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Baby's First Bible Record-A-Book

This new recordable storybook allows you to record your own voice into the book, so you can read to your child even when you cannot be there in person. This makes a great gift from grandparents to their grandchildren. This interactive edition of Baby's First Bible comes alive with an easy-to-use recording device. Once a reader records his or her voice, a child will hear the story every time the book is opened and be taken on a journey from creation through the resurrection. Record yourself reading each page and your recordings aren't lost when the batteries are changed! 32 pages
(Item #80445) $21.99

Bedtime Prayers and Promises Recordable Storybook
Our new recordable storybook features
exclusive voice-capture technology that enables a person to record each page of a book and have it played back over and over as the recipient turns the pages. The recording will not be lost, even when the batteries need to be replaced.

Read to loved ones...even if you can't be there. Even very young hearts can learn about God's care and constant love through these fun rhymes and delightful illustrations. With Scripture verses and simple prayer starters, bedtime will be a precious time for growing in faith. As little ones hear your voice in this treasured keepsake, they'll always be reminded that God is not the only one who dearly loves them.

Product Details:
  • Size: 8 1/2" x 10" x 1"
  • Board book
  • Presentation page
  • Removable outer sleeve with recording instructions
  • Requires three AAA batteries (included)-recording saved when batteries are changed
  • Scriptures taken from International Children's Bible
  • Locking device protects recording
  • Recording may be reset and recorded

(Item #45906) $29.99

I Love You Head To Toe
Recordable Storybook

Read to love ones...even if you can't be there. As little ones hear your voice in this treasured keepsake, they'll always be reminded, through fun rhymes and delightful illustrations, that God made them special, and that they are wonderfully loved, head to toe.
  • Size: 8 1/2" x 10" x 1"
  • Board book
  • Removable outer sleever includes recording instructions
  • Presentation page
  • Requries three AAA batteries (included)-recording saved when batteries are changed
  • Locking device protects recording
  • Recording may be reset and recorded

(Item #45907) $29.99

The Great American Book of Church Signs
The Great American Book of Church Signs brilliantly captures faith on the road--from California to Virginia, from Michigan to Georgia. Every sign tells its own story, encouraging us to live better lives, to love more deeply, to pray more often. And, of course, with every turn of the page, we are reminded to laugh along the way. Perfect for your home or for a friend. You will love this profoundly funny and inspiring full-color book! Hardcover, 109 pages. (Item #75389) $24.95
And God Said: Tee It Up!
Amusing and Thought Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Golf
by Gary Graf

Where do we encounter God? For the Christian— certainly—there is the Bible. For the committed golfer—at least when the drives are carrying and the putts are falling—there are the links. Gary Graf has brought the two together with a scorecard full of “amusing and thought-provoking parallels between the Bible and golf.”

And God Said, “Tee it up!” takes readers on an entertaining tour of the worlds of golf and Scripture, revealing the many connections they share. In eighteen “Holes” you’ll walk some of golf’s greatest courses, including Oakmont and Oak Hill, Pebble Beach and Pinehurst, Saint Andrews and Spyglass Hill, and of course Augusta National, home of the Masters. You’ll meet the greatest players in history—including Hogan and Hagen, Nelson and Norman, Palmer and Player, Watson and Trevino, Nicklaus and Woods—playing on renowned courses designed by the likes of architects Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Charles Blair McDonald, Alister MacKenzie, and A.W. Tillinghast.

In the midst of all this heavenly golf, you will find the Son of God himself, teaching by word and example that the kingdom of God has already begun, in chapters such as:

  • In the Beginning
  • Augusta and Apostles
  • The Ball and the Word
  • The Amen Corner
  • Golf and Bethlehem
  • Clubs and Talents
  • Learn at the Turn
  • Sistine Chapel of Golf

6 x 9; 160 pages (Item $88323) $14.95


Catholic St. Louis: A Pictoral History
by William B. Faherty SJ and Mark Scott Abeln
The history of the Catholic Church in St. Louis is dominated by strong personalities and architectural grandeur. In Catholic St. Louis, rich text and photography capture the people and places that have defined Catholicism in a historic, and historically Catholic, city. Renowned historian William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., delivers concise historical sketches of the integral people and the landmark houses of worship; and photographer Mark Scott Abeln captures nearly forty different area churches in majestic fashion. 176 pages, hardcover, 8.5x11
(Item #81329) $32.95

