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101 INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS FOR MOMS

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$9.99

This perfect gift for Mom comes wrapped in Lori Siebert's bright, whimsical art. Filled with loving quotes and sentiments and splashed with the colors of joy, it's a tender tribute to the special woman you call mom.

Each simple and heartfelt thought has been chosen to cheer, to honor, and, above all, thank Mom for her loving devotion to family. Celebrate her by placing this sweet gift into her hands to brighten her day and bless her heart.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780736963831
Publication Date: 
2015-02-28

101 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ST PETERS AND THE VATICAN

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$16.95

What do you really know about Vatican City?

The Vatican, comprising the Apostolic Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, and various other buildings, serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. It has done so for nearly two millennium ever since the first Pope, St. Peter, made it his home.

Thousands of Catholics flock to the Vatican and its iconic basilica each year. But what do you really know about this great basilica and the city that houses it?

Here, Father Jeffrey Kirby takes you on a whirlwind tour of this little country (yes, Vatican City is its own country, Fact # 2) and uncovers the secrets and surprising facts about the city, and its famous church.

Discover what language degree you need to work a Vatican ATM, what archi tectural feature of St. Peter s is a map of the universe, and even what the pope s license plate number is. Along the way, you ll find the deep theological meaning woven into the design and architectural features of St. Peter s Basilica and Vatican.

Whether you ve already been to Rome or are still planning your first trip, 101 Surprising Facts About the Vatican will transport you to Basilica and City at the heart of the Catholic Church and enable you to appreciate them like never before.
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ISBN/SKU: 
9781618906878
Publication Date: 
2015-03-30
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75 SIMPLE WAYS TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

$9.99

Praise a child
Practice grace
Count your blessings
Slow your pace --"75 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Holidays"
"75 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Holidays" is a refreshingly original illustrated poem that reminds us to keep the holidays cheerful, calm, joyous, and focused on what truly matters most.
This little book is the antidote to the do-it-all, do-it-fast fever that grips so many people around Christmastime. It was created with one goal in mind--to help the reader find more true joy during the most joyous time of the year.
Giftable features include cover flocking and a ribbon bookmark, along with just the right blend of rhyming verse and cheerful art:
Keep traditions
Stoke the fire
Find your voice
Join the choir
Gaze at stars
on a clear winter night
Keep your perspective
Keep your heart light
This book is the perfect keepsake stocking stuffer, a gentle reminder of what's most important on Christmas day and every day.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780740773310
Publication Date: 
2008-08-31
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ACCOMPANIED BY ANGELS: POEMS OF THE INCARNATION

$15.00

From the time she was a child in Toronto, celebrated poet Luci Shaw has sent Advent greetings to her friends and family with a carefully crafted original poem. What began as a simple childhood exercise has now become a beloved annual tradition. Though a number of these poems have appeared elsewhere, "Accompanied by Angels"gathers all of them for the first time into a collection for all readers for any season of the year.Beginning with the joy, terror, and wonder of the annunciation, Shaw leads the reader on a poetic journey through the birth, life, and death of Jesus the Christ, culminating in the joyous and unexpected wonder of his resurrection. Her subjects run from the mundane to the sublime, from birds in flight and waiting old men to fiery angels and storm-ravaged ridges."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802829870
Publication Date: 
2006-06-30

AD THE BIBLE CONTINUES CATHOLIC VIWERS GUIDE

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$14.95

Based on the epic TV series event, this viewer's guide and study book features short introductory essay to provide needed background information, character profiles, helpful maps, pre-viewing study questions, post-viewing discussion questions, Scripture verses, and ways in which you can apply the principles of the episode into your own life.

"A.D.: The Official Catholic Viewer's Guide" is perfect for personal use, group discussions at viewing parties, family study, or small group sessions.

