23 April 2013

5 Favs {vol. 6} ...some great book finds!


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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!

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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.

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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!! :)

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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'








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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!


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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!! 

Happy Tuesday:)

17 comments:

  1. Just discovered your blog through Moxie Wife and I love it! These are great recommendations. My husband and I just bought Beyond the Birds and Bees by Dr Popcak and his wife, Lisa. Our kids are still really young, but we know how important it is to be prepared to discuss the truth about sex with them when the time comes.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Michelle...your daughters are simply precious!
      I have heard good things about that new book too by Dr. Popcak...I'm already thinking of adding it to our growing library even though we don't have littles yet!

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    1. I think you were the one who first told me about...good recoomnedation lady!

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  3. I'm excited to hear Dr Popcak soon -- he's going to be the keynote speaker at our conference here in Louisville!

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    1. lucky duck! I enjoy listening to him on the radio when I can:)

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  4. I'm totally going to have to check out The Lost Wife now when I get a few moments of quiet. Ok, well, soon anyway. The Hubs and I are totally NOT good about reading books together. We start with the best of intentions and then find the book with an inch of dust on it months later. D'oh... Great books to be reading, though!

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    1. I'm really really picky about the fiction I read, but this one pleasantly surprised me!

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  5. Those look like some really interesting reads, particularly Kisses for Katie. I am going to recommend it to my cousin Katie who has been working in Rwanda with counseling for women and with a non-profit yarn company. It sounds so much like her--though I am not sure I want her to stay there forever!

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    1. Wow, it sounds like that would totally be up her ally...it made want to drop my life and go be a missionary, then I remembered I'm a missionary right where I am too:)

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  6. Your blog is constantly awesome! My fiance and I are reading #5 together...well, we have been for about a year, and we saw Matthew Kelly speak a few months ago. The book is great! Hopefully we finish it soon and complete all the tasks he encourages us to do.

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    1. Ohh you so sweet, thank yee!
      Seriously. We love it too! How cool you got to see Matthew Kelly in person, I have heard great things about his presentations.

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  7. I loved Kisses from Katie, too. Her faith and attitude completely blew me away, and reading her story really made me re-evaluate how I was living each day!

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    1. I know right Catie! I could feel her joy just radiating off the page as I read along:)

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  8. Excellent list, Patty! If you can find 30-minutes, listen to the following interview Katie Davis did with Tony Rossi from The Christophers. Great stuff! http://www.christophermedia.org/closeup/Christopher%20Closeup%20-%20KDavis.mp3

    Here's the main page & list of all the Christopher's podcasts: http://www.christophers.org/page.aspx?pid=1201

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  9. Great reviews, Patty! Austen Ivereigh's book is one of the best I've read over the last few years.

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    1. Thanks Brandon! I know right?? Its really been a good tool to have to be able to talk about tough things that many folks mis-understand...

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