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StThomasAquinasAuthor: Milton Lomask
ISBN#: 9781586170387
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 2005
Dominican Fr. Brendan Larnen and children’s author Milton Lomask present the latest in the Vision Books series of saints' lives for youth. The story of St. Thomas Aquinas is one full of moving and dramatic scenes: the flaming destruction of Monte Cassino Abbey, the reception into the Dominican order of the quiet, determined young Thomas, the breath-taking escape from the donjon tower, and the striking instances of the saint's eloquence and brilliance.     
Category: Grades 6-8     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

stonesoupAuthor: Marica Brown
ISBN#: 978-0-689-71103-9
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks - 1997
A great story of sharing!     
Category: Ages 4-8     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

StrangeGodsAuthor: Elizabeth Scalia
ISBN#: 9781594713422
Publisher: Ave Maria Press - 2013
Elizabeth Scalia offers a powerful critique of the "gods" we worship today, reminding readers that life's deepest desires can be satisfied only in Christ.
Elizabeth Scalia's Strange Gods brings her iconoclastic vim and vigor to this, her debut trade book. She offers readers a surprising look at the ways in which modern people still commit the sin of idolatry in their everyday lives. While literal golden calves no longer dot the landscape, Scalia describes how legitimate loves become obsessively twisted into idols. She identifies idolatry in a number of everyday experiences--friendships that become needy or possessive, commitments political and religious that grow so intense they lead to hatred of others, to name a few--and points to the incarnation of Christ and authentic worship of him as a way out of idolatry and into peace, happiness, and love.    
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

taketenAuthor: Jean Marie Hiesberger & Maureen Gallagher
ISBN#: 978-0-88489-821-4
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press - 2004
Take Ten includes a lectionary-based reading for each day of the year. Readings are chosen from cycle A, B, or C, or are the exact reading for feast days or solemnities. Each day has a Scripture citation, a reflection, a short prayer, and a connection to an article in The Catholic Youth Bible.®    
Category: 8th Grade through High School     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

TatoosOnTheHeart100Author: Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ
ISBN#: 9781439153154
Publisher: Free Press - 2011
“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” ( Los Angeles Times )— Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle—now in paperback.
For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Pipi we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Lulu we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the dark—as Father Boyle phrases it, we can only shine a flashlight on a light switch in a darkened room.
This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love.    
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

actionbibleAuthor: Doug Mauss, Editor - Sergio Cariello, Illustrator
ISBN#: 9780781444996
Publisher: David C. Cook - 2010
Here’s the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up-to-date artwork style—making it the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.
The Action Bible presents 215 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow—and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax. The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers. This compelling blend of clear writing plus dramatic images offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries. 
Category: 2-8 Grades     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

caseforchristAuthor: Lee Strobel
ISBN#: 0-310-20930-7
Publisher: Zondervan - 1998
Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?     
Category: High School to Adult     
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clownofgodAuthor: Tomie dePaola (illustrator as well)
ISBN#: 0-15-618192-4
Publisher: Harcourt Brace - 1978
This is a retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has.     
Category: Ages 4-8     
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jesuitguideAuthor: Rev. James Martin, SJ
ISBN#: 978-0-0614-3269-9
Publisher: Harper Collins - 2010
St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, was known for his practical spirituality. Now, Father James Martin translates Ignatius's insights for a modern audience, revealing how we can find God in our everyday lives in often surprising ways.  
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

LightOfFaithAuthor: Pope Francis
ISBN#: 9781586179069
Publisher: Ignatius Press - 2013
Faith is the source of light, of guidance for the Christian life. "We walk by faith, not by sight", wrote St Paul. In his first encyclical Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of faith, the beginning of God's gracious salvation.
Faith is the means by which man encounters the living God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Francis draws on key themes of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote encyclicals on charity and hope. He intended to complete the set with a reflection on faith, which would also have underscored the Year of Faith that he launched. Benedict's history-making retirement meant he was unable to finish his encyclical. Francis took up the task, adding his own insights, themes, and emphases to the work begun by Benedict XVI. 
Category: Adult     
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TheMassInScriptureAuthor: Stephen J. Binz
ISBN#: 9781592768295
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor - 2011
Despite the frequency in which we attend Mass or the fervor in which we participate, how deeply do we truly understand this Eucharistic celebration?
In an exceptional combination of one of the most ancient forms of Scripture study with the history, theology, and Scriptural perspective of the Eucharist, Stephen Binz leads us on an incredible journey of enlightenment.     
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

