YA Fiction: Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

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This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Corinna Turner’s book, “Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon.” It is a CWG Seal of Approval recipient! Can the world’s only half-sheep girl be friends with strange, dog-like orphan James, who keeps disappearing every full moon? Buy Link: 

Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

Summary:

Can a half-sheep girl and a werewolf be friends?

Mandy Lamb is the world’s only half-sheep girl, thanks to a spot of well-meant but ill-advised genetic tinkering. She’s starting senior school and she’s about to meet James, a strange, dog-like orphan who has a bad habit of running off at the full moon. With danger on the way, will James prove friend or foe?

This page-turning rural fantasy is a heart-warming tale about friendship, trust, and courage–and not letting what you are define what you do. Those looking for a unique, challenging read will love this ‘animal yarn with a Christian twist.’

Buy the book to start reading Mandy and James’ adventure today!

Excerpt:

The boy dropped over the high stone wall and landed lightly on his feet. He remained motionless for a moment, listening, then eased through the shrubbery until he could peep out. Round the front of the house he could just see a woman standing next to a car. He could hear her tapping her nails impatiently on the hood. He had very good hearing.

“Well?” the woman asked, as a man hurried out to join her. “Where is he?”

“There’s a rolled-up blanket in his bed. Didn’t you check last night?”

“No, I didn’t check. It’s about his ‘time of the month’, isn’t it? Do you think he chooses the full moon specially, just to wind us up?”

The boy loped across the lawn and let himself in quietly at the back door.

The woman went on, “I’m sick and tired of phoning the police only to have him come strolling back in time for breakfast. Quite frankly, I’ve reached the point where I’d rather not know if he’s taken himself off for a bit. But today? He seemed so keen on the idea of a fresh start!” She heaved a big sigh. “Well, I know he’s missing now. I shall have to phone the police.”

She swung around and started—the boy stood behind her. He had a rucksack on his back and a water-filled plastic bag in his hands with a big black goldfish swimming around inside.

“There you are!”

“You haven’t been waiting long, have you?” asked the boy politely.

The woman made an exasperated noise and opened the car door. “Come on, get in, then.”

The boy didn’t move.

“What?”

“You haven’t yelled at me yet.”

The woman shook her head. “Oh no, James, in a few hours when we reach Wales you’ll be someone else’s problem and I shall let them waste their breath. In you get, now.”

The boy shrugged, slipped off the rucksack and stuffed it in the back as she got into the driver’s side. He settled into the passenger seat and put the fish on his lap.

She glanced at him. “Is that everything?”

“It’s all I want.”

“Well, be careful with that fish.”

“I’m always careful with my fish,” said the boy, flatly.

The woman glanced at him again, but stuck the key in the ignition rather than reply.

The man looked through the car window. “Bye, James. The new place sounds nice. Try to make it work, won’t you?”

The boy nodded his dark head sadly. “I’ll try.”

Excerpt from Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

Website: www.UnSeenBooks.com

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Author Bio:

CORINNA TURNER is the author of the I Am Margaret and unSPARKed series for young adults, as well as stand-alone works such as Elfling and Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon (for teens) and Someday (for older teens and adults). All of her novels have received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval (except new releases for which the Seal may be in process). Liberation (‘I Am Margaret’ Book 3) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal Award 2016 and Elfling won first prize for ‘Teen and Young Adult Fiction’ in the Catholic Press Association 2019 Book Awards. Several of her other books have been placed in the CPA Awards and the Catholic Arts and Letters Awards.

Corinna Turner is a Lay Dominican with an MA in English from Oxford University, and lives in the UK. She has been writing since she was fourteen and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She used to have a Giant African Land Snail called Peter with a 6½” long shell—which is legal in the UK!—but now makes do with a cactus and a campervan. You can find out more at www.UnSeenBooks.com.

Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2stn92K

Check it out: Amazon paperback currently $1 off as part of Corinna’s Lockdown Sale.