St. Louis Hills
By Ann Zanaboni
Originally marketed as "country living in the city" by developer Cyrus Crane Willmore, St. Louis Hills remains an idyllic, slow-paced suburb within the city proper. The neighborhood has maintained its charm as well as its small businesses-a meat market, a barbershop, and a frozen custard stand. St. Louis Hills tells the story behind the famous Ted Drewes, Hampton Village, the various corner churches and the pastoral Francis Park. No two houses are alike in St. Louis Hills, creating a unique architectural gem in the city of St. Louis. This is a unique and fascinating look at one of the city's best-kept neighborhoods. 120 Pages, Paperback. 8.5x5.5
(Item #83030) $18.00
Saints at the Dinner Table
Cook up some delicious meals while stimulating quality mealtime talk. Amy Heyd offers a delicious menu of meals and dedicates each chapter to a saint who in some way inspired her to create original recipes for a complete meal- from salad to main course to dessert. Heyd combines a brief introduction to each saint, a reflection, an inspired menu, a dinner prayer, and questions for meaningful dinner discussion. You won’t want to wait to unveil this at family dinner nights, book clubs, and your supper clubs! (Item #83818) $19.95
'Tis the Season to be Baking
Christmas Reflections and Bread Recipes
Father Dominic Garramone, O.S.B., acclaimed author and host of PBS  TV show "Breaking Bread with Father Dominic", weaves together holiday reflections and recipes in ‘Tis the Season to Be Baking. In this new collection, Father Dominic relates nearly two-dozen holiday baking traditions to scripture and shows that holiday preparations can seem less like drudgery if we can see the purpose behind them. Did you know that the French meal fougasse represents the genealogy of Jesus or that two very different Christmas breads—the traditional German stollen and the more recent Saint Bede tradition of “Bambino Bread”—represent the Christ Child in swaddling cloths? ‘Tis the Season to Be Baking offers such wisdom and it takes bakers, holiday traditionalists, and Father Dominic fans beyond bread yet again. 5x7" softbound (Item #86454) $12.00

Fr. Dominic Garramone is a priest and monk of Saint Bede Abbey in Peru, Illinois. Following a college education in theatre, he entered the monastery in 1983 and was ordained as a priest in 1992. He describes his culinary education as taking place between my mother s kitchen and the public library, and he honed his baking skills by providing bread for the twenty-five monks of his community. He is well known to public television viewers for his cooking series Breaking Bread With Father Dominic. Father Dom teaches religion and drama at Saint Bede Academy and also enjoys herb gardening and photography.
Allegories of Heaven
An Artist Explores the Greatest Story Ever Told
Artist Dinah Roe Kendall, Text by Eugene Peterson
Since the earliest frescoes painted by the first Christians, the life of Christ has been portrayed through painting, sculpture and art. Now artist Dinah Roe Kendall offers a vibrant retelling of the full scope of Jesus' ministry, bringing the incarnation to life in ways engaging both the eye and the imagination. Kendall walks readers through the Gospel narratives from Annunciation to Ascension. Accompanied by Eugene Peterson's The Message rephrasing of the Gospel stories, Allegories of Heaven leads readers into a fresh experience of the Jesus story. Hardcover, 10" x 10", 100 pages
(Item #85750) $14.95
The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living
by Zmirak, John and Matychowiak, Denise

Jump right into this hilarious new book on enjoying and celebrating Catholicism in a whole new way! Both a comical read, as well as an indispensable resource for observing the Feast Days of the Saints, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living is for anyone who is interested in celebrating the history and humor behind the Catholic Faith. Consisting of selected historical sketches of the feast days, as well suggested activities for celebration, this book serves as a must own for every happy Catholic! 6x9, 240 pages, paperback
(Item #85106) $14.95

And God Said, Play Ball!<BR>Amusing and Thought-Provoking Parallels Between the Bible and Baseball<BR>paperback

And God Said, "Play Ball!"
This book manages to be entertaining and educational, as well as fanciful and inspirational. It draws from the lives of Jesus Christ and Yogi Berra, Joseph of Nazareth and Joe DiMaggio, Moses and Hank Aaron, Saint Peter and Jackie Robinson. And God Said, "Play Ball!" makes the Bible more approachable by relating it to a game loved by both children and adults. It shows that baseball is not only a game, but a never-ending series of lessons about life, as well. And God Said, "Play Ball!" will appeal to Christian Athletes of any denomination.

