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HOT NOW – Weekly Picks Vol. 2

6 February 2010 Comments

It’s time for my Hot Now – Weekly Picks. A weekly selection of what’s “hot and fresh” in the Catholic world. You’ll be happy to know that while I’m not sponsored by Krispy Kreme – (even though I’m using their logo) – I am enjoying a tasty Krispy Kreme Doughnut as I write this.

1. Great Book for Men

Be A Man!Last month I was blessed to get a preview copy of Be A Man! by Fr. Larry Richards. I have very much enjoyed this book and think this would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for your husband or just a great random gift for any man in your life. Fr. Richards writes with a simple approach, pulling no punches and tell us men exactly what we need to hear. Filled with testimony, challenge, and encouragement – this book is a great read for men of any age. I hope and pray that many men will get their hands on this book and start living as God calls them to live.

2. Catholic Artists Helping Haiti

-A collection of 15 Catholic music and visual artists have come together to produce a digital multimedia compilation titled AfterMass Sampler Platter: Haiti Relief, in an effort to contribute to the work of Catholic Relief Services in Haiti. The compilation includes 15 audio tracks from 13 artists spanning Jazz, Hip Hop, Acoustic and Rock genres, as well as two short videos from Catholic media production groups, Likable Art and Spirit Juice Studios.

The artists have all donated their content and in return AfterMass Records is asking for consumers to either make a donation for access to download the Sampler and/or pledge to pray for the people of Haiti and the relief workers there. 100% of the donations to the project will go to Catholic Relief Services specifically for the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

This is a pretty neat project and I think it is great to see young Catholics using their talents for good! Please take a second to stop over at www.aftermassrecords.com and get the sampler. Below is one of the video’s from the sampler:

3. Among the Billion

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has written a beautiful post “Among the Billion” which will give you chills. He is writing about a moment in which he saw the reality of our faith and being a part of the mystical body of Christ – as well as among the billion Catholics in the world. It’s a great read.

Some days you simply see the reality and it is stunning. I was celebrating Mass with just a few people in our beautiful little daily Mass chapel when I held aloft the host and knew, just knew that the whole thing was true, not just true but deeply written in the deep genetic code of creation true.

You can read the rest of his post here.

4. “Finding Your Keys” Radio Show and Podcast

I was blessed to be invited by Joe McClane to be a guest on the “Finding Your Keys” Radio show (Radio Maria) and podcast this past Thursday night. You can listen online or download the podcast here. The guys dedicated the entire hour to talking about Haiti and the Fast for Haiti Campaign. It was great to share the story with them and talk about the power of prayer and fasting. I’m very grateful to them giving time to this important topic.

5. The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul -by Lisa Hendey

Catholic Blogger, website publisher, and Mom Lisa Hendey has just released her much anticipated guide for Catholic mother’s. I have yet to read it but plan to buy a copy for my wife soon. So far the reviews are extremely positive and it seems this book is exactly what many women are looking for. Husbands, this could be a great valentines gift for your bride!


If you have ideas for next week’s list – email me at [email protected]

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  • lisahendey
    Wow Chris, thanks so much for including me this week! I'm hoping lots of families and moms are helped by our book, so I really appreciate your helping me to spread the word. You're awesome... or should I say "HOT!"
  • chrisfaddis
    Oh my, Lisa Hendey said I'm HOT! Now that's some news. Lisa - I may add this to my bio as a "reference" ;) And you're welcome - Hope the book helps many
  • Thanks for sharing these resources! I'll have to check out the "Be a Man!" book.
  • chrisfaddis
    Thanks for checking them out Dustin! Show it to your wife and then you can send her the "Handbook for Catholic Mom's" and you wife can get you "Be a Man!" :)
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