The magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing

You’re Worth It!
By Pat Rinker

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For many teens, the Scriptures are confusing, ancient, or just plain unrelated to problems such as divorce, rejection from friends, sexual temptations, or lack of self-identity. Though you may believe in God and enjoy some positive experiences of Church, your personal prayer life needs to grow along with your personal relationship with God. Reading the Bible can be more of a task than a pleasure and you may need help in applying the Scripture to what happens in your everyday life.

You’re Worth It! seeks to help you find in Scripture the guidance you need to build a strong relationship with God, to strengthen your self-worth, to help you deal with inter-relational problems both in and outside your home, and give you an aware­ness of what your call to follow Christ looks like today. The book offers guidelines to help you begin the practice of daily prayer. Daily devotions build upon each other and end with further prayer suggestions and journal activity.

Faces of FAITH – Everyday Catholics share their turning points of faith
By FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications

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There are no ordinary people. Everyone has a story, everyone is on a journey of faith. In this book, the many editors of magazines who publish with FAITH Catholic Publishing and Communications share their favorite stories. Meet parents who have survived the loss of children; children who have overcome abuse, and people who bring hope to those in pain.
These stories are your stories, these stories are God’s stories – the stories of FAITH.

In My Father’s Footprints
By Father Bill Turner

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In My Father’s Footsteps by Father Bill Turner is his second book on the topic of fatherhood. In it, he shares vignettes about sons and fathers that will move and inspire you.

A Garden of Visible Prayer:
Creating a Sacred Space One Step at a Time

By Margaret Rose Realy
ISBN: 978-0-9790747-7-6

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Gardens are places of growth, not only for plants but for our souls as well. Creating an outdoor spiritual sanctuary, no matter how small, is now within every gardener’s reach.  A Garden of Visible Prayer shows you how to develop a contemplative outdoor space in a creative and systematic manner. Whether you are a new gardener or an old hand, wanting to create a public or a private retreat area, this book will guide you in a step-by-step approach to discern what leads you, personally, to a deeper sense of spirituality and then how to take that information to create your own outdoor space for prayer.

Set up in a systematic approach, this book breaks into three easily understandable units to create an outdoor retreat: discern, design, and development. In the discerning process you will establish what elements in a garden lead you to become quiet and introspective, fostering spiritual growth. The next section guides you in designing your prayer space; where to locate it, where to place the features you have chosen and how to select plants. There is also a section on Catholic traditions in the garden at the end of the book. The final chapters on development tell you how to install your garden based on your design. A Garden of Visible Prayer helps you feed both hungers for natural beauty and spiritual insight.

Happiness: Only in the Next
By David Paul Eich
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790747-6-9

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Happiness: Only in the Next, by David Paul Eich, challenges us to look beyond personal happiness to eternal happiness.

During an apparition on February 18, 1858, in Lourdes, France, the Blessed Virgin Mary said to a local peasant girl, “I cannot promise you happiness in this world, only in the next.”

Inspired by the movie, The Song of Bernadette, this book reminds us that we can spend an eternity trying to figure out how to be happy in this world or make choices that will enable us to experience eternal happiness.

David Paul Eich is the author of Conquering the Culture: The Fight for Our Children’s Souls, Desiderata: A Teenager’s Journey to God and The ‘F’ Word: Good Words for Great Leaders. He is also a keynote speaker and retreat leader. David and his wife Cindy have been married for 38 years and are blessed with three children and four grandchildren and reside East Lansing, Michigan.

Father Joe’s book is here!
By Father Joseph Krupp
ISBN-10: 0-9790747-1-1

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Smart answers and bad jokes from a priest who proves God has a sense of humor is a collection of Father Joe’s most popular columns from FAITH Magazine. FAITH’s dynamic q-and-a priest answers questions about God, the church, relationships and issues of the day.

Father Joe Krupp is a former comedy writer who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lansing in 1998. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Flint, this former Wolverine embraced his inner Spartan when he became the director of campus ministry at Michigan State University. Father Joe is a regular on Catholic TV, as well as appearing every month in the pages of FAITH.

Near or far, I think of you always
By Father Gildasio Mendes
ISBN: 9780979074738

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Father Gildasio has written a collection of faith stories to motivate and encourage young people. Written in short glimpses of faith, it is perfect for busy teens and young adults with their hectic schedules. It’s a book that can pick up, reflect and pray with – then come back later or pick their favorite passages to read over and over.

Bringing Up Geeks: How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world
By Marybeth Hicks
Dr. Laura Schlessinger recommends Faith Magazine contributor’s parenting book
In a ringing endorsement the included the words “must read,” famed radio personality and best-selling author Dr. Laura Schlessinger offered overwhelming praise for Bringing Up Geeks: How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world by Faith Magazine contributor Marybeth Hicks.
“I just loved this book … so many of you are going to benefit from this tremendously,” Dr. Laura told her radio audience. “This is a must read. I’ve read the book … there’s a lot of humor, a lot of common sense. It helps support me in what I’m doing on my show. It’s an important read. It’ll help set you straight.”
Calling the book well-written and easy to read, Dr. Laura says Hicks has strong parental backbone. “If you’re a parent, you ought to read Bringing Up Geeks. It will help shore you up.”
Listen to Dr. Laura’s endorsement and learn more about Bringing Up Geeks at Hicks’ web site


The Perfect World Inside My Minivan
By Marybeth Hicks
[ISBN: 9780979074707]
Dinner with SpongeBob … on vacation with a “stalker”… the saddest day of summer … these are just some of the experiences you’ll read about in Marybeth Hicks’ new collection of family columns, The Perfect World Inside My Minivan – One Mom’s Journey Through the Streets of Suburbia, now available from FAITH Catholic and the Chicago Distribution Center, a division of the University of Chicago Press.
Through heart warming and hilarious detail, Marybeth paints a familiar picture of family life. Now, FAITH Catholic brings her insightful columns together in a book that’s both entertaining and inspiring.

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Entering the Heart of God
Praying the Lord’s Prayer in Our Day

Signed copies of  Entering The Heart Of God can be obtained at:

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Behind each of the words and phrases in the Lord’s Prayer lies a rich array of concepts. Take the first word, for instance. Have we spent much time meditating on the word “Our”? Most of us probably have not. But we should. Jesus selected every word deliberately. Perhaps we should spend some equally deliberate time meditating on His choice and why He placed it as the first word of the prayer He taught His disciples. What does it mean to ask that God’s kingdom come here on earth? The last two phrases are somewhat mysterious. Would God lead us into temptation? How does God deliver us from evil? The meditations in this book are designed to answer these questions and increase your awareness about what Jesus was teaching us when we pray His beautiful prayer.

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Fr. Charlie Irvin was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 6, 1933. He was raised and educated there, graduating from the University of Michigan Law School. After a brief career as an attorney he entered Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and was ordained a priest in 1967. Shortly thereafter he began an eleven-year ministry at St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan. A rich variety of ministries followed including appointments to many advisory positions in the Church. From 1987 to 1997, he was pastor of Ann Arbor’s St. Francis of Assisi parish.

Presently he is living in “active retirement” in DeWitt, Michigan where he writes articles and homilies as well as providing weekend help in many parishes.


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