The author has been a baseball fan for more than forty years and a Catholic a lot longer than that. He has played, coached, watched, or taught baseball since he was seven years old. He is very active in lay ministry and catechetics at his Catholic parish in Seattle, and has found both the Bible and baseball to be among the greatest teachers in his life.

This book includes 8 pages of timeless photographs. You won't find a more inspiring gift for that baseball player in your life--of whatever age--or that fan in front of your TV!
192 pages; paperback • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

(Item #88322) $14.99

Meat & Potatoes Catholicism
by Rev. Joseph F. Classen
What is so special about Sacraments?
How did the rituals and traditions of the Mass get started?
Why do we have a pope?
What's the point of going to confession?

Father Joe Classen has heard all these questions and more from parishioners, fishing buddies, neighbors, and acquaintances. They seem to recognize right away that this straight-shooting and approachable young priest speaks a language they understand.

You will find real questions and direct answers from a passionate, engaging priest who wants nothing more than to share his love of the Faith in real life terms. Get to know what the Church teaches and why, and discover Father Joe's secret recipe for a happier, more fulfilling life. Paperback, 240 pages. (Item #88404) $14.95


Table of Contents  |  Introduction

Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord:
Encountering the Sacred in the Great Outdoors
by Rev. Joseph F. Classen
Fr. Joseph Classen is a native of historic St. Charles Missouri and received his theological education at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Fr. Joe was ordained to the priesthood in 2003 and is currently living and serving in the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Along with his priestly ministry, Fr. Joe is a dedicated, accomplished, and passionate outdoorsman. In this his first book, Hunting for God, Fishing for the Lord, Fr. Classen uses his love of the outdoors as a catalyst for delving into issues of faith and spirituality while sharing with the reader tales of outdoor adventure and wisdom. It is written with an ecumenical flavor, and so is intended for Christians of all denominations and even those who perhaps have little or no faith at all but love the outdoors and are possibly “hunting” for God. Paperback. (Item #88414) $12.95

A Jesuit Off-Broadway
Center Stage with Jesus, Judas, and Life's Big Questions
by James Martin, S.J.
Called to the priesthood by God, Fr. James Martin was startled to get a very different kind of call one evening in 2005: a phone call from actor Sam Rockwell. Rockwell had been cast in the part of Judas Iscariot in an Off-Broadway play where Judas was on trial for his crime of betraying Jesus; would Martin be willing to offer some theological insights? Martin gladly obliged, and within weeks playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and other members of the cast began to dialogue with Martin about a host of spiritual issues that weighed on their minds: Can we believe the Bible? What was Jesus’ mission? What is sin? Does hell exist? Is anyone beyond God’s forgiveness?

A Jesuit Off-Broadway recounts Fr. Martin’s thrilling six months with the LAByrinth Theater Company, as it created and performed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which had a sold-out five-week run in New York. As the occasionally profane and worldly playwright, director, and actors struggled to understand theological issues and ideas, they strove to convey them in an artistically convincing way to a largely secular audience. Through it all, Martin learned lessons about theater and life, about how the sacred and the secular aren’t always that far apart, and how questions often tell us more than answers do.
Hardcover, 272 pages (Item #93658) $22.95
Understanding Scrupulosity: Questions, Helps, and Encouragement
Thomas M. Santa

Many people, at one time or another, struggle with faith issues about sin, guilt, punishment, and hell. But a large segment of the population, many of them Catholic, are so afraid of sin that their lives are marked with anxiety and fear. These people suffer from an affliction called "scrupulosity." Rather than experiencing faith as a source of peace, scrupulous individuals can't seem to shake their feelings of impending doom, disappointment, and eventual condemnation.

Based on thirty-five years of questions and answers to the Scrupulous Anonymous newsletter, this book provides specific answers to questions and concerns related to sin, confession, self-worth, sexuality, prayer, God's forgiveness, thoughts, dreams, fantasies, and other issues. It offers words of encouragement and helpful suggestions to those who suffer from this affliction and for those who counsel them. 320 pages, paperback (Item #88712) $26.95
Purpose-Driven® Life, The
What on Earth Am I Here For?
by Rick Warren

The #1 international bestseller! This 40-day spiritual journey will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you both now and for eternity. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and Christian Book of the Year Award.

Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren.You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever!Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.This book will help you understand why you are alive and God’s amazing plan for you—both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life’s most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God’s purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.The Purpose-Driven™ Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century—a lifestyle based on God’s eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come. Hardcover. (Item #83592) $21.99

The Mystery of Harry Potter What every Muggle Catholic family needs to know about
The Mystery of Harry Potter
by Nancy Carpentier Brown

The adventures of the boy wizard have provoked a vigorous debate among Christians.

Whether your children have read the series, are planning to, or you're trying to decide if it's right for them, The Mystery of Harry Potter: A Catholic Family Guide will help you appreciate and address the series' underlying moral and spiritual themes.

Using her natural teaching skills and parenting experience, author

Nancy Brown has created a must-read for every Catholic family as she walk you through a journey of discovery:

  • Are the stories compatible with the Catholic Faith?
  • What moral and spiritual issues are addressed?
  • What kind of role model is Harry?
  • How can I talk about these issues with my kids?
  • How are the movies different from the books?

The Mystery of Harry Potter will help guide your family through a fully enjoyable, and even educational, experience of Harry Potter.
(Item #*OSV-9781592763986) $12.95

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America Out of the Ashes
True Stories of Courage and Heroism
On September 11, 2001 our nation experienced the horrific acts of terrorism through the tragic events in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. However, the devastating effects were not just confined to these areas as the entire world felt the impact of this attack on freedom and the loss of innocent lives. This book depicts true stories of courage, hope, and inspiration accompanied by prayers to renew our souls and heal our hearts, to bring us from recovery to restoration. These inspiring stories of heroism and hte prayers for God's comfort and provision reveal that with God's help America is rising up out of the ashes, stronger and healthier than before. Hardcover, 251 pages.
(Item #83430) $16.99
The Cross at Ground Zero
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
Where was God on 9/11? Millions of Americans gazed in disbelief as the huge World Trade Center buildings collapsed into piles of rubble on September 11, 2001. After the shock and horror wore off, the questions began. Fr. Benedict reassures us that the steel cross found at the ruins of the World Trade Center leads to the cross of Jesus, which stands at the center of all pain, all suffering, indeed all history. Paperback, 144 pages.
(Item #91137) $7.95
Understanding Scrupulosity: Questions, Helps, and Encouragement
Thomas M. Santa

Many people, at one time or another, struggle with faith issues about sin, guilt, punishment, and hell. But a large segment of the population, many of them Catholic, are so afraid of sin that their lives are marked with anxiety and fear. These people suffer from an affliction called "scrupulosity." Rather than experiencing faith as a source of peace, scrupulous individuals can't seem to shake their feelings of impending doom, disappointment, and eventual condemnation.

Based on thirty-five years of questions and answers to the Scrupulous Anonymous newsletter, this book provides specific answers to questions and concerns related to sin, confession, self-worth, sexuality, prayer, God's forgiveness, thoughts, dreams, fantasies, and other issues. It offers words of encouragement and helpful suggestions to those who suffer from this affliction and for those who counsel them. 320 pages, paperback (Item #88712) $26.95
Ransomed from Darkness: The New Age, Christian Faith and the Battle for Souls
by Moira Noonan
Moira Noonan left Catholicism for the New Age in the early 1970s after suffering a crippling accident for which her faith seemed to have no answers. She went on to serve as a minister in the Church of Religious Science for 20 years, mastering such disciplines as clairvoyance, hypnotherapy, spiritual healing, and past-life regression. Her tumultuous life at the time, and her subsequent return to her original faith after a series of powerful inner experiences, are the subjects of this absorbing account of spiritual quest and rebirth. Noonan's story has been an inspiration to thousands of people who have begun to feel the inadequacy of New Age-inspired road maps to enlightenment. Her knowledge of that world is unusually thorough and grounded in experience, and she approaches it in a constructive, upbeat manner, making her story all the more compelling. (Item #88610) $15.00
The facts behind the fiction of the Da Vinci Code
by Amy Welborn

Amy Welborn addresses the misrepresentation of history, religion, and art in The Da Vinci Code.

  • Did Leonardo actually build these "codes" into his paintings?
  • Was the Priory of Sion a real organization?
  • Is the Holy Grail really, as he says, Mary Magdalen's womb and now her bones, and not the Last Supper cup?
  • Is Opus Dei really what The Da Vinci Code says is it?
  • What was Constantine's true role in early Christianity?
  • Was Jesus human or divine or both?
  • Was he married to Mary Magdalene?
  • Do secret writings not in the Bible really contain truths about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the "sacred feminine"?

