Linking up with Hallie for lots of other grand five favs tonight...be sure to check out the party!
Going with another theme for my five favs...and this time its my newest/most enjoyable reads!
Holy. Sex. Sure, I enjoy 'holy sex' with my husband...but I also love this book.
One of my friends had read it while she was engaged and recommended it to me. When Jim and I were engaged we started reading it, and we LOVED it. Granted, the second half we opted out of till we got married so we wouldn't be 'tempted' to put theory into practice.
The beautifully, awesome thing about this is book is that it explains Christianity's, explained through a Catholic lens, the best kept secret: that sex is good, holy, and awesome...in the context of God's original plan which is marriage. It touches on important ideas like how sex makes us holy, is sacramental, is a great sign of God's love, how it brings unity, and creates new life. It also beautifully expresses the teaching behind contraception and why the Catholic Church encourages/believes/teaches that married couples to go 'organic' and use NFP (Natural Family Planning). It also has a Q/A section on all different things related to sexuality and also has a section on the 'school of physical love'. It was a great book that got us talking, thinking, and praying more as we began married life. GREAT read for engaged and married couples...or if you're wanting to understand more on the Catholic Church's idea on sexual morality...it's kinda awesome. just. saying.
This book was a surprise find one afternoon at Barnes Noble.
The back cover intrigued me and after skimming a few pages, I was hooked.
Set in pre-WWII Europe it is a historical fiction love story of a young couple that is separated through unforeseen circumstances of the war. They both mistakenly think each other dead, but then a twist a fate many years later reunites them. I fell in love with the characters, and finished this one in like 3 days; couldn't put it down.
If you love a good love story and/or historical fiction, then this is a definite read for you!! :)
This book was actually highly recommended to me by one of my teens parent's in youth ministry. I read it for the first time last summer upon coming home from our honeymoon. An inspiration story on a young college woman who goes to work for a brief period in Uganda. After falling in love with the people she served and feeling a strong call from God, she stayed there permanently starting a non-profit organization and also adopting over 10 Ugandan little girl's who had been orphaned. Katie's story will leave you inspired, hopeful, and passionately seeking to do the will of Jesus in whatever walk of life He has called you to.
A great inspirational read!!! 5 stars on this one for sure :)
|excerpt from 'Kisses from Katie'|
I heard about this book on the radio and from several other folks. As a Catholic, I think its good book to have in my back pocket; especially when much of what my faith teaches/professes is not widely accepted or even respected in the culture of today. Sure I get that, but its important to be able to speak clearly and know what you're talking about with some of these issues. I also recently mentioned this book in a another post here and how the title alone was much inspiration and reflection for me. A good, insightful read for me!
This is another favorite for 'team Hubbard.' I discovered this little gem when we were dating, and it quickly became a favorite of both of ours.
Matthew Kelly talks about what real intimacy is, is not, and how to find true emotional/spiritual intimacy in all your relationships. You'd think my hubster wrote this because he recommends this thing left and right to folks, too cute! A great, meaningful read for anybody; single, married, discerning a vocation, or a priest/religious!
What are some of your favorite books or latest finds you have enjoyed??
Be sure to check out the other peeps at Hallie's link-up too!!