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9781622822676
Publication Date: 
2015-03-09
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AFLAME ANCIENT WISDOM ON MARRIAGE

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$15.00

Featuring beautiful words and photographs alongside each other, Aflame offers ancient wisdom on eight aspects of marriage: unity, beauty, harmony, joy, purity, desire, fruitfulness, and fidelity. The eight sections each begin with a Scripture verse, and consist of select excerpts from ancient Christian books, sermons, and wedding liturgies, all drawn from a rich variety of cultures - Greek, Roman, African, Middle Eastern, and Celtic.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802829030
Publication Date: 
2005-10-31

ALL ABOUT MOM

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$9.95

Nothing else in life compares to the one-of-a-kind bond mothers have with their children. Filled with more than 400 heartfelt reflections from such luminaries as Sylvia Plath, Booker T. Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Jamaica Kincaid, Anne Tyler, and Amy Tan, "All About Mom" is a wise, witty, touching, and always honest look at what it really means to be mom. Whether reflecting on a mother's strength, unconditional love and wisdom or examining her influence on her grown children's lives, this book goes straight to the heart of this essential, enduring relationship.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781593375997
Publication Date: 
2006-01-31

ALLEGORIES OF HEAVEN

$14.95

Since the earliest frescoes painted by the first Christians, the life of Christ has been portrayed through painting, sculpture and art. Now artist Dinah Roe Kendall offers a vibrant retelling of the full scope of Jesus' ministry, bringing the incarnation to life in ways engaging both the eye and the imagination. Kendall walks readers through the Gospel narratives from Annunciation to Ascension. Accompanied by Eugene Peterson's The Message rephrasing of the Gospel stories, Allegories of Heaven leads readers into a fresh experience of the Jesus story.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780879463076
Publication Date: 
2005-08-19
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ANGELS

$14.99

Many people are fascinated by angels, and some believe they have encountered them. In this beautifully illustrated book, Jane Williams traces the story of angels in the Jewish and Christian traditions. She shows how angels interact with humans at key moments in history, how they comfort and encourage, and how they move people forward in important ways and at special moments. As she explores angelic activity in the Scriptures, the author opens up for readers a universe that is far more complex and intriguing than many would believe possible. She examines issues and questions such as what angels look like, guardian angels, fallen angels, angels and Jesus, angels after the Bible, and more. This enchanting book will widen readers??? horizons and set them upon a voyage of discovery.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780801013058
Publication Date: 
2007-09-30
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AROUND THE TABLE WITH THE CATHOLIC FOODIE

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$25.99

Food meets faith in the Holy Land!

Jeff Young, better known as the Catholic Foodie, takes readers along on his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land for a unique and savory experience of both faith and food. In addition to 85 original recipes, he includes stories about the history of Middle Eastern cuisine and the faith experiences you can only have in the kitchen and around the table.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780764825293
Publication Date: 
2014-10-31
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ARS SACRA: CHRISTIAN ART IN THE WESTERN WORLD

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Ars Sacra is an unique tribute to 2000 years of Christian art, architecture and spirituality. This glorious tome takes the reader on a tour through seventeen centuries of sacral art, architecture, and culture, from the late antiquity to the middle ages, renaissance, baroque, art nouveau to works by contemporary artists such as Marc Chagall and Gerhard Richter.

ISBN/SKU: 
9783833151408
Publication Date: 
2010-10-31
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ART AND PRAYER THE BEAUTY OF TURNING TO GOD

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$32.50
Prayer is natural for human beings, a spontaneous impulse common in all people. Yet, beyond instinct, there is a kind of prayer that’s conscious and articulate, that we have to be taught. There is an “art of prayer,” when faith and prayer become creative responses by which creatures made in the image and likeness of the Creator relate to him with help of the imagination. Timothy Verdon explores these essential interactions in this magnificent book. Richly illustrated, Monsignor Verdon explains that images work in believers as tools that teach them how to turn to God. Art and Prayer explores these interactions in detail, demonstrating that prayer can become a fruit of the sanctified imagination – a way of beauty and turning to God.
 