De-Coding Da Vinci is complete with discussion questions in every chapter. It is a perfect tool to become well-versed in the important issues raised by The Da Vinci Code. (Item #83670) $9.95

The Da Vinci Hoax:
Exposing the Errors in the Da Vinci Code

by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel
(Item #83706) $15.95
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s best selling novel, purports to be more than fiction: it claims to be based on fact and scholarly research. Brown wants his readers to believe that he is revealing the long-concealed truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and early Christianity, a truth that he says has been suppressed by the malevolent and conspiratorial forces of the Catholic Church. The novel alleges that there has been throughout history a secret group of true followers of a Gnostic Jesus and his wife, Mary Magdalene, the true “Holy Grail”. Almost everything most Christians and non-Christians think they know about Jesus, according to Dan Brown, is completely wrong, the result of Catholic propaganda designed to hide the truth from the world.

But are The Da Vinci Code’s claims fact or just plain fiction? Is the novel well-researched as claimed? What is the truth about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and the early Church? Has the Catholic Church distorted the real Jesus? Why is the novel so popular? What about the anti-Catholic, anti-Christian agenda behind the novel?

Best selling author Carl Olson and journalist Sandra Miesel answer these and other important questions. Their painstaking research into The Da Vinci Code and its sources reveals some surprising truths. No one who has read or heard about The Da Vinci Code should miss this provocative and illuminating new book.

Praise for The Da Vinci Hoax

"Finally! Someone has taken the trouble to counter the absurdities of The Da Vinci Code, and to confront all the anti-Christian and anti-Catholic rhetoric that book has inspired. In writing their own well-informed and well-argued text, Olson and Miesel have done a real service, not just to Christians, but to anyone weary of contemporary fads and foolishness. And unlike the original Code, The Da Vinci Hoax is a delight to read."
--Philip Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University

“In The Da Vinci Hoax, Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel bring their considerable analytical powers to bear on the phenomenally successful novel by Dan Brown. The Da Vinci Code is a writhing nest of neo-Gnostic myths, blatant falsehoods, half-truths and absurd suppositions presented as facts--indeed, it is one of the most odious cases of revisionist history that have appeared during the past two centuries.
Olson and Miesel dissect it carefully--break the code of the Code, as it were--revealing not only Brown’s distortions of history but the underlying malice in his ‘fictional’ attack on Christianity. The Da Vinci Hoax is more than a refutation of a single book; it is an antidote to a poisonous genre that is growing in contemporary writing. This is a fascinating read and very good medicine!”
--Michael O’Brien
Author, Father Elijah: An Apocalypse

“The title of this book by Carl Olson and Sandra Miesel says it all. The authors of The Da Vinci Hoax deserve our gratitude for exposing in considerable detail and with a sure touch the fabrications of Dan Brown’s book. Theirs is the definitive debunking.”
--Cardinal Francis George
Archbishop of Chicago

“I’ve painfully watched some usually-sensible university students fall victim to The Da Vinci Code disease. I’ll enjoy having this clearly-written antidote to prescribe.”

--Marvin Olasky
Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Editor-in-chief, World Magazine

“Olsen and Miesel have done a superb and meticulous job of dissecting the fraud which is The Da Vinci Code. Not only Christians, but all fair –minded people owe them a debt of gratitude.”
--James Hitchcock
Professor of History, St. Louis University

The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis

In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.

Screwtape is an experienced devil. His nephew Wormwood is just beginning his demonic career and has been assigned to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. In this humorous exchange, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good v. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better knowledge of what it means to live a good, honest life. Paperback (Item #83015) $13.95


The Great Divorce
by C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil.

