living, and spreading the Faith!

TOM MONAGHAN is Legatus’ founder, chairman, and CE

The Ultimate Catholic Quiz

Karl Keating
Ignatius, 2016
210 pages, paperback $14.95

One of the pillars of the Legatus mission statement is to “learn the Catholic Faith.” Keating’s new book, subtitled 100 Questions Most Catholics Can’t Answer, is almost tailor-made for Legates. He offers a fun and challenging way to see how well readers know Catholic teachings, practices and history.

The book is laid out in an easy-to-read format with the question and five possible answers on one page, and the analysis of each of the five answers (noting the correct one) on the next page. The questions and the possible answers are written with thought, precision and sometimes a little humor to make for engaging reading

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The Vatican Cookbook

Pontifical Swiss Guard 
Sophia Institute Press, 2016
204 pages, hardcover $34.99

This is a real treat! Presented by the Swiss Guard — the elite protectors of the popes for more than 500 years — this book is a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the finest of modern cuisine.

Authors pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope St. John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria and Poland. It also features superb photographs that take readers behind the scenes to secret and special places inside Vatican City

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Life Lessons

Patrick Madrid
Ignatius, 2016
170 pages, paperback $16.95

Madrid’s latest — subtitled Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years — draws from his life’s many interesting, funny, instructive, and poignant experiences. With wisdom and humor, he reflects upon the treasure-trove of riches we can all take from our own lives.

Grounded in scripture and a firm moral foundation, the book shows how the smallest stories are clear pointers to the greater story of God’s work in readers’ lives. The laughter, the tears, and the beauty of life come alive through Madrid’s insightful and clear style. He’ll inspire you to see the wonder of God in your own life’s journey.

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