Books for the Fatherly and Momnipotent Among Us

09/17/2014 Comments (2)

In the last few months, I’ve had two great books cross my desk, and I’d be remiss not to rave about them here.

The first, Catholic Dad: Mostly Funny Stories of Faith, Family, and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire, by Jake Frost, is utterly delightful from start to finish. You have the option of reading it in a “pick and choose” sort of way, diving in where you want, because the essays are all stand-alone.

I read it the way I read most things: cover to cover. I walked away from it with a clear picture of just who Jake Frost is and just how he got to be that way. He’s the kind of guy I want my son to grow up to be: proud of his Catholicness, laughing about the foibles of life, and...READ MORE

Filed under books for dads, books for moms, catholic books, good books

Register Radio - The US Response to ISIS and the Situation in Ukraine

09/12/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio Jeanette DeMelo talks with Register Washington DC staff writer Peter Smith about the heightened US and world response to ISIS. And in the second half of the show, Jeanette and Register foreign affairs correspondent Victor Gaetan discuss the role of the Church in the crisis in Ukraine.

The U.S. Response to ISIS

Peter Jesserer Smith is a staff writer with the National Catholic Register. Before coming on board the Register in July, Smith was a Catholic freelance journalist for both the Register and Our Sunday Visitor, as well as a 2011 graduate of the National Journalism Center. He’s here to discuss the growing threat of ISIS, and the response from the US and the...READ MORE

Filed under isis, peter jesserer smith, register radio, ukraine, victor gaetan, world affairs

Two Novels That Made Me Think This Summer

09/10/2014 Comments (14)

This summer, I read a lot of fiction. And it felt good. Stories are important…they convey truth (and Truth) in a way that straightforward discussion rarely, if ever, can.

You don’t have to turn far to see a discussion of same sex attraction. It’s everywhere, and it’s heated wherever you turn. People who seem to be otherwise calm and orderly suddenly sprout extra appendages and the ability to use words you’ve never heard.

So I was interested to see a small publisher release a book early this summer tackling this topic. In 200 pages, The Lion’s Heart, by Dena Hunt, combined masterful storytelling with uncomfortable topic matter.

The story: Paul’s a gay guy, and it turns out that so is Max,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic fiction, dena hunt, fiction, good reading, john green, same sex attraction, ya fiction

Register Radio - Aid to Persecuted Christians and the Church in Africa

09/05/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio Jeanette De Melo talks with the president of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo.  They’ll discuss how CRS is providing aid to persecuted Christians. And in the second half of the show Elena Rodriguez talks with Father Maurice Emelu about his new EWTN Television show "Word for the Wounded World" about the Church in Africa.

Dr. Carolyn Woo and Catholic Relief Services’ Aid to Persecuted Christians

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Before coming to CRS in 2012, Dr. Woo served as dean of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza...READ MORE

Filed under catholic relief services, church in africa, dr. carolyn woo, fr. maurice emelu, persecuted christians, register radio

“Come and See” Bible Studies: An Invitation to Experience Scripture

09/03/2014 Comments (3)

I remember curling up beside my dad as he read to me from The Picture Bible, published in the early 80s by David Cook. In fact, I have my brother’s old copy and my kids love having me read it to them.

But I’ve never found a good adult version of that kind of Bible experience. Back in my pre-kids days, I would attend evening Bible studies at our parish, and they were helpful. When I only had one kid to keep me distracted, I would often attend the Friday morning Bible study with her in tow. Not so long ago, I even attempted to start a personal study of the Book of Acts.

That last one didn’t go so well. I was using a great resource, but I just lacked the hard-and-fast discipline and time...READ MORE

Filed under bible study, come and see bible study, emmaus road publishing, reviews

Register Radio - Common Core and St. Mary Magdalen College President George Harne

08/30/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio Jeanette De Melo discusses Common Core and Catholic school with Register correspondent Charlotte Hays and Cardinal Newman Society's Dan Guernsey.  In our second half Dan Burke continues the conversation on education with St. Mary Magdalen College President George Harne.

Common Core Discussion

Charlotte Hays is the Independent Women's Forum's senior editor and director of cultural program. She contributes almost daily to the Forum's blog. She has appeared on cable television programs such as Politically Incorrect, C-Span's Washington Journal, and PBS's To the Contrary.  Her work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalNew York magazine, the Washington Post’s ...READ MORE

Filed under catholic colleges, catholic education, catholic schools, catholic universities, charlotte hays, common core, dan guernsey, george harne, register radio

Summer Reading: Romance with a Side of Smiles and an Underground City

08/27/2014 Comment

Summer reading wouldn’t be complete without some light and fun reading, don’t you agree? I picked up The Rosie Project (Simon & Schuster, 2013) after hearing about it on the “A Good Story Is Hard to Find” podcast. The discussion about it intrigued me, so I downloaded it to my Kindle and saved it for a weekend.

The Rosie Project

It’s a good thing I did, too, because, though it’s not a really “edge of your seat” kind of read, The Rosie Project is a compelling story. I didn’t want to stop reading.

As the reader gets to know Don, we get an inside glimpse at some of those people who may have been mysteriously distant to us before. Don has Aspergers Syndrome, and the author neither belittles this nor makes it...READ MORE

Filed under fiction, middle grade fiction, popular reading, summer reading, young adult fiction

Register Radio - Military Operations in Iraq and the Register’s College Guide

08/25/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio Dan Burke and the Register's Senior Editor Joan Frawley Desmond discuss Pope Francis and military options in Iraq. Also, Jeanette DeMelo talks to Register writer Joseph Pronechen about the upcoming Register College Guide.

Military Operations in Iraq

Joan Frawley Desmond is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese. She's been following the U.S. policy response to developments in Iraq.

“The most important, most...READ MORE

Filed under college guide, iraq, joan frawley desmond, joseph pronechen, register radio

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About Sarah Reinhard

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Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish worker and catechist, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and CatholicMom.com. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.