My Three Christmas Picks for Al Kresta


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Al Kresta

Al Kresta

Today, at 4:39 pm ET, I will have the pleasure of appearing live on Ave Maria Radio with Al Kresta as a part of his 2012 Annual Book Recommendation special. I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on this show in the past and am always thrilled to share my recommendations with Al’s listeners. I aim to share books about which I’m passionate, but also books that might be diverse and not recommended by others featured on the show. I thought it would be fun to share the three picks with you today that I’ll be recommending to Mr. Kresta and his listeners. If you’re a book lover, you’ll want to listen to the entire program, which begins airing at 4:00 pm ET.

Here are my three picks:

Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith by Matt Weber – Matt’s book was absolutely one of my favorites of 2012. I love books where you can truly connect with the voice, heart and soul of the author. This is one of those books that you want to read, read again, and give away to your loved ones so that you can share the experience of talking with them about it. Read my full review of Matt Weber’s book here and tune in to Al’s show to find out why this one’s on my list.

A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism  by Sarah Reinhard – My friendship with its author aside, this inaugural book in our newly minted imprint with Ave Maria Press is a true treasure. Find a roundup of posts related to Sarah’s book here and tune in to Al’s show to find out why I say this book is not just for Catholic Moms.

Be Saints! An invitation from Pope Benedict XVI edited by Amy Welborn, illustrations by Ann Engelhart – This book is new on my bookshelf and is my favorite children’s pick for 2012. Read my recent review of this treasure here and tune in to Al’s show to find out why this book makes me cry happy tears every time I pick it up.

Again, you can listen live all afternoon and have your Amazon ordering fingers ready to score some great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

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Copyright 2012 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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