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Christ in the Storm
An Extraordinary Blessing for a Suffering World Urbi et Orbi, March 27, 2020 POPE FRANCIS Foreword by John L. Allen Jr. “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” —Mark 4:40 As he calmed the storm at sea, Jesus reproached the apostles for their lack of faith. On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis used the Gospel passage as a sign of God’s blessing, forgiveness, and healing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Holy Father offered hope to the world with an Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing from an empty St. Peter’s Square. Christ in the Storm gathers color photos, readings, the pope’s homily and blessing, and also provides explanation of the symbolism and history throughout the event to create a powerful reminder that Jesus is always with us and that God’s love never fails. An Urbi et Orbi Blessing (Urbi et Orbi means “to the city and to the world”) is usually reserved for Christmas and Easter, but Pope Francis used his powerful and moving message to unite the world in prayer in the wake of the coronavirus. History will remember the dramatic images of the Holy Father walking alone in St. Peter’s Square at twilight in the rain and his profound words of hope. The Pope said, Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies. In addition to reading about the historical background of the event, you also will learn the significance of the following elements of the unique and deeply moving service: • the icon of Mary, Health of the Roman People • the Miraculous Crucifix • plenary indulgence • prayers such as the Litany of Supplication • Eucharistic Adoration • Chants such as the Tantum Ergo
978-1-64680-053-7 · 104 pages · $18.95 On-Sale Date: October 2, 2020 Foreign Rights: World English · 5 x 7 · Hardcover Category: Catholicism Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“Christ in the Storm is something more than a coffee table book for Catholics living during COVID-19. It is an invitation to remember practices, images, and chants that are most beautiful, most essential, most necessary for Catholic life.” —Timothy P. O'Malley Director of education and academic director Notre Dame Center for Liturgy
An Illuminated Journal Retreat through the Stations of the Cross JEN NORTON Contemporary Catholic artist Jen Norton offers a unique opportunity to ponder the extravagant love of Christ through the Stations of the Cross. Combining Norton’s powerful, full-color illustrations with scripture, her original reflections and prayers, and journaling space, Surrender All will help you encounter Christ’s Passion in a new light.
“Jen Norton's art causes the scriptures to resonate prayerfully, leading us from simple meditation to mystical contemplation.” —Elizabeth Lev Vatican art historian and author of How Catholic Art Saved the Faith
978-1-64680-007-0 · 160 pages · $14.95 On-Sale Date: November 6, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Catholicism / Devotion Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Let Go of Anger and Stress!
Be Transformed by the Fruits of the Spirit GARY ZIMAK How do you let the Spirit work in you to bear good fruit when you’re dealing with the never-ending drama of social media, a frustrating coworker, or the aggravating next-door neighbor? How do you stop letting stress and anger take control of your life? Using the nine fruits of the Spirit as a guide, bestselling author Gary Zimak will help you free yourself from anger and stress to find peace and to live the life God has planned for you.
“Gary Zimak’s relatable and disarming style makes this take on the Fruits of the Spirit an engaging resource for anyone who wants to cultivate the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. A great read for personal or group study!” —Matt Swaim
Cohost of The Son Rise Morning Show Producer of The Journey Home
978-1-59471-983-7 · 160 pages · $14.95 On-Sale Date: October 2, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 x 7 · Paperback Category: Spirituality / Personal Growth Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Awaken My Heart
52 Weeks of Giving Thanks and Loving Abundantly EMILY WILSON HUSSEM Do you feel as if you are running on empty? Have you fallen asleep to the glory of God and his love being revealed to you each day? Bestselling and award-winning author and popular YouTuber Emily Wilson Hussem has been there too. She invites you on a year-long transformational journey of practicing gratitude, becoming more closely aware of God’s presence in your every day and serving others in his name. These fifty-two reflections will help you cultivate a deeper prayer life, find freedom from the frenzy of tasks and the noise of the culture, and discover the lasting joy that can only blossom in a heart awakened to the beauty of God’s quiet, loving presence.