In this eloquent, accessible, and gorgeously illustrated volume, Timothy Verdon unites his multiple vocations as art historian, theologian, and priest. With the ease of a master teacher who has lived with his material for years, he shows us not only how the faithful have been depicted in prayer, but how such depictions can inspire our own praying. Verdon should be required reading for anyone who wants to how theology can animate art and in turn by animated by it. Above all, Art and Prayer is a call to worship. Peter S. Hawkins
Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School
 
"While Timothy Verdon’s immense erudition in the European tradition of sacred art is everywhere apparent, this book is written for non-specialist readers willing to allow their practice of Christian prayer – both in liturgy and in personal devotion – to be enriched and given theological precision through art once intended for such work. My hope is surely that of Mons. Verdon himself: that this book may help to inspire both artists and their communities to create new art that is answerable to the various modes of prayer and worship, so that a book such as Verdon’s could be written a generation hence with examples drawn from artworks newly commissioned for the contemporary church." Dr. John Skillen, director of the Studio for Art, Faith & History in Orvieto (Italy)


ISBN/SKU: 
9781612615721
Publication Date: 
2014-10-01

ART OF CRECHE

$34.95

One of the most enduring and universal Christmas traditions is the creche or the Nativity scene: a representation of the story of Christ's birth. This book reveals the worldwide appeal and custom of the creche and the diversity of creative expression displayed in this art form."

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9781858944029
Publication Date: 
2007-09-30
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ART OF PAUSING

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$14.95

The Art of Pausing is built upon haiku by one of the three authors, all Christians, inspired by the ninety-nine names of God found in the Koran. Each haiku is accompanied by a reflections by the same author or an abstract photo of nature by Brother Paul. This book is for anyone who loves beauty, has a penchant for reflection, yet feels overworked and overwhelmed.

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9780879465094
Publication Date: 
2013-08-31
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ART OF ST JOHNS BIBLE II

$14.95

"The Saint John's Bible" provides an opportunity for people to experience the Scriptures in a new 'but at the same time ancient 'way. Here are illuminations that bring the words of the Bible alive for a contemporary audience. Some of the world's top calligraphers, working in a tradition al but replaced by the printing press centuries ago, invite us into a rich and varied creation. This second volume of "The Art of The Saint John's Bible: A Reader's Guide" takes up two great collections of biblical literature '"Wisdom Books "and"Prophets."

The illuminations in "Wisdom Books" and "Prophets" draw on motifs from eelier illuminations and expand the visual vocabulary to strike at what is unique and important to these books. In "Wisdom Books" we find a number of well-known and beloved aphorisms, or words of wisdom." Here calligraphic text treatments take center stage. However, these books also portray the divine in the female figure of Wisdom, presented visually in several large-scale illuminations. The prophets ' messages are often dark and strange, reflecting the grief of exile but also hope. The illuminations throughout these pages reflect Visions of man's inhumanity, but they also burst with the rainbows of God's promise and glory. Lavishing equal attention on the biblical passages and the artistic Vision of "The Saint John's Bible, " this guide is offered to enhance your experience and reflection.

"Susan Sink is a poet and writer, and is communications director at Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She is also an oblate of Saint John's Abbey, the author of a book of poems, "The Way of al the Earth, " and the first book in this series.""

ISBN/SKU: 
9780814690635
Publication Date: 
2008-08-31
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ART OF THE SAINT JOHN'S BIBLE: A READER'S GUIDE TO HISTORICAL BOOKS LETTERS AND REVELATION

$14.95

In The Saint John's Bible, some of the world's top calligraphers, working in a tradition all but replaced by the printing press centuries ago, offer one of the most important sacred art achievements of our time. The Art of The Saint John's Bible: A Reader's Guide brings text and illumination together for reflection. This guide opens up the significance of elements in the illuminations, points out recurring visual motifs that connect the stories within and across the volumes, and offers insight into the thought processes and artistic vision behind the planning and execution of the images.
This third volume of the series covers the final published volumes of The Saint John's Bible: Historical Books and Letters and Revelation. It offers an invitation to experience more deeply the illuminations that accompany some of the most influential texts in all the Scriptures