CATHOLIC FICTION SALE

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****Updated May 26, 2020****

I am sad to learn that the IHM Homeschooling Conferences have been cancelled.

I feel bad that homeschooling families will not have this opportunity this year. It’s great to hear inspiring talks about homeschooling. Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God was going to give a talk. Several priests and even Laura Berquist was going to be there, at the national conference.

It’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other homeschooling families. And to actually see curriculum materials and Catholic books, to be able to hold them in your hands and flip through the pages so that you really know what you’re buying.

I was going to be one of the vendors, selling my Catholic fiction and books by other Catholic Teen Books authors at a discount. I’ve enjoyed meeting families at past conferences and being able to talk about Catholic fiction with parents and teen readers. Now we can’t do that.

I have all the books here, packed away in boxes. Whenever I look at them, I feel bad that the books won’t get to the teens who might enjoy and benefit from them.

We know stories can be powerful because Jesus taught with stories! These books are potential instruments for good!

So here’s what I’m going to do: even though we can’t meet in person at the conferences, I’m going to sell the books at the conference discount today. That’s $10 a book. I have a limited number of each title, so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis. And I’ll ship them out immediately, so your teens can have them for summer reading too.

I’ll provide the titles with short descriptions in this post, along with links to the author’s websites if you want to know more about certain titles. I welcome your questions about the books, study guides, and authors. Leave your questions in the comments, and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Buyers can pay by check, PayPal, or credit card (you’ll get an invoice and pay online through Square). Simply tell me which titles you want. Email your selection to theresalinden@oh.rr.com. I will fill them in the order received.

Note: most, if not all of these books, have the Catholic Writers Guild “Seal of Approval” for quality and Catholic content. Many have been recommended on CatholicMom.com, Catholic Reads, and Virtue Works Media.

Most of what I have is teen fiction but some are adult titles and I even have children’s books!

Okay, here come the books!


Contemporary Fiction for Teens

Books with pro-life themes.

We teach our teens about life issues, but a story can bring those teachings to a deeper level. Through these stories, readers can gain insight and develop empathy for others, while also seeing the Catholic approach to the sanctity of human life. We want our teens to be able to understand, take ownership of, and even to defend important pro-life truths. Fiction is another tool that can help make those goals a reality.

For Eden’s Sake: New release! Endorsed by Alveda King, this contemporary page-turner gives a guy’s perspective on the abortion issue. Readers can’t say enough good things about it. Learn more about it and get the FREE discussion guide HERE. (I have enough copies for a book club).

Life-Changing Love: A West Brothers story with themes related to contemporary dating practices and courtship. A teen character supports another in choosing life. Touches on the baby’s development in the womb and the importance of confronting another to save an unborn child. FREE study guides and discussion guide HERE.

BREACH!: A heart-warming, pulse-pounding, pro-life adventure about taking responsibility for your mistakes–and staying alive! A great pro-life novel for teen boys and young men.

Books with pro-life themes for mature teens, college students, or Mom

Anyone but Him: a pro-life mystery romance for new adults. A story about second chances. “In addition to the love story, which is incredibly clean and honors the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, this story is brimming with suspense and mystery.” New adult characters make this suitable for older teens, college-age, and mom! I have enough copies for your book club too. No discussion guide yet. If you want one, let me know. Learn more about the book HERE.

All in Good Time: A realistic, clean Catholic romance between a harried widow of little children, a guy who’s been single too long. How pornography touches us all – not just men, but women and kids too – by degrading the dignity of the human person and how the damage done can be restored. This is a clean Catholic romance for adults. Attention book clubs: find FREE discussion questions on the author’s website. Visit the author website to learn more about this and the next book. ***SOLD OUT***

Ornamental Graces: A realistic, pro-life Catholic romance with love, mercy, and a sprinkling of chocolate chip cookies and lavender. It emphasizes the far-reaching effects of abortion and God’s infinite mercy. Attention book clubs: find FREE discussion questions on the author’s website.

