Book Program – 2015 Featured Offerings
2015 Featured Titles
There are now dozens of books and CDs available through the Dynamic Catholic Book Program, but each year we highlight a handful of titles as our featured selections. These are usually a combination of the old and the new. Some of these titles have been bestsellers in the program for years and others are emerging as the next generation of bestsellers. Each title is selected because it meets people where they are and leads them to where God is calling them to be.
We hope this year’s Featured Selections will change many lives in your parish.
- 1. Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly
- 2. The Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly
- 3. Ordinary Lives Extraordinary Mission by John R. Wood
- 4. Finding True Happiness by Fulton Sheen
- 5. Everybody Needs To Forgive Somebody by Allen R. Hunt
- 6. Life’s Greatest Lesson by Allen R. Hunt
- 7. The Real Story by Curtis Martin and Dr. Edward Sri
- 8. The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality by Matthew Kelly
- 9. Becoming the Best Version of Yourself by Matthew Kelly
Over the past 20 years, Matthew Kelly has seen more of the world than most presidents and more of the Church than most bishops. Now, in this unique and timely book, he proposes that Catholicism is not a lifeless set of rules and regulations, but a way of life designed by God to help each person reach his or her full potential. With remarkable insight, Kelly dispels dozens of myths that surround the rejection of Catholicism today and provides a profound and practical vision of what will lead the Catholic Church to thrive again in the future. Rediscover Catholicism is quickly becoming the most read Catholic book of our times. From the spellbinding opening story, Kelly grips his readers and takes them on a life-changing journey to rediscover the genius of Catholicism.
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics?
Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic Church. If we truly want to engage Catholics and reinvigorate parish life, we must first discover what drives engagement among Catholics. Matthew Kelly explores this question in his groundbreaking new book, and the simplicity of what he discovers will amaze you.
Ordinary Lives extraordinary Mission
John R. Wood
These are difficult times for the Catholic Church and the United States of America. There is only one solution to the problems we face… saints! Becoming a saint is a choice, and we must begin choosing the saint within each of us. The biggest crisis of our time is not economic, health care, or vocations, but is an identity crisis. We have forgotten our mission to become saints and forgotten our story as Catholics. We must rediscover that mission and hold each other accountable to accepting responsibility for that mission. Business as usual is not going to cut it. We need heroic Catholicism.
This book is a five step guide to choosing the saint within you. The world doesn’t need another John Paul II or Mother Teresa. The world needs you. Your ordinary life has an extraordinary purpose.
Finding True Happiness
Most people are still actively searching for true and lasting happiness, but are looking in the wrong places. It’s easy to be misled into believing that happiness is found in money, rank, or renown. While these things are not inherently bad, and can in fact be used to do much good, they will, in the final analysis, not bring a happiness that endures. Once we realize that nothing less than a complete union with God will satisfy our souls, we will not let transitory things distract or disappoint us. This is because then, according to Fulton Sheen, “you put no more hope in things than they can bear. You cease looking for first-rate joys where there are only tenth-rate pleasures.”
Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody
Allen R. Hunt
Forgiveness will unleash a power in your life that is underrated and often ignored. It is underrated mainly because it is underused. We fail to capture the power of forgiveness because we are afraid of it, because we have grown comfortable in our familiar wounds, or because we are sinfully stubborn. But the power is there waiting for us. This little book, and the eleven real life stories in it, will help you capture that power. Because everybody needs to forgive somebody.
Life’s Greatest Lesson
Allen R. Hunt
Something is missing. You are not whole just yet. What if you had a need in your life that turned out to be the greatest need of all? A need that you unexpectedly discovered, almost by accident? What if that need, when satisfied, grew into the most deeply rewarding aspect of your life?
You do have such a need. And when you satisfy this need, your life will be transformed in ways you could never imagine. You will never have to worry about ending your life like Ebenezer Scrooge, full of bitterness and regret. Because you will have found the cure for selfishness, for anxiety, for sluggishness, and even for anger.
That transformation will propel you toward becoming the-best-version-of-yourself. Best of all, you will lead a life full of love. You will have discovered life’s greatest lesson.
This book, and the parable Allen Hunt shares in it, will show you how to get the most out of your life—how to return to the grace of who you really are.
The Real Story
Curtis Martin and Dr. Edward Sri
Do you know the real story of the Bible?
What do Adam and Eve, Moses, David, Jesus and the Apostles have to do with my life?
In The Real Story, Edward Sri and Curtis Martin break open the Word to examine how all these pieces fit together into one cohesive narrative—a story of how, little by little, God has drawn His people into closer union with Himself, culminating in the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Church.
Through a closer study of the key characters and events in the larger biblical narrative, Sri and Martin show that the Bible ultimately isn’t a collection of disjointed stories, but an epic saga of God’s infinite love for us and His perfect plan for our salvation since the beginning of time.
The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality
We all need our spirituality re-energized from time to time. Matthew Kelly has been inspiring Catholics to explore the genius of Catholicism for twenty years. If you are not quite sure where Catholicism fits into your life, have questions about the faith, or just need your spiritual life reinvigorated… this one hour CD or DVD is perfect for you.
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself
“Becoming the Best-Version-of-Yourself” reminds us that everything makes sense in relation to our essential purpose, and that, without a clear understanding of the purpose in our lives we find ourselves constantly in a cloud of confusion.
Kelly then explains the meaning of friendship, work, marriage, money, all in relation to our essential purpose. Beyond that he demonstrates how understanding our essential purpose brings clarity and direction to our lives, especially in the area of making decisions.
Finally, he challenges us to reassess the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of our lives. With the heartwarming charm and humor he has become so well known for, Kelly invites his audience to make one resolution in each of these four areas… and explains how these four new habits can transform our lives.
“You were born to become the-best-version-of-yourself! This is your essential purpose and the most important discovery you will ever make. Embrace this one solitary truth and it will change your life more than anything you have ever learned. In every situation, simply ask yourself, ‘Which of the options before me will help me become the-best-version-of-myself?'”