ISBN/SKU: 
9780814690987
Publication Date: 
2012-04-30
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ART OF THE SAINT JOHNS BIBLE

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$34.95

From the time that pages of "The Saint John's Bible" began touring in major exhibitions nearly a decade ago, people have been moved, captivated, and inspired by this stunning work of modern sacred art. But they often have questions about the illuminations that are scattered throughout the Bible, especially as they first become familiar with it. Why was a certain Scripture passage chosen for illumination rather than another? What materials and source imagery are behind the illuminations? "The Art of" The Saint John's Bible provides answers to these important questions and many others.

Initially published in a series of three volumes, each book has now been revised by the author and included together in this helpful single volume. Since"The Saint John's Bible" is now complete, Susan Sink makes connections between recurring images and motifs throughout the work and reflects on the images with a view to the whole. Her book promises to intensify and expand the experience of all who come in contact with "The Saint John's Bible."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780814691939
Publication Date: 
2013-08-31
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ART OF THE SAINT JOHNS BIBLE: A READER'S GUIDE TO PENTATEUCH PSALMS AND ACTS

$14.95

The Saint John's Bible provides an opportunity for people to experience the Scriptures in a new - but at the same time ancient - way. Here are illuminations that bring the words of the Bible alive for the contemporary world. Some of the world's top calligraphers, working in a tradition al but replaced by the printing press centuries ago, invite us into a rich and varied creation. The illuminations draw on and update Eastern iconographic and Western sacred art traditions, resulting in one of the most important sacred art achievements of our time.

The Art of The Saint John's Bible: A Reader's Guide brings text and illumination together for reflection. This guide further opens up the significance of elements in the illuminations, and points out recurring visual motifs that connect the stories within and across the volumes. You will find here some of the history of the tradition of illuminated Bibles, as well as insight into the thought processes and artistic Vision behind the planning and execution of the images. The guide covers the first three published volumes of The Saint John's Bible, Pentateuch, Psalms, and Gospels and Acts. It includes information on the individual artists; an explanation of terms such as carpet pages and marginalia; an index of flora and fauna; and a chart of the chant tones used in Psalms. More importantly, it offers an invitation to experience the illuminations and the biblical text more deeply.

This book features beautiful full color and black and white reproductions of more than 40 major artworks from the individual volumes and over two dozen reproductions of the minor elements (text treatments, marginalia, initials). It is the first book in a series of three, the second of which will feature the most recently released volumes, Prophets and Wisdom Books, while the third book will feature Historical Books and Letters and Revelation, the final volumes ofThe Saint John's Bible yet to be released.

Susan Sink is a poet and writer, and is communications director at Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She is also an oblate of Saint John's Abbey and the author of a book of poems, The Way of al the Earth.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780814690628
Publication Date: 
2007-05-31
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AT THE NAME OF JESUS

$24.95

Here are 21 inspiring and emotional images of Christ, in visual and written form. Encounter a fresh array of images of Christ reflecting many times and cultures and come away with new ways to pray and to know Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781584593522
Publication Date: 
2007-08-31

AT THE NAME OF JESUS: THE WAY THE TRUTH THE LIFE

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$39.95

Here are 21 inspiring and emotional images of Christ, in visual and written form. Encounter a fresh array of images of Christ reflecting many times and cultures and come away with new ways to pray and to know Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781584593140
Publication Date: 
2006-08-31

BABY BLESSING

$19.95

In this book a baby is blessed in its coming, its blind infancy, its awakening sight and its growth toward laughter, mobility and speech. It uses old paintings and illustrations to make vivid each statement. Poltarnees speaks eloquently the sweet hopes we have for every baby. This blessing in book form makes a superb gift to any new parents and their baby.