If you have questions about a book or series, either email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com or ask in the comments.


Contemporary novels for teens

The stories in this category take place in contemporary times and present challenges teens face, but each of these stories also contains elements of faith and Catholic themes. These stories will challenge and inspire and hopefully awaken within readers joy in the faith.

Extreme Blindside: by award-winning Leslea Wahl, this adventure story that combines mystery and a hint of romance with messages of faith. Promotes purity and focusing on Christ. Find the FREE study guide HERE. Visit the author website to learn more about her books. ***SOLD OUT***

An Unexpected Role: also by Wahl. The devastation of a ruined summer. The gift of a second chance. As Josie sets out to solve the mystery, she realizes the importance of relying on her faith and discovering God’s will. FREE study guide HERE.

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Currently assigned in some Catholic schools, themes include children in foster care, overcoming past adversity and using it to strengthen our future. Suitable for junior high too. Check out the FREE discussion guide. Visit the author website to learn more about this and her other books.

West Brothers series: the final book is coming soon! Watch the BOOK TRAILER HERE!

Each story in this contemporary series brings the Catholic faith to the challenges teens face. These stories highlight the unique aspects of our faith, especially those that inspired me as a teen, that helped me to realize that I wasn’t alone and that God was real and He loves me deeply! Themes include the Communion of Saints, Eucharistic miracles, pro-life and pro-chastity themes, guardian angels (using teachings of Thomas Aquinas), vocational discernment, the Brown Scapular, same-sex attraction, true compassion, and having the courage to speak up for the truth especially when it’s hard. Student and teacher study guides plus discussion guides FREE HERE. Visit the author website to learn more about individual titles.

If you are new to this series, get the complete set for $50 and I will throw in FREE study guides in paperback format–while supplies last They are always free in digital format on my website.

Faith & Kung Fu series: Characters face contemporary issues including chastity, modesty, drug use, and other temptations. Stories show how God’s strength can help overcome all temptations. FREE study guides are available for every book in the series. Learn more about the books and enjoy book trailers and first chapters HERE.

If you have questions about a book or series, either email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com or ask in the comments.


Dystopian titles

Do you and your teens enjoy a good dystopian? These stories are typically set in a dark future where the main character is unsatisfied. A good dystopian can motivate people to take a hard look at the world around them. It can help readers to visualize a potential future, to consider where we are headed if we don’t change direction. It can help us realize what we have and what we stand to lose. A good dystopian can also show that no matter how dark the world around us becomes, we each still have that inner voice. And it can bring home the message that you are responsible for the culture, and you can make a difference in your own unique way.

I Am Margaret  series: In a totalitarian atheist state of the future, a young woman rejects the accepted wisdom that the imperfect are more use dead than alive, and that religious belief is a threat to society. A series about fighting the culture of death.

***SOLD OUT: The Three Most Wanted and Liberation ***

I do have several copies of the first book in the series with the new cover. Also, Margo’s Diary and the novella Brothers are each only $5. The novella would be a great introduction to the series and is suitable for younger readers too, like junior high age.

Note: Corinna Turner is offering “Lockdown Sale” prices for her books, so check out those deals first. They might be better than the $10 a book that I can offer. Visit the author website to learn more about the books and her deal!


Chasing Liberty series: a hard look at where our country/world is headed if we elevate the earth above man, lose the traditional family, and no longer have the freedom to practice faith. In this dark future, human life begins in the laboratory and the government indoctrinates from cradle to grave. Check out the extensive study/discussion guide–which is FREE.

Appropriate for students studying American Government/Civics, Ethics/Morality, or American History. (Book 3 recounts specific events in American Revolutionary War history as experienced through 3D gaming.)

If you have questions about a book or series, either email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com or ask in the comments.