“Every human being needs this book.” —Leah Darrow
Catholic speaker, podcaster, and author of The Other Side of Beauty
978-1-64680-021-6 · 288 pages · $16.95 On-Sale Date: November 6, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 x 8.5 · Paperback Category: Women’s Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
In Full Bloom
Finding the Grace and Grit to Thrive Wherever You’re Planted CLAIRE SWINARSKI What do you do when you feel stuck and your life takes a detour from your grand plan? Claire Swinarski, founder of The Catholic Feminist podcast, says that even if your life is not where you wanted it to be or you are in a time of transition or discomfort, God has planted you right where you are for a reason. In Full Bloom inspires you to see God’s grace at work and discover for yourself the grit and practical strategies to thrive no matter what life has thrown your way.
“Claire Swinarski brings authenticity and practical wisdom to the process of becoming that we all find ourselves in.” —Sarah Kaczmarek
Director of Pastoral Ministry Encounter Ministries
978-1-64680-025-4 · 128 pages · $14.95 On-Sale Date: October 16, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 x 8.5 · Paperback Category: Women’s Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Exploring Mary’s Pivotal Role from Age to Age MIKE AQUILINA The Virgin Mary’s part in history doesn’t begin and end with her yes to God. Popular Catholic author Mike Aquilina points out that Mary is at the center of history from creation to the end of time and everywhere in between. In History’s Queen, you’ll learn about the many ways the mother of humanity has left her mark on the great events of time, not only as we see them in the Bible, but also in pivotal events such as Fatima, the battle of Lepanto, and the plague.
“A very impressive book that is much needed in our time.” —Steve Weidenkopf Adjunct Professor Christendom College Graduate School of Theology Author of Timeless: A History of the Catholic Church
978-1-59471-987-5,· 192 978-1-64680-021-6 320pages, pages $16.95 · $16.95 On-Sale Date: September 11,2020 2020 On-Sale Date: November 6, Foreign Rights: Rights: World World ·· 5.5 5.5 xx 8.5 8.5 ·· Paperback Paperback Foreign Category: Church History Category: TBD/ Catholicism Imprint: Ave Ave Maria Maria Press Press Imprint:
Secrets of the Sacred Heart
Twelve Ways to Claim Jesus’ Promises in Your Life EMILY JAMINET Do you yearn for the peace, protection, and joy of a Christ-centered home? The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the answer. Bestselling and award-winning author Emily Jaminet takes up each of the twelve promises Christ made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in a series of visions, puts a fresh new spin on the classic Catholic devotion, and invites you and your family to experience the profound spiritual benefits you will receive when you keep the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the center of your home.
“This book is such a gift!” —Danielle Bean Brand manager of CatholicMom.com Author of Giving Thanks and Letting Go
978-1-64680-019-3, 160 pages, $14.95 On-Sale Date: October 16, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 x 7 · Paperback Category: Catholicism / Devotion Imprint: Ave Maria Press
The Church and the Middle Ages (1000–1378) Cathedrals, Crusades, and the Papacy in Exile STEVE WEIDENKOPF EDITED BY MIKE AQUILINA
Few periods of history are more maligned and misunderstood than the Middle Ages—three-hundred years of division, shifting centers of power, and tensions both within the Church and also between the Church and the secular rulers of the time. In an engaging and easy-to-understand style, historian and author Steve Weidenkopf highlights some of our greatest saints—Francis, Dominic, Anselm, Aquinas, and Catherine of Siena—and dispels nine commonly accepted misconceptions about the era, which was an exciting period of enduring faith, reform, cultural achievement, as well as defeat and division.