thepathAuthor: Laurie Beth Jones
ISBN#: 0-7868-8241-7
Publisher: Hyperion, New York - 1996
The author of Jesus, CEO combines powerful spiritual insight and inspirational, practical advice on how to achieve one's highest goals and potential in business and in life, discussing the three key elements of a successful mission statement and explaining how to fulfill a mission. Great for college age or post college for those trying find their path in life.     
Category: Young Adult & Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com - LOOK INSIDE

returnprodigalAuthor: Henri Nouwen
ISBN#: 0-385-47307-9
Publisher: Doubleday - 1992
A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.     
Category: Adult     
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LectioDivinaAuthor: Sr. Maria Tasto
ISBN#: 9781585959228
Publisher: Twenty Third Publications - 2013
Discover God’s spirit alive in you with lectio divina. Using stories, wisdom, and insight gathered from many years of ministry, Sister Tasto shows you, step-by-step, how to make this ancient prayer practice your own, so you can become the Word of God you are meant to be.     
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

ThisBlessedMessAuthor: Patricia H. Livingston
ISBN#: 1893732150
Publisher: Sorin Books, Notre Dame, IN - 2000
Offering hope and encouragement in the face of life's chaos, Pat Livingston's good-humored stories are sure to resonate with readers, especially women. Growing up, she believed that if you work hard and --do the right things-- all will be well. Then chaos happened, nothing universal--just ordinary, everyday chaos. Now, with wit and wisdom in Pat's personal stories, she shares with us her lifetime of taming chaos. This Blessed Mess not only invites readers to do the same but assures us that in the midst of all the "craziness" we can discover as she did the seeds of creativity and hope.     
Category: Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

yrwithromeroAuthor: Irene B. Hodgson
ISBN#: 0867166959
Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press - 2005
Three decades after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, his words continue to speak for the voiceless and to challenge us and make demands of us. His words from his homilies give us spirit and hope. After reading and praying with Romero, we no longer can be indifferent to the suffering of the poor and those treated unjustly in all areas of the globe.     
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

TickleYourSoulAuthor: Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J.
ISBN#: 9781893732001
Publisher: Sorin Books, Notre Dame, IN - 1999
Captured in a happy blend of psychological and spiritual principles, coupled with anecdotes and folk wisdom, Tickle Your Soul delivers joy, health, and wellness. Offering pathways to happier wholesome living, popular speaker and spirituality writer Anne Bryan Smollin enables readers to "wrinkle their faces with smiles" and avoid "drying up their souls like prunes." "We are all born with a sense of humor," Smollin observes, "but it is a gift that we must develop as we age. The payoff is not only joy in our souls, but health and wellness."     
Category: Adult     
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walkingwithwordAuthor: Br. Larry Schatz, FSC
ISBN#: 978-0-88489-993-8
Publisher: St. Mary’s Press - 2008
These 366 reflections in Walking with the Word inspire young people to walk through fifteen books of the Bible. The reflections begin with the Gospels, but readers encounter a mix of Old and New Testament: history, prophets, wisdom literature, letters, and even some apocalyptic writing.     
Category: 8th Grade through High School     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Amazon.com

whatmakesuscatholicAuthor: Thomas H. Groome
ISBN#: 0-06-063399-9
Publisher: Harper San Francisco - 2003
According to Thomas Groome, an expert on the essential ingredients of Catholic Christianity, Catholics share certain vital features of life and identity. What Makes Us Catholic explains and illuminates that character, and invites Catholics of all kinds to connect more deeply and imaginatively with their own culture and spirituality.     
Category: Adult     
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WhenBadThingsHappenAuthor: Harold S. Kushner
ISBN#: 1-4000-3472-8
Publisher: Anchor Books - 1981
When Harold Kushner’s three-year-old son was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and that he would only live until his early teens, he was faced with one of life’s most difficult questions: Why, God? Years later, Rabbi Kushner wrote this straightforward, elegant contemplation of the doubts and fears that arise when tragedy strikes. Kushner shares his wisdom as a rabbi, a parent, a reader, and a human being.    
Category: High School to Adult     
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Parish Library


Our Parish Library contains a list of recommended books for all age groups in many different categories.
You can find these in different locations:
Ridgewood Public Library (Ridgewood PL), The Youth Center (YC) and at Amazon.com