In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer, in a dream, finds himself in a bus which travels between Hell and Heaven. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil which takes issue with William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. In Lewis’s own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven then we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."
Paperback (Item #85412) $10.95


Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't

Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't
Stephen Prothero
*Starred Review* The author of I^ American Jesus (2003) opens this important book with a paradox. To wit, Americans are deeply religious I^ and profoundly ignorant about religion; that is, one of the most religious countries is also a nation of "religious illiterates." Prothero calls religious illiteracy dangerous because religion is one of the greatest forces for good--as well as evil--in the world. Nowadays, standing on shaky religious ground can be literally a matter of life and death. To cite two brief examples of America's religious illiteracy: only half of American adults can name one of the four Gospels, and 10 percent of Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. Prothero defines religious literacy--what it is, and what it is not. He also discusses the two great religious revivals in U.S. history, the Second Great Awakening of the nineteenth century and the postwar revival of the 1940s and 1950s. He argues both the constitutionality and the necessity of teaching--with an emphasis on spreading knowledge, not inculcating values--about religion in public schools and higher education. He suggests that every U.S. public high school should require a course on the Bible and another on the religions of the world. And he devotes an entire chapter to "a modest list" of a hundred or so religious terms that he deems essential, from I^ Abraham to I^ Zionism, to any American's religious knowledge. A must-read on its subject. June Sawyers Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Hardcover (Item #*HP-9780060846701) $24.95

Centuries of St. Louis
by Fr. William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.
Eminent and prolific historian Father William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., offers a unique take on the history of St. Louis with Centuries of St. Louis. This new history—his third on the city—is told through the perspective of its citizens, some prominent, all respected. From Marguerite Blondeau Guion LeCompte—the first woman to give birth in St. Louis—to the venerable sportswriters Bob Burnes and Bob Broeg, Faherty offers insights into the events and people that define St. Louis by documenting the lives of these chosen St. Louisans in context with the eras they lived in.

Many facets of society are covered in this book, including education, politics, religion, sports, activism, philanthropy, and business. Faherty chose to write about achievers rather than celebrities. These achievers were active in their respective fields and the events that surrounded them.
128 pages, Softcover. (Item #88979) $17.95
So, Where'd You Go To High School
Baby Boomer Edition

By Dan Dillon

In volume 2, author Dan Dillon looks back at the high school memories of St. Louis' Baby Boomers. This fun collection of trivia, celebrity tales, and photos will have you remembering your prom night light it was yesterday. From the 1950's through the 1980's, Dillon recalls the rivalries, the teams, the homecoming nights- and yes, the hairstyles- that made high school unforgettable. Packed with descriptions of St. Louis schools, past and present, and with stories from St. Louis personalities such as Dan Gray and Steve Savard, this book will complete any St. Louisan's yearbook collection. (Item #87690) $26.95

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Hooray For You!
Hooray For You! is a celebration of "you-ness" - the grand sum of body, mind and heart that makes every person truly unique! The perfect gift of congratulations, encouragement or just because, Hooray for You! says, "there simply is no other like you." Dimensions: 10-1/8" x 9-7/8"; Special Features: Hard bound with dust jacket
(Item #84047) $15.95
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Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book
spans 50 years of anniversaries, the first 15, year by year. Featuring elegant watercolors and calligraphy of artist Joy Rodgers-Mernin, each left hand page has an illustrated border that is die-cut to fit a 3 1/2 x 5 or 4 x 6 photo, each right hand page is different quote and illustration with space to write. Each year lists that anniversary's special flower along with traditional and modern gifts. Exactingly printed on heavy, acid-free embossed paper. A matching gift box is perfect for gift giving. Our Wedding Anniversary Memory Book will become a cherished keepsake for years to come. Great for showers, weddings and first anniversary. (Item #22523)
365 Ways to Raise Great Kids
Activities for Raising Bright, Caring, Honest, Respectful and Creative Children
Inspiring and insightful, 365 Ways to Raise Great Kids will help you accomplish what all parents want: to raise bright, caring, honest, respectful and creative children. In this important book, you will find a concrete, activity-based guide for nurturing and building lifeskills in your children which will enrich them and your entire family. Illustrated by children. Filled with fun, creative, educational activities for your family, this guide is the ultimate resource for building self-esteem, character, and strength in children. "Imaginative ways to raise healthy, happy families".--"Healthy Kids".  A great source for parents and educators. The book helps children build character and promotes self-esteem. The ideas and suggestions are invaluable. (Item #88275)
   Bake and Be Blessed
By Fr. Dominic Garramone

Father Dominic offers reflections on how one simple activity -- baking bread -- can teach us to grow spiritually and live more meaningfully. Gain insight from everyday activities and live fully through meditation and prayer. With five new recipes, including Ice Cream Muffins and Oatmeal Cookies (with a very special story). Paperback, 112 pages. (Item #86957) $15.95
   Good Cooking Habits Good Cooking Habits
Food for Your Body, Your Soul, and Your Funnybone by Nun Other Than Sr. Karol Jackowski