“This book methodically, carefully, and fairly examines and exposes the numerous myths which obscure our vision of the Medieval age.” —Jamie Blosser
Professor of theology at Benedictine College Author of Positively Medieval
978-1-59471-953-0,· 320 192 pages, 978-1-64680-021-6 pages ·$17.95 $16.95 On-Sale Date: December 2020 On-Sale Date: November25, 6, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 xx 8.5 9 · Paperback Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 · Paperback Category: Church History Category: TBD Imprint: Imprint: Ave Ave Maria Maria Press Press
The Church and the Modern Era (1846–2005) Pius IX, World Wars, and the Second Vatican Council DAVID M. WAGNER EDITED BY MIKE AQUILINA
Lourdes and Fatima, war, Vatican I and II, Fulton Sheen, St. John Paul II, and the clerical sex abuse crisis: These are just a few of the people and events that helped define the Catholic Church in the modern era, the period between 1846 and 2005. The call to live the fullness of our faith has not changed since the time of the first disciples, but in The Church and the Modern Era (1846–2005), author David Wagner explores how the Catholic Church met the challenges of the industrial age, world wars, the sexual revolution, and technological advancement in an increasingly secular world.
“This well-researched, intelligently organized, reader-friendly guide makes sense of it all.” —Jane Greer
Reviewer at Angelus Author of Love like a Conflagration
978-1-59471-787-1, 192 pages, $17.95 On-Sale Date: August 21, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Church History Imprint: Ave Maria Press
How Jesus Called Me Back to the Catholic Church and Set My Heart on Fire MALLORY SMYTH Mallory Smyth has been where many young Catholics are today. But the difference between her and other fallen-away Catholics is that she figured out that when she overlooked the shortcomings of the Church as an institution, she fell in love with Jesus and rediscovered the beauty and truth of her faith. In Rekindled, Smyth’s raw, relatable account of her own disillusionment and departure is sure to resonate with anyone who has struggled to feel at home in the Church. For anyone who has left the faith or has one foot out the door, this powerful book just might illuminate a path back home— to a Church that is both holy and in need of perfection.
“Rekindled is a gripping story about how we should move past surface-level deficiencies in the Catholic Church and embrace the beauty of Catholicism's timeless truths. I highly recommend it.” —Trent Horn
978-1-64680-009-4, 160 pages, $15.95 On-Sale Date: November 6, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 x 8.5 · Paperback Category: Catholicism / Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Recipes and Reflections to Inspire Faith and Friendship around the Table CATHERINE FOWLER SAMPLE “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” Jesus said in Matthew 18:20. “Making food and giving someone your undivided attention as you share what you’ve prepared elevates an act of love to a spiritual practice,” says Catherine Fowler Sample, writer and producer of the popular film The Dating Project. In Gather Together, she encourages you to get together with others to explore your faith and deepen your relationship with God and each other. Fowler Sample offers more than forty recipes along with a dozen reflections on faith, friendship, and community for Catholics who crave authentic connection, fun gatherings, and good food.
“Intentional, purposeful, and fruitful in more ways than one.” —Lindsay Schlegel
Author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You
978-1-59471-971-4, 192 pages, $17.95 On-Sale Date: November 20, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Bless Us, O Lord
A Family Treasury of Mealtime Prayers ROBERT M. HAMMA Bless Us, O Lord belongs on the shelf of every Catholic family that wants to pray together daily. You can introduce children to original and traditional blessings, the lives of the saints, the rhythm of the Church year, and the practice of daily prayer in a way that is both appealing to them and a means to unite your whole family.
“Bless Us, O Lord offers a simple invitation to gather as a family around the table and to lift our voices in prayer.” —Lisa M. Hendey
Founder of CatholicMom.com
978-1-59471-981-3, 224 pages, $17.95 On-Sale Date: September 11, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Catholicism / Prayer Imprint: Ave Maria Press
A Treasury of Latin Prayers with English Translations COMPILED AND TRANSLATED BY CHRISTOPHER BAILEY Oremus allows Catholics to experience anew—or for the first time—the beauty and rich spiritual heritage of the language used for almost two-thousand years in the scriptures, liturgy, and prayers of the Church. Traditional Latin prayers such as the Ave Maria, Sancte Michael, and Tantum Ergo are presented side-by-side with their literal English translations in this extraordinary collection.