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9781883211066
Publication Date: 
1998-12-31
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BE THOU THERE

$10.00

"Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word"(Matt., 2:13).The world long awaited the arrival of the Messiah, and the prophecy intimated that he would appear in Egypt. But how long would he stay? Where would he go? This remarkable book retraces the footsteps of the Holy Family in Egypt as they fled the decree of Herod ordering the slaughter of all male infants under the age of two.Since the Gospels give scant information on the Family's time in Egypt the experts assembled here have had to resort to a little detective work: examining the Coptic sources and the rich culture the Copts have had as one of the first Christian communities in the world and the primary denomination in Egypt; combing through all the ancient references and testimonials in libraries around the world; and walking Egypt from end to end, collecting local traditions and sharing in pilgrimage festivals throughout the country. Each expert reports his findings here in a refined yet engaging way.More than 100 full-color photographs vividly demonstrate that the spirit of the Holy Family remains alive in the land where Jesus took his first earthly steps - in solitary groves, desert retreats, and urban sites where churches now attest to their sacred character, in jewel-encrusted icons that candidly reveal the mercy of Jesus, and in the worshipful regard of celebrants, congregants, monks, and pilgrims.Here, at last, scholars, general readers, and tourists alike will find a comprehensive guide to the traditions associated with the Holy Family in Egypt. Significantly, all sites the Family is said to have visited are included, even in the absence of scholarly support, because thousands of believers prove by their faith that the Family's presence remains to this day.

ISBN/SKU: 
9789774246067
Publication Date: 
2001-03-31

BEAUTY AWAKENING BELIEF

$20.00

What once drove men to construct enormous abbeys and cathedrals, with gargoyles, rounded arches, rose windows, dark recesses, and flying buttresses? In the modern imagination, these structures are believed to tell a series of stories about the meaning of life, but this anachronism would have astounded their medieval creators. As he explores two of the finest churches of this period - the Abbey of Mont St- Michel on the Normandy coast, and soaring Chartres Cathedral in the fields of the Loire Valley - author Jon Sweeney comes to the conclusion that, without faith, they make no sense at all. But within a life of faith, the universe that includes them is marvelous, beautiful, mysterious, and tapped into something that secularism cannot fathom. This luminous series of reflections hinges on seven words of Gothic spirituality - space, sanctuary, stone, light, darkness, gargoyles, and flight and shows us that beauty is not just for admiring, but a key to believing, and reveals how the vision of our medieval forebears can refresh and inspire our faith today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780819223708
Publication Date: 
2009-08-31
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BEHIND BELLA

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$17.95

Profusely illustrated with many photos from the acclaimed movie and the making of it, this beautiful deluxe volume provides a behind-the- scenes look into the beloved, award-winning feature film from Metanoia Films. Much more than the typical book about a movie, this work presents compelling, never before told stories from the producer, director, actors and others involved in the film's production, and also movingly portrays the deep impact that a motion picture can make on its audience. The movie, with its beautiful life affirming message, has saved at least 14 children whose parents were planning to dispose of them through the horror of abortion. This book tells the remarkable story of how these children were saved through the powerful message of the film, and what can happen when we say "yes" to life and "yes" to God. The book includes inspiring insights and stories from famous and common people about how this film touched their lives. The lavish photos and lovely book design, combined with the book's stirring messages, make this a wonderful collector's book and a perfect gift book.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781586172787
Publication Date: 
2008-10-31
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BELIEVE: THE WORDS AND INSPIRATIONS OF DESMOND TUTU

$14.95

BELIEVE: The Words and Inspiration of Desmond Tutu is part of the new Me We book series from Blue Mountain ArtsA(R). Inspired by the life and philosophy of one of the 20th centuryas most remarkable humanitarians, this book combines compelling photographs of Archbishop Tutu with quotations from his most inspiring speeches and writings to capture the true essence of his timeless messages of peace, freedom, and love. The book also includes an introduction by Tutu and an in-depth biographical essay by South African writer/novelist Mike Nicol.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781598422412
Publication Date: 
2007-04-30
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