A not so typical cookbook from a not so typical nun!
Karol Jackowski's thirty-eight years as a nun and twenty-five years as a food enthusiast come together in Good Cooking Habits. Sr. Karol's warmth, sense of humor, and love of good food jump off the page as she complements over 100 recipes with Catholic nostalgia, childhood memories, and humorous stories and anecdotes from her early years as a Sister. (Item #87134) $14.95
The Hand of God: Thoughts and Images Reflecting the Spirit of the Universe
by Michael Reagan (Editor), Sharon Begley (Introduction)
The Hand of God combines inspiration for the mind and spirit by juxtaposing majestic photographs of the cosmos next to illuminating words of scientists, poets, and theologians. It was once believed that to look into the heavens was to look into the face of God. The first Hubble telescope images from space, which appeared in 1990, confirmed that sentiment in ways beyond imagination. These eerily luminous landscapes, splendid with color and motion, gave us a glimpse into the outermost reaches of the universe—a vast, unexplored realm where spiraling galaxies cartwheeled, nebulae shimmered, and stars were born.

Throughout history, scientists and theologians, artists and writers, poets and philosophers have struggled eloquently to make sense of the universe and God’s part in it. Together the images in The Hand of God and the accompanying reflections encourage a sense of awe and, perhaps, purpose in an age often hostile to both. Paperback (Item #88971) $15.95

Angel in the Waters
by Regina Doman
illustrated by Ben Hatke

In its mother’s womb, a tiny baby grows, explores the waters, and talks with the angel who is there.

These gentle illustrations and wise words tell the story of that baby and the angel in the waters . . . a story that will delight all young children, because the journey from conception to birth is their story, too.

48 pp, full color, paperback
(Item #89512) $7.95
   Everyday Hospitality Every Day Hospitality: Simple Steps to Cultivating A Welcoming Heart
by Thea Jarvis
Everyday Hospitality highlights hospitality as a Christian virtue, revealing its deep ties to our spiritual lives and our connection to others as members of the human family. Catholic journalist Thea Jarvis uses folksy, humorous, and heartfelt charm to bring spiritual and religious depth to this common element of everyday life. Weaving together anecdotes and examples of hospitality--taken from scripture, her own life, and the lives of other high-profile figures such as Mother Teresa--Jarvis illuminates how critical the Christian virtue of hospitality has always been and will continue to be. From donating spare clothes to the needy or welcoming a stranger, Everyday Hospitality is filled with such stories of common kindness, demonstrating the joy and ease with which anyone can embrace the Christian virtue of hospitality. Paperback (Item #89414) $10.95
The St. Louis German Catholics
By William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.
Father William Faherty’s latest book, The St. Louis German Catholics, is a general historical survey of the German Catholics who settled in the St. Louis region. It traces the earliest German Catholic immigrants to St. Louis and examines their motives for leaving Germany and choosing St. Louis as their new home. Including 75 illustrations, the book outlines the lasting effects of this group in St. Louis’ business, religious, political and cultural landscapes. Paperback. 127 pages. (Item #83974) $19.95

by William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.

A French-founded frontier village that transformed into a booming nineteenth-century industrial mecca dominated by Germans, the city of St. Louis nonetheless resounds from the influence of Irish immigrants. Both the history and the maps of the city are dotted with the enduring legacies of familiar celts--John Mullanphy, John O'Fallon, Cardinal John J. Glennon--but the true marks of the Irish in St. Louis were made by the common immigrants--those who fled their homeland to settle in the
Kerry Patch on St. Louis's near north side- -and their battle to maintain cultural, ethnographic, and religious roots.

Popular local historian William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., offers readers a look into the history and effects of the Irish immigration to St. Louis. The author can now be placed within a rich Irish heritage in the world of publishing: Joseph Charless, editor of the first newspaper west of the Mississippi, the Missouri Gazette; William Marion Reedy, editor of the
Mirror and nineteenth-century literary mogul; Joseph McCullagh, editor of the Globe-Democrat in the late nineteenth century; and controversial author Kate (O'Flaherty) Chopin.

The Irish in St. Louis is an enticing ethnographic history of one nationality clinging to its roots in a melting- pot American city. Both visitor and native St. Louisian, Irish or not, will relish this history of one of St. Louis's most enduring communities.

CLOTH (Item #89017) $29.95
PAPERBACK (Item #89000) $19.95


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