Saint Stories and a Devotional

Saints are the best role models, especially the ones Susan Peek chooses for her fast-paced stories for teens. They stir up a desire for something beyond what this world has to offer. Susan Peek is one of my all time favorite authors. Her writing style is clean, stories fast-paced, and the faith elements are so powerful that they stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished the book.

The King’s Prey: A story about Saint Dymphna with themes including purity and mental and emotional instability. As two estranged brothers risk everything to save Dymphna from her deranged father and his sinful desires? This book would be great for a book club and I have enough copies.

A Soldier Surrenders: A fast-paced and inspiring story of the soldier-of-fortune who became an intrepid Soldier of Christ. The story of St. Camillus de Lellis will appeal even to those who don’t normally like to read! Visit the author’s website to learn more about her saint stories for teens and children. She has many more books.

Daily Pilgrimage to Purgatory: this is the only non-fiction among the books I have here. It is a reprinting of a beautiful classic devotion for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Get it for $7.00. Learn more HERE.


Junior High and Up

Secrets: Visible & Invisible CatholicTeenBooks.com’s first anthology, contains 7 amazing stories in a variety of genres, each with the theme of “secrets.” Discussion questions FREE HERE. Learn more about this book with a foreword by Mark Hart of Life Teen International.

Gifts: Visible & Invisible – a Christmas-themed short story anthology that can be enjoyed all year round. Cathy Gilmore of Virtue Works Media says the authors show readers “your life can be a GREAT story, one that includes a lifestyle of authentic Catholic faith.” Learn more HERE.

Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon: This rural fantasy deals with free will, friendship, and touches lightly on the dangers of genetic manipulation. Tweens and teens on up. I just loved this story. It’s so fun and unique, with beautiful messages and a lot of action.


Fiction for adults or mature teens

Tortured Soul – Set in modern times, this supernatural thriller is loosely based on the apparitions of souls in purgatory to Eugenie von der Leyen (1976-1929). “Tortured Soul gives an accurate, captivating, and novel way for readers to learn about and better understand the Church’s teaching on purgatory” ~Susan Tassone, The Purgatory Lady. Learn more on the author’s website.

Someday: In 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. What if it had happened in the West? This is their story–brought closer to home. Sold in aid of charity Aid to the Church in Need. “…an important novella that highlights the largely unsung heroism of persecuted Christians, and should make those of us in ‘safe’ countries consider: are we ready to count the cost?” ~Regina Doman, author of The Fairytale Novels. Learn more on the author’s website.

If you have questions about a book or series, either email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com or ask in the comments.


Children’s Books

Last but not least, I have a few children’s books available!

Molly McBride: I have several copies of these three Molly McBride books! Looking for books that gently encourage vocations? These beautifully illustrated books are perfect for children ages 4-7.

“It’s a fun, sweet series filled with virtue and simple lessons about the Catholic faith to inspire young readers.” Visit the author website to learn more about this delightful series for children. And in case you were wondering: there really is an order of purple nuns!

Saint Clare and Her Cat is the next book by children’s favorite Dessi Jackson. With lovely artwork and a glimpse into the life of Saint Clare, children are bound to love this book. Available now for $10. Learn more about the book HERE.

Check out Franciscan Friars reading this book to their cat!

Belt of Truth: I’ve got copies of book one in the fantasy-adventure Armor of God children’s chapter book series. The series is based on the Scriptural Armor of God in Ephesians 6:13-17.

This book is $8.00. It’s the same as the Amazon price. Sorry. But I couldn’t reduce it because it’s already as low as it can go.

The second book in the series, Breastplate of Righteousness, comes out soon!

Learn more about the Armor of God series, including book two HERE.


Okay, that’s all I’ve got! Email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com to give me your list. Unless otherwise noted, each book is $10 plus shipping. I will use media mail to keep the cost as low as possible. And you are free to pay by check, PayPal, or credit card. Let me know what you prefer in the email.

