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  1. Forming Intentional Disciples

    Forming Intentional Disciples

    The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

    Narrator: Nan McNamara
    Runtime: 7.32 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $17.95 Member Price: $14.36 (or 3 credits)
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    How can we transmit a living, personal Catholic faith to future generations? By coming to know Jesus Christ, and following him as his disciples.These are times of immense challenge and immense opportunity for the Catholic Church.Consider these statistics for the United States.   • Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing.    • Fully 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics.    • The number of marriages celebrated in the Church decreased dramatically, by nearly 60 percent, between 1972 and 2010.    • Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God.If the Church is to reverse these trends, the evangelizers must first be evangelized-in other words, Catholics-in-the-pew must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before they can draw others to him. This work of discipleship lies at the heart of Forming Intentional Disciples, a book designed to help Church leaders, parish staff and all Catholics transform parish life from within.Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help Catholics enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.Learn about the five thresholds of postmodern conversion, how to open a conversation about faith and belief, how to ask thought-provoking questions and establish an atmosphere of trust, when to tell the Great Story of Jesus, how to help someone respond to God's call to intentional discipleship, and much more.And be prepared for conversion because when life at the parish level changes, the life of the whole Church will change.
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  2. How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

    How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

    Author: Kevin Lowry
    Narrator: Sean Pratt
    Runtime: 4.12 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $15.95 Member Price: $12.76 (or 3 credits)
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    A preacher's kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a double major in beer and billiards soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off. After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was all true despite his objections. Kevin Lowry's journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God's unfailing, patient love for all of us.
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  3. The Miracle and the Message

    The Miracle and the Message

    100 Years of Fatima

    Narrator: Paul Michael
    Runtime: 3.63 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $15.95 Member Price: $12.76 (or 3 credits)
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    A century old eternally new.2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal.The message of Fatima reflects all the teachings of the Catholic faith. It s a message so simple that children could understand it yet one so rich that theologians are still mining its depths.In The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima, author John C. Preiss describes in clear detail the Blessed Mother s appearances to Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now the Church s youngest canonized saints) and shares the background, sights, and sounds that draw you into the events as they unfolded over the course of the twentieth century.More than just a history lesson about the apparitions, The Miracle and the Message shows us how to claim the message in our own lives and fully embrace what Mary offers the Church and the World.Whether you know little about what happened in Fatima and want to learn more, or you already have a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, you will love The Miracle and the Message.
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  4. Bored Again Catholic

    Bored Again Catholic

    How the Mass Could Save Your Life

    Narrator: Adam Verner
    Runtime: 4.70 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $14.95 Member Price: $11.96 (or 3 credits)
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    Are you BORED? Not likely, given the endless opportunities today to see, share, post, watch, and like. So are you bored? No way!(Except maybe at Mass.)We want the Mass to entertain, make us laugh, give us foot tapping music and sound-bite theology, and get it done in under an hour. Yet every Sunday many of us tune out.Author Tim O'Malley, in a series of reflections on every part of the Mass, challenges us to turn the idea of boredom on its head, calling boredom the good boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God a sweet gift.It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible the potential to be transfixed by a ritual, to contemplate the readings, to savor the Eucharist. To be fruitfully bored again.Become a Bored Again Catholic and rediscover the power of the Mass to change your life and the entire world.
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  5. Victorious Secret

    Victorious Secret

    Everyday Battles and How To Win Them

    Narrator: Erin Bennett
    Runtime: 5.32 HRS. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $16.95 Member Price: $13.56 (or 3 credits)
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    Ladies, whether we realize it or not, we are facing a battle every day. We face battles in our homes, in our relationships, and in our cluttered hearts and distracted minds. We want a Pinterest-worthy house, flawless skin, a picture-perfect marriage, envy-inducing Instagram feeds — oh, and total control over everything that will ever happen to us. And since for most of us this is just normal life, we forget that this “normal” is actually a battlefield. One where souls are won — or lost. Instead of arming ourselves with the right weapons, we respond to our frustrations and disappointments by slapping on an Instagram filter or grabbing an expensive latte. We can do better than this. Victorious Secret: Everyday Battles and How to Win Them will show you how to put on your spiritual armor and face the fight every day. The stakes are high, and the enemy is strong, but the good news is: so are we. We are deeply loved by the Lord, and he gives us everything we need to face our everyday battles — if we're willing to receive what he has to offer. Are you ready to finish off that latte and fight?
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  6. Fruitful Discipleship

    Fruitful Discipleship

    Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World

    Narrator: Nan McNamara
    Runtime: 7.10 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $19.95 Member Price: $15.96 (or 4 credits)
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    As faith-filled Catholics, we are called to go out and spread the good news of the Gospel, build up the Church, and fuel its mission. We are supernaturally empowered by God to do this through the charisms we receive at Baptism. Learn about each charism, what they are, and how discipleship unleashes these powerful gifts to produce fruit that lasts.
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  7. Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare

    Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare

    Runtime: 2.67 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $16.95 Member Price: $13.56 (or 3 credits)
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    Fr. Dwight Longenecker asks, Are you disturbed by the state of our world?For most of us the answer is yes. The news reports fuel this dread. We see and hear the horrors of terrorism and war, crime, corruption, rage, violence, inequality, poverty, and attacks on human dignity at every level.We are in a war with evil. It s real, and it s personal.Here is your weapon, and here is a warrior to fight beside you. In this book you ll learn to pray the Rosary in a whole new way, battling along-side Mary as you pray the 20 mysteries.Each mystery is aligned with a particular evil, helping you focus on everything from abortion, murder, and genocide, to materialism, illness, and disease, to pollution, corruption, and abuse of the poor.Through Scripture, reflection, and ten positive things to pray for in each of the mysteries, you ll gain a vision for how the demonic evils can be trampled down through prayer and action.With Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare, you ll be answering St. Paul s battle cry: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the cunning schemes of the devil.
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  8. Little Sins Mean a Lot

    Little Sins Mean a Lot

    Runtime: 4.83 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Most of us at one time have said, or thought, something like:    • So I procrastinate, it s not like it s hurting anyone!    • Enough about you, back to me.    • I deserve this, so I m treating myself!    • If I can t have it, she shouldn t either.    • I ll get around to it... or not.    • It s not really gossip if it s all true, right?     • (And the granddaddy of them all) But that doesn t make me a bad person! Are these really sins, you ask? After all, they re not murder, theft, or violence. Don t they just mean we re human?Writer, speaker, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia takes a look at thirteen of these little sins that, if left unexamined and unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives and relationship with Christ. Through her honest (and sometimes funny) examination of these same sins in her own life, as well as Church teaching on each one, she helps us ask ourselves the tough questions, and the tools to kick these bad habits before they kick us.
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  9. Hurting in the Church

    Hurting in the Church

    A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics

    Author: Thomas Berg
    Runtime: 6.55 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Far too many Catholics have had painful experiences in the Church, and many have simply opted to walk away.Fr. Berg opens his book with the story of the painful and life-changing crisis he experienced in the Church that ultimately, against the odds, led him to love the Church more intensely notwithstanding the sinfulness of its members.Along with his own story, Fr. Berg intertwines the stories of other Catholics who have themselves experienced life-changing hurts, but who, in Jesus, found healing.Riding the momentum of the Year of Mercy, Fr. Berg offers these reflections as a necessary examination of conscience, and a clarion call to Catholics to become healers of an ailing inner culture of our Church, to heed Pope Francis s call to incite a revolution of tenderness in our faith communities.Ultimately, this book is about hope for wounded believers: If you have been hurt in the Church, Jesus can take you on a journey through your wounds, a journey of healing that will make you an even better human being, a better Christian, and a better disciple.
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  10. Can We Be Friends?

    Can We Be Friends?

    Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
    Runtime: 2.05 - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $16.95 Member Price: $13.56 (or 3 credits)
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    These days more than ever, finding good friends is just plain hard. Even for those who are lucky enough to have found their people, making time to keep friendships strong and healthy can be a daunting task. Can We Be Friends? tackles the issue head on, taking a fun and honest look at friendship: why we need friends, where we find friends, and even when to let friends go. Author Rebecca Frech details the different types of friends, ways to grow intentionally in friendship, and how to decide which friends really deserve a place in our inner circle. Ultimately, Can We Be Friends? reminds us that authentic, life-giving friendship not only gives us a stable tribe in which to belong, it helps us to become our true self. With relatable and personal anecdotes, this book will take you beyond the shallow façade of friendship and help you find your people on the other side.
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  11. Why the Rosary, Why Now?

    Why the Rosary, Why Now?

    Narrator: Elizabeth Stone
    Runtime: 4.57 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Without a doubt, one of the most familiar and beloved prayers within the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church is the Rosary. But do Catholics today have a clear comprehension of the benefits of this centuries-old devotion?Using the eloquent and inspiring writings of holy men and women who share a love of, and commitment to, the Marian prayer, Editor Gretchen R. Crowe makes a compelling case for why praying the Rosary is more critical in today s 21st-century world than ever before.Why the Rosary, Why Now? is an accessible and inspiring compilation of texts woven together with personal anecdotes that outline eight persuasive reasons why the Rosary should be an essential part of every Catholic s life.We need the Rosary ...   • to break through the noise... with Cardinal Albino Luciani (Pope John Paul I)   • for a deeper devotion to the Church... with Venerable Fulton J. Sheen   • to strengthen families... with Father Patrick Peyton, the Rosary priest    • for an increase in Christian discipleship... with Pope St. John Paul II    • for peace in the world... with Father Hubert F. Schiffer, S.J.    • as a weapon against evil... with Venerable Pope Pius XII    • to combat secularism... with Pope Leo XIII    • to become saints... with Pope St. John XXIII, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, and many moreWhy the Rosary, Why Now? is not a typical how-to book about the Rosary. This is the why-to book that will inspire you to reach for your Rosary more often, and in doing so to receive the gifts it offers to each of us and the world.
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  12. The Fisherman's Tomb

    The Fisherman's Tomb

    The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search

    Author: John O'Neill
    Narrator: Paul Michael
    Runtime: 4.58 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $21.95 Member Price: $17.56 (or 4 credits)
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    A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his Church was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime.The incredible, sometimes shocking, story of the 75-year search and its key players has never been fully told until now. The quest would pit one of the 20th century's most talented archaeologists a woman against top Vatican insiders. The Fisherman's Tomb is a story of the triumph of faith and genius against all odds.ABOUT THE AUTHORJohn O'Neill is a lawyer and #1 New York Times bestselling author. He has spent much of his life visiting and researching early Christian sites. He is a 1967 graduate of the Naval Academy, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and senior partner at a large international law firm.
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