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July 4, 2012     

Summertime Reading and Reflection

THIS MONTH: We all benefit from some summertime R & R—rest, relaxation, reading, and reflection. Make some time this summer to nourish your soul with some good spiritual reading! And recommend a good book or two to others—catechists, parish staff members, adults in the parish, friends, and family.


Saints Off the Pedestal
by Joan McKamey

When things on my path get rocky, I find inspiration and courage in the lives of others who have persevered in faith in spite of difficulties. Whether they’re friends, family members, coworkers, or people in my parish, I only come to know their stories through taking time to get to know them.

The same is true of our saints. We must get to know them through their stories so that their lives can inspire us on our quest for holiness. Saints Off the Pedestal: Real Saints for Real People by Amanda M. Roberts makes the lives of 10 well-known saints real and accessible to us “ordinary” people.

Pick up this book for summer reading. Encourage adults in your parish to pick up a copy this summer as well. Share copies with inquirers to introduce them to saints as real people whose lives can inspire, encourage, and challenge us as we seek greater intimacy with Jesus Christ. Hurry! This book is on clearance for $5 while supplies last.

Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart is another book I recommend for summertime reading. When a vine of vessels in Kevin Wells’ brain burst one evening, his life took an unanticipated turn. This former sports journalist had dealt with infertility, adoption fraud, and the murder of his beloved uncle, Msgr. Tom Wells, but this was a new low. Wells fought back with good humor and persistent faith. He offers hard-earned encouragement for those struggling through hard times and looking for a reason to hang on.



Dating God
by Joan McKamey

If you’re looking for a good audiobook to listen to as you travel this summer—even if it’s during your commute to and from work—consider Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis.

It might seem odd to compare our relationship with God with “dating.” But with fresh insight and a deep personal spirituality, Dan Horan, OFM, points out that the desire, uncertainty, and love we experience in relationship with God resembles our earthly relationships: We set aside time for the people who are most important to us.

Horan reminds us that St. Francis of Assisi understood and described his relationship with God in a similar way. Drawing from the Franciscan tradition, Dating God encourages us to see St. Francis’ spirituality in a new light, challenges us to reexamine our own spirituality and prayer, and invites us into more intimate relationship with our Creator. I’ve selected an excerpt from the book’s Introduction to share with you (Windows Media).

This book is also available as a print book and as an e-book, and will soon be available as an Audible.com download. 



Great Deals on Reading—for Summer and Beyond
by Angela Glassmeyer

I’m excited to tell you about some of the incredible offers we have to keep your parish faith formation going this summer and beyond.

Our 10¢ Newsletter Sale, through July 15, 2012, allows you to purchase 250 or more copies of Catholic Update, Every Day Catholic, Scripture From Scratch, and Youth Update for only 10¢ each. Search each newsletter for available titles and use promo code CE12 when you place your order.

Our Parish Book Rack Sale provides the opportunity to fill your parish book rack without zapping your parish budget. Get 20 books for $20, or buy two packs—40 books for $40 and get free shipping! You can lend the books, give them away, or sell them to your parishioners. Encourage faith-filled reading all summer! You can easily place an order online using the links above through August 31, 2012.

Our Parish Bulk Discount Sale allows you to purchase ANY single title in our collection at 50% off the retail price when you purchase 50 or more copies through July 31, 2012. Browse all our Franciscan Media and Servant Books at Catalog.FranciscanMedia.org. Use promo code PSR12 when you place your order by phone or online.

And don’t forget to start thinking ahead to the fall! The 2012 edition of ‘Come and See’ (Lectionary-based Christian Initiation Resource Using Catholic Updates) becomes available for purchase on July 15! We’ve worked to make it a more user-friendly product in the past few years—adding a glossary, sequence of sessions coordinated with the Sunday reading cycles, retreat, timeline, interview checklist, and more—so make plans to get your updated edition!



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