If you have questions about a book or series, either email me at theresalinden@oh.rr.com or ask in the comments. I’ll get back to you quickly and I’ll even reach out to the various authors for questions related to their books.

Happy homeschooling!

Get Your Pro-life Fiction at Bringing America Back to Life Conference

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This year’s conference takes place March 6th and 7th at the Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio. Click HERE to check out the fantastic lineup of speakers! Click HERE for registration.

In addition to the awesome speakers I’ll be bringing a ton of pro-life fiction. And I do mean a ton!

You will be able to purchase titles by many Catholic Teen Books authors.

Fiction with Pro-Life Themes

For Eden’s Sake: New release! Endorsed by Alveda King, this contemporary page-turner gives a guy’s perspective on the abortion issue. Readers can’t say enough good things about it.

All in Good Time: A realistic, clean Catholic romance between a harried widow of little children, a guy who’s been single too long, and how pornography touches us all – not just men, but women and kids too – by degrading the dignity of the human person and how the damage done can be restored.

Life-Changing Love: themes related to contemporary dating practices and courtship. A teen character supports another in choosing life. Touches on the baby’s development in the womb and the importance of confronting another to save an unborn child.

BREACH!: A heart-warming, pulse-pounding, pro-life adventure about taking responsibility for your mistakes–and staying alive! The ultimate pro-life novel for teen boys and young men!

Contemporary books by Leslea Wahl: adventure stories that combine mystery and a hint of romance with messages of faith. Promotes purity and focusing on Christ.

The King’s Prey: A story about Saint Dymphna with themes including purity and mental and emotional instability. As two estranged brothers risk everything to save Dymphna from her deranged father and his sinful desires?

Anyone but Him: a pro-life mystery romance for new adults. A story about second chances. Brings the shocking abortion statistics to light through a character that has founds himself too close to the issue.

Ornamental Graces: A realistic, pro-life Catholic romance with love, mercy, and a sprinkling of chocolate chip cookies and lavender. It emphasizes the far-reaching effects of abortion and God’s infinite mercy.

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Currently assigned in some Catholic schools, themes include children in foster care, overcoming past adversity and using it to strengthen our future.

Chasing Liberty series: a hard look at where our country/world is headed if we elevate the earth above man, lose the traditional family, and no longer have the freedom to practice faith. In this dark future, human life begins in the laboratory and the government indoctrinates from cradle to grave.

Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon: This rural fantasy deals with free will, friendship, and touches lightly on the dangers of genetic manipulation. Tweens and teens on up.

Faith & Kung Fu series: Characters face contemporary issues including chastity, modesty, drug use, and other temptations. Stories show how God’s strength can help overcome all temptations.

I Am Margaret  series:In a totalitarian atheist state of the future, a young woman rejects the accepted wisdom that the imperfect are more use dead than alive, and that religious belief is a threat to society. Fighting the culture of death.

Battle for His Soul: shows the detrimental effect of abortion on a guy who wanted his girlfriend to have one, even though she didn’t go through with it. 

Roland West, Outcast: themes include same-sex attraction, true compassion, and having the courage to speak up for the truth.

Someday: In 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. What if it had happened in the West? This is their story–brought closer to home. Sold in aid of charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Come to hear the speakers but also pick up some pro-life fiction for yourself and others in your life. Fiction is a great instrument for sharing faith.

All titles at a special

conference price of

$10 a book!

Contemporary ♦ romance ♦ mystery ♦ dystopian ♦saint stories♦ fantasy

Fiction that entertains, inspires and supports your faith.

These stories have Catholic characters and themes and Catholic solutions to age-old and contemporary issues, including those on the forefront of the abortion and sanctity of life issues. The Catholic elements are not presented in a preachy way that makes you think of a non-fiction but in an entertaining way that sucks you into the story through characters you can identify with who face trials, challenges, and victories that have you turning the page well past your bedtime.