“This collection of prayers, in both Latin and English, has brought me closer to our Lord and his Church, and it will surely do likewise for everyone who adds it to their collection.” —Tommy Tighe
Author of The Catholic Hipster Handbook
978-1-59471-989-9, 224 pages, $15.95 On-Sale Date: September 11, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 x 7 · Paperback Category: Catholicism / Prayer Imprint: Ave Maria Press
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Responding to Suicide
A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH MINISTERS EDITED BY ED SHOENER AND JOHN P. DOLAN Foreword by Most Reverend Kevin William Vann Many pastoral leaders feel ill-equipped to respond to the turmoil of those who face the death by suicide of a loved one. Responding to Suicide is the first book written for Catholic leaders that takes a holistic approach to understanding suicide and ministering effectively in its aftermath. More than a dozen leading mental health practitioners, Catholic theologians, and pastoral care experts share how best to respond to suicide as leaders in parishes, schools, healthcare systems, and other Church settings. The book offers a cross-disciplinary approach that provides basic information about the central role of mental health in suicide and clarifies Church teaching about suicide, funerals and burials for those who have died by suicide, and their afterlife.
“So much misunderstanding surrounds Catholics and suicide, which is precisely why this book is not just very good, it is essential for those of us charged with the pastoral care of God's people.” —Fr. Joshua J. Whitfield
Pastoral Administrator, St. Rita Catholic Community and School, Dallas, Texas
978-1-64680-011-7, 224 pages, $17.95 On-Sale Date: November 20, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Pastoral Ministry Resource Imprint: Ave Maria Press
When a Loved One Dies by Suicide
Comfort, Hope, and Healing for Grieving Catholics ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC MENTAL HEALTH MINISTERS EDITED BY ED SHOENER AND JOHN P. DOLAN When someone you love dies by suicide, confusion, shame, and guilt often add to the emotional upheaval and spiritual turmoil in your life. When a Loved One Dies by Suicide was written by Catholics who have lost a loved one due to suicide. The contributors share their personal stories of loss, of learning to cope with the crushing grief, of finding comfort in faith and community, and of discovering hope as they began to move forward again.
“For anyone grieving such heart-rending loss, this book will be a steady help and great source of comfort.” —Ann Marie McCrone
Grief support group cofacilitator St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, Pennsylvania
978-1-64680-013-1,· 320 128 pages, 978-1-64680-021-6 pages ·$11.95 $16.95 On-Sale Date: December 2020 On-Sale Date: November25, 6, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 xx 8.5 7 · Paperback Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 · Paperback Category: Personal Growth Category: TBD / Spirituality Imprint: Imprint: Ave Ave Maria Maria Press Press
The Caregiver’s Companion
A Christ-Centered Journal to Nourish Your Soul DEBRA KELSEY-DAVIS AND KELLY JOHNSON Every caregiver’s story is unique, but one thing you all have in common is that you need to be nourished to have the resilience and compassion to tend to the needs of those you love. The Caregiver’s Companion approaches caregiving not as a burden, but as an opportunity to grow and receive graces and blessings. Written by the founders of Nourish for Caregivers—an organization that seeks to improve the health and spiritual wellbeing of caregivers— this beautifully designed, full-color journal is a practical resource with encouraging readings, prayers, and guided journaling to help you draw strength from your faith in a few sacred moments each day. It is a unique resource to remind you to care for yourself as you care for others.
“If you’d love a well-deserved pat on the back and some soothing balm for your careworn soul, The Caregiver’s Companion is for you!” —M. Donna MacLeod
Author of the Seasons of Hope series
978-1-59471-916-5, 160 pages, $16.95 On-Sale Date: August 7, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Ministry Resource / Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
REVISED My Other Self
Conversations with Christ on Living Your Faith CLARENCE J. ENZLER Foreword by Greg Kandra Modeled on the fifteenth-century classic The Imitation of Christ, this well-loved Clarence Enzler masterwork helps Christians today hear the voice of Christ. In this powerful book, Christ addresses you personally as “my other self,” urging you to embody his love and compassion for others.
