From sea to shining sea, Catholics have been an important part of the fabric of American life. Some of them were famous, some toiled in obscurity. They included musicians, military leaders, writers, elected officials, visual artists, poets, athletes, reporters, movie stars, and people who worked a lifetime for justice. A few were saints or heroes, most were ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives. Some worked directly for the church, most did not. This award-winning collection of fifty tributes forms a patchwork quilt of exceptional insight, historical context, and inspiring example.
Those who gave these remembrances (not all Catholics themselves) were often as interesting as the people they praised, for example Ronald Reagan on John F. Kennedy, Grantland Rice on Babe Ruth, Phil Donahue on Danny Thomas, Robert Louis Stephenson on St. Maryanne Cope, Katherine Anne Porter on Flannery O’Conner, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein on John Cardinal O’Connor, Tom Wolfe on Frederick Hart, Maria Schriver on Tim Russert, John Keats on Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Jim Forest on Dorothy Day. (CPA Book Awards, 2012, Second Place, History)
Is Brian Doyle the most passionate Catholic storyteller in America? Here is new evidence that he is. In this brand new compilation of some of his best stories that have appeared in various publications throughout the world, Doyle explores the promise of Catholicism in America that he has experienced and observed from his childhood through today.
“Tell me a story, Daddy … about when God was a little girl.” Susanna’s playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter. Together they retell the familiar story of creation, but with unexpected twists and insightful turns along the way. The exuberant joy of God’s creative energy sparkles in this tale that honors both interconnection and diversity. Between the gentle wisdom in the text and the beautiful paintings that accompany it, you may never think about God, creation, or yourself in quite the same way.
A father’s impossible quest to return to his family. A son’s magical journey. A single mother’s heroic efforts to protect her son. And fate’s sleight of hand bringing together baseball’s past legends and today’s major league stars in a game for the ages. Full of hope, drama, humor and non-stop action, Wild Cards is a novel of striking narrative and power. It investigates the mysteries of faith, fatherhood, re-incarnation, and a belief that even baseball plays a hand in our destinies. The perfect gift for the young at heart.