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How to Be Holy

Peter Kreeft
Ignatius Press, 2016
172 pages, paperback $16.95

French writer Léon Bloy once famously quipped: “Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.” That’s Kreeft’s jumping off point for his latest — and perhaps most important — book, subtitled First Steps in Becoming a Saint.

Kreeft demonstrates that striving toward holiness is the whole purpose of life. Using insights and experiences of saints and great spiritual writers, he shows what holiness is and how it can be achieved. He especially draws upon Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ, who writes that the surest way toward spiritual growth is always to accept God’s merciful will.

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The Walls Are Talking

Abby Johnson
Ignatius Press, 2016
157 pages, hardcover $17.95

The pro-life movement is winning — in part because of technology like ultrasound machines, but more importantly because God made the human heart to respond to truth. This book narrates the life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. Subtitled Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, the book is often difficult to read because an abortion is an act of violence. But the stories also offer hope, for they show that anyone, no matter what part they have played in an abortion, can start anew.

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Red, White, Blue, and Catholic

Stephen White
Liguori, 2016
101 pages, paperback $12.99

With the race for the White House reaching a fever pitch, there’s no better time for Catholics to reexamine what faithful citizenship means. White, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, says the Church’s work of evangelization and her contribution to the good of society are inseparable.

American Catholics are called to do more than just vote — and do more than just follow a party. White emphasizes that America needs Catholics who are dedicated to the vitality of our society, who act from the deepest convictions of their faith to make America the best version of herself she can be.

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Freedom

Everett Fritz
Ignatius Press, 2016
203 pages, paperback $14.95

Freedom isn’t just about conquering sexual addictions; it’s about saying yes to real love. That’s the premise of Fritz’s book, subtitled Battle Strategies for Conquering Temptation. He confirms that men need a “battle plan” to make this change a reality.

Fritz covers topics including: the crisis of manhood facing our culture; why true masculinity is rooted in sexual purity, virtue, and sacrificial love; and how to heal from sexual addiction through a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. Freedom presents a crucial, step-by-step process for developing the disciplines needed to win the battle against temptation.

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Redeeming Conflict

Ann M. Garrido
Ave Maria Press, 2016
288 pages, paperback $15.95

In her new book subtitled 12 Habits for Christian Leaders, Garrido offers a dozen practical habits for responding to conflict, pairing each with a spiritual companion from history. The book aims to help Christian leaders discover how to speak directly with colleagues about tensions — and how to know themselves well enough to keep from becoming defensive in the face of negative feedback.

Garrido calls upon stories of St. Francis and a Muslim sultan, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. She offers tools to work through conflict within an organization, self-assessment questions, and a prayer at the end of each chapter.

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Catholic Street Evangelization

Steve Dawson, editor
Ignatius Press, 2016
184 pages, paperback $16.95

Subtitled Stories of Conversion and Witness, the book begins with Dawson’s inspiring story — his dramatic conversion to Catholicism as a young man and his founding of St. Paul Street Evangelization, an international apostolate that has grown to hundreds of teams in seven countries in just a few years.

Other moving stories of conversion and witness come from ordinary Catholics who have come to love Christ so much that they now talk about Him with total strangers on street corners, parks, and shopping areas. This readable, conversational book illustrates the missionary calling of all baptized Christians to spread the faith.

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Behold the Man

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Ignatius Press, 2015
331 pages, paperback $21.99

Much of the literature written for Catholic men focuses on topical issues such as fatherhood and sexuality. Subtitled A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, this unique book doesn’t exclude these subjects, but it’s the first to present a comprehensive picture of what it means to be a Catholic man.

Drawing from scripture and Church teaching, the author roots Catholic male spirituality in a covenant relationship with God and the cross of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that when a man embraces the cross he is truly able to be himself — the man that God created and calls him to be.

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33 Days to Merciful Love

Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
Marian Press, 2016
124 pages, paperback $14.95

In this stirring sequel to the best-selling 33 Days to Morning Glory, Fr. Gaitley uses the same 33-day format. Subtitled A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy, his new book takes readers on a journey with one of the most beloved saints of our day — St. Therese of Lisieux — and concludes with a consecration to The Divine Mercy.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, there’s no better time to deepen your prayer life by consecration to Our Lord’s Divine Mercy, led by the Little Flower herself.

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He Spoke to Us

Fr. George William Rutler
Ignatius Press, 2016
235 pages, paperback $17.95

These sparkling essays are written with insight and wit by an author widely recognized as one of the finest masters of English prose in the Church today. Legatus’ former national chaplain touches upon philosophy, theology, history, biography, art, travel, politics, and more as he shows Christ making himself known to us in the events of daily life.

In his new book, subtitled Discerning God in People and Events, he shows that we are all like the men on the road to Emmaus — common pedestrians walking, often unknowingly, with Christ, who explains the meaning of things and sets our hearts aflame.

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Sharing the faith one book at a time

Legatus founder Tom Monaghan uses popular Catholic books to spread the faith . . .

Thomas Monaghan

Thomas Monaghan

Throughout my life I have always been a ravenous reader. The topics of the books have changed over the years, but I’ve always found reading to be a tremendous means of expanding my horizons and broadening my knowledge on a variety of topics.

In recent years, most of the books I’ve read have been spiritual. This past Lent, I resolved to read a spiritual book a week, and I found it very beneficial (and not so hard if you don’t watch TV). In fact, I have found that it’s a good way to evangelize or simply share the faith. When traveling, I have ample opportunities to read. I typically carry a book in my briefcase for easy access. My books have also led to many interesting conversations. People notice what I’m reading and comment on it. I often use the book as a conversation starter.

In fact, I have gotten into many discussions on airplanes about a book I was reading and ended up just giving them the book. Often times though, I will be talking to someone about the faith or a related topic and ask if I can send them a book that I have recently read, which I think they might find helpful or answer some question they might have. It may be a fallen-away Catholic, a Muslim or someone who doesn’t understand the Church’s teaching on abortion.

I’ve found that most people are willing to share their address with me. I write it down on the back of my itinerary, and when I get back to my office, I mail them a copy of the book we were talking about. This is actually pretty easy to do, and while I obviously have no idea what percentage of people actually read the books, I have received a good number of letters thanking me for sending them a book.

We all know Legatus’ mission to study, live and share our faith. This is one relatively simple way of sharing our faith that I thought would be worth sharing. Finally, let me leave you with a list of the books that I commonly send out. It’s by no means exhaustive, but it may be helpful.

Why Catholics Are Right by Michael Coren; If Protestantism Is True by Devin Rose; The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly; Evangelical Catholicism by George Weigel; Unplanned by Abby Johnson and Did Muhammad Exist? by Robert Spencer.

THOMAS MONAGHAN is Legatus’ founder and chairman. He is a member of Legatus’ Naples Chapter.