“Clarence Enzler makes holiness seem possible, even in the midst of our brokenness.” —Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur Catholic writer, editor, and author
978-0-87061-248-0, 256 pages, $13.95 On-Sale Date: December 25, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 x 7 · Paperback Category: Christian Classic Imprint: Christian Classics
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Sex and the Spiritual Life
Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness, and Intimacy Catholic Perspective on Married, Single, Ordained, and Religious Life EDITED BY PATRICIA COONEY HATHAWAY Foreword by John Riccardo Are sexuality and spirituality opposed to each other? To anyone who has struggled to align their sexual desires with the call to be holy these might seem in opposition, but they don’t have to be. Sex and the Spiritual Life will help you understand that you can experience fulfillment through sexual integrity—a way of life that affirms the presence of God and the sacred in our sexual feelings and expressions. You’ll hear from a selection of Catholic men and women—married, clergy, religious, and single—whose stories will inspire and equip you to reclaim the joy and wholeness of sexual integrity.
“Anyone who desires to live their vocation with integrity and joy should read this book. I highly recommend it.” —Bob Schuchts
Founder of the John Paul II Healing Center Author of Be Healed
978-1-59471-991-2, 224 pages, $18.95 On-Sale Date: September 11, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 6 x 9 · Paperback Category: Spirituality Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Word Made Flesh
A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle B) CHRISTOPHER WEST One of the most influential and fastest-growing movements in the Church today is centered on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, of whose teachings Christopher West is the preeminent translator for a popular audience. In Word Made Flesh: A Companion to the Sunday Readings (Cycle B), West offers reflections on an entire cycle of Sunday Mass readings through the lens of TOB, providing a fresh way to process and act on the Good News by orienting our desires for union with God with our understanding of ourselves and our relationships with others.
“Word Made Flesh is a beautiful guide to the Sunday readings.” —Suzy Luecke
Pastoral associate at St. Patrick Catholic Church Cedar Rapids, Iowa
978-1-64680-015-5,· 320 128 pages, 978-1-64680-021-6 pages ·$11.95 $16.95 On-Sale Date: August 21,6,2020 On-Sale Date: November 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 xx 8.5 7 · Paperback Foreign Rights: World · 5.5 · Paperback Category: Catholicism Category: TBD Imprint: Ave Ave Maria Maria Press Press Imprint:
Advent and Christmas
One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens KATIE PREJEAN MCGRADY AND TOMMY MCGRADY Following the success of their bestselling devotional Lent: One Day at a Time for Catholic Teens, youth ministry experts Katie Prejean McGrady and Tommy McGrady offer devotions for Advent and Christmas that help teens make sense of the things that matter most in their lives such as relationships, their future, and coping with stress. 978-1-64680-001-8, 64 pages, $2.50 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: August 21, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 5 x 7 · Booklet · Category: Advent · Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Daily Devotions for Advent 2020
CHARLES PAOLINO In Daily Devotions for Advent 2020, the rich pastoral insight of Deacon Charles Paolino of RENEW International invites you to celebrate the season of anticipation and prepare to welcome Christ into your heart. ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH!
978-1-59471-993-6, 64 pages, $1.95 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: August 21, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 4.25 x 6.75 · Paperback · Category: Advent · Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Messages of Joy for Advent and Christmas 2020
3-Minute Devotions MICHAEL WHITE AND TOM CORCORAN The rich yet uncomplicated daily reflections in Messages of Joy for Advent and Christmas 2020 will guide you from the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany. With practical, everyday wisdom, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran will help you pray for the gift of joy and prepare your heart and soul for the gift of Christ’s birth. 978-1-64680-003-2, 64 pages, $1.95 (Short Discount) On-Sale Date: August 7, 2020 Foreign Rights: World · 4.25 x 6.75 · Paperback · Category: Advent · Imprint: Ave Maria Press