Get copies for:

  • Yourself (you will enjoy and benefit from them)
  • your teens (they will thank you and have something to do that doesn’t require a battery or electricity)
  • your loved ones (they don’t realize Catholic fiction is a thing)
  • your book club (they won’t mind paying back $10)
  • your parish library (it needs new fiction)
  • your youth ministers (they like new ways to reach teens)
  • your parish priest (he doesn’t have time to read but he should make time)

All titles are available online or through your favorite bookstore. Discount available only at the conference.

Sharing Faith-filled Fiction with Audiobooks

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A need in our culture

Now more than ever, we have a need in our culture for faith-filled entertainment.

  • stories with Christian themes
  • stories that support, rather than contradict or belittle faith and values
  • stories that convey the amazing love of God for us, His creatures
  • stories that make one think deeper about the choices they make and the values presented by society
  • stories that inspire one to seek the things that are above

Ways to reach more people

As a Catholic fiction author, I am always looking for new ways to reach and support my audience. I’ve created study guides for many of my books, I give talks related to story themes, and I’ve turned one of my books into an audiobook: Battle for His Soul.

Study guides can help readers dive deeper into story themes, whether used individually or in a book club. Audiobooks provide the freedom to listen to your story when you’re on the go, or even when your vision fails.


Audible book codes

I’ve published the audiobook of Battle for His Soul with ACX and they’ve given me free promotional codes. With these codes, I can introduce readers to audiobooks and even introduce readers to my faith-filled fiction.

ACX has improved the way it handles promo codes. Codes are now title specific and the redemption process–which was once tedious–is now easy; simply log in to audible.com/acx-promo or audible.co.uk/acx-promo and enter the code.

I have 50 codes available for Battle for His Soul and I’d like to give one to you. In return, I ask that you listen to my story and if you enjoy it, please leave an honest review on Audible so that more people can find my faith-filled fiction.

If you are interested, request a code in the comments. If you are not an Audible member, sign up for a free 30-day trial!


More Catholic fiction available in audiobook

I have read all of Carolyn Asfalk’s and Susan Peek’s books and most of the books found on CatholicTeenBooks.com website. These faith-filled stories are just what our culture needs and many of them are available as audiobooks. Check them out for yourselves or for the audiobook fan in your life.

Visit CatholicTeenBooks.com for young adult faith-filled audio book titles.
Visit Carolyn Astfalk’s website for Christian inspirational fiction available in audio book.
For saint stories on audiobook, visit Susan Peek’s website.

If You Only Make One New Year’s Resolution…

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I went to Mass today, the last day of the year. I’ve always wanted to attend daily Mass and whenever I do, I’m so happy I did. I believe in the True Presence and in the awesome gift of Holy Communion, and I know that daily Communicants receive a ton of grace to help them live holy lives. After all, they are receiving God Himself as their spiritual food!

My duties have often prevented me from making daily Mass. And when it wasn’t my duties, my own laziness stood in the way. My excuse: I have trouble sleeping through the night and the best sleep I get is often in the morning.

Thanks be to God our oldest son (19 years old with autism) loves to serve Mass and often asks me to take him. How can you say no to that request? So I went to Mass today!

The first reading today really got me thinking.

“Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and know that no lie is of the truth.”

1 John 2:18-21 RSV-CE

Saint John’s warning is so powerful and relevant! We Christians must be on guard and we must cling to and spread the unchangeable truth passed down to us from the Apostles. We live in an age when anti-Christs abound. What are we called to do about it?

At the end of every year and the beginning of the new year, I often think of making New Year’s resolutions. I think of the past year’s failures, accomplishments, and blessings. And I think of what I’d like to overcome and accomplish in the new year.

It is part of human nature to evaluate our lives and to set goals for the future. I imagine that’s why pagans created the mythical god Janus, and why the first month of the year is named after him. Janus is the mythical god of beginnings, transitions, and endings. He has two faces, one looking to the future and the other to the past.

