An Earful of Peace: Monks of Norcia and Their Benedicta Album

07/01/2015 Comments (9)

One of the great comforts in the weeks that followed my son's unexpected birth four weeks early was an album that arrived for me to review, Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia from the Monks of Norcia. In this album, I found a soundtrack for a peacefulness that I so needed then...and a peacefulness that I continue to need. I find myself able to let go of stress when I'm listening to the monks. It's as though I'm transported into a type of prayer I'm not able to achieve any other way, even if I just have it on in the background.

There are 33 tracks on the album, a mix of hymns, responsories, and antiphons. It's a Marian themed album, with tracks that I recognized, including Ave Maria...READ MORE

Filed under demontfort music, monks, monks of norcia, music

Cover Reveal of Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, by Raymond Arroyo

06/25/2015 Comment

This just in: Lead anchor and host of EWTN's The World Over Raymond Arroyo announced earlier this year that Random House Kids will publish his first book for young readers, Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls. Now the book, due out in March 2016, has a cover.

Here's Arroyo teasing the book last February for his viewers on The World Over:

Promising to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series,  here official description of this epic adventure:

Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century,...READ MORE

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A Book for Every Catholic Home: The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

06/24/2015 Comments (1)

“I don’t love NFP. I don’t think that it’s a magical cure-all that every couple must embrace in order to achieve full humanity. And I wish that I didn’t have to use it at all.”

With that, Simcha Fisher dives into a topic that, before now, was relegated to textbooks or back rooms, an air of mystery and eye rolling surrounding it. We have Fisher to thank for a book that breaks open the bedroom door and pulls back the curtain on Natural Family Planning.

But don’t say I didn’t warn you about the danger of snort laughing as you read it.

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning is a collection of Fisher’s essays on the topic of Natural Family Planning. This is not a book for tips on...READ MORE

Filed under book review, books for dads, books for moms, natural family planning, nfp, simcha fisher

A New Podcast for Christian Women: Good Things Radio

06/20/2015 Comment

When I first heard that Jennifer Willits from The Catholics Next Door was going to start a new podcast with her friend and former morning show personality Brooke Taylor, I was pretty excited, even though I don't have much time to listen to podcasts anymore.

The show, which is up to 15 episodes, is called "Good Things Radio." The idea behind it: two friends in the trenches of parenthood sharing the conversation with other women. It's professionally done, as you would expect from two former media experts, and it's entertaining in ways that few podcasts I've listened to are able to achieve.

Jennifer shared, "Throughout the years of my friendship with Brooke, I often joked about the idea of...READ MORE

Filed under brooke taylor, catholic radio, jennifer willits, new media, podcast, podcasts

Randy Hain on His New Book 'Special Children, Blessed Fathers'

06/17/2015 Comments (2)

Randy Hain recently sent me an advance copy of his newly released book, Special Children, Blessed Fathers: Encouragement for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ll tell you this: what I got was a great read.

The book’s made up of chapters written by fathers of children with special needs, ranging from autism spectrum to Downs Syndrome to other special needs.

And it. is. amazing.

It made me consider how often we women talk about these things. As a writer, I have an ongoing commentary in my head. But how often do we give voice to the men we love? How often do we listen to their perspective…for that matter, how often do we ask?

Randy has not only...READ MORE

Filed under books, books for dads, interview, parenting, randy hain, special needs

A Princess Guide, a Murder Mystery, and a Look at Being Gay and Catholic

03/04/2015 Comments (28)

Sometimes I look at the pile of books I have read and want to review and shake my head, because it looks like a disparate grouping.

Take this week’s load: a book with the subtitle “Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty,” a murder mystery published by a small press that kept me turning pages, and an inside look at the life of a gay Catholic whose courage in sharing her story is an inspiring and challenging read.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

For young women and moms of all stripes: The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty

Jennessa Terraccino (Servant Books, 2015)

At first, I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this book. It seemed...READ MORE

Filed under book reviews, books, books for moms, catholic, eve tushnet, fiction, jennessa terraccino, lorraine murray

3 Apps for Lent…and Beyond

02/28/2015 Comments (1)

According to OpenBible.info, school, chocolate, and Twitter are the top three things people on Twitter are giving up this Lent. Taking a look at the top ten, I can’t help but note there are two themes: food and technology, with food taking the HUGE lead.

Interestingly, according to an email that caught my eye the other day (quite by accident, because it was obviously a commercial sort of sent-to-a-million-other-people thing):

Computer malware infections in the US drop during the Lenten season as millions of Americans give up porn, shopping, social media, and other online activity. That's according to data released today by EnigmaSoftware.com, makers of the Spy Hunter anti-malware...READ MORE

Filed under apps, confession, gospels, lent, liturgy of the hours, prayer, technology

Register Radio - Strengthening the Soul

02/27/2015 Comment

So your exercise routine is good for your body…but how do you strengthen your soul? Dan Burke explores Catholic alternatives to yoga with Colleen Scariano of SoulCore and Sara Moraille of Pietra Fitness. Dan also takes you behind the scenes of EWTN's papal coverage with EWTN's VP of Programming and Production Peter Gagnon.

Catholic Alternatives to Yoga

Colleen Scariano and SoulCore

Colleen Scariano is a wife and mother. While athletics have been a part of her life since she was young, as an adult she was never able to stick with any exercise routine for long! Through SoulCore and the combination of the rosary with the physical exercise, she finally found the path she needed to strengthen...READ MORE

Filed under colleen scariano, ewtn, ewtn radio, ewtn tv, exercise, peter gagnon, prayer, register radio, sara moraille, world meeting of families 2015

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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 many books, the most recent of which she co-edited with Lisa Hendey: The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and writes online regularly at CatholicMom.com and Integrated Catholic Life. 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 children.