Category Archives: Hope

CWG Book Blast: Ornamental Graces, by Carolyn Astfalk

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Carolyn Astfalk’s book, Ornamental Graces. It is a CWG Seal of Approval winner. Teaser: After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: … Continue reading

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The Perfect Blindside, by Leslea Wahl

At sixteen, Jake Taylor is an Olympic medalist, a snowboarding prodigy, and a big fish transplanted to a small pond. He annoys Sophie Metcalf with his arrogance. She plans to expose him for the thoughtless egotist she thinks he is, … Continue reading

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Running for the End Zone

By Janice Lane Palko I recently celebrated my birthday. Now that I’m past the fifty-yard line of life and heading to the end zone, I can no longer deny that I am aging. When I was in my twenties and … Continue reading

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When Picking up Your Pen Is Picking up Your Cross

By Janice Lane Palko How do you regard your writing career? Perhaps you’re like me. I’ve been putting words on paper for more than 20 years, and I’ve always regarded my propensity to write as a being a blessing and … Continue reading

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Rejoice! Gospel Meditations, by Louis Evely

Lent invites us to refresh our souls, to refocus our lives, to set things right. Rejoice! by Louis Evely, has a way of growing us out of our comfort zones into the light. It challenges us to lift our crosses … Continue reading

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The CWG Book Blast: Cathy Gilmore and Carol Benoist’s “Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day”

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Cathy Gilmore’s book with Carol Benoist (a Sister duo), “Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day.” It has an imprimatur. Easter’s iconic bunny becomes a beloved disciple of Jesus in this beautifully illustrated hardcover … Continue reading

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Pick up the Orange

By Janice Lane Palko Some people receive profound promptings from the Holy Spirit. Me? I get messages like “pick up the orange.” A few weeks ago, I walked into my local grocery store and saw a woman select some oranges … Continue reading

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert’s journalistic style offers an exciting and thorough case study of humanity’s impact on life, and the likelihood that human behavior may extinguish all earthly life, including human life. Not one to research in dusty museums, Kolbert meets the … Continue reading

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6 Dates to Disaster, by Cynthia T. Toney

Life can be horribly unfair, especially if you are a teen. Or so you may think. Sometimes parents can be right, but not all adult decisions seem just and reasonable. Unfortunately, adults usually have the last word. In her third … Continue reading

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Something Worth Waiting For

By Janice Lane Palko Advent is upon us – a season of waiting. I hate to admit it, but I’m a bad “waiter.” I’m not too deficient with the day-to-day waiting of standing in line at the grocery store, or … Continue reading

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