Even though the pagans didn’t recognize the bigger truth of the one God who created and loved them, and who desired their holiness, they did seem to recognize the need to evaluate their lives and the choices they’ve made, to decide the kind of person they wanted to be, and to make concrete plans to grow closer to that goal in the new year.


Rather than make resolutions about my diet, exercise, and earthly goals, I’ve decided to make one New Year’s resolution. And that one resolution is inspired by the dogma and holy day we celebrate at the beginning of every year: the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Virgin of the Lilies, Bouguereau, 1899

“Mary is truly “Mother of God” since she is the mother of the eternal Son of God made man, who is God himself.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 509

This dogma was defined in 431 AD in Ephesus, the very city where Mary had lived for years. It was declared so that people would understand the truth that Jesus is one person with two natures, human and divine. This Jesus whom we love is more than just our friend and personal Savior. He is God. He can do all things. And He desires to be in the most intimate relationship with each one of us. He desires this so much that He took on human form, lived among us, died to save us, and continues to give us His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

So this year, I want to entrust myself to Him at every moment of my life, and to come to Him the way He came to us, through the Virgin He created to be His mother and to be our mother. Oh how pleased God is when we consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary!

Concretely, how can we remind ourselves to stick to such a resolution?

The answer is simple. We can easily become distracted and temptations never cease, but to follow God and trust in Him is simple and the Church gives us simple means to remain focused, to renew the grace within us, and to remain committed to our holy resolutions. This is why Jesus built His Church.

I resolve to avail myself of the channels of grace Jesus gave to the Church, especially the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, and to make use of sacramentals too, especially holy water and the Brown Scapular.


Another thing that helps me to grow in faith is my work and research as a Catholic fiction writer. Each of my stories touches on various Catholic truths, so I delve into studying them. I pray, think about the subject when driving (or when I should be sleeping), and read everything I can so that I can bring the teachings to life through a story.

I’m writing a Confirmation story now, so I’m focusing on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever wondered why some people don’t seem any different or even stop practicing their faith after Confirmation? Why don’t the gifts of the Holy Spirit seem to come alive for everyone? And what exactly are the differences between some of those seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? Through this story, I hope to show each of the seven gifts in action and to answer other questions about Confirmation.


If you’d like read a story with a Brown Scapular thread, I recommend my contemporary young adult fiction Standing Strong.

Written for teens but enjoyed by adults too, this story follows twin brothers as they seek to discern God’s will when the path is not clear. Keefe West has been a follower most of his life, but not following the right people. In Life-Changing Love, he turned his life around and now he finds himself attracted to the Franciscan way of life but discernment isn’t easy. Is the brotherhood for him?

His twin, Jarret West, lived a selfish and destructive life for many years. At the end of Battle for His Soul, he found his way to Our Lord. But in Standing Strong, he’s down from the spiritual high we sometimes experience when we allow God into our lives. And he’s surrounded by the same friends and faced with the same old temptations, as often happens when we try to make positive changes. Sometimes these temptations are strong. How is he to remain faithful to God?


For a few non-fiction book suggestions, check out Carolyn Asftalk’s blog post 10 Reads to Help You Be Better in 2020.


May God bless you abundantly in the New Year!

Catholic Teen Books ~ FaceBook Christmas Party

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What are you doing this Thursday, December 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM EST?

Several authors from CatholicTeenBooks.com are hosting a pre-Christmas party on Facebook. Won’t you please join us?

We will have games and prizes and a chance for authors and readers to get to know each other! No purchase necessary to play and win. You’ll find pictures of the prizes at the end of this post!


You stand a good chance of winning prizes but even if you don’t, maybe you’ll get some gift ideas! Books make great gifts, but faith-filled fiction is even better! Faith-filled Catholic fiction can inspire and support a teen in their faith and help them deal with the challenges today’s culture throws at them.

Who we are:

At CatholicTeenBooks.com you will find books in several genres: saint stories, mystery, contemporary, romance, fantasy, dystopian, speculative, and historical. Many of these books are award-winners. Many have been featured on Virtue Works Media and Catholic Reads. Many Catholic Teen Books authors have given presentations in schools and churches and might even be available to come to your parish, either in person or virtually.

Every book on the website reflects our faith through Catholic themes, characters, and perspectives. The characters in these stories struggle with challenges that we all face. Some stories follow the lives of saints, of those who dared to live counter-culturally and give themselves entirely to God. Other stories bring to light the beauty and power of the unique aspects of the Catholic faith. The Catholic element is more subtle in some works, but the worldview and themes bring the message of truth.

We hope that our fiction will challenge and inspire, that it will awaken within our readers some of the mystery, joy, and beauty of the Faith. We hope to stir within our readers a desire for something beyond themselves. Because God calls everyone to the fullness of faith and happiness, we invite readers of any faith or no faith at all to read our fiction.


Check out some of the prizes!

NOTE: If you plan to come, I encourage you to gather the following items for my game, which will be a SCAVENGER HUNT!

  • pencil
  • paper
  • family portrait
  • wedding ring (or any ring will do)
  • Christian Christmas ornament
  • Bible
  • I think that’s it but if there is something else, you’ll have time during the party to get it!

I hope to see you at the party!

Book Tour for a Heart-pounding Adventure: BREACH!

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This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Corinna Turner’s book, “BREACH!” It is a 2019 SOA award winner!

“BREACH! – Rampaging T. Rex? Bring it on! Tiny baby? Uh oh! A heart-warming, pulse-pounding, pro-life adventure about taking responsibility for your mistakes–and staying alive!”

BREACH!

Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah and his older brother Zechariah are professional hunters, earning their living culling and capturing some of the most dangerous predators ever to walk the planet.When an out-of-control T. rex breaches a tourist resort Isaiah and Zech must act fast to save lives.Little does Isaiah know that a testy T. rex and three packs of hungry raptors will soon be the least of his problems. A much-regretted New Year’s Eve misadventure is about to cause a very different kind of breech—and change both their lives for good.

Excerpt:

Father Ben looks at me for a long moment, like there’s a million questions—a million conversations—he’d like to have with me, but of course there’s no time. “Okay, you know the chaplet of Saint Desmond?”

“Yes.” Every hunter knows that one, Catholic or not. There’s not a lot of words to it, either. “Jesus, I trust in You,” is most of it.

“Say that every day for a week, for, er, for good judgment and strength of will. Okay, just tell me you’re sorry, and I’ll absolve you. I know you are, but just for the record, as it were.”

I squint at the air beside his head, picturing some sort of recording angel taking notes, and mumble the necessary words. “I absolve you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Right, you’re squeaky clean and ready to be eaten by raptors.”

I splutter, then laugh so hard I have to clutch my rib cage. “And what about you?” I demand at last.

He grins. “Not that long since I went to confession. I’ll take my chances.”

I grin back. “You’re a real cool customer, for a city-man. You know this is pretty dangerous, right?”

“I’d figured that out, yes. People to save, right?”

“Yeah. Let’s go, then.”

Bio:

Corinna Turner has been writing since she was fourteen and likes strong protagonists with plenty of integrity. She has an MA in English from Oxford University, but has foolishly gone on to work with both children and animals! Juggling work with the disabled and being a midwife to sheep, she spends as much time as she can in a little hut at the bottom of the garden, writing. She is a Catholic Christian with roots in the Methodist and Anglican churches. A keen cinema-goer, she lives in the UK. She used to have a Giant Snail called Peter with a 6½” long shell (which is legal in the UK!), but now makes do with a cactus and a campervan!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CorinnaTAuthor

Website: www.IAmMargaret.com

Buy Link: amzn